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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Subway reading

On her brilliant blog, photographer Ourit Ben-Haim takes photos of New Yorkers reading on the subway—everything from the Bible to Lolita to Star Wars. There's something vulnerable and intimate about these shots, don't you think? It feels like witnessing a private moment.

What are you reading this summer? I'd love to hear your recommendations... (I just started this book.)

P.S. This woman has a six-and-a-half-hour commute!

(Photos by Ourit Ben-Haim for her blog Underground New York Public Library. Via Shoko)

150 comments:

13bees said...

i miss many things about new york, but my daily commute (which looked exactly like this) is not one of them. x

paige said...

i definitely recommend "wild" by cheryl strayed. so beautiful!

Giulia said...

Just finished re-reading Prince of Tides and loved it. Started reading The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

Olivia said...

I did a post about my top 25 favorite books this summer! http://www.lovelyatyourside.com/2012/07/25-book-recommendations-for-summertime.html

and many more book recommendations from blogger friends! http://www.lovelyatyourside.com/2012/07/25-book-recommendations-for-summertime.html

I love reading in the summer, it's all I do!

stephanie said...

It's hard to choose my favorite thing about your blog, Joanna, but it might be how thoughtful you are. I've always felt strange watching people read because it DOES seem like watching a private moment -- what are the reading, thinking about, imagining? I love that you thoughtfully and elegantly show us little pieces of life and the world. It's why you're my favorite blogger (and writer). xoxo

erin said...

so good.

Eleni said...

I can't focus on my reading when people are talking around me. Thankfully, I live in a city where everything is in walking distance, so I enjoy my book at the silence of my home!
Interesting shots!

Sandra said...

Just read Gone Girl and couldn't put it down - perfect beach/cottage read. Super suspenseful with twists and turns.

For more serious reading, I am in the midst of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides and LOVE it.

Slowly ploughing through my "to be read" pile, both virtual (the e-reader) and paper books on the shelf!

Orchid Grey said...

I'm going back and forth between Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch and In One Person by John Irving. I like to temper the serious with a little fun :)

Amanda said...

I just read Gone Girl in one day. I HIGHLY recommend this clever, unsettling mystery.

Charlotte said...

Will you do a post on the book your'e reading so I know whether it's worth picking up please? I'm halfway through 'pay it forward' and have Heartburn by Nora Ephron lined up next, I think the world has fallen in love with her all over again :)

Sharon Beesley said...

so awesome. love these pictures.

Lindsay @ Darling Clementine said...

I live in Brooklyn and before having my daughter (now almost 3) I worked in the "city" as I called it, ie Manhattan. I loved my subway time for reading, I looked forward to it daily. Now that I work from home, I miss that set 45 minutes a day to duck into a book.

Love these shots, I totally know what you mean about an intimate moment, especially that last one :)

I'm currently reading 1Q84 by Murakami... haven't read it in about a week or two, I blame no commute!

Alisha E said...

I'm on a Nora kick, too. I like seeing other women out and about with her books peeking out of their bags, it always makes me smile. You're totally right about these photos, Jo. They really are lovely. Fun post!

auste said...

It was sad the day I realized after I moved away from New York I stopped reading! My Brooklyn --> Manhattan commute was my prime reading time! Thankfully I've gotten back into it, and am currently devouring 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' by Barbara Kingsolver and looking for ideas for my next read - Nora Ephron's book might be next!

Joanna Goddard said...

ha, megan, agreed--these photos don't show how HOT the subway is in the summer:)

Laura said...

Did you see this post? He found the same guy, reading the same book! http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/post/25816199719/new-york-by-edward-rutherfurd-read-new-york-i

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, stephanie, that is the sweetest note. thank you so much:)

Anonymous said...

I think Ourit Ben-Haim is actually a woman!

Paper and Stone said...

