Fall is finally here, and I couldn't be happier. I always enjoy the cooler temperatures, fresh air and the cozy mood of curling up with a book. While I can't curl up on my commute, I can get lost in a good book to and from work, and this past month I wasn't alone. I caught you, Brown Line riders, reading everything from essays to novels, and I was impressed.
Many of you are on top of this year's latest titles, and it made me want to keep adding titles to my to-read list. I caught you reading Paula McLain's latest historical novel, Love and Ruin, set during World War II, which explores Ernest Hemingway's marriage to the ambitious journalist and writer Martha Gellhorn.
I wonder if the cover of I'll Be your Blue Sky caught your eye when you picked it out, because it caught mine when I saw you reading it. This story of a wedding called off at the last minute, due to the advice of one woman to another, evolves as a beach house full of secrets is left to one of the women.
I'm always open to a book that makes me laugh, and it appears some of you are too, because I caught a couple of you reading essay collections from comedians. Samantha Irby's collection of essays, Meaty, searches for humor in everyday life, covering topics such as failed relationships, being black, taco feasts and more.
Maybe you listen to the podcast Maeve In America: Immigration IRL and just had to pick up Maeve Higgins' collection of essays, Maeve in America. Either way I caught you reading about her transition from Ireland to NYC and trying to find purpose in a new city.
Mystery lovers, I see you, too. I caught you catching up on recent big hits The Girl on the Train and Big Little Lies, as well as the 31st installment of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series, Treachery at Lancaster Gate.
I couldn't help but wonder if I could use a little running and meditation myself after I caught you reading Running With the Mind of Meditation, a unique guide for people who are interested in blending a physical and spiritual practice.
So what did I miss you reading on your commute, fellow Chicagoans?