Who’s Reading What: October 2010

21 October, 2010

I’m supposed to be documenting who’s reading what around me every month, but alas, it keeps slipping my mind and I keep forgetting to ask people and it’s already 3 months since the last one. Gah.

So what have people been reading this month? I’ve asked my boarding school posse who still haven’t gotten tired of me after 22 years:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – being read in Chile at the moment
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – same as above. Her sis and I have been going on and on about this series to her and she’s finally succumbed. Result.
Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale – being read by a crime fiction aficionado
The Buddha, Geoff and Me by Edward Canfor-Dumas – being read by the spiritual (and very fashionable) one
From Here to Maternity: One Mother of a Journey by Mel Giedroyc – being read by the mother of a delightful and extremely well-behaved baby girl

I’ve read the first two titles and have the third on my TBR. I remember getting the last title for my sister which she said was hysterical.

I commute to work on the tube and I’m always checking out what others are reading. Sadly, most read the Metro in the morning and the Evening Standard on the way home. However, I did see a lady reading an e-book yesterday and I spied a number of copies of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story (which I really want to read) dotted along the Northern Line in the past month.

What about you? Are you curious about what people around you are reading?

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15 Responses to “Who’s Reading What: October 2010”

  1. Verity Says:

    That’s a clever idea – I love to find out what people are reading. Sadly, I commute by bicycle, but I do look at what people are reading in the staff room at coffee!

  2. amymckie Says:

    I’m always curious about it yes! Unfortunately lately I haven’t seen anything too interesting around 🙂

  3. Oxford-Reader Says:

    I’m ALWAYS curious about what others are reading. I’ve been known to stare sideways at people in an attempt to see the title. Sometimes I even manage to read a little bit (which causes no end of confusion when I remember later, and can’t pin point which book it was from!)

  4. Nymeth Says:

    I’m a total book snooper – I always try to see what other people are reading on the bus. The other day I noticed a woman doing the same with my book, and it made me smile 😀

  5. winstonsdad Says:

    like amy always curious ,all the best stu

  6. Mystica Says:

    I’m constantly peeking to see what other people are reading. And, you do get huge surprises!

  7. Gavin Says:

    I caught one of my colleagues reading “The Egg and I” by Betty MacDonald and realized I would love to read that book again!


  8. I love being nosey at what other people are reading, recently on holiday I found the perfect opportunity when on the beach.

    I’m currently reading The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King and The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson, neither of which I seem to be able to finish 😦

  9. Fëanor Says:

    I conducted a brief survey of readers on the Waterloo&City line a while ago. No overly surprising conclusions.

  10. chasing bawa Says:

    Keep ’em coming guys! I knew you all would be checking out what other people are reading:) That is SO cool.

    Verity: You must get a huge variety of books in the staff room since it’s in a library. Any obscure books?

    amymckie: But it’s exciting when you do, right?

    Oxford-Reader: I do the sideways-staring thing too and can’t help trying to read a bit as well. People do look at you funny though.

    Nymeth: That happens only occasionally to me, but it makes me really happy too. I pretend not to notice but I’m thinking ‘You’re checking out my book, aren’t you?’

    winstonsdad: It’s similar to checking out bookshelves whenever you visit someone’s house. I just can’t help it.

    Mystica: Sometimes when you see something unexpected it throws you a little and makes you reassess that person a bit, doesn’t it?

    Gavin: I’m not familiar with ‘The Egg and I’ but will check it out. Seeing other people reading books you love makes me want to re-read them again too.

    jessicabookworm: Ooh, beach reading! I’m sure you get an interesting mix there. I’ve got the first volume of King’s The Dark Tower series but haven’t had time to read it yet. I’ve heard it’s really good.

    Fëanor: Such a cool survey and I guess the results were as expected. Although I did want to be surprised! I’m looking forward to the next one!

  11. Arti Says:

    I’m glad To Kill A Mockingbird is still being read, not just for school. As for me, I’m still reading Revolutionary Road and The Corrections. Both are quite similar in subject matter. Will re-watch the movie RR after reading, maybe post after that comparing the two. Good to be aware of what others are reading… Thanks for sharing.

    • chasing bawa Says:

      I think To Kill A Mockingbird will always be read not just because it’s on all the best of lists but also because of word-of-mouth recs. Looking forward to your post. I have to admit I still haven’t read or watched RR yet although I’ve heard many wonderful things about Richard Yates.

  12. Rebecca Reid Says:

    what a fun thing! I need to do a better job of finding out what my friends are reading.


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