Anonymous - If you hate Joanna so much and despise her as a blogger then heres a crazy idea.....DON'T READ IT!!! Don't keep harping on about it, nobody died!

synapse said...

i'm from portugal and on my 40min commute each way (bus and subway) i rekindled my affair with books (effects of having a 10min commute for more de 2 years). currently i'm reading daniel silva's "the rembrandt affair" but for the past months i've read all his books. i'm into spies and conspirancies when it comes to keep my head away from work (i work in science, so my readings are normally scientific papers).

so fun to share those moments :)

lostandfoundinfrance said...

I'm currently reading _Jasmine and Fire, A Bittersweet Year in Beirut_ by Salma Abdelnour. It's a perfect combination of food, politics and nostalgia. Makes the subway ride fly by!

lostandfoundinfrance said...

I'm currently reading _Jasmine and Fire, A Bittersweet Year in Beirut_ by Salma Abdelnour. It's a perfect combination of food, politics and nostalgia. Makes the subway ride fly by!

Paper and Stone said...

OOps, wrong post!

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, you're right! changing in the post right now!! thank you!!!

Alex said...

I knew I'd see a few "Gone Girl" recs in here - it's a fabulous beach read, fast and enjoyable!

Really enjoying Blood, Bones and Butter right now - wouldn't have thought I couldn't put down a chef's memoir, but here it is. Next up: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (though I hear it's a heartbreaker).

Joanna Goddard said...

laura, that is awesome!!!!! thanks for linking!!

Sarah said...

I just started reading The Night Circus. I love it so far!

Alex said...

And offhand: Joanna, your blog is great and your attitude is so positive. Thanks for providing a free, fun, safe and thought-provoking place for us all to congregate and discuss! I LOVE bookmarking these book discussion posts and going back for recommendations months later!

Erin LaDue said...

Just finished Gone Girl which I loved, I read before that: In One Person- not a book for everyone but since one of my favorite books is A Prayer for Owen Meany I had to read John Irving's latest.

Becka said...

Oooh, I like that blog, thanks for sharing it.

J.Mill said...

That's why Kindle's make me sad. You don't get the pleasure of sharing a bit about yourself like you do with a book cover in public. I have a Kindle and use it just because lugging heavy books (Hello, Steve Jobs biography -600 pages!) around on my commute in Chicago is no fun.

Reading suggestions:
Rules of Civility
Let's Pretend this Never Happened
Half Broke Horses

Megan (take a megabite) said...

I've been reading way more since canceling my cable. My favorite two books I've read this summer are:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and The Paris Wife. They were just so good!

And thanks for this post! I'm constantly keeping a list of books to read and posts like this help so much!

Angharad said...

I'm reading Zeitoun by Dave Eggers right now (based on a real account of someone who chose to stay in NOLA during Katrina).

I just finished Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin which was GREAT - lovely summertime reading on relationships and happiness and funny personality quirks :)

Lauren Ashley said...

I'm just about to start "Gone Girl," I've heard good things, so we'll see ...

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend the "House of Tyneford" by natasha solomons. I read it while I was visiting Europe in April. While I was sightseeing, I would think about how I couldn't wait to steal away time to read the book! (I think that says a lot ;)

Laura F. said...

I read "I Remember Nothing" last Sunday. Really good and bittersweet. It is almost like she knew she wasn't going to live much longer.

"Gone Girl" is also AMAZING.

Bows and Sparrows said...

I just started reading "Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton (chef/owner of PRUNE in the East Village). I'm loving it so far!

Y said...

love these photos!!! I actually try to hide what I am reading on the subway because sometimes it's embarrassing...*cough* twilight* hunger games* ahahah

Cait Kovac said...

I just finished Office Girl by Joe Meno. It was wonderful as are all of his books, I highly recommend any of them.

isabug said...

I'm reading "Girl Giant" by Kristen Den Hartog. So far, so good!

Whitney said...

I love it when I run across a summer reading post like this! Now I have a whole new list of books to read.

THANK YOU!

superhappyjohi said...

