But a lot of people in the comments mention that they only feel really comfy if they have something to read. I think this is quite a common feeling. Do you feel a bit panicky if you find yourself waiting in a queue, and you don't have a book to read? And yet - look up and down the queue. Everyone else is standing patiently, without a book. Are they daydreaming? Are they stoical? Am I really in such a small minority?
And we will pass over the entire 'hopping from one leg to another while you decide what book you are taking to the loo' thing. because of course I never do that.
Talking about the comfort of books, as I left to sit by my nan's bedside the week before last I found myself putting a book in my bag (of course) and then another (what if I didn't feel like reading the first one?). I caught H's eye as I put the fourth book into my bag, and had to admit that carrying books had become a sort of insurance or comfort blanket. Is reading a way of blocking thought sometimes?
In conclusion - are we (and I mean you and me) hopelessly effete and decadent? Do you have the same compulsion that I do, to have something to read with you at all times? Do you read in queues and stuff?