Saturday, January 23, 2016

Peppy Books for Reading On the GO

In my opinion, traveling is the best time for reading. It not only utilizes the time which I would have probably wasted but also makes the journey seem less daunting. For the past five years, I have been reading while commuting via metro. I read about forty books each year and most are read on the go.

So, here is a list of peppy, light and engaging books for reading on the go, tried and tested by me.

1) Dan Brown Books, especially the Robert Langdon Series. I read all the four books in this series while traveling. The best part about these books is that they are easy to read with easy to understand vocabulary so one doesn't need the dictionary very much. Also, being thrillers, they shift one's focus from the travel to the story, so one may feel as if the journey just began and ended. Highly recommended for long travel.

2) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book by Cheryl Strayed is a first person account of the journey she undertook while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is about how Cheryl hikes the longest journey she had ever undertaken while dealing with loss and emotional turmoil all alone in nature. It is an all-time bestseller and highly recommended from me.

3) The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson: This consists of the books: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. It is a great example of best contemporary writing which breaks the clichés of society and challenges its norms. It is the story of a young but genius girl who has her own ways to deal with the world and her friendship with a well-known journalist. It is my favourite book series ever and I promise it will entertain you, engulf you into its world and you'll forget everything else.

4) Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh. This is a funny yet true account of the life of Allie Brosh. It is very engaging and very relatable at times. The writing is easy and very funny without trying too hard. Allie talks about her childhood, how she coped with depression, how a bird terrorized her house, and other such stuff. It was a bestseller when it was first launched and is highly recommended for the truthful nature of Brosh’s writing. It is a light, peppy read, great for reading while traveling.

5) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book was hailed as the latest “Gone Girl” when it was introduced first. Paula Hawkins is a well-known journalist and her writing is engaging and crisp. The book is about messed up people and at the centre our protagonist who is an alcoholic. AS the story continues, the people one liked before do not seem so likeable any more. It shows the ugly side of humankind and what we are capable of.

6) Runaway by Alice Munroe: This is a collection of short stories by Nobel Laureate Alice Munroe. Munroe being the literary genius she is, crafts detailed, crisp stories out of ordinary people. And the best part about short stories is they are perfect for reading while traveling.

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1 comment:

  1. I highly recommend reading the book The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
    I just finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a really interesting book to read.

    I brought mine from Amazon and they delivered it in just 2 days.
    Here is a link for the book on Amazon:
    The Girl on the Train: A Novel