Let’s Talk Bookish: Emergency Books

Hello! I hope that you had a good weekend – I was pretty busy, but also had some time to myself which was nice. ANd, although it’s a couple days late, I am very excited for this week’s LTB topic. So, let’s get into this week’s post, which is all about emergency books!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April 2022! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is emergency books, suggested by The Bageler @ It’s the Bageler!


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?”

What makes a book an emergency book?

Before this topic, I hadn’t really thought about the concept of an emergency book. But I’ve definitely been using the idea for a while!

For me, an ’emergency book’ is a book that I can have with me at all times, that I will always want to read, whether that’s for five minutes, or for an hour.

Although I haven’t been reading as much lately, I’ve always loved finding little bits of time during my day to read. Emergency books are the books that I pick up when I’m not doing anything else, and are books that I’m always happy to read, if it’s for just a minute, or for a couple hours.

So, do you always have an emergency book with you? And what are your go-to emergency books?

I pretty much always have a book with me. But, I am definitely a bit of a mood reader, and a lot of the time I just don’t feel like reading certain books. So, my go-to emergency books are generally one of a few things.

A lot of the time, my emergency book will be one of my comfort books that I’ve read before, and loved. For example, I usually have the audiobook of Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson downloaded on my phone. That way, if I’m bored or want to listen to something, it’s right there.

I also will often carry around a book that’s part of a series I’ve already started. That way, it’s a new book, but is I’m also already familiar with the characters and style, so I can jump into it quickly.

Do you stick to having physical books on you, or do you prefer to read ebooks and audiobooks while out and about?

Honestly, I usually have all three, or at least two.

I really like having physical books with me; there’s usually at least one in my backpack at school, or in my dance bag.

I have a lot of old favorites on my phone and kindle as audiobooks and ebooks, so those are almost always with me.

When I’m at school, I like reading physical books. It’s not really an extra hassle to carry a physical book around because I can just have it in my backpack, and I can have books out in most of my classes, when I might not be able to be on my phone.

If I’m walking, like on my way home from school or something, I like listening to audiobooks. If I’m listening to one that’s an old favorite, then I’m able to listen to the book, and also pay attention to stuff around me without losing track of the plot, so that’s when familiar audiobooks work really well for me.

This week’s posts:

Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own | Hannah @ Hannah’s Library | Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole | Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Do you always have a book with you? What would you consider to be an emergency book? Chat with me in the comments below!

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