Each Thursday, join me for my once a week practice, Through the Glass Backwards. As I commute into work, I take the light rail downtown. Even though I tend to get motion sick easily, I usually end up facing backwards, watching as the city slips by. These vignettes will be a 200 word glimpse of things I see as the world outside me lives its life, and I am fortunate enough to see.
Recently, I’ve been noticing an increase in print books in people’s hands when I’m on the light rail, most often library books. That there are still a number of e-readers and smartphone users, but the other morning when I got on, there were three people, all sitting window side and no one sitting next them, holding print books in their hands.
I’m a sneak peeker. It’s one of the reasons I’m noticing print materials instead of e-readers. I spend part of my ride gazing out of the window, daydreaming about the changes that are coming. The other part of my ride, I’m glancing out of the corner of my eye, trying to catch a hint of a title, or spine, or perhaps even the header and page number. I want to ask people, “What are you reading?” It’s not as though I need more book recommendations. But to connect with people over stories, over what they find interesting, to have conversations about books and tales and enjoyment? Even the thought of it makes me smile.
Unfortunately, I’m typically a poor peeker, or spend too little time sneaking peeks and instead, daydream out of the window, wondering my own stories and tales.
What are you currently reading? What stories are you currently enjoying?