It is a genius blog! Thanks!!!

Tang said...

Reading Gone Girl right now!

Kristina said...

I have heard wonderful things about "The Nazi Officer's Wife" by Edith Hahn Beer. I am thinking that might be my next summer read.

I also think maybe a dose of Nora Ephron would be good this summer.

xo,
Kristina

the cape on the corner said...

i haven't loved a book in a long time before my last 3 recent reads, so i am thrilled to really recommend something. the age of miracles by karen thompson walker and the night circus by erin morganstern. both fabulous. also, i think i saw someone else recommend gone girl, which was good, but not my favorite by gillian flynn.

Allison said...

I'm reading Name of the Wind, the first of the Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy. It is dark, though beautifully written. It's fantasy, though there is science behind most of the magic. The best part is that the book is full of puzzles -- the further along you read, the more you realize that just about every word written is deliberate and pointing at something else. The folklore in the book has meaningful history behind it, and the songs bystanders sing are ultimately significant to the storyline. The author even created a new currency system for his universe, and once gave a two-hour long lecture on it! (And yes, apparently the lecture was actually fascinating.) The third book hasn't been released yet, and it may still be a couple of years, since the author is very fickle throughout the editing process. All in all, a very enjoyable, rewarding read!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Ruins, which is marvelous!

Amanda said...

I'm reading "The Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem right now. It's so good! I also have "Divergent", two China Mieville books and a Nikola Tesla biography lined up. I'm bookmarking this post because I need some ideas of stuff to read.

I LOVE the digital books program from Brooklyn Public Library. Although I much prefer going to the library and checking out books, I can't get them turned in on time and I never get around to going to the library. I've been reading so much more since I downloaded the Kindle app and started using digital.

However, one thing that sort of stinks is I've found that I've gone from reading ALL THE TIME to only reading on my commute in the city. I need to fix that...

Jocelyn said...

I'm currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn... such a page turner!

Robyn said...

love this-i think it tells you so much about the person. i am reading 'running with the kenyans' at the moment-totally inspiring.

la domestique said...

Wow, what an interesting project! I'm really inspired by the Middle East right now, reading Paul Bowels' Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue (1957). Just finished his first book, The Sheltering Sky. I'm amazed how something written more than 40 years ago is still so relevant today.

Danie at Pasadya said...

This is awesome! I'm reading a kind of boring book right now, so I'm not going to recommend it. Your new book looks like something I'll try next!

Jennifer said...

This summer I've read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, "Steve Jobs" and "Shutterbabe". They are all very good.

Fey said...

i don't take the subway but i drive about 3 hours (RT). i do my readings with audiobooks.

http://dinnerby730.blogspot.com/

AVY said...

I'm just happy that people are actually still reading real books.

/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

Sally Michaels said...

I'm heading to the library today to pick up 'I Remember Nothing' after burning through 'I Feel Bad About My Neck' in a day and a half. Every time I put it down (which wasn't often) my mom scooped it up and I had to bribe her to give it back. What an inspiring lady Nora Ephron was!
Not sure what's lined up after that, but a friend posted this flowchart on facebook and now I want to quit my job and make my way through the whole thing. http://www.flavorwire.com/297601/the-ultimate-summer-reading-flowchart

Anonymous said...

I just read "I Remember Nothing"..sigh

RIP dear Nora, you will be missed.

Lori said...

"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Love, loss and the meaning of life - I loved it!

aprilarnold said...

I love watching the expressions on people's faces as they experience what they are reading. What a great post this is! I just finished reading "George and Sam," a beautiful book about a family dealing with autism. And now I'm on to "Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life."

By the way, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Here’s my post: http://3hungrymonkeys.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/i-won-something-woot/

Elizabeth Lee said...

I live in England and am in London a lot, and I love reading on the Tube! :) This is so lovely!

Also, I've just finished "Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter" for fun, but I'm eager to start a biography about William Wilberforce soon! x

Michaela said...

