10 Perfectly Mesmerizing Books for Long Flights

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Not having anything to read on a flight is my personal hell. Even worse is getting pumped up for a book only to get 5 pages in, realize the prose is terrible, and spend the entire 5-hour flight flipping through SkyMall whilst fighting back tears of regret. But I won’t let that shit happen to you! When searching for a book to travel with (or download), I generally look for a few specific things. Unless it was recommended, the book I choose must pass at least one of the following stipulations-

  • Under 150 pages
  • Has a reflection component
  • Transports me to another land
  • Easy to start and stop
  • Divided into short sections (or collection of short stories)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe || 10 Mesmerizing Books for Long Flights #travel #explore

SHIVER! This book literally changed my life when I was 15 years old. I would highly advise not doing any research on this book and jumping right in. The most important part of the story is breathtaking if you aren’t expecting it. Even if you are a snoopy little beotch, the novel is full of unexpected twists. The effects of globalization and different cultures clashing is essential to understand for travelers!

 

 

 

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

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Finished this book in a few hours- it was that good.  The prose is so beautifully written and intricate, it could make a grown man weep. You can almost feel the Columbian sun on your shoulders and the damp floors of the dungeon. Marquez never fails to transport you to another world. The story itself is a little intense, with themes of pedophila (for lack of a better word) and religious infidelities. 

 

 

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

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SO strangely interesting. More like a poem than a novel, the text has a little historical context. Inspired by the Greek myth of Geryon and the Tenth Labor of Herakles, the story revolves around three gay men in Argentina. I don’t want to give it away but I will say the best part is how damn poetic the whole thing is. There is also a crazy love triangle that is slightly hard to decipher. Keeps you wondering. 

 

Four-Hour-Workweek by Tim Ferris

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Okay, this guy is a legitimate legend. Talk about inspiring! I’m very into the whole alternative lifestyle, as in, there is no way in hell I’m sitting in a cubicle from 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday. That just ain’t me, and it never has been. Even if you have no desire to quit your job, you really should read this book. He gives excellent time-management and prioritizing advice. Upgrade your life, love!

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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If you haven’t read this by now, stop what your doing and pick this book up! I might be a nerd, but this is one of the novels I will re-read every few years just to get a reminder of what a damn good story is. The writing is simple enough to transport the heavy topic of communism, and it’s short enough that you’d be able to finish it on a long flight.

 

 

 

 

 

#GIRLBOSS By Sophia Amoruso

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To me, flying is a wonderful way to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself. What better way to do this than by getting in touch with your inner boss bitch? Amoruso has a ton of honest, realistic advice and hilarious stories of how she got where she is today. She’s an inspiration to me because she had a million dollars cash from her business before she even went to the bank. Care about the job and the money will find you faster than the guy at the bar who already bought you three drinks.  Did I mention she’s the founder of Nasty Gal? Oh yeah. She a bad one. 

 

 

 

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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Not sure how the world feels about “Self-Help” books, but I am a HUGE fan of personal development. Why the hell wouldn’t you want to be the best you that you can be?! Broken down into digestible chapters, she has basically taken centuries of knowledge and condensed it into modern language. Like really modern language. This lady is painfully hilarious and hits it home on pretty much every single point she makes. Great for anyone who is a little travel-shy and wants to bust out of that shell.

 

 

 

 

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This Is How You Lose Her || 10 Mesmerizing Books for Long Flights #travel #explore

Swear to G, this man will go down as the voice of our generation. Okay, he might be considered the generation above, but don’t let that stop you from devouring some of the best literature of our time. Diaz manages to provide painfully realistic love and life stories in a few pages. Although the stories are technically short essays, they all end up intertwining at the end. My stomach was in knots, tears of joy fell, and I gasped enough to have the person next to me ask if something was wrong. F’kin amazing book. 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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Actually had the pleasure of reading this book during my (mostly) solo trip to Europe. If you have a habit of slightly embarrassing yourself, this one will make you feel as graceful as Queen B herself. One woman reflects on her hilarious journey from a small town in Texas to a semi-successful blogging career and adulthood. Very light-hearted.

 

 

 

 

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

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DOUBLE SHUDDER! Another killer collection of short stories by a voice of our time. Sherman Alexie, a Native American poet and writer, does an unreal job at transporting you to the USA’s reservations. Some scenes are gut-wrenchingly sad, but with every stab to the heart, Alexie heals with insight into human nature. You’ll know my favorite story when he talks about his mom doing the rain-dance. 

What’s your favorite travel book? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

How I went from a 1.2 GPA to Dean’s List (and you can too!)

