The Books People Read on the MBTA

A good book and a long commute are the perfect combination: While the body traverses physical space, the mind can meander off on its own. When we asked people what they were reading on the T, we found some bestsellers. But in general, Bostonians prefer deeper cuts, with literary tastes that defy stereotypes. We found an 87-year-old in a baseball cap reading Dante, a 24-year-old in a pencil skirt reading The Incredible Hulk, and a middle-aged lady serenely engrossed in Thugs and the Women Who Love Them. Our inner selves, it seems, are on display to anyone reading over our shoulders.

Paul Woodworth, 22, Allston | 66 Bus
A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin

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Edward Walker, 34, Boston | Orange Line
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

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Amanda Gaspar, 24, Brookline | Red Line
Possible Side Effects, by Augusten Burroughs

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Christopher Chokrane, 19, Allston | Orange Line
Successful Telephone Selling in the ’90s, by Martin D. Shafiroff and Robert L. Shook

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John Morton, 20, Quincy | Orange Line
A Feast for Crows, by George R. R. Martin

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Enoch Woodhouse II, 87, Boston | Green Line
The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri

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  • Misael Abreu

    This is great! Boston Magazine should make this a regular posting on the site.

  • Hadassah Hannah

    Fantastic! Love books, especially dead-tree ones!