I can't believe no one has mentioned 'The Bronze Horseman' by Paullina Simons... In fact all her books are amazing ('Tully', 'The Girl in Times Square'..) but 'The Bronze Horseman' is my favourite book of.all.time. Every single person I've ever recommended it to has absolutely LOVED it.

allie said...

thank goodness you aren't reading 50 shades of grey. i held my breath as i clicked the link :)

Km12 said...

I am reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - I would definitely recommend it! Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.
The story is about Henrietta and her family.

Sarah said...

Such good recs here, especially old favorites like Laurie Colwin (if you haven't read her two collections of cooking essays, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, do--they are so funny and wonderful) and Nora Ephron. Heartburn is one of the funniest, most bittersweet books ever--I still quote from it frequently.

I am #241 in line at my local library for Gone Girl, so I should get to read it by Christmas. :)

yelizabeta said...

i'm reading bonhoeffer, a biography by eric metaxas, about a man who was part of the failed attempt to assassinate hitler.

Celeste said...

When I first moved to the city, I didn't want to look like a tourist. One of the first things I learned is that anyone who took the train frequently also brought something to read (or something to listen to!) and I took note.
Not only do you look like a resident, it's a great way to pass the time in a cramped and boring train with the same views every day!

Yummy Mummy said...

Gone girl is amazing!!! Just be ready to not sleep, couldn't put it down!!!

Trina said...

I'm reading Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. :) I wish I'd books like this in my teens and 20s to reassure me that being introverted was perfectly okay. Oh, the angst!

I'm also looking forward to reading Seven Days in the Art World.

muriel said...

I've been reading so much of neil gaiman! his books are fantastic :)

toria said...

Joanna, your blog is by far my favourite blog to read. thank you so much.

jrschoen said...

I love a good post about books. So far I have read 10 books this summer alone. My favorites from this summer would be:
Ann Patchett's new novel "State of wonder,"
"The art of hearing heartbeats" by Jan-Phillip Sendker, "Tender is the night" by F.Scott fitzgerald,
"Starboard sea" by Amber Dermont, and
"The marriage Plot" by Jeffery Eugenides

Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Fifty Shades trilogy . . . perfect Kindle reading.

Sarah Bradley said...

Love these shots! I wish I lived in a city that had great public transit. I think I'd get a whole lot more reading done. :)

Sarah said...

I, for one, do not approve of someone taking a picture and then posting that picture publicly without getting the subject's permission. I would be extremely upset to see my photograph on a public blog. It may be legal, but it is unethical and an invasion of privacy. No better than dirt-bag papparazi. Joanna, you are typically so thoughtful. I would think you'd give more thought to using people's images without their permission and not link to such a site.

West Coast Girl Friday said...

Thanks for this post. I love that blog! You're always keeping us up to date on what's cool, relevant and intersting. Thanks!

oilandgarlic said...

How things will change once everyone has a Kindle or Nook. You won't be able to see what people are reading anymore!

Aria Cole Asher said...

I agree that Gone Girl was a suspenseful, page-turning summer read. I also like to go back to my favorites in the summer and reread some of them: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, etc. I always find it interesting what perspective the last year of my life can bring to those favorites!

Natalia said...

I love people who read at the subway! lol
Great post! x

Alexa said...

i have been re-reading the great gatsby each summer for the last few years now and decided this year to make it a lost generation summer. so far i've read the great gatsby and the beautiful and damned, and i'm am nearly finished with this side of paradise. reading classics set in new york while living in new york has been really interesting :)

Margaret said...

Another Gone Girl Fan...
Also loved Beautiful Ruins, which I think would make a great movie.
I've been hearing a lot about The Stolen Chalice, but decided to start with the first book featuring the characters John Sinclair and Cordelia Stapleton, The Explorer's Code. So far its proving to be a perfect summer read, Adventure, Romance and Intrigue!

sk said...

oh, I am definitely heading to the library tonight to look up all these suggestions, yay!

