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New Commute, New Reading Routine

BOOKS, LIFE, NEW YORK CITYEmily SpadaComment

I moved to Forest Hills in Queens about two months ago, and since then, my reading routine has completely changed because of my new commute. Despite the fact that I'm commuting in from another borough (as opposed to commuting within Manhattan), my commute is actually easier. I walk a couple blocks to the subway, sit down on the train, and I don't move for 40 minutes. One train. It's so easy. Before I was taking a bus to a subway, so I wasn't settled for long enough to pull out a book. 

Every morning when I sit down on the subway, I read that morning's Skimm, and then pull out my book. I've finished 3 books since moving, and I'm in the middle of a fourth right now. 

The Grapes of Wrath

I actually never read this when I was in school. I had read other Steinbeck (East of Eden, Of Mice and Men), but never this one. I knew it because my mom taught it in her AP Lit classes, so I decided it had to go on my Must (Re-)Read Classics list. So far, Of Mice and Men is my least-favorite Steinbeck work that I've read, and I couldn't tell you why. I loved East of Eden so much, and I also loved this book too. I'm convinced that this book at its core is actually about the indestructible strength of women. Ma is the best character in the book. I highly recommend reading this article because despite the fact that it was written several years ago, it is VERY timely: 75 years after ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ we need Ma Joad in the White House.

Barbara The Slut

Yes, a very catchy title. I had seen this one in a bookstore downstairs from my office, and then a friend told me she'd lend it to me. This is a book of short stories about relationships of all kinds. I think the book's title short story is the best one. 

Today will be different

Another one from Maria Semple! The same friend gave me the galley of this book before it came out because she knew how much I loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette? This had all the same quirky charms typical of Maria Semple, but I wasn't wowed by it. Oh well.

 

What have you read lately? I need recommendations!