Nose in a book: do you read whilst walking?

reading whilst walking 300x240 Nose in a book: do you read whilst walking?

Hey, Ma! Im just going to take my book for a walk!

I dont doubt that somewhere in the world this phrase, or something like it, has been uttered. Because its with increasing frequency that Ive been coming across a phenomenon Ill call, for ease and accuracy, book walking.

My daily commute of 5ks each way to and from work (made either by foot or on my bike) allows plenty of time for sticky-beaking on other pedestrians and travellers. But of late its also included the avoidance of people walking about with their nose firmly stuck in a book.

Admittedly, Im prone to reading blogs and emails on my phone as I walk, and I invariably have an audiobook playing at the same time (at the moment its Swiss Family Robinson), but as someone who has a) a tendency to trip over my own feet and b) a propensity towards travel sickness, commuting with a book in hand is something Ive not yet mastered.

But, oh, those who do, I do envy you (once Ive navigated around you, that isyou do have a tendency to veer off in funny directions). Ive seen people wandering along with a Kindle in hand: most notably a chap going for a stroll about the walking tracks of Fawkner park with his ereader. Just today I saw someone reading George RR Martin as they walked past the Arts Centre. Harry Potter, Jo Nesbo, and the Twilight books also seem to be popular with walkersperhaps a book needs to be fat to help with balance?

I am curious, though, about why'people read whilst walking. I do it because I spend a good few hours a day strolling about, and as a Gen-Yer I positively must multitask. But why do others? Are they at a particularly good part of the book? Do they want others to see what theyre reading? Do they want to block out the world around them? Did they leave their iPod at home?

If youre a book walker, do clue me inId love to know your reasons for doing so.

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