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Booking Through Thursday - Desperation

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Today’s question is suggested by Carrie.

What’s the most desperate thing you’ve read because it was the only available reading material?
If it was longer than a cereal box or an advertisement, did it turn out to be worth your while? 

My TBR pile is never-ending, so if I'm at home I can always find something to read.  This problem is most likely to come up when I am waiting ... in line, at a doctor's office, kids' music lessons, airport, etc.  Usually I try to think about this in advance and be prepared with a book.  When I travel, I take more books with me than I could possibly finish, just in case.  But yes, there are times when I am unprepared.  One such example was when I bought a car a couple months ago.  When I went to pick it up, I thought I'd be in and out of there quickly.  (What was I thinking?  This was a car dealership!).  I was stuck reading back issues of People Magazine in the lounge.  Some people might enjoy that, but I really, really, hate People Magazine.  It was torture, but better than staring at all the other people in the waiting area.


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Jun. 28th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
But did you learn anything? lol.

Carrie K
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
When my husband and I started to live together, we couldn't afford cable TV, and our antenna didn't get any channels for us. My husband had checked out Laura Lemay's "How To Learn HTML in 30 Days" to help him build a hobby Web site. Out of sheer boredom, I started to thumb through the book and realized "Hey, I can do this!" I read the entire book, and then went to my computer and started to code. That was 10 years ago. Today, I am a marketing manager in charge of the Web strategy for my company. Who knew back then how this "dry read" would later impact my career (not to mention my Internet hobbies where those HTML tags come in handy!).
Jun. 29th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
Great story! I can't say People Magazine sent my career into any new directions!
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way...when I went to Denver last year, I was only going for a couple of days but I took 2 books for each day that I was there, you know to keep my options open...some women take more shoes than they can possibly carry, just in case, but me? Yeah, I carry more books than I can possibly carry or read. LOL.

Happy BTT!
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, that last comment was from me, Rowena from Book Binge.

Jun. 29th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
One more time, without typos
Once I read a romance novel by Fabio. It was not worth my while.

In Bolivia, I also purchased an abridged Spanish language edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Voldemort was picking off Weasleys one by one while Ron tearfully begged Harry not to flee because he can't lose his brothers and his best friend all at once. Severus Snape was dying of cancer, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin were re-united with long lost loves, and Harry took Ginny Weasley out to the Forbidden Forest and got to second base. When Harry died but was saved by a time-traveling Fleur Delacour, I finally wrote to a friend to see if perhaps I'd misunderstood something. Needless to say, that book was fake but it was still fun to read and I learned some Spanish vocabulary that carried me through the rest of the trip.
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