Books to read while commuting
Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:32 AM
I only took The Da Vinci Code in once - nearly missed my stop! Crime novels (Donna Leon's Venetian set mysteries are good), plus historical fiction (Lindsay Davis and the like). Much as I love Terry Pratchett, he has to be read at home - falling about laughing on public transport gets you strange looks.
Any ideas, anyone?
Posted 29 August 2004 - 06:31 PM
Actually "The Nautical Chart" is the one I would suggest starting with.
Posted 29 August 2004 - 11:32 PM
Posted 30 August 2004 - 05:36 PM
On third thought--a book of reviews, essays and occasional prose pieces by one of your favorite poets. This came to mind because I have been reading "Required Writing" and "Further Requirements", both collections of prose by Phillip Larkin.
Posted 31 August 2004 - 05:24 AM
These stories are about Herriot's life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales of England on the eve of World War 2. He writes with great warmth, humor (Hope you don't mind laughing out loud while commuting), and skill about the animals he treats, his boss and co-workers, his bumbling attempts to court his future wife Helen, and the unforgiving but wild beauty of the Yorkshire countryside.
The books are an easy read and they will put you in a good frame of mind to face your workday.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 12:22 PM
The Perez sound good for holiday reading. If I can find any tomorrow, they will go to France with me on Frday.
It's been a while since I read any Shakespeare - I used to know the non-historical plays quite well, but realised when I saw "Merry Wives of Windsor" a few weeks ago just how long it's been since I read any of them.
I'm not much of a fan of Larkin, but the idea of reading an antholgy is a good one - will see what I can find.
I know the Herriot books quite well. If you liked these, you might also like th "Village School" books by Miss Read - written by a lady who taught whithin twenty miles of where I now live.
The good news is that, after a few jorrendous weeks at work, I'm now off until 20 September!
Posted 18 September 2004 - 06:27 AM
I'd also recommend 'Star of the Sea' by Joseph O'Connor. It's about things that happen on a ship taking Irish people to the States during the potato famine. The chapters are quite short so you can usually read one chapter per journey.
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