I just read The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, and it was awesome.

Jody said...

Oh, how I love this! This might be my favorite Cup of Jo post ever! XOXO

Bethany said...

I definitely got quite a bit of reading done on the London underground when I was there :)

Shannon said...

Everything by Jhumpa Lahiri - but in particular, The Namesake

Mandy said...

Love this project! When I commuted on the tube in London, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what people were like by examining their reading materials.

I'm moving in two weeks, so I'm trying to read all these unread books I have lying around so I can give them away before I go. It's like a marathon! My move is to Texas, so I also plan on reading Lonesome Dove, as it seems appropriate. :)

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading Cutting for Tone by Abraham Verghese! I devoured that book!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

These are my people!!
I just finished The Night Circus, Gone Girl and The Picture of Dorian Grey. All wonderful reads.

Geetika Rudra said...

Have you read Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik? It's about raising an American family in Paris right before the millennium. I love his essays in The New Yorker, and his books are wonderful to read.

Geetika

www.readgeetikasblog.blogspot.com

Barbara The Healthy Nut said...

Just finished 'The Marriage Plot.' Currently reading 'Handling Sin.' Next up after that is 'Still Alice,' for my August Book Club.

Meredith said...

I love these--I adore sneaking peeks at what fellow commuters are reading :) A six and a half hour commute?? I can't think of anything worse! Joanna, did you end up liking "The Help"?

goodnightstars said...

I love those photos!

Currently, I'm reading...

-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
-The Meaning of Marriage (by Tim Keller)
-Calm My Anxious Heart (by Linda Dillow)

I love reading multiple books at once...I feel like I'm so well-rounded when I'm reading different books.

Jenni said...

These are brilliant! I miss reading on the subway. It's a perfect way to pass the time.

Right now I'm reading Sherlock Holmes.

katilda said...

i noticed that on my first trip to NYC, so many people reading in the subway! there was a man reading Animal Farm and i was curious about him. was it his first time reading it? has he read it a thousand times? did he read it back in high school and decided to try it out again? i just finished reading a lovely sci fi novel (the name of the wind) and am about to start "man's search for meaning."

Ilona said...

Love getting more summer reading ideas!

Currently reading: The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way by Bill Bryson

and Visit from the Goon Squad

Just ordered from Amazon:
Gold by Chris Cleave (in time for summer Olympics and he's the BEST)

11 Harrow House (Old school diamond heist mystery!)

Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the US House of Representatives

Stefania said...

The China Study- it has been on my list forever... I tend to gravitate to less serious fiction, so this is heavy for me. But I love it.

Scout and Rice said...

I wonder if the photographer asks permission before photographing? (she must) If it seems like an intruding in a personal moment just looking at these pictures, it must be even more so to photograph them!

I just finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy yesterday, I had to see what all the hype was about. It was 'okay' but I was a little disappointed by the main character.

Lolita is one of my all-time favourite books, it's so hauntingly beautifully written and drove me to seek out other works by Nabokov - all of which are amazing.

Anne said...

I so enjoy when you ask readers for their book recommendations - I have read alot of good books this way! I just finished WILD by Cheryl Strayed and enjoyed it. As a "lady of a certain age" I loved Nora Ephron's books, as so do my friends. I have to say I was apalled that your friend who writes the blog "Things NYC Taught Me' would even admit that she hadn't heard of Nora.

Eliza Jane said...

I love reading on the train here in Sydney, Australia. And, I just bot Lolita!

Dawn | enterloop said...

Heartburn is on my list. I also want to read Escape from Camp 14. Love this post!

Diana said...

I, too, am currently reading I Remember Nothing. What a droll coincidence!

I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.

Anonymous said...

oh, Nora! We will miss you! I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first time since 6th grade. Also, Water for Elephants, which was really good.

Cassidy Short said...

