For years, I couldn’t read on the Metro. It made me car sick. Suddenly I find I can and it is an amazing development. I take those novels I want to read and yet find it hard at first to tackle onto the train and suddenly I am nearly missing subway stops. The first I started on the train was Death of the Heart, followed by Voyage of the Narwhal and then The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In each case, I ended up finishing them at home in bed because I became so absorbed I couldn’t bear the stop/start nature of reading on the train.
And I am fascinated by what other people on the train (or bus) are reading. This morning on the bus the woman to my left was reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the woman on my right was reading Thr3e. Lots of people in D.C. read non-fiction; a lot of young girls and middle-aged women read sad trash. People read self-help books about finding love. A handsome black man kissed his beautiful wife goodbye yesterday morning and then stood up to let an older woman sit down and leaned against the wall of the car to read his Bible.
By God, they read. They read actual books.
So far in 2008:
18. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
17. The Voyage of the Narwhal, Andrea Barrett
16. The Shadow Isle, Katherine Kerr
15. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
14. David Golder, The Ball, Snow in Autumn, The Coriloff Affair, Irene Nemirovsky
13. Th1rteen R3asons Why, Jay Asher
12. Five Go to Smuggletop, Enid Blyton
11. And Then We Came to the End, Fabulous, just like my experiences at a Nashville PR firm, Joshua Ferris
10. The Tenderness of Wolves, Cold, but no Cold Mountain, Stef Penney
9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday
8. Dragonhaven, Robin McKinley
7. The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
6. The Asolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie Herman
5. The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff
4. Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill
3. Inkspell, Cornelia Funke
2. Riding Lessons, Sara Gruen
1. Summer People, Brian Groh
16-17. The Eustace Diamonds, The Prime Minister, Anthony Trollope,
13-15. LOTR, three volumes.
5-12 Island, Castle, Valley, Sea, Mountain, Circus and Castle of ADventure, Enid Blyton
4. Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, Ruth Plumly Thompson
3. The Silver Princess in Oz, Ruth Plumly Thompson
2. Captain Salt in Oz, Ruth Plumly Thompson
1. Earth Abides, George R. Stewart