Ever since beginning my internship in New York City four weeks ago, there hasn’t been more than a handful of moments where I haven’t been glued to the Google Maps on my phone, anxious about getting lost and not having a WiFi connection, running around trying not to be late for something and generally living a ridiculously fun but sleep-deprived lifestyle. While I do love being busy and being thrown into the deep end of working in Manhattan independently, there are times when anyone would just need a couple of minutes (or hours) to take a deep breath, be alone and get away from the business of the city and it’s inhabitants.
Be this a couple of minutes during breakfast or an hour in the park after work, my all-time favourite down-time is getting sucked into a murder mystery or thriller novel, it makes me feel alone and with myself in a sea of busy people. While I’m not a big reader in general, reading helps to slow down my day and have a moment to myself – everyone needs it. I’ve always got my Kindle on hand and a hard copy fiction – relative to the size of handbag chosen for the day, and not to forget some earphones so that I can pop on Noisli – an app that helps me zone out a touch more, either during semester time revision or whilst on a loud subway.
Depending on my mood, here’s a couple of reads I’m currently enjoying:
How To Win Friends And Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This is probably the first non-fiction I’ve read in a long time but I’m really enjoying something new and something applicable to real life. Although I’ve only just started this, this choice was inspired by the many recommendations from friends and online reviews. I bought the Kindle version of this and it’s really reasonable.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz
This actually distracts me a little as I keep wanting to read it to find out what happens rather than relax from the real world, however it’s a great continuation of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson who unfortunately passed away in 2004. It keeps me on my toes, completely distracted from the chit-chatter of the subway and takes me out of reality. You have to have read the first three books to enjoy this properly!
Books I’d recommend if you’re a fictional thriller fan:
- Irreparable Harm (Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller), Melissa F. Miller
- Sleep Tight, Rachel Abbott
- Stranger Child, Rachel Abbott
- While My Eyes Were Closed, Linda Green
These four are quite similar in the sense that almost every chapter has a little cliffhanger and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the end – great to get away from reality!
Thanks for reading! Have you got any favourite reads to throw my way? What do you do to chill out or fake some alone time in a busy environment?