5 Feel-Good Books To Brighten Your Morning Commute

#4 may just surprise you...

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, we're celebrating with — what else? — books. Though many people have difficulty finding the time to dedicate to a good book no matter what day it is, one of the best ways to sneak some reading time into your daily routine is on your morning commute. Whether you've got your nose in a book on the subway or your ears perked to an audio book in a car, a good read may be just what you need to have a good great morning. 

Every day, we're lucky enough to choose between so many wonderful tomes that have the power to open us up to new people, places, and even philosophies. But today, of all days, we're recognizing a few of our favorites that will help you wake up with a smile that'll hopefully last you all the way to the office: 



5. 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

For many, reading is an appealing form of escape, especially when you're stuck in traffic. And a novel like The Alchemist, filled with intrigue and perhaps even a bit of magic, provides just the escape you need when the train is too crowded or the highway suddenly resembles a parking lot. This literary classic weaves the enchanting tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago traveling from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian pyramids, all in search of a treasure buried there. 

Meeting a whole host of strangers and overcoming numerous obstacles along the way, Santiago learns that the most valuable treasure may just be the one found within. By following Santiago as he goes after his dreams, once you return to reality, you'll be all the more inspired to go after your own. 

4. 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim' by David Sedaris

Or anything else by one of modern America's foremost humor writers. In Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has perfected the art of the personal essay, each one making for perfect, gut-busting reading. Just try to get through one of his stories without cracking a smile — we dare you. And whether your commute is 15 minutes or 50, you'll have more than enough time to revel in the absurd hilarity of the Sedaris family. And hey, after you hear about their summer vacation and his brother's wedding, you might even be thankful for your own.  

3. 'Year of Yes' by Shonda Rhimes

Of course, the proper, not to mention only, answer to "Do you want to read Year of Yes?" is a resounding "Yes!" If you want advice on how to make the most of your limited time, take it from the one person who easily does the work of ten: Shonda Rhimes. In some way or another, she's made waves as an author, television show creator, head writer, executive producer, showrunner, and all around badass of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder — all to critical acclaim. 

In her book, Rhimes details how a year-long challenge encouraged her to say "Yes" to everything that scared her, getting her out of her comfort zone and into somewhere better than she could have ever imagined. Now, is there anything Shonda can't do? That's the one and only question we'll say "No" too — and that's exactly how you'll feel after reading her book. 

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