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Twelve books for your commute in 2018

Travelling isn’t always the most entertaining, especially when you’re taking the same route daily. So, to spice up your commute this year, we’ve found twelve books that’ll keep you entertained all year long.

Commute reads
Commute reads

1) ‘All Grown Up’ by Jami Attenberg

If you’re looking for a short story (there’s only 197 pages) to devour on your daily commute, then why not look at ‘All Grown Up’ by Jami Attenberg? The book follows a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman as she navigates an interesting time in her life. Don’t expect the structure of a traditional novel, this story is written in a series of witty vignettes.

2) ‘The Unfinished World: And other Stories’ by Amber Sparks

This selection of short stories will take you to a whole new world. From the mythical and otherworldly, apocalyptic and mysterious – your daily commute is about to get more exciting. The stories deal with a range of topics from death all the way to taxidermy.

3) Cities I’ve Never Lived In’ by Sara Majka

Have you ever wished you were somewhere else on your daily commute? Majka’s novel is just what you need. This collection of short stories will make you think differently about the landscape that you commute past each day. These stories are all about the ways places transform visitors and stay with you forever.

4) ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins

We couldn’t write a post about books to read on the train without including Paula Hawkins bestseller ‘The Girl on the Train’. This book has plenty of twists and turns to keep you busy on your commute. Is what you see out of the window really the truth?

5) ‘Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets’ by Nassim Nicholas T

This standalone book in Taleb’s landmark Incerto series investigates luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk and decision-making in a world people don’t understand. This book will change the way you think about markets and the world, along with how we perceive luck in personal and professional experiences.

6) ‘The Industries of the Future’ by Alec Ross

In this book, Ross looks at how the world is changing and the ways people are trying to improve their lives. Thanks to this easy chapter-by-chapter approach this books is easily digested on a daily commute. When finished, you’ll be left pondering some of life’s biggest questions.

7) 253 by Geoff Ryman

Do you commute on the tube? This one is definitely for you. This book began as an interactive novel on a website in 1996 and explores the missed connections of the 253 people that can find on a Bakerloo line train.

8) ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’ by Tom Robbins

After reading this book you’ll want to be ditching the commute and start travelling. The protagonist is a woman born with enormously large thumbs who capitalizes on this by becoming a hitchhiker. Follow the adventure as Sissy Hankshaw travels from Virgina to Manhattan.

9) ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks

If you like books that discuss zombies and the apocalypse then Max Brook’s book is one for you. ‘World War Z’ depicts a post-apocalyptic world that has suffered from a zombie plague. Telling individual stories instead of one, overarching narrative this book will keep you captivated on your commute.

10) ‘We Are Never Meeting In Real Life’ by Samantha Irby

Blogger and comedian Samantha Irby’s book is bound to make you chuckle during your commute. Irby takes you through her life, both past and present, poking fun at the ghosts of her past self in this great book of essays.

11) ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

‘The Hate U Give’ is Angie Thomas’ young adult debut, and is one that will stick with you long since your commute has ended. Focusing on race inequality in America, follow Starr’s point of view of the Black Lives Matter movement. A very poignant and thought provoking read.

12) ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ by Malcolm Gladwell

Are you ready to an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”? Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? in this great commuter read. Want to know the answer? You’ll have to pick up the book to find out.

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