Best books for your commute

A recent study determined that people are willing to commute for up to 45 minutes to live in a nicer area – so why not use your commute time to broaden your vocabulary and get lost in imagination.

There are over 130 million books in print, so deciding which one you should spend your time on can prove to be difficult, but don’t worry: here’s our list of top book recommendations to read on your journey.

The Girl on the Train:

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This might seem a very cliched choice, but The Girl on the Train is a best-selling psychological thriller – the book follows three women: Rachel, Megan and Anna whose lives interlink.

The book focuses on Rachel’s commute home in which she journeys past her old house and becomes obsessed with the view.

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The Alchemist: 

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The Alchemist takes you on a journey of discovery and follows Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who lives a solitary life with his sheep.

The story teaches you to follow your dreams and accept all the trials and tribulations along the way.

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Pride and Prejudice:

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This romantic classic is a must read. Pride and Prejudice is a novel that teaches about women’s roles within the 18th century.

The novel follows Elizabeth Bennet’s life and how she challenged society’s expectations.

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1984:

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George Orwell’s 1984 is a modern classic focusing on a dystopian future in which ‘Big Brother’ controls every aspect of people’s lives.

The novel discusses themes of mass media, government surveillance and totalitarianism – the ideas hold a striking resemblance to modern culture.

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The Sun and Her Flowers:

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The second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur, spread across five chapters Kaur discusses the life cycle of a flower and explores themes of love, loss and femininity.

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