It’s near the end of the year, and near the end of the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge. I have one book left to finish in December, having finished three in November, along with a variety of other books, of course.
Finding “a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place” was a challenge in itself. I rarely see strangers reading books in public, partly because my daily routine does not involve a lot of time in public places among strangers (unless you count students I encounter around campus, and I’m not inclined to read one of their textbooks, even if I did see one of them studying one), but mostly because these days there don’t seem to be a lot of people reading printed books. I see lots of people looking at their smart phones or tablets, and no doubt some of them are reading books, but since most are probably not, I am not going to approach someone and ask, what are you reading.
But finally in October, I ended up in the public library during a tornado warning, bunched in the basement with everyone else in the library, and the man sitting next to me was both someone I didn’t know and was reading a book. He kindly showed me what it was, and as the library also had it as an audiobook, I listened to it in November (once I had finished the book I was listening to at the time). The late show by Michael Connelly was moderately interesting (so it was a good choice considering I could have found myself sitting next to someone reading a book I really disliked), but I can’t say I was all that impressed with it. Neither were some readers who like other books by Connelly, so I might consider one of those. Sometime. Maybe.