Hey everyone! So last week I explained that I wouldn’t be doing a Top Ten Tuesday post this week because I couldn’t think of 10 for each subject and merged two weeks worth together! So, this is what I came up with instead! A kind of discussion / listicle!
I totally stole this idea from Shruti @ This is Lit who posted something extremely similar just over a week ago! I super enjoyed her post but had so many more things I could think of to add (mostly negative because I’m a Debbie Downer!) that I wanted to do my own. So, thanks Shruti for inspiring me!
Hmm, now how do I do this? Do I end on a high note, or do I start on a high note? I mean either way, we’re going get into the negatives at some point, right? Maybe I’ll do one, then the other, so we have an even negative and positive feel throughout!
You get time to read because you don’t have to do any of the transporting
Oh the joys of doing nothing! This is my most favourite aspect of public transport… you don’t have to do anything, so you get the entire time of your journey to read! I can drive, but due to where my work is and the cost of running & funding my own car, I don’t drive currently. I’m dreading the time in my life where a car is necessary because I’m going to lose my hours worth of reading time I get each day!
I get so much read in the half an hour there and back every day that I think I would have a bit of a meltdown if I didn’t get that time anymore. I feel totally wiped after work most days, so this transport reading is often the only reading I do for the day, if I lost that, my reading count would plummet!
Super chatty passengers who don’t get the concept of inside voices
I can’t be the only person who gets super distracted by conversations around me when I’m reading… right? I honestly need close to silence to be able to concentrate and some people on the train have conversations as loud as they can, so I can’t absorb the words of my book!
I’m not being a total bitch and saying “don’t talk on the train!!!!” I’m saying “please use inside voices and be respectful of your fellow passengers”. Conversations are fine. Conversations at 3 million decibels are not!
You’re the odd one out because you’re the only one not on your phone
It’s probably just me on this one, but I always feel super smug when I’m the only one not glued to their screen, scrolling through Facebook or Instagram.
What’s really funny is that my train journey is all overground but there is this one section where we go into a tunnel for about a minute or so and everyone loses their signal and all huff because their social media isn’t loading! I’m just sat there reading my non-signal required book, getting the most entertainment out of everyone I’m sat around, hehe!
Sometimes you don’t have enough arm room to get your book out
Sometimes my train can be super busy and this leaves you no room to get your book out! If you’re reading a physical book and the train is rammed full of people it can get crushed, which is my worst nightmare tbh!
That’s the benefit of a Kindle on public transport, it can’t get ruined. Just don’t drop it down the crack between the platform and train!
You get appreciative looks from other readers
I love it when you see another reader on the train and they check out the book you’re reading and give you a little tip of the head or smirk etc, as though they’re saying “good on ya”. I do it to readers myself, I wonder how they feel about it back lol.
It can be super uncomfy
Train and bus seats aren’t the comfiest. Even 1st class train seats aren’t anything special!
I like to be in super comfortable surroundings when I read, like my bed, or snuggled with one of my doge’s on the sofa. So having the smallest amount of bum space on a stiff and slightly scratchy chair isn’t great!
Those are my ups and downs of reading on public transport! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and if you can think of any others it’d be great to hear them!
I hope this was post will suffice over my normal Top Ten Tuesday post I’d be putting up about now.
Happy Tuesday all!