Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Commuting by public transport is not an exciting way to spend your time, so people read, listen to music and do things to keep their minds occupied. At times commuting can feel mind-numbing, as you sit not thinking about anything in particular. To keep my mind agile, I've started to do a game in which I notice the names of books that people are reading and try to remember them. I then write them down when I get to work. So, yesterday and this morning, people were reading:

Labyrinthe - Kate Mosse
The Right Nation - John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
The Consolations of Philosophy - Alain de Botton
Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
A Pimlico Military Classic by John Keegan
Tourism - Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal
The Adventure of Augie Marsh - Saul Bellow
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
Difficult Conversations - Roger Fiske
The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho
L'ecume des jours - Boris Vian

As for me, I was reading Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey, which I'm reading to learn about Japan in advance of my trip there. Tomorrow I fly to Tokyo, and spend two nights in Hokota, a small city north of there. This coming weekend is spent in Tokyo, and we fly on Monday morning to Fukuoka to spend 2-3 days there. We then get the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima, and spend 2-3 days there and then fly back to Tokyo for another 2 nights.



R2K said...

: )

BostonPobble said...

This is such a great game! Where were you when I was commuting??? And what is taking you to Japan ~ or did I miss that post?

Adam said...

Was somebody really reading a short history of tractors in Ukrainian. Was it Chelorex?! He blogged about that book here:

Surely there can't be many copies of that book floating around. I hope not anyway...

Enjoy Japan

Adrian said...

BostonPobble - Japan is a holiday, simple as that!

Adam - is the 'tractors in Ukraine' book exceptionally bad or something? It's quite a big seller, and has been shortlisted for awards.