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Gals sure like to read

Lolita_1 I spent the last week observing what books CTA riders were reading. I found quite a lot of variety. And I found that at least this past week, it was overwhelmingly women who were reading books. Here's what they were reading. (All ages are approximate.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote, by a 30-year-old woman.

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman, 24-year-old woman.

Dating Games, RM Johnson, 25-year-old woman.

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 30-year-old man. Duh.

Blow Fly, Patricia Cornwell, 30-year-old woman. Gotta love forensic scientist pathologists.

Selevision, Augusten Burroughs, 25-year-old guy.

The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis, 25-year-old woman. Duh.

The Jester, James Patterson, 55-year-old man. Pulp fiction classic.

Caramba Caramba! Nina Marie Martinez, 30-year-old woman. Wins most-colorful-book-jacket award.

Later Additions and Modifications, 30-year-old guy. Not listed by Amazon. Amazing!

My Antonia, Willa Cather, 55-year-old woman.

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant, 25-year-old woman.

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, 25-year-old woman, eating french fries as she read. Oops, just kidding.

So that's 13 books, and nine female readers, four guys. And most of the woman are around 25 years old. It's hard to draw conclusions from such a small sample. So I will keep observing and reporting back. Oh, and ...

Safe Harbor, Eugene Izzi. That's what I'm reading right now on the El, when not taking notes on what others are reading.


Eugene Izzi is the MAN. I love his books, too bad he's not with us anymore...

When I read hardcover books on the el, it'd be difficult for anyone to see their titles: I take off the book jackets to keep them from ripping. On the Red line at about 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., I'm currently reading The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland.

I always try to see what others are reading so I can make snap judgments about them! Thanks for the great post.

Currently reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon on the red line.

Currently I'm reading "The Godfather Returns" by Mark Winegardner

I hope none of the riders are reading "The Taking of Pelham One-Two Three" by John Godey. We have enought delays on the system already.

I'm always looking at what others are reading. The el is a great place to browse. I just finished "Louise Brooks: A Biography" by Barry Paris (a hefty commuter read) and am currently reading "The Kite Runner."

Here are two interesting "what are others reading" from my own past week of observing. A guy reading a book in braille (a first for me on the el) and a very dour young woman who had the largest copy of "Faust" that I've ever seen. It was a hilarious movie prop sort of book--a dark cloth cover (no dust jacket) with giant red letters F-A-U-S-T.

I'm on the Brown Line (does that count?). I'm currently reading Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby. And I'm, um....39. Yeah. 39.

i'm reading "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.

I usually read Penthouse Forum on the el.

Oh, I kid.

Seriously, though -- I did see a rather decrepit old dude reading it while waiting for a flight to Boston last fall. This thread brought back the memories....

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