Totally agree with John_Laine here.
When I see people post on not being able to read the handouts because of self-consciousness or not having a private space, or being overheard, I totally understand that. BUT, I cannot get down with the idea of people stopping therapy just because of this. Find a way to do it that fits your situation at the time. Find a way, find a place. There has got to be some option.
Generally I read my handouts in my room, alone, relaxed. John makes the excellent point - it's best to be in a good, calm place so that you are comfortable while doing the therapy. Sometimes I also went to my car. Sometimes I had to drive the car to a parking space away from other cars. Reading them aloud is good for so many reasons. Then some people say they cannot read aloud for fear of roommates or neighbors hearing. Well then - again, do what you can. Use an inner voice if that's all you can do. But imagining yourself "hearing" your inner voice. I know that sounds goofy, but IT"S BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING. And again, John says, just as long as you can hear your own voice. I agree. What if you had neighbors and were worried about them hearing. Could they hear you barely whispering out loud, or making a mumbling noise in your head? I don't think so. So, that's what you do.