Booking Through Thursday: In Public

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

When I was a wee lass, my mother asked me to refrain from bringing my copy of Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, which features the author seated on a toilet (with his pants down but his boxers up), into any public place. That was the last and only time I didn’t carry the book I was reading at the time with me into the world.

I am never without a book. Paperbacks, naturally, are easier to stash in my bag, but, as a student with a backpack, one more hardcover will only make my back stronger, right? I read during any spare moment I can get, so I need to have my current print read on me at all times. I don’t try to hide covers; I’m never ashamed of what I’m reading. (Plus, the nature of how I read, with notecards and Post-Its and pens, tends to make me look a lot more studious than I would otherwise.) In fact, I love cheesy covers—as evidenced by my love for cheesy speculative fiction paperbacks from the eighties and nineties—so the sillier the better, really.

Review: The Bridge to Never Land

The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

As a kid, I loved Dave Barry, the newspaper humorist. We had a collection or two around the house that I would read and reread, finding him hysterical. I haven’t revisited him since I was a wee thing, but I’ve retained a soft spot for him over the years, perking up when he appeared on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and when Peter and the Starcatchers was released in 2004. I’ve always meant to get around to the series, so when I saw the fifth book in the series available on NetGalley, I decided to give it a shot.

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