When I commuted for hours, and could get a seat on the train, I would count on opening my book and being asleep after a few pages – no matter how intense the plot. I was sleep-deprived in those days, but some books lend themselves to snoozing mid-sentence. Obvious culprits: Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment, anything by Thomas Hardy… I could never finish those famous Civil War epics – Cold Mountain or Killer Angels. One Day by David Nicholls was overdue at the library for lack of interest, but a movie with Anne Hathaway sounds promising.
I recently joined an online book club. The titles are never on the current bestseller list, but probably have been at one point, and I’ve found some good books:
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake – Sloane Crosley
- A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore
- I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith