you want to get both hands in the shot, how about adding some more interesting angles, like tilting your picture so that the hands are at top and bottom instead of the sides? This is a cool way to make sure your pictures all look different.
This is an imagine taken in the of a woman reading on the train. It's fascinating how 30 years later the only thing that has changed is the amount of graffiti. I guess train carts have always been the preferred reading environment for some!