We tried sneak reading in possibly the worst place ever, and well, it didn’t go to plan…

We went to a wedding last weekend. There was a gloriously long train journal, a snazzy hotel room, emosh speeches, fancy food and…reading?


So it’s possible we tried to read during a weekend of wedding things. It didn’t go 100% to plan…

It started off so well. A 4 hour train ride to Cardiff was the perfect time to get stuck in. (Enjoy the blurry glimpse of English countryside out of the window.)

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When we finally trudged across the city to our hotel we found that it was a little fancier than expected. We definitely weren’t complaining, especially when we spotted a reading chair in our room! And it totally matched the book.

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We were also rather chuffed to see a complimentary bottle of fizz to read with. Though messing around trying to open the bottle and then drinking the fizz nearly made us late for a pre-wedding gathering…

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Luckily for us, we had a few hours spare the next morning before we headed over to the church. So obvs we brunched, because why not? ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ came along for the ride and we definitely got a funny look from our waiter…

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We took our sweet time so had to dash back to the hotel to get wedding-ready. It turns out that we’re super good at faffing around. But then disaster struck:


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ didn’t fit in our bag. And so Atwood’s masterpiece was left behind as the bride and groom became husband and wife. We danced so much and cried at the speeches so thoroughly that we kinda forgot about the book until the next day…

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After waking up in a panic 5 minutes before check out, we raced through brunch (yes, we totes had brunch again) and made our way to the station. I mean, we read all the way home so makes it totally fine, right?

Where’s the strangest place you’ve tried to read? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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