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!
6. ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams
This book is silly at times and will make no sense, but we still insist that you read it. The author’s idea of science fiction will have you in splits.
7. ‘Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?’ By Lorrie Moore
The book tells the story of a lifelong friendship that starts in childhood. The tale is beautiful and will leave you nostalgic for sure.
8. ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe
The story unfolds in Nigeria, where the ideas and values of a rebellious Okonkwo are in conflict with the society he lives in. The book beautifully captures the cultural changes sweeping the African continent.
9. ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin
First published in 1899, the book revolves around Edna Pontellier confronting her unorthodox views about femininity and motherhood in an orthodox American South society at the turn of 20th century.
10. ‘Shopgirl’ by Steve Martin
The story of a girl trying to make a life in Los Angeles, packed with dry humor and witty observations, this book will keep you entertained for hours.
11. ‘The Body in the Library’ by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie developed the murder mystery genre into an art that few have surpassed. In this novel the plot unfolds around the corpse of a young woman that surfaces in a library.
12. ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury
This book is considered to be Ray Bradbury’s best book. Presenting a futuristic scenario of American society — a time when books are outlawed and firemen burn them wherever they are found. Interpreted against suppressing of dissenting ideas, 451 Fahrenheit is the temperature at which the most resistant paper also catches fire automatically.
13. ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry
The novel revolves around a boy in a society that has evolved into sameness where the diversity of experiencing pain, struggle and gathering wisdom have been eradicated.
14. ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes
Winner of the Man Booker Prize, this novel is about a retired man’s narrative of schoolmates who vowed to remain friends for life. Shocked with catching up with the childhood friend, the old man reflects on how different the paths the two have taken in life are.
15. ‘Sula’ by Toni Morrison
Set in a black neighborhood of Ohio, this book is the tale of the contrasting lives of two girls who were childhood friends.