I keep a book in the car in case of emergencies – if I have car trouble and have to wait for AAA, something like that. I understand that people who have kids usually have a book in the car that they’re reading on a pretty regular basis while they do soccer runs or whatever. This, however, is something I will pick up at completely unpredictable intervals (I’ll go months and months without touching it); and when I do read it, it could, who knows, turn out to be for five minutes or an hour.
My current such emergency book is The Last Word, a book of obitiuaries from the NYT. Each runs two or three pages, and then it’s on to something completely different. Perfect.
I can’t possibly be the only Doper with such a habit – does anyone have any recommendations for the genre? The other day I unexpectedly found myself engaged in a very long wait for a friend to pick me up, so now am about 50 pages from the end – I’ll want to replace it soon.