8 BOOKS TO READ ON AN AIRPLANE
Has this ever happened to you?
You get to your gate, settle in a seat, and crack open your book. It’s a sure fire success. You’ve seen everyone reading it on Instagram, heard in mentioned on podcasts, even had friends recommend it.
20 minutes after take off you shut your book. These characters couldn’t be more dull or infuriating. If there even is a plot you haven’t found it.
Then you end up spending the next 6+ hours rewatching the old episodes of big bang theory on the 7 inch screen in front of you.
It’s kind of the worst. So here are 8 books that are in flight approved. By me. And my criteria for a good airplane book is this:
Action: something happens, or you know something (big) is going to happen with in the first 50 pages. Ideally sooner.
Motivation: there has to be a good reason for you to keep reading. The book needs to have some element of suspense or some loose ends that you need to see tied.
Characters: If they can’t be witty or interesting or relatable then they should definitely be funny.
Each of these 8 books meet this criteria and I have read and enjoyed. They might not be 5 star books but they are enjoyable and most important very readable. Let me know, in the comments below, what you think of these books and what some of your favorite books to read while traveling are!
1. THE ASSISTANTS
BY CAMILLA PERRY
This books is a cute, quick, and all around adorable. Following a group of underpaid and overworked assistants to some of New York's most wealthy and powerful people as they try to balance work, relationships, and massive student loans.
Length: 304 pages / 8 hours
2. THIS LOVE STORY WILL SELF -DESTRUCT
BY LESLIE COHEN
Told in alternating perspectives this is a story about falling in love with the wrong people and sabotaging the good relationships. Set in NYC this story is as much a love story with the city as it is between the two protagonists. As the story goes back and forth in time you’ll quickly be dying to know what happened and what these events will mean for the characters you can’t help but root for.
Length: 336 pages / 10 hours
3. PAPER TOWNS
BY JOHN GREEN
This is one of the two books on this list that I actually did read on an airplane and it was perfect because it completely sucks the reader in from the first few pages. The prologue ends with:
“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”
Need I say more? Probably not, but just in case you’re still unsure this book is funny, poignant, and engulfing. It features a charming cast of characters and one mega, epic, road trip.
Length: 305 pages / 8 hours
4. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
BY JENNY HAN
This delightful young adult trilogy about homebody Lara Jean, are easy to read and nearly impossible to put down. I read all three books in a matter of a few days, and it seems like so has most everyone else. It is a great story about young love of every kind: friendships, sisterhood, passing crushes, fake relationships, lost friendships, and first love. Perfect companions for a long or tiresome journey.
Length: 384 pages / 8 hours
P.S. I Still Love You: 352 pages / 9 hours
Always and forever Lara Jean: 336 pages / 9 hours
5. SHOOTING STARS: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood’s Most Famous
BY JENNIFER BUHL
An addicting memoir about three years spent as a member of the paparazzi in Los Angeles. Full of celebrity gossip, the ins and outs of celebrity media, and insights into fighting for success as a woman in a field dominated by men.
Length: 352 pages
6. MY OXFORD YEAR
BY JULIA WHELAN
With a cast full of delightful and memorable characters, this story starts out as an American abroad and a fling with the hot professor, but quickly becomes a gasp-out-loud page turner that will move and surprise you until the very last page.
Length: 323 pages / 10 hours
7. CARRY ON
BY RAINBOW ROWELL
A delightful hate-mance story of two young men at a wizarding school. The first 100 pages are a bit slow, but they are laying a foundation for an electric, stomach flipping, can’t stop reading story about admitting to yourself who you really are and being brave enough to let other people see who you are as well.
While this is the longest book in this list I promise it does not feel long and is addicting.
Length: 521 pages / 14 hours
8. CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS
BY SALLY ROONEY
A story that makes you ask “And then what happened next?” at the end of every chapter. Frances, the narrator, has a compelling, relatable, and familiar voice that makes it easy to just keep reading. With plenty of complicated, fascinating, and authentic characters this book does not sacrifice depth for drama.
Length: 320 pages / 8 hours