Let’s Talk Bookish | Emergency Books

Let’s Talk Bookish | Emergency Books

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022. Aria @ Book Nook Bits has been the host since the beginning of April 2022.

Prompts: Do you carry around emergency books? The Bageler explained the concept like this: “Do you keep a copy of Travels With Charley or Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in your bag in case you get stuck in a waiting room, a copy of The Master & Margarita in your glovebox for long lines at the drive-through? Or has the ubiquity of phones and e-readers and similar made this obsolete? If you do, why is THAT your Emergency Book, and do you read it any other time or only when you find yourself at the DMV?”

So, do you always have an emergency book with you? What makes a book an emergency book? And what are your go-to emergency books? Do you stick to having physical books on you, or do you prefer to read ebooks and audiobooks while out and about?

I am officially back to trying some prompts again, and I was so happy to see that Let’s Talk Bookish is still going on. Shout out to Aria for taking up the helm! This is going to be fun to get back into every week. Thank you also to everyone that comes up with these amazing prompts as well!

So, emergency books.

I don’t really carry around emergency books. I bring a copy of the book that I’m currently reading with me wherever I go, even if I don’t end up reading it at the time. This to me kind of works out as an emergency book because it gives me something to do in case I have a lull in my time, or if I’m taking myself out to eat and I want some alone time to read. It’s been pretty great, and I always enjoy carrying one of my current reads with me.

Since I also usually listen to audiobooks as well, I always have something I’m consuming! I love listening to my books while I’m driving all over the place, and then catching up on some other reading during other things throughout the day. That sounded a lot more cryptic than I meant it to be, but you know what I mean.

Okay that was some good practice! I’m glad to be getting back into it and I’m glad to be able to catch up on prompts that are currently happening. What about you? Do you carry emergency books with you? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish | Emergency Books

  1. Hi Leelyn – I’m like you, I only carry around the book I’m reading. The emergency book concept is interesting, though. I hate reading more than one book at a time, so anything I’d start in an “emergency” would have to get put aside until later. But, if it’s an all-time favorite book I’ve read many times, maybe reading a few pages would be just right. Hope you are doing well!

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    1. I like your thought process on this. Having an all-time favorite as an emergency book may work out better to just satisfy that wait time until you can get back to the book you’re actually focusing on. I don’t know if I could pick just *one* all-time favorite book to designate for that emergency book though! I’m glad to see you on my blog again! I know it’s been way too long, so I appreciate the continued support. I am doing well! I hope you are too ❤

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  2. I’ve never thought about emergency books but I like the idea! I don’t really carry books around with me during the day to day though — I have the kindle app on my phone, so if I have an unexpected desire to read and free time, I usually will pick up one of those books to read.

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    1. It’s a pretty good idea! I recently re-downloaded the Kindle app on my phone while I was at brunch today, so I could read a little bit, but I didn’t want to start something completely new when I still had a book in my car. The only reason why I didn’t bring the book with me was because it was pouring and I didn’t want to get it all wet since it was a library book.


  3. I always have some unfinished ebooks on my phone, but i haven’t needed to read them in public in quite a while because so many of the places I have appointments at are now better about keeping their waiting rooms as empty as possible to reduce the spread of germs. It’s good to be prepared, though. 🙂

    And audiobooks are a wonderful distraction while out and about!


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