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Girl On The Train: Best Books To Read On Your Commute

Whether you’ve been following along with my posts for a while or you’re new here, the fact of the matter is that I’ve some how some way lured you in to my web… and I really hope you stay and hang out! I’m now a full time train commuter and… though it’s only been about a month I must admit (I’ll regret this and be singing a different tune come winter time I’m sure) that it really isn’t that bad. It can get a bit annoying and tedious, and I’m starting to have some back pains lugging around my heavy ass bag, but overall its a pretty decent commute.

Since everything I do is somehow documented on this site, I thought it would only be right to start a series ( and I say this loosely because I’m terrible at keeping up with series writing) of how my life is being affected in both the positive and negative on my daily New York grind. The first chapter of the series… is positive of course! I get so much more time to read for myself. This has been a goal I have been setting for years and now I get the opportunity to sit down, relax (as relaxed as you can be on a New York train) and just read for fun. In the first month of commuting to work, I’ve devoured four books!


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These are my recommendations for the best books to read on your commute no matter how short or long they will be helpful and entertaining.

Best Books To Read On Your Commute


1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child  (J.K Rowling and Jack Thorne): This was the first book I read on my commute back in September and can I tell you… I LOVED IT! May be one of my faves in the series (still undecided about that) but it was AMAZING and I couldn’t put it down. I’m a sucker for nostalgia which is why I love when new things give a nod to the old and this does just that without being weird, quiche, or overdone. I recommend this book even if you aren’t commuting! READ IT!


2. We’re All Damaged (Matthew Norman) : Currently in the process of reading this book now on my iPad. A friend of mine recommended it and said it was great for dealing with past issues of heartbreak, lost love…etc. It is a slow start but the story gets better as you hit the midway point and is incredibly relatable. I don’t know if I’d agree with her and say it helps with dealing with breakups and all that jazz, but it is interesting and will make the commute a little more bearable.


3. Who Moved My Cheese (Spencer Johnson): My former co worker recommended this book to me over the summer and since then I’ve placed it on my list. When my brother brought it home from the library I saw it as a sign that it was time to see what all the hype was about. Many people credit this tiny 70 page book with being life changing. While I don’t think it was life changing, it did certainly reaffirm many of the things in life I knew and don’t always pay attention to. It was more of a reminder than a wake up call. I enjoyed the simple complexity of it and finished it in one round trip commute.


4. Water For Elephants (Sarah Gruen): This book… I have been attempting to read for YEARS! I’ve started it on three separate occasions and each time have been distracted or forgot. I usually like to read a book before seeing a film, and with this I did it backwards. I loved the movie (even though I hate the whole concept of circuses) and I am so proud that I was able to finish it this time around. It is a well written book and the story is different. It is a bit heavy so I recommend getting a library card, and downloading the digital app so you can read it on the go on your ipad, kindle or other tablet.


5. Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi): Okay this one is a cheat, I didn’t actually read this during my commute time. I read this book over the summer (my second attempt) and fell in love with it. I always kick myself when I end up loving a book that took me so long to actually start reading. Chimamanda most certainly has a new fan and I’ll be reading Half of A Yellow Sun soon and hope to include it on my next book roundup!

Have you read any of these recommendations yet? If so which one? Which one are you most excited to read next? Share your thoughts with us below.

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