Commute reads #1 – The Language of Flowers & a few favourites

Commutes are always best filled with something good to read, whether that’s your favourite book, magazine, newspaper or twitter follows (thank you Virgin for the free wifi!). It just helps fill the void between your warm cosy bed and the office. This year I’m aiming to read at least one book a month which should be easy given that I’ve got a longer commute these days. So I thought I’d share them in case you need to fill your daily commute too!

What can you expect to read about in these posts? Well thanks to an English degree I’m a little picky about my books. I like the kind that are cleverly written, entice you in, keep you guessing, ignite your imagination or let you into a different world or life. Something that makes you think a little but not to the extent of being mind-boggling.

My first read of the year was ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It fits into the cleverly written, entices you in and provides a window into another life type of book. A recommendation I picked up from a twitter conversation with Florence Finds and Pocketful of Dreams.

You’re taken into the world of Victoria, a troubled foster child who struggles to communicate and build relationships with others. Life seems easier without other people involved in it, often feeling that they are better off without her too. After several homes and houses, she’s given one last chance in foster care where she learns about the language of flowers. Traditionally a way in which lovers communicated in the Victorian age, flowers become a way for Victoria to connect with others.

What I loved about this book was that you’re brought into two worlds – the romantic era of the past and the troubled life as a foster child in the present. The flowers paint beautiful pictures and you’re filled with hope that its central character finds love and happiness. As the book flips between different times in her life, you’re held in suspense throughout about whether Victoria will eventually live a fulfilled life.

As it’s the first book post I thought I’d list a few good commute reads gone by:

A Book of Lost Things – the real world and fantasy combine through the imagination of a child dealing with the grief of losing his mother.  It’s filled with fairy tales you’ll definitely be familiar with.

Her Fearful Symmetry – an unsettling ghost story set in London.

The Night Circus – a magical romance, wonderfully written.

Mister Pip – demonstrates the power of fiction, using a well-known classic in the setting of a South Pacific island at war during the 90s. The kind of book that leaves an impression.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? I’d love to get some recommendations through these posts so if you’ve read a good book recently PLEASE share it below!