Anyone who rides the subway
to and from work every day knows how solitary a journey it can be. Most New Yorkers plug in their headphones, engross themselves in the latest level of Candy Crush, and zone out — all while squished between someone doing her makeup
, someone eating dinner
on-the-go, and someone who is — naturally —manspreading
the hell out of the bench.
Uli Beutter Cohen, however, has officially discovered the silver lining to subway monotony: people who read books, and who — more importantly — actually like to take those headphones out and talk about what they're reading.
"The subway feels like a microcosm of the New York literary world," Cohen says
of the inspiration behind her new project, Subway Book Review
. "Within one car, you can find it all: self-published novelties, the next bestseller, and beloved classics. It’s the perfect place to get new ideas for what to read next and to discuss your favorite book with a stranger."
Through her website
and Instagram account
, Cohen provides book reviews from people just like us — people trying to make their commute even a little
less grueling. Looking to liven up your morning tomorrow? Ahead, Cohen rounded up 10 books New Yorkers are gushing over at the moment. We recommend heading to your nearest bookstore and sticking your nose into one of these, stat (sorry, Candy Crush!).