When Monday rolls around, it’s back to work—and back to the subway. Whether your commute is long or short, it need never be boring. Read ahead to find our suggestions for what to read on the subway this week.
After the last big-screen installment of the Harry Potter series came to a (triumphant) close in July, it’s felt a little like we were watching our childhood glory days waft away with the puffing smoke of the Hogwarts Express. If summer for you has always meant curling up with a fantasy novel and excitedly anticipating its inevitable film adaptation, then download The Hunger Games and welcome yourself to its cultish fan base.
Set in a futuristic world, this novel by Suzanne Collins relays the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager living under a crushingly powerful post-apocalyptic government. Each year, the government televises a fight to the death among twenty-four teenagers. Katniss becomes one of these doomed few, and the tale that ensues is part sci-fi, part romance, part Survivor .
If you find yourself growing sad and desperate as the end draws near, have no fear:The Hunger Games is but the first in a trilogy of books, and its highly-anticipated film adaptation comes out in 2012. With its action-packed plot and teenager-friendly language, The Hunger Games will breeze by—just like your commute.
If your commute is a quick one, get online (or, better yet, get on your iPhone app) and read a few heart-warming, chuckle-inducing pages of The New Yorker ’s “Starting Out ” feature, located in its fiction section.
These brief stories are actually non fiction reminiscences by authors— Téa Obreht ,Jennifer Egan , and Salvatore Scibona , this month—about his or her respective beginning: as a writer, as an archaeologist, as a reader. Short enough to be read on a “just a few stops” voyage and touchingly funny, these stories are given at once to self-deprecation and tender reflection.
Best part? You don’t have to subscribe to The New Yorker to read most of them.
If your overworked eyes are mutinying at the thought of squinting overtime, plug in your headphones and perk up your ears with a fascinating Podcast from NPR ’s “On Point.”
Download the audio discussion of Susan Gregory Thomas’ memoir In Spite of Everything , which originally aired on July 13 th . Listen as Thomas talks with On Point’s Tom Ashbrook about marriage in Generation X: the pervasive longing to reverse the baby boomers’ generational trend toward divorce and the difficulty of maintaining a happy, stable marriage today.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a classic novel to get you through the week. In these sticky days of early August, transport yourself to the sandy beaches of the French Riviera in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night . In a book that he personally hailed as far superior to the perennial favorite, The Great Gatsby,Fitzgerald writes of the overwhelming excess and mental instability of society’s severely unbalanced upper echelon. The novel’s languid prose and descriptions of summer days create an almost lazy feel that sharply counters the mysterious psychological terror unfolding beneath its sparkling surface.