Reading books on the train, somehow the phrase sounds more romantic than the actual experience. We might imagine ourselves on a long haul train through the country, with the scenery passing by as we lounge cosily in our seat.
The truth couldn't be any more different, you might be reading on a seat or standing up, the train is crowded because everyone has to get to work/school and you might be falling asleep because you had hardly any sleep last night.
Whether our train journeys are romantic or mundane - I do think that reading is probably the most beneficial thing that people nowadays don't do enough of. Public transport provides a lull in-between two points of our lives - a place where we can read and reflect.
So without further ado - here's the books I've been reading on the train c:
Fumio Sasaki - Goodbye Things: The new Japanese Minimalism
This is a quick read, and has considerably less focus on talking to objects to get rid of things (looking at you Marie Kondo).
While I don't agree with what Fumio Sasaki says in certain parts of his book, it really is a good way to kickstart throwing away things you don't need.
It raises the question of what is necessary for living, why do we have what we have, and where does acquiring too many things lead me to. Sometimes, as they say - less is more.
Robert Jordan - The Wheel of Time
For you fantasy nerds (like me!) this is probably one of the classics. If you want a journey through the lands Robert Jordan has created in one of the most interesting worlds yet.
There are references and classic tropes of fantasy, but they're all subtly different. If the concept of an adventure that takes you through the entire world and back sound interesting to you - go for it!
Word of warning however - this is a very long series, with 15 books altogether, and with each book often exceeding 500-600 pages, this is not a series for the faint of hearted.
This is an easy read, but a very long one. But each book is so worth it, every, single, time.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
After much poking and prodding by my girlfriend to read her favourite ever book series. I finally did, and it was certainly not disappointing. My initial apprehension of a 100 year old book about a little girl going through her life quickly turned to curiosity for what happens in her life.
This is indeed the original coming of age story that is raging in Hollywood right now. After reading this book, I kinda felt the pang of a parent seeing their child grow up, and becoming someone they were proud of - but also the sadness that their child is no longer the small kid that always needed them.
A quick read - it's something that shouldn't be turned away because of the plot of the book.
So, what are you waiting for? Read that book, finish that novel, and savour that story.