By Carolyn Quimby | @CarolynQuimby, @WornBookSmell
Recently, my life has undergone some pretty big changes. A little over a month ago, I started a new job as a Production Assistant at a publishing house in New York City. (Aside: I absolutely love it — I love being around books all day and being a part of the publishing process in my own small way). Along with the wonderful new job and responsibilities and coworkers (and not-so-wonderful increased travel expenses), my commuting time has more than tripled.
Whereas, my old job was only about a 20-to-30 minute drive from my house, my time spent commuting by train to my new job is about 3 hours round trip. Which is a huge difference. And while I miss being able to get home in under a half-hour (when the traffic gods were in my favor), the new commute has given me so much more time to read, which is something I will never complain about.
In just over a month, I’ve gotten some serious reading done including:
400+ pages of A Feast for Crows (and, wow, I will definitely be doing a pseduo-review of that book. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it);
The Interestings (click to read my review);
Sarah’s Key (It was just okay – pretty disappointing, honestly);
A Dance with Dragons (George R. R. Martin slowly killed me with his plot twists, I swear. A pseduo-review of this is coming as well); and
180 pages of Lolita (which I started during Banned Books Week).
I’ve pretty much gotten my reading schedule down to a science over the last month:
1. Mornings– I usually read for about 20 minutes before falling asleep (unless I’m very awake and/or have had more than one cup of coffee, which is very very rare).
2. Subway– I started downloading the audiobook of whatever book I’m reading in print or on my kindle. My subway ride if pretty short and I often don’t feel like bringing out my 400-1000+ page book(s) when I can just pop in my headphones.
3. Lunch– I’ve been reading during a lot of my lunch hours, but I am trying to be more social with coworkers. Honestly, it all has to do with where I left the book. If the chapter is particularly good or interesting, there’s not a chance I can be pulled away.
4. Evenings– The ride home is a toss-up for me. Sometimes I’m too tired to read, so I sleep the whole way. Other times I want to drown out the sounds of the people around me, so I listen to my iPod. And other days I read the entire time. Can you guess which one is my favorite? (It’s reading, but sleeping is a real close second).
So that’s just a little update into my life and what my reading habits have been like lately. Not only am I thankful for my job, but I’m happy I have a chance to take advantage of a long commute by doing something I love.
The hardest part isn’t traveling almost 3 hours every day or waking up at 5:30 a.m. or dealing with NYC rush hour traffic. No, the hardest part is when I realize I’m almost done with a book and haven’t brought another one. Luckily for me, that’s only happened once. Here’s hoping it never happens again!
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Do you have a long commute? How do you fit in reading? Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you bring more than one book at a time?