Rainy days in Metro Manila means heavy (if not heavier!) traffic! With rush hours of both working professionals and students, stuck-in-traffic-on-a-downpour moments become a common experience. And the best way to spend these hours is to read! We listed down the best reads for the rainy weather in a traffic jam!
#1 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Calling all young professionals in the house! A traffic jam on a rainy evening makes you think you’re not happy with what you’re doing anymore, yeah? Well, this book is perfect for you! Find out how Gretchen Rubin traveled and learned lessons she (and you!) won’t learn if you won’t go on an adventure!
#2 My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Working millennials will definitely relate to Katie Brenner as she lives her not-so-perfect life which gets worse when her boss Demeter fires her. But soon, Katie realizes she and Demeter are, well, not so different as she thought they were! If you want a good laugh from a light yet deep book on a stormy evening in traffic, this one is absolutely for you!
#3 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Gilbert comes up with a book talking about inspired creativity and how to juice up your life with wonder and joy! Amazingly fitting for you dose of creative encouragement on a gloomy afternoon stuck in traffic!
#4 The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nothing beats a good ol’ detective story on a dark and cold night, right?! Our favorite detector’s adventures will keep you entertained and mind-boggled all throughout your usual commute of traffic and rain!
#5 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanne Clark
Join Mr. Norrell as he educates Jonathan Strange; but Strange has to give up some things he hold dear – even his friendship with his teacher. Magic, friendship and war-filled book – your type of company on the way home? This one’s the best for you if you’ve read Harry Potter already!
#6 This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Fall and believe in love in this book filled with #feels! Diaz writes on the unbelievable power of love in this collection of stories with the story of Yunior and how he lost the women he ever loved. Grab a cup of coffee or tea to-go while you read this in traffic because you’re gonna need the warmth!
#7 Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Celestine North is living a perfect life – liked by everybody around her plus she’s dating cute Art Crevan! But she’s faced with a situation where she made a decision that might reveal that she is flawed after all! An adult debut novel by Cecelia Ahern, defying society’s standards is a fitting companion on a rainy stuck-in-traffic afternoons!
#8 Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The debut novel of bestselling author Kevin Kwan paints a Singaporean setting of old and new money, nosy relatives, and social climbers! With Rachel Chu stepping off the plane with Nick Young – the most eligible bachelor of the country – she might as well step on to her death! Brace yourself for lots of laugh to relieve you from the traffic-and-rain combo stress!
#9 The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin
Well-known Filipino writer Nick Joaquin’s stories are centered on the Filipino spirit of freedom post-colonialism with the society engulfed in foreign ideals! In this story collection, Joaquin narrates the story of Philippine emigrants in Hong Kong. If you feel like reading a sort-of look into history on a stormy traffic evening, this one’s a must read!
#10 Para kay B by Ricky Lee
If you want a story in Tagalog and feel like the character is just talking right in front of you, might as well get one of Ricky Lee’s book! Talking about a quota on love, this book might answer some of your questions and give you a lot of hugot lines as you traverse through traffic!
These rainy season reads will definitely keep you warm and dry throughout a traffic jam on a rainy day! So the next time you find yourself stuck in merciless traffic, pull out a book and there will never be a dull travel time for you again!
Bonus tip: To keep your books dry, try getting a book cover or a book jacket over at our online store!
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