Do you read on your phone? More and more people are doing so these days, whether it’s on your commute on the way to work or a few pages (or swipes) before you go to sleep at night. Reading on your phone means that you only have to cart one device around with you, and you don’t have to struggle with holding up a kindle, ipad or even – shock! – a book on a busy train on the way to work. But let’s face it, not all books will work if you read them on your phone. Here are a few tips for books that will work…
Fantasy novels are perfect to read on your kindle app on your phone. A lot of them are huge books, meaning that they simply won’t fit in your bag – or they’ll give you a very bad back if you decide to force it in. We’ve all seen people holding enormous battered Game of Thrones paperbacks on the train and felt an odd mixture of jealousy (because those books are incredible) and pity (because those books are astonishingly heavy). Books like Game of Thrones and other fantasy novels are perfect to read on your phone. It’s freeing to believe in a fantasy if you’re crammed into a busy train on your way to a job that you don’t particularly love – and books that are full of pace and plot will keep you reading and focused through the longest journeys.
Young adult books are extremely underrated. As adults, we often slog through books that aren’t particularly good, just because we’ve read somewhere that they’re supposed to be excellent, or because they’ve been recommended to us by a friend. Young adult books have to be better than that, because young people refuse to read things that they aren’t enjoying. They’re well paced and plotted, clearly written and full of characters who you can easily empathise with even if you’re a lot older. It’s good to get to see into the heads of young people – after all, they’re the future so it’s important to take what they think into account. Check out books like Angie Thomas’s incredible debut The Hate U Give, based on the Black Lives Matter movement, and you’ll be astonished at how great the writing is.
Finally, if you’re dipping in and out of a book then you need one that’s relatively easy to follow – and a lot of the time, that’s a crime novel. Sure, there are a lot of twists and turns but you’ll be reminded about what’s going on regularly, and it’ll be easy to focus on because it’ll pull your attention in and hold onto it tightly. Reading novels that are tightly plotted and fast paced is particularly easy on your phone because the format of the page doesn’t particularly matter – it’s the words themselves and the plot of the book that matter and that keep you drawn in, so a beautiful cover design isn’t particularly relevant. If you liked Gone Girl, read Sharp Objects, also by Gillian Flynn – it’s her first novel and a lot of people say it’s even better.