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?

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?