Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Blogger Hop No. 37: Are you able to read in the car?

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Are you able to read in the car?

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My Answer

When I was a kid, I would sometimes read comic books in the back seat of my parents' car, but I couldn't always concentrate. My two sisters were a huge distraction, as we sometimes had fights in that back seat. Lol.

Now, as an adult, I'm usually able to read in the car, but only nonfiction books or ebooks, as well as short Internet articles. I can't read fiction at all, because it's impossible for me to immerse myself totally in the world created by the author. Besides, my time in the car is too short anyway -- it's when my husband takes me to and from work, and when we go for Sunday drives.

On longer trips, like when we drive down to Key West, I can concentrate much more easily, so it's possible for me to read either fiction or nonfiction. These trips are rare, though....

In the past, we've gone to Orlando by Greyhound bus a few times, and I tried to read on the bus, too. Now THAT was totally impossible!  No matter what I tried to read, I would always fall asleep. Needless to say, this bothered me a lot! My husband used to laugh at me, because I would stuff two or three books  in my backpack along with some clothes, and we usually spent only weekends in Orlando. Lol.   

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  1. I seem to be always be the driver so reading in a car would be hazardous for me :)

    I can see how distracting it would trying to read in a car. Sometimes I will read on airplanes when I am traveling alone as I seem to be able to shut the world out a little easier when flying.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Oh, you definitely can't be reading if you're the driver! Lol.

      Yes, reading in a car can be distracting, but on longer trips, since my husband is always the driver, I can concentrate better. However, that's probably because these trips are right here in Florida. I don't think it would be possible for me to read if we were in some exotic locale, for instance. I would be much too excited! :)

      I haven't flown much in my life, not only because of lack of money, but also because I don't like flying. Several years ago, when I was in my twenties, one of my sisters and I went on a two-week tour to Spain, with a friend. I was not able to read on the plane, though, first, because of the fear, and then, because of the excitement! The three of us just couldn't stop talking! And on the way back, we were so sad....

      I also went to Colombia in my twenties. This was job-related, as I was sent to Medellin by a language school here in Miami. I taught English down there. I don't remember reading on the plane, though, either going there, or coming back. And I was alone, too. But again, my fear of flying had me feeling much too nervous!

      Thanks for commenting!! : )

  2. WWhen I was a kid I also could read in the car. Now I'm the one doing all the driving so I don't get to read at all.

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    1. Hi,Theresa!

      Yeah, if you're the only driver, you can't read at all! However, you should try audiobooks. That's what I used to do several years ago, on my morning and evening commute to and from work. I listened to "Twilight" and "New Moon" that way. And I had already read the printed books! Lol.

      Thanks for hopping over and commenting!! : )

  3. I always pack more books than I need. You never know, right? :)

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      Yeah, that's how it is with us bookworms. Books are like our security blankets! Lol. it's like, when we're going away on even a short trip, we wish we could bring ALL of our books with us, but, since we can't, we then bring as many as we can!

      Thanks for commenting! Happy Weekend and Happy Hopping to you, too!! :)

  4. As a child and in my teens, I was able to read just fine in the car. Then some time in my college years I would get car-sick whenever I tried to read in the car. So I understand your feelings when you were on that bus! Thank goodness that didn't last long. Now I'm able to read just fine in the car again. The only thing stopping me are my kids fighting in the back, and my husband who wants me to talk to him so he doesn't get too bored.

    1. Hi, Alyn!

      Gee, how weird that you were able to read in the car as a child and teen, and then, during your college years, you couldn't, and now you're able to do so again! Maybe you were too stressed out with all the college coursework or something. But it's great that you're able to read in the car again!

      I wonder why kids have a tendency to fight in the back seat of the family car. That's exactly what my sisters and I used to do when we went on Sunday drives with Mom and Dad. Lol.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! Have a great weekend!! :)

  5. I could definitely see how reading certain books would be difficult to focus on in the car. Especially if your drives are never particularly long, by the time you really get into the book you are already at your destination!

    Similarly,the couple times I was on a bus trip to places I also found myself either falling asleep of always getting distracted that I could never finish a page! I 100% blame those seats! LOL

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hi, Jitty!

      Yeah, that's been my experience, at least. it's very disappointing to start getting into a novel, and then look up from it to find out I've arrived at my destination. So I don't even bother with fiction!

      You know, I think you're right about the bus seats, because I don't usually fall asleep when I read in the car during road trips. I has happened, but when it has, it's because I've been VERY tired.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! Thanks for commenting back!! : )

  6. Reading in the car has never been a problem for me, except perhaps when I am expected to interact with the people in the car with me. ;-) I am looking forward to going on a road trip with my family someday and maybe listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks or something. I think that would be fun.

    1. Hi, there!

      Yeah, interacting with people in the car is sometimes necessary. Lol. But when it isn't, it sure is nice to be able to read in the car!

      Listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks sure does sound like fun! Especially if you've already read the printed books. I did that with the first two books of The Twilight Saga -- "Twilight" and "New Moon" -- when I used to drive to and from work several years back.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )

  7. I travel for my job so I got a Nook and Kindle to load up on books because I don't have a car when I am gone so can't get to a books store. But I understand about concentrating. When I read in the car it has to be a fun easy read.


    1. Hi, Teri!

      I do prefer printed books, but I also have 100+ ebooks on my phone's Kindle app. Sometimes ebooks are more convenient. Certainly in your situation they are!

      Concentrating is definitely hard for me on short car trips, such as the work commute. Several years ago, when I was still driving, I listened to a couple of audiobooks on my way to and from work. They were the first two books of The Twilight Saga. I had already read the printed books, too. That's how much I LOVE this series! Lol. But yeah, concentrating on fiction is just impossible for me in the car, unless we're going on a long road trip.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! : )


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