Do you like commuting? Well, that’s probably a silly question… Hardly anyone does. Rush hours, bustling strangers, having to go out early and face bad weather. There are plenty of reasons to hate your daily commute to college.
But hold on – you can always use this dreadful time of the day to your benefit. One of the best ways to do it is also the simplest: read a book! We have some recommendations here that won’t leave you a chance to get bored for many hours to come.
‘You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters’ by Kate Murphy
We’re all overly preoccupied with mastering the art of speaking, but totally neglect the equally important art of listening, Kate Murphy thinks. The author of “You’re Not Listening”, a book highly praised by critics and readers alike, knows what she’s talking about!
Murphy is a professional journalist and a New York Times contributor. In her book, she takes on a mission to thoroughly explore the phenomenon of modern “deafness.” She talks humorously, yet expertly, about why this happened to us, what this is doing to us, and how we can make things better. A must-read for students who can’t sit out a lecture!
‘On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft’ by Stephen King
Writing is something that every college student has to do a lot of. If you’re tired of formal essay writing guides and textbooks, but still feel the need to hone your skills to get higher marks, this book by one of the world’s most celebrated authors may help you.
However, if your writing is still far from perfect, and you’re having problems with your essays, you can find essay writers online who will help you with more than just general advice.
As of today, “On Writing” is very likely the most popular book on the subject. And that’s for a good reason. Besides giving invaluable practical advice for all aspiring writers out there, the maestro also tells breathtaking stories of his own experiences in this work. He shares both personal and professional experiences. So, if you ever want to write like King, don’t miss this one.
‘A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future’ by David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough is probably the most renowned natural historian in the world today. He’s also the award-winning broadcaster primarily known for the “Life” series that aired on BBC. His voice can be heard on BBC’s ‘Planet Earth’, ‘The Blue Planet’, and other high-profile nature documentaries.
Attenborough turned 94 this year. With a career spanning on nearly seven decades, he’s gathered enormous expertise on everything concerning planet Earth. In his book, the historian shares his vision on how we got where we are now, along with his greatest concerns about the current state of affairs, and his visions for the future.
“We live our comfortable lives in the shadow of a disaster of our own making”, he writes. A not-too-comforting idea to ponder on during a commute… But when else will you have the time to read such a book?
‘Vanity Fair’ by William M. Thackeray
If you love classic literature and historical novels, then ‘Vanity Fair’, one of the most popular British books ever written, is the one for you. There’s little chance that you don’t know its famous plot, given the fact that there’s a 2004 movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.
Still, watching a movie and reading the original book is not the same at all. Though the movie turned out to be very good indeed, it’s the director’s vision as well as the writer’s. With the book, you’re one on one with the author.
Vanity Fair’s main wisdom is concluded in its last line, and it’s a bitter truth to know. Still, Thackeray conceived this novel as a satire. But to get the idea, you really have to read the book in its entirety.
‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is a timeless classic that’s an absolute must-read for everyone, with no exceptions. Along with George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’, it’s an essential dystopia showing us how far we can go in giving up our freedom and happiness for “safety” and comfort.
This book is often a part of the curriculum, especially if you study humanities, so, you’ll eventually have to read it anyway. But don’t you treat it as mere “boring” classics just because it was written back in 1931!
Start reading, and you’ll find lots of disturbing resemblances to the way human society lives now, and even projections on how it may live in the future unless it starts reconsidering its values and priorities now.
‘Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas’ by Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter Thompson is truly one of a kind. His unique writing style that is known as gonzo journalism is something that many tried to imitate, but none really succeeded.
Though Thompson, as is commonly known, hated journalism and always perceived himself as a writer, even the best of his works are not entirely fictional: he remained a journalist though he tried so hard not to. So, his “Fear and Loathing…” is as much an entertaining story as it is a chronicle of its time and a lamentation about the idealistic dreams of the ‘60s.
Student years are perfect for nourishing your mind and soul with knowledge and wisdom. And where can we get the most wisdom from? Right you are – from books. Still, packed schedules often don’t let students read as much as they would like to – and as they need to.
The daily commute is a real gift for such busy students. This is the time when they can finally be left alone and have some time for themselves. So, don’t waste this precious time. Spend it in the best company possible – with a good book!