 

How I went from a 1.2 GPA to Dean's List (and how you can too!) || a tipsy gypsy life #study #college

When I tell people that are just now getting to know me that I almost flunked out of university (true), they’re in shock. “But you’re in grad school!” “But you got job offers?” “But you seem … so serious.” The truth is, I went from a 1.2 GPA and losing a $40,000 scholarship to Dean’s List, job offers, and eventually grad school. Burn these words into your hear, “work smarter, not harder.” Repeat it out-loud. “WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER.” Got it?

 

BEFORE THE SEMESTER

  • Schedule smart
    • If you’re not a morning person, don’t schedule a class before 11:00 a.m.
    • Check rate my professor. No need to go through a hell someone else has already experienced.
    • Never take more than 15 hours. Just don’t.
  • Get a planner
    • Make it a habit to check first thing in the morning (before your phone!)
    • Start with a standard daily planner with weekly and monthly inserts.
    • Fill out syllabus dates in pencil– professors will change at least one date per class
  • Sync all Apple calendars
  • Designate a study area
    • Must be clean & quiet 
    • You know yourself, if you can’t stand being around people when studying, don’t go to the library
    • Stock it with pens, pencils, pads, and a calculator.

DURING THE SEMESTER

  • Set up a meeting with every professor
    • This is your chance to show that you do care about your grades and they’ll be much more inclined to help you down the line.
    • Bring a copy of the syllabus
    • Ask if they have any recommended readings (which you don’t have to do).
  • Hard work gets a break
    • Read for 20 minutes, rest for 5
    • Plan at least one activity for pure joy and relaxation (find ways here).
  • Do a brain dump- This is KEY for writing essays. As someone who vividly remembers whipping out 12-20 page papers in 24 hours or less, this is a life-saver
    • Get your assignment, computer, timer, pen and paper
    • Read the prompt once.
    • Jot down the first 5 things that come to mind
    • Read the prompt again.
    • Type your response for 5 timed minutes.
    • Fill in the blanks with research.

 

AT FINALS

  • Check noteswap
    • Please make sure it’s for the right class, section, and professor
  • Set up your own noteswap with the class by sending a mass email
  • Email the professor with at least one question at least a week prior to the final. Don’t play coy, this is your future here.

 

AFTER THE EXAM

  • Email your professor asking if you can discuss your grade- if it’s close, they might bump it up to avoid a meeting.
  • Double-check your grades to make sure you aren’t missing any work.
  • Treat yo’self! It’s not the end of the world, just another semester.

8 Books That Will Take You Around the World

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We spend plenty of time day-dreaming, pinning, and planning our trips. One of the best ways to keep the dream alive is reading about the places you want to visit. Here are 8 books to take you from France, to India, to America, and back.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Another tale with a little bit of magic. This novel follows those who were born at midnight during the transition away from British rule. Beautifully written and will have you dreaming of India. It is a little bit slower of a read, but we aren’t scared of a little work are we?

“ Bougainvillaea crept across them; goldfish swam in pale blue pools; cacti grew in rock-gardens; tiny touch-me-not plants huddled beneath tamarind trees; there were butterflies and roses and cane chairs on the lawns. ”

 

 

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Set in a fictional South-Western French town, the story is a little bit magical. And it involves the love of chocolate, temptation, and starting a new life. A very easy, light read, perfect for ignoring a hangover on a plane ride.

“The square white church tower stood out sharply in the morning sunlight, rising from a hollow of dark shopfronts; a bakery, a florist, a shop selling graveyard paraphernalia- plaques, stone angels, enameled, everlasting roses…”

 

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

This is a great book to remind you how small your travel issues are. You’ll never be perturbed about a delayed flight again. Really, it’s about a 21-year-old girl who embarks on a world trip with her friend, who ends up going batshit crazy in China. Did I mention this was in 1986? Wild!

“It wasn’t that far-fetched, actually. The CIA routinely recruited from the Ivy League. They’d been at Brown just that past spring, in fact, trolling for new hires while my leftie friends protested outside. Claire was a Republican. This was the Cold War.”

 

 

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Ugh, as if the Caribbean wasn’t a dream already. This magical realism novel revolves around a family that hops between islands in the Virgin Islands and is pretty accurate historically (other than the magic). I fell in love with one character who is a witch or sorts, but there are plenty of characters that will steal your heart.

“Though the Duene will not harm humans who do not harm the land or the sea, it is best to avoid them because one does not always know when one is doing harm.”