What a great idea for a blog! Ahh, New York :)

xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Just read "The Remains of the Day." Fantastic. I am loving all these recommendations. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Just read "The Remains of the Day." Fantastic. I am loving all these recommendations. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading "I Am Forbidden" by Anouk Markovits. It was fascinating.

Nicole@Show Off Friday Blog Hop said...

Those are great photos. I've been reading, "The Anatomy of Peace" which is a sequel to, "Leadership and Self-Deception" I think these are must reads for everyone!

Leila said...

BEAUTIFUL RUINS, by Jess Walter, is the best book I've read this year. It reads like a movie, it's great writing and it will tug on your heartstrings.

Melissa Blake said...

yup, just another reason to go to nyc again!!! i wonder how many people she's photographed so far...

Claire said...

I once saw a lady who looked almost exactly like the author of the book she was reading! I chuckled a little.

It was also really difficult to keep it private while reading Bossypants on the subway.

Jennifer Kepler said...

I'm halfway through Beautiful Ruins and really enjoying it. Might try Gone Girl next or How to Be a Woman.

Caitlin said...

I just finished reading Little Bee by Chris Cleve.. I think this book was popular maybe last summer but I just came across it this past month.. it was truly wonderful! I am now reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, and I am becoming addicted! It is a great inspiring read. I also have lined up Gabriel Garcia Marques' biography for the summer.

Anonymous said...

I totally love Little Bee, too.

Caitlin said...

I actually really miss all of my reading time during my years in NY. I used to go from Borough Hall to Union Square every day and on a weekly basis I usually went through my New Yorker and a novel.

www.hardlyhousewives.com

Melissa said...

I do the reverse commute- where I go north from the city into the suburbs for my grad program and work. Obviously I don't drive (don't even have a license). I take the 6:45 train from Grand Central, and after a train, a 40-60 minute bus, and a decent amount of walking, I am where I need to be between 9:30 and 10am.
Don't even get me started on my commute home. It's even longer.

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

I read on my playbook i am reading
Yubisaki Milk Tea a japanese manga its very good !

Mrs. B. said...

I just finished Stephen King's 11/22/63. OMG, what a book! Loved every page and it was such a blast to read. Great for a long plane ride or for the summer. I'd never read King before and this has certainly changed my view of him. The man can certainly write!

Care said...

@scout and rice, no she does not ask permission, before or after. I really dislike that. Read her question and answer section of the blog. She says it's legal, but ethically questionable, yet she still does it. I sure hope she is not making money from the project.

Anonymous said...

Mink River by Brian Doyle...you will never forget this lyrical and beautiful novel.

WWGwyneth Do said...

Love how none of these pics include Kindles...good old print. The best.

Natalie G said...

I once took the subway home seated across from a very matronly looking middle-aged woman who had the sweetest face and the kindest eyes. I then noticed that she was reading a book titled Bitch Reloaded: Part II.

Rebekah said...

I just finished reading The Lost Wife. I cried through much of it and it touched me so much that I'll never forget reading it.

Additionally, Gone With the Wind is my all time favorite--I've read it three times. If you've never read it before you definitely should immediately. Also amazing books: Atonement and Evening.

tifleur said...

I love watching reading people...even if it's often myself who is reading!

It's the same in the parisian subway : they're so concentrated on their book !

J'adore regarder aussi les personnes en train de lire... même si c'est le plus souvent moi qui lit!

C'est la même chose dans le métro parisien : ils sont si concentrés sur leur livre!

Anonymous said...

how do photographers use great cameras to take these kinds of pictures without people noticing and getting upset that their photo is being taken without permission? id love to do something like this which would only be possible with an iphone...

Sharon T said...

This reminds me of Seen Reading. Have you heard of this? It is a blog turned book turned movement. The author, Julie Wilson, writes microfictions based on her observances of people reading in public. I did an interview with her and she explained that (unlike this person who photographs people without their consent), she just discreetly observes them without being in their face as reading in public is such a private thing.
Anyway, you should check out her book.blog.twitter if you haven't yet:http://www.seenreading.com/

Amy Castillo said...

