On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Toby Lichtig bemoans bad weather’s effect on workday reading: when you can’t go outside at lunch, just where and how are you supposed to get any reading done? He also identifies five books not to read on your lunch break — because they bring with them “a horrible sense of deja vu”:
Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
Personal Days, by Ed Park
e, by Matt Beaumont
Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
The Greatest Gift, by Danny Leigh
I read at my desk all the time, although only on lunch hour (even at a book-review journal we’re too busy to read), and what I read is determined more by what’s being published soon than my own personal whim. If publishers suddenly stopped publishing, I’d probably read more old books about pool — but then I’d be out of a job and I’d have all day to read.
What factors do you consider when bringing a book to work? Which help the day go faster (Lichtig suggests Bertrand Russell’s In Praise of Idleness and Tom Hodgkinson’s How To Be Free) and which are best avoided?