We’re back in the city and taking buses or the subway to and from work. I always take a small book in my bag, so that I have something to do in my spare time instead of playing on my phone. Here are a few ideas of books to read during your commute.

Poetry for the power of words


If you’re into poetry, you know how satisfying it is to read carefully arranged words and the beauty of a nice image. Some public transport systems put poetry on their walls but you can take your favorite collection of poems instead. They’re short and you can stop anytime. I can’t recommend enough the romantic John Keats, who is one of my favorite British poets (from the 19th century). And if you want a younger author, look up Fatimah Asghar’s If They Come For Us or Rupi Kaur’s milk and honey.

Short stories to read in one go


Another good option if you’re the kind of person to read something in one seating is short stories. Changes are, if your commute is long enough, you can read one short story at a time. Since I am a fan of the classics, I’m recommending Oscar Wilde‘s work. Brilliantly witty, they make time fly and are a great way to go to work inspired, or come home happy. On a more recent note, The Thing Around Your Neck by feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a collection of short stories from 2009 that explore relationships.

Novels to last several days 


Virginia Woolf is one of those authors I had to read for university and did not wish to explore further (because of all the analysis I had to do). But recently rediscovering her work has turned me into an admirer. In particular, her 1928 novel titled Orlando is a feminist stapple and a great read. Follow the adventures of a 300 year-old person who undergoes mysterious sex changes and lives through important events of the British history. Or you can take an interest in Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, which is going to be much talked about in 2020 when Reese Whiterspoon and Kerry Washington Hulu mini-series adaptation airs.

Article by Juliette Cardinale