5 Books You Can Read During Your Work Commute

June 12, 2023 |

If you want to read more books but don’t know how to start, consider reading on your work commute. These five books can help you start reading more.

The average US adult reads about 14 books a year. That’s just over one book a month! While we live busy lives, books are the key to our personal development. No matter the genre, books help us reflect on who we are and who we want to become.

If you’re worried that you don’t have the time to read more, that’s OK. Anyone who commutes on public transit can read these five books during their work commute.

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

The title of this book comes from the concept that 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of effort. For example, 20 percent of your customers create roughly 80 percent of your revenue. You can channel this principle to achieve more with less time, which makes it a great inspirational read as you head to work each day.

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Communication is key everywhere, in both our personal and professional lives. If you’re struggling to communicate effectively, this book can help. This book is over 50 years old, which means readers have tried these methods for decades. You can make them work for you by reading this book during your commute.

Falling In Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

Nonfiction isn’t the only way we can improve ourselves. Stepping outside of ourselves into beautiful works of fantasy and science fiction can also help us reflect on ourselves and our society at large. This short story collection can help you do just that. Hopkinson takes inspiration from famous stories we already know, such as classic European fairy tales, and turns them on their head. You’ll walk into work floating on the magic of these short stories.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas isn’t the only time to read this classic tale about work-life balance. While many of us have heard the name and seen various renditions, there’s nothing like reading the original story. This slim book will fit easily inside your work bag and remind you to take time off work, care about your co-workers, and make new resolutions whenever the need arises.

Pocket Bible or Other Religious Literature

Religious beliefs can play an important role in every part of a believer’s life, including who we are at work. You should carry a pocket Bible or other small piece of religious literature to read on your commute to feed this part of your soul. The inspiration and direction from all types of religious texts can help us put our best foot forward during the workday.

Whether you prefer nonfiction books for self-improvement, fiction that helps you float away, or religious literature that keeps you on the right path, you can read during your work commute. These five books are a great starting point as you read more and get more out of your commute time.