Filipino Friday 3: Reading Habits and Book Formats

''Where and how do you read? Can you read anywhere and everywhere, or do you need a certain place/mood/state of mind to get reading? Do you read more in the morning or at night or any minute that you can? Where and how do you usually read? Are you exclusively for print, or do you go for ebooks more than print? Have you ever tried audiobooks?''
Six days a week, I commute 23 miles to work in the morning and another 23 miles back home in the evening. Most of my reading time is spent in the bus, MRT, and LRT. That's how my reading habit became uninteresting these days. How do I read? Nothing unusual. I love to read inconspicuously in the corner and I dislike excessive public display of reading. I can read anywhere and everywhere unless it's a special book by a favorite author that needs special attention. I think I read more in the morning and less at night since I'm more active online at night.

I respect all kinds of formats. But a traditional printed book will always remain a favorite, especially when it's fresh off the press. The smell of paper and ink provides an additional character to the book that makes it unique from the rest of the books in the shelf. I think that's a very good reason why book folks call it a classic format.

Never tried audiobooks but I recall listening to fantastic and scary stories recorded in cassette tapes (my father worked as a rural broadcaster and he used to have this collection of stories in tapes) ages ago. I think they are the same in essence.


  1. I love reading 'real' books, but due to convenience I've bought a Kindle and I LOVE it. It's so easy to have everything with you and it's easier to get books. I do most of my reading on the MTR commute into work (about 30 mins) and before I go to bed too.
    - Laura

  2. Hi Laura! Thanks for visiting.

  3. That is a lot of time in transit, and lots of reading time! (How do you manage to read on a crowded MRT/LRT?)

    As for book formats, I respect the written word, whatever the form. But I agree with you, there is something extra special about the paper format!

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  4. Reading my way to work is easier in the morning since I'm taking the second station from the South so it's less crowded. Going home when it's crowded, I position myself far away from the doors. I dont force it anymore when I can only read while standing, tried it before and it was dangerous. Unless you've had a good night sleep, motion sickness is always guaranteed.

  5. Wish I could read in transit but I get motion sickness! :)


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