Oh, how lovely. I will shamelessly crane my neck to see what people are reading in public. Just starting Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and loving it. A sweet sad story about a little girl in Georgia.

Anna Gray said...

I'm reading "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Paris Wife" - Hemingway's got my brain lately, especially because I'm going on a spontaneous trip to Spain in August.

Anonymous said...

a Season In Love by Peter Draper and the next I am planning on reading is the L shaped Room by Lynn Reid Banks

Regards,
Lidia

Anonymous said...

Ummm... it is a private moment, and I don't like this idea that anyone can take a random picture of someone (reading or not) and post it without authorization. PS - I live in NYC and I read on the subway, a lot.

Anonymous said...

I love it! Quintessential New York!

Ruth Martin said...

You're right, there IS something intimate and vunerable about the photos.
Sneeky shots I have to say.
I'm currently mid way through "The catcher in the Rye", have to read the classics obviously. I am really enjoying it so far, despite others saying that not much happens. I disagree, it too has an intimate and vunerable tone to it. If you haven't read it, do.

Kels said...

Sharon T--agreed that this reminded me of Seen Reading!

Buendia said...

Photos are really nice and I'm reading "scent of a woman" by Giovanni Arpino :)

Ceren said...

I just finished the Fifty Shades Triology. The whole time I was reading I was thinking to myself the writing is so bad yet I couldn't put it down, Fifty Sahes of Crack! :)

Ali Masterson said...

These are great shots! I'm always fascinated to see what other people are reading, though it's hard to do more these days because of the various e-readers. Yesterday I saw an older woman with a paperback copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and it made me smile.

I recently finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and loved it. True story of WWII POW - such an amazing read. I just started Little Bee and immediately became captured by the narrators. Would love for you to do a Summer Book Series with some suggestions of not just beach reads but maybe a few classics worth reading again as well as biographies.

Hena Tayeb said...

My husband is one of those commuters.. and while it is god awful it has given him the time to read.. He naps on his way to work and reads on his way home. It's given us one more thing to talk about. Books. I just finished reading The World According to Garp by John Irving.. a very unique read.. I don't think I've read anything like it before. Didn't always like it but I never hated it.

Mami said...

I read Heartburn, I feel bad about my neck, and I remember nothing in a month after Nora died. ALL SO GOOD.

Vanessa said...

I'm in the middle of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and it is AMAZing. Such a brilliant, engaging book. I highly recommend it.

byelyse said...

Feel free to take book reccomendations from my blog! I do a book review for weekend reading each Friday!

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Tish said...

I'm currently reading Nickel and Dimed. It's a good one for sure!

Kim said...

Read "Under the Never Sky" by Veronica Rossi. You will love it!

Kim said...

Read "Under the Never Sky" by Veronica Rossi. You will love it!

Yuu said...

Hi Jo, I have just finished with Michael Crichton's "Micro". Am currently reading one of his earlier works: Travels. It's refreshing to read his works this summer!

Hamilton Realtor said...

Photos do have a way of taking something mundane and turning into something special. Though I would venture to say thats often more to do with the type of lens or digital filter applied in Photoshop that gives it that intimate appeal.

I'm not sure you would get the same effect with a typical $200 camera and no editing.

Mariely said...

I just read the wedding by Nicholas sparks, it was brilliant!
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CarmenB. said...

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

Dressing Ivana said...

lovely pics

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christian said...

I love these books,"Gone Girl" .Im just about finish reading.. I love it so far!!!
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Wren Brock said...

I've always wanted to get shots of people reading at the beach. I've seen all types of reading there and think it would be cool to see if people stick to the typical beach reads or enjoy something completely out of the norm for sun and relaxation. I like to read classics on the beach. I've read The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird on two separate beach trips and, honestly, I think the ocean enhanced the reading experience. :)

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