 

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas

Written by four Parisian friends, the novel is a cute look into the world of the women from the sexiest city in the world. Personally, I thought all Parisians were more sweet than snobby, but that might’ve been because I was with my man and he’s a looker… Really though, an insight into what the women find fashionable and socially acceptable. Includes a list of must love books!

“She did not try to make others happy; she selfishly delighted in the pleasure of giving pleasure.”

 

Che Guevara Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Besides the fact that he was a total badass, the book narrates his time as a young man traveling the countrysides of South America by motorcycle. At 23, while a med student, Che’s life was forever changed by the travesty he saw during his trip. This is how a revolution begins people.

“As each surge of water fell on to its flaming skeleton, the wood-and-adobe house shook. The acrid smoke of the burnt wood stood firm against the stoical work of the firefighters who, between fits of laughter, protected neighboring houses with jets of water or by other means.”

 

Euphoria by Lily King

This one is for the off-the-map travelers, those who dream of reaching unchartered land. The story is based loosely on the life of explorer Margaret Mead and her love triangle through unexplored New Guinea. Never thought I’d finish a book about an anthropoligst in one sitting but it’s that good.

“After an hour or so of almost complete darkness on both banks, we came round a bend and saw fires and the flashes of festooned bodies all along a beach on the southern shore. It was the Olimbi village of Kamindimimbut, in the midst of a celebration. The smell of roasted boar reached us, and the hard drumming thudded in our chests.”

 

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 

I might venture to say this will be looked back on as one of the best American novels of my time. Set in the gulf shore of Mississippi, this novel chronicles the story of a pregnant 14-year-old before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. I cried more than once reading this and not just because of the devastation of the storm.

“And when it gave up, she hauled it in and let out a laugh that swooped up into the sky with the pelicans and flew away, wind-ready and wide as their wings.”

 

 

Have you read any of these? Which books inspired you to travel?

Books Every Woman Should Read in Her 20’s

Okay, I confess, I am completely and forever book worm. You know, one of those kids that would get in trouble for reading in school. Still think it’s a bunch of BS BUUUT that is besides the point. If you don’t like reading, that just means you haven’t found a book you like yet. And if you haven’t found that book you are dying to read, I think you’re supposed to write one 😉  Here are some books that have changed my life, or the life of someone I know and love. Hope you enjoy!

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 “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” by Kelly Williams Brown
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This book is so lovely. She gives plenty of practical information that you wouldn’t even think about until something happens to you. You’ll be years ahead of your peers in life skills and be laughing through the whole book

 “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss
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If there ever was a definition of f**kin legend, it’d be this guy. It may seem like you are forever destined to work a 9-5 in whatever your field of study is. Life really doesn’t have to be like that! This book is for  figuring out your passions and how to live a life you’re ecstatic about. And who doesn’t want that?

“Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
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A little bit of an eye-opener, a husband-wife team tell how women are still suffering in many parts of the world today. Don’t pass this up because of the heavy theme though, plenty of courageous and wonderful people appear throughout this non-fiction book.

“How to Make Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
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Please don’t be intimidated by the title! This is not one of those books where they attack your personality or anything like that. But it does give you timeless tips on how to communicate with people which is KEY in every. single. relationship and human interaction you have.

 “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Ablom
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Oye, this one will make you cry. Although it’s a fiction, it shows very real circumstances on how we humans effect each other without even realizing it. Not only is it extremely poetic, it’s short enough to read in a weekend (or day if you have the time).

“Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey
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Even if you aren’t a Tina Fey fan (shame on you), her book will give you plenty of hilarious and genuine advice from someone who has had her ups and downs. Especially good for anyone going through a quarter life crisis 🙂

“The Ethics of What We Eat” by Peter Singer
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Absolutely life changing! Ultimate crash course on the current food systems and how we are basically destroying the land while wasting an alarming amount of food.

” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

The world lost an extraordinary woman in 2014. I’d feel awful if I spoiled any of the novel, because it is timeless, so I’ll spare details. Her autobiography is one of the most empowering books I have ever read, and will help any woman realize her true potential.

“Vagabonding” by Rolf Potts
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My best friend read this book years ago and it opened her eyes to a world of possibilities. Today, she is traveling the world with no final destination and no intention of stopping. Who else would I have trusted to meet me in Singapore?Ever need a vacation from your vacation? Follow these tips to stay sane while traveling! #travel #wanderlust || a tipsy gypsy life #kopi in #singapore || a tipsy gypsy life

I know, she’s the cutest.

This book leads you into the art of long-term travel, which is affectionately referred to as “vagabonding”.

Have you read any of these- hate it? love it? What book changed your life?

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