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Booking Through Thursday: Carry-Ons

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Do you bring the book(s) you’re reading with you when you go out? How?
Physically, or in an e-reader of some kind? Have your habits in this
regard changed?

Yes–on my phone with the nook app for iOS. Otherwise, I try to keep a physical book at least in the car, and I have one in my desk at work.

My method has changed in the past year, as I largely adopted digital right around the turn of the year, opting to “go digital” for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and every book since, until I found a book I really wanted to read (The Brothers’ War) that is not even available anywhere (legal) as an ebook. (I touched on that topic last week in a personal blog post.)

The habit of bringing books with me has not really change–my biggest problem has often been situations where I could get “stuck” with nothing to read and time to kill. But having stuff to read on my phone–the nook books, the ComiXology digital comics–means that so long as I have the phone with me (it’s extremely rare that I don’t, and would be indicative of a some other “issue” if I didn’t have it) I’m good on having “something” to read, even if it’s not what I’m “in the mood to read” at the time.

Whether it’s to go get an oil change, or meeting someone somewhere, going to a movie and getting there early but not wanting to put up with the commercials and such before the trailers/commercials attached to the film itself, or a number of other situations…it’s just good to have something handy to read without having to scrounge through the immediate environment.

In fact, I have The Brothers’ War in a used shopping bag (to protect it from the likely rain) hanging from the front door just to make sure I don’t somehow forget it and walk out without this morning.

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