Call people up for a survey and ask them what is truly the worst part of their day and you'll hear a single answer over and over again--commuting.

Life is full of little annoyances, but study after study ranks facing rush hour traffic or a packed train as the absolute bottom of the barrel. That's why experts say you should think long and hard before you accept work that involves long daily  journeys.

But of course, for some folks, there's no avoiding the trip into the office. Do you simply have to put up with commuting misery then? Nope, says a clever recent Business Insider post--just re-imagine your trip as an chance to catch up on your reading.

Whether you opt for audiobooks in the car or hide from the subway crowd by burying your face in a book, BI points out that an engaging read is the perfect way to tune out that terrible commute while simultaneously nourishing your mind. All you need is a super engaging title.

To help you get started with reading your way to the office, the post provides 15 book suggestions for commuters from Amazon editor Chris Schluep, including:

 

1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

"Gladwell might be the perfect nonfiction read for the commuter. His chapters are short, his ideas generally compelling, and you'll draw at least one or two subjects for water cooler discussion with each few pages read," says Schluep of this choice.

2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

This one is an "excellent and inspiring biography," according to Schluep.

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Looking for a real page-turner? Schluep suggests this title, which spent months on the bestseller list.

4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

"Doerr's book won the Pulitzer last year and is written in short, consumable chapters. Not only will it take you to World War II France, it will make you look smart on your commute," notes Schluep.

5. The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

"If you are into fantasy novels, here's a first novel that was written by the author on his New York City subway commute," Schluep says explaining this pick.

6. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

This choice might be nonfiction on a weighty subject, but Schluep insists it reads like a novel, though he jokes it's "not advisable for ferry commutes."

7. The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

"Ross looks at how our world is rapidly transforming and the types of innovations people are applying to improve people's lives," Schluep says of this pick. "The chapter-by-chapter approach makes the book digestible during your commute."

8. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This one, by Eat, Pray, Love author Gilbert, will help you "get where you want to go" in life while you're getting where you need to go for work each day, claims Schluep. Here's a small preview of the wisdom you'll find inside.

What other titles would you recommend to those looking to lose themselves in a book during their commute? (My suggestion is Justin Cronin's surprisingly well written and totally addictive vampire thriller The Passage, which once made a transatlantic flight I took feel about 20 minutes long.)

Published on: Jun 1, 2016
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