Complaining about commuting may be the oldest story in the book. Even the hunter gatherers must have dreaded the long treks across the terrain in search of their daily bread. I commute to an unpaid internship, which shows you how far humanity has truly come… While the subway ride is long (2 hour round trip)and sometimes very crowded, my favorite part of the trip is reading.
I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember and I cherish summer as a season to catch up on all the reading I can’t do during the school year. Don’t get me wrong, I read a ton at school, but books about the American South, Spanish Kings, and Linguistics are hardly light. (side note: I order a lot of my textbooks from amazon and my recommendations are the weirdest. Their algorithm thinks I have some strange interests…) After a trip to the dominican republic where i read six books in five days, I wanted a way to keep track of what I was reading this summer, and to get suggestions from freinds and people with similar taste. I joined goodreads when I got back and really enjoy using it. To start, you add a bunch of books you have already read and rate them on a scale of one to five. This helps the site give you recommendations. Then you can add lists of books you’d like to read, books you are reading and other lists “favorite children’s books” or “mystery novels to keep you up all night.” Rating old books is a trip down memory lane, especially considering some of what I read in middle school. I also love seeing what my friends (I have 4 at last count) read. It’s also a good way to keep yourself accountable. I always like to be reading something but it’s not good to be in the middle of a bunch of books.
I also put a goodreads widget on my blog so you can see what I’m reading and add me as a friend.
Here are some recent favorites
Heart of the City by Ariel Sabar: This is about nine couples that met in public places in New York. It’s especially fun to read on the subway (so meta).
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst: This is a combo murder mystery-mother-son tale-book about an author. It’s really intriguing.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: You may laugh out loud reading this. If you liked Bossypants, you will love this (and want to be best friends with Mindy, hey girl)
I highly recommend goodreads! Add me and let me know what you’re reading mid-commute.