Commuters have lots of complaints. Crowds, noise, smells, rude people, selfish people and delays seem to be the common ones, For me, however, commuting allows (mostly uninterrupted) time for a variety of hobbies that I classify as commuting distractions. There are a lot of them, and with each of these blogs I will highlight one of them.
One of best ways to kill time on the commute (and avoid killing your fellow commuters) is reading. In a good year, when I am not concentrating on other hobbies, when there isn't a strike, when the person beside me isn't bleeding music out of his ears and when I can find books that aren't a slog, I get through about 50 books. In a bad year, that total is probably 30, probably because I read at home.
Finding books to read is occasionally a challenge. Yes, I was an English Literature student at university, but I don't always want to read the classics. My degree may have prepared me for life in the 17th century (and not much else) but that doesn't mean I want to spend all my time there.
Fortunately, most of my friends and family also love to read and they often make great recommendations. I also, sometimes, make a good guess when judging a book by its cover and discover a great read.
As we are in the 21st Century, I have decided to embrace technology and buy an e-reader. I haven't used it yet because I have a few books in the queue. I have the latest Ian Rankin book and people have been urging me to read The Game of Thrones. When I get through them, I will fire up the e-reader and see where that takes me. I chose the Kobo because I can access the library catalogue with it.
Loyal readers, if you have any good book recommendations, please list them in the comment section of this blog. Your help is appreciated.