NYC popular subway reading? A top 20 list


I came across this wonderful list online yesterday about the most popular books being read on the NY subway. Now, I don’t live in NY, but I do live a hop, skip & a jump away. Whenever I find myself in NY, and on the subway, I absolutely MUST have a book with me. There is nothing more awkward than being on the subway, with nothing to do, and looking around trying not to make eye contact with anyone. Eye contact is definitely a no-go!

The Survey was taken in the Fall of 2009 and does reflect some of whats popular right now. I’ve only read a few books on this list, but some are on my To-Read list. Some are currently movies and some are not. One is written by a fellow Rutgers Graduate. Have you read any of them?

1. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (I said I would read this when the hype died down. I am not a big fan of reading what’s trendy right now.)

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

3. The Time Traveler’s Wife ( I heard the book was better than the movie.)

4. Infinite Jest (Never heard of it)

5. Netherland (???)

6. The Onmivore Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (This actually sounds really interesting– Following 4 meals as they come to fruition.

7. Twilight (guilty, but I refused to buy it! I only read it when it was won free. And it’s for research purposes! I swear!!)

8. My Life in France

9. 2666

10. Anna Karenina (Classic, but I have to admit I never read it. I said I wanted to, but it hasn’t made its way to my house yet.)

For the rest of the list check it out at One of those listed I find hard pressed to believe people are actually reading this on the subway, but I guess its true. Weird but true.

3 thoughts on “NYC popular subway reading? A top 20 list

  • As the guy who posted that list to Flashlight Worthy — and a New Yorker who rides the subway — I can vouch for the site of a lot of those books on the Subway.

    Yes, you might see more trash than literature when riding, but it’s lots of *different* trash titles… and frequently the *sale* good titles. 😉

    (The guy who came up with Flashlight Worthy)
    Recommending books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime. 😉

  • Cleo

    Peter, I’m all for a *sale* book … I’ve found many great discoveries in the discount bin! I look forward to many new lists from you guys via Twitter!

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