Rail Reads.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Thank you, Heather, for introducing me to photographer Ourit Ben-Haim's brilliant blog, Underground New York Public Library - a "visual library" that catalogs the reading habits of New York City subway commuters. For an avid reader and people-watcher like myself, it's a true treasure trove.

 
 

What have you been reading lately? (I spotted this at a bookstore in Dumbo last week, and seriously considered buying a copy - I think it would be a fun summer read!)

Visit Underground New York Public Library, here. All photos by Ourit Ben-Haim.

22 comments:

Katie said...

I love this- such a great idea for nosy people like myself to see what everyone is reading!

Christine said...

Ooh I discovered this blog recently too -- so fascinating and reminds me why I adore the feeling of a well loved, worn book in my hands! I always wonder what people are reading on the subway, especially when they look so entranced :)

rebecca said...

what?? awesome.

Shannon said...

Love this! Although when I lived in Chicago I could NEVER read on the subway, it was so rocky, made me feel car sick. :(

On another note, I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness project" and it's so good and inspiring, also Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" is a FANTASTIC read!

Heather said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Shoko! :) Peter Hessler's "Country Driving" is the next book I'll be reading on the subway.

Stefania said...

I am nosy myself, so I love this idea. Just wish I could see the actual titles!


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Kathy said...

It makes me so happy to see that people still read *real* books. There's just something so much more satisfying to the senses when you turn a page versus tapping your finger on a screen.

I'm currently in the middle of Colum McCann's "Let the Great World Spin" (for fun) and Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maldies: A Biography of Cancer" (highly recommended for school). Neither are what I would consider light reading, but both are extremely well-written and the stories unfold in an incredible way.

Shoko said...

Shannon, I've been meaning to read "The Happiness Project" - thanks for the rec!

Heather, thank YOU! I'm a big fan of Peter Hessler - "Country Driving" is supposed to be fantastic.

Stefania, this is the best part - Ourit tells you the titles of the books on her blog - check it out and enjoy!

Kathy, I agree! And I have "Let the Great World Spin" in my stack of to-reads - can't wait to start it!

Jenna said...

I love this! I secretly wish I was a more hard core people watcher but I always end up feeling bad and try to be discreet/get bored. My bf on the other hand can't hold a conversation if he's facing a window at a restaurant. This might be the perfect for him!

I read The Happiness Project too! it's a good read!

Pink Ronnie said...

I'm embarrassed to say I have not read a single book in the last month or so. When I do have time to read, I tend to re-read my favourites over and over again. I absolutely adore Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
Ronnie xo
p.s. So nice to be back catching up on your posts! Hope you've been well, Shoko.

Shoko said...

Ronnie, thank you! It's so good to have you back!

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

What an awesome idea for a blog. It's impressive that all these people can thoroughly enjoy reading in such public places. :)

Stevie P said...

What a great blog! Not to mention, the pictures are amazing. I seriously spent a great deal of an hour look through all the pages.

Shoko said...

Stevie P, I did, too. She is such a talented photographer.

angela said...

What a great blog, thanks for the introduction, there is something so people about pictures of people reading!

Stephanie said...

not sure i could ever look this cool reading haha. thanks for the intro to this blog!

joana said...

wow - so cool, love it!

Kerri Lynne said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh - I LOVE that! I'm looking forward to exploring the Underground NY Public Library more!

anna said...

nice pics!! I just ended my Isabel Allende book I need a new one to read!

Molly said...

These shots make me reconsider my decision to read on my Nook. I want to be reading something with an actual cover so I can be chronicled!

Monica L. Shulman said...

these are amazing...and it's nice to see so many people actually reading books instead of e-readers.

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