Mar 082016

‘Dept. of Speculation’ by Jenny Offill

Long train journeys are always a good time to catch up on your reading. It saves you the trouble of pointless chit chat with fellow passengers and gets you to spend quality time by yourself. All you need to do is pick out just the right book for the journey.

Tried out by frequent train travellers, here is a list of some brilliant novels that you can finish in a day. They are so well written that once you start you won’t be able to put them down till you finish.

1. ‘Dept. of Speculation’ by Jenny Offill
It is a thorough entertainer, packed with hilarious punches drawn from the commitments and complications that make up a marriage. Sometimes heartbreaking, this book will keep you engrossed while the journey lasts.

2. ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
Biting and sharp, this novel remains a favorite book to read during long journeys, even 70 years after it was first published.

3. ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson
Murder mysteries can grip any reader on a journey. This one has a murder plot so well written that one reads on from cover to cover in one sitting.

4. ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Mohsin Hamid
In a fast paced heterogeneous society, cultural identity is becoming a nightmare, especially for immigrants living in the USA.

5. ‘Heartburn’ by Nora Ephron
A light-hearted comedy, this book takes you through the funny side of marriage, infidelity and the awkwardness of group therapy. And there are recipes for pot roast, too!

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