Being a Londoner, I spend a significant part of every day tackling the dreaded London Underground. I therefore learnt pretty quickly that there are just some things you shouldn’t get on the tube without, and a key item on this list is a book.
Not only does reading cure the severe boredom you may encounter when you are standing on a platform waiting for another delayed train, or sat on a tube that’s not moving due to a signal failure ahead, but it also alleviates you from having to make awkward eye contact with your fellow passengers – which is a definite no no in tube etiquette!
Since moving to London I have started reading a lot, and not only that but I’m really enjoying it. It makes my commute pass much quicker each day, whilst also making me feel productive during my many hours spent on the underground.
At the moment I’m close to finishing ‘Emma’ by Jane Austin (which I have very mixed feelings about so far but that’s another story). After this I have my next few reads lined up…
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
“Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.”
– Good Reads
All I knew about this book when I brought it was that it’s supposed to be very funny and that it’s won quite a few awards. Fingers crossed it lives up to my expectations.
Me After You – JoJo Moyes
When one story ends, another begins . . .
Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in…
If you’ve also read the first book, ‘Me Before You’, and couldn’t stop yourself from uncontrollably weeping, you’ll understand why I’m so excited to read the sequel to JoJo Moyes number 1 best seller!
This Is London – Ben Judah
“London is a global city. More than half of those who live in the UK’s capital came from somewhere else – and most arrived in the last ten years. Migration is transforming London, for better and for worse.
Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent. In This is London, he turns his keen reporter’s eye on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of the city’s immigrants – from the richest to the poorest – to discover the complex and varied individuals who are making London what it is today. He’s had dinner with oligarchs and meetings with foreign royalty, spent nights streetwalking and sleeping rough; he’s heard stories of heart-breaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion, hope and the triumph of love.”
– Good Reads
I’ve been dying to read this one for a while now. Between my love of London and my Anthropological background, Ben Judah’s new book couldn’t be more perfectly suited to my interests. A review of this will definitely be making it’s way onto the blog once I’ve finished it.
Before I Go to Sleep – S J Watson
“‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.”
– Good Reads
I discovered ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ as it was recently turned into a major film featuring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. As a big fan of psychological thrillers I was gripped by the blurb alone, however after my experience with ‘Girl on the Train’ – the book was way better than the film right!? – I decided to pick up the original book first.
At the rate I go through book this lot will only get me past the first few months of 2017, so I’m desperately in need of more suggestions please? What gets you through those long tube journeys?