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April 15, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should ALWAYS Carry a Book


1. Kidnap – always a risk and you know what they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry! How silly would you feel if you didn’t carry a book around and found yourself sitting alone in a small room for weeks on end (warning: reading your book could present a few problems if your hands are tied).

2. Awkward Conversations – On the one hand it would be hard to just bring out a book and start reading if you were in this situation but on the other at least you would have something else to focus on and if it was already awkward then nothing has really changed. Especially good if the person you are having an awkward conversation with is a well-meaning stranger who has coincidentally taken the same bus, train, etc with you and feels too awkward not to talk! So get your book out and do both of you a favour.

3. Public transport – there us nothing like a book to make you feel better about travelling on replacement buses on Sundays! Why get mad at trains when you can read.

4. Waiting – Waiting is boring and sometimes cold so you may as well use your time usefully and catch up on some reading. Also if it is cold reading takes your mind of it (a bit).

5. Eating partner – it means you can avoid the pity stares of all the people who have a human eating partner. For some reason I always feel sorry for people when they are eating alone but I never want people to feel sorry for me so a book is always a good defector of pity stares. Instead of people thinking that I have no friends/have been abandoned/am an orphan they will hopefully just think I wanted a bit of time out to read which is true (I swear!).

6. Traffic Jams – perhaps not the easiest time to read but sometimes you get stuck for a reallllllllllllllly long time and it beats staring at the car in front for hours (unless they have an amusing dog in the back seat or something).

7. Lunchtime Escape – we spend so long at work that it’s nice to take any opportunity to escape for an hour (or two ;-))

8. Bath time – bubble bath + endless supply of hot water (to top up) + a few hours spare + a book = heaven (this is my main motivation for getting the boiler fixed).

9. Protection – if you ever find yourself in need of protection, a book in the handbag could be just the thing. Get a good enough swing and a hard enough thump with a book (works better if you have a hardback) should give you enough time to get away from the lion/your boss/an angry mob.

10. Fields – something else I love, as well as books, are fields and if you find the right one it can be a prime reading opportunity. Field features to look out for: 1. Long squishy grass, 2. Shade, 3. Lack of angry farmers who might tell you to ‘get off my land’.



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  1. Nina / Apr 26 2013 1:27 am

    Lol, lol, double lol. Haha, I agree with every single one of your reasons. And I do most of them – when I don’t have to catch up on uni readings – but I think the funniest reason you’ve written about is the Protection one. Yep, hardcover+handbag=secretive self-defensive weapon *beware*!!! 😀 thanks for sharing !!

    • ljbradburn / Apr 26 2013 7:28 am

      Thanks very much! I’m really glad you enjoyed my post. I figure it always pays to be prepared, you never know when you may need to escape 😉 The only problem is I can’t run very fast so I would have to make sure I knocked them out! 🙂 hehe! x

      • Nina / Apr 26 2013 9:50 am

        Hehe it was a very enjoyable post, well written with a good spoonful of humour! Bahahaha yeah, me either, since I’m petite, my legs are shorter than average, so it’s a very good idea to have a nice heavy hardcover in my handbag just for such purposes! 😛 and to read of course! 🙂

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