I’m a sucker for a good plane read. No matter where I am in the world, I still feel the need to escape inside the pages of a book and find this is often the best place in the world you can be. Here are a collection of the 10 best plane reads I divulged on planes, trains and everywhere in between in 2015…
I had never heard about this book before I picked it up, but a quick skim over the blurb and I was racing to the counter to make my purchase. Paris Letters tells the story of a woman who quit her corporate world job, packed her bags and set off in search of adventure, starting with Paris. I found this book to be a delightful read, especially given my undying love for the city of lights.
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
I had never picked up a Bill Bryson book (only one of the most successful travel writers ever) until I saw Neither Here nor There jump out at me on a bookshelf in LAX. I decided what better way to pass the long haul flight journey through to Peru than to pour myself into the pages of a book, and this one was a winner indeed! I felt transported back to my own European travels and could really relate with the writer. Loved it!
Into the Wild
It is often the case that the book is better than the film, but in the case of Into the Wild, the film adaption was really spectacular. I loved this film, so I decided to read the book and I was not disappointed. This is a great read if you are setting off on a wild adventure of your own (i.e. a big hike or adventure in the woods) and is especially great reading for solo travellers.
A Year in the Merde
I was perusing the Audiobooks library one day for something lighthearted to keep me entertained on a 14 hour flight through to Dubai. The cover of A Year in the Merde jumped out at me, but I overlooked it a couple of times before settling on it and making my purchase. As it turns out, this has become one of my favourite travel reads and the author is really witty. Its a great quick read or something to play as an audiobook if you’d rather rest your eyes.
Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have
I’m extremely fond of women empowering other women and managed to find that (and then some) in the pages of “Let’s All Be Brave”. This book follows a few travels of the author’s, but is mainly a collection of anecdotes encouraging people (especially women) to be brave. I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone in need of some soul searching.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
I was recommended this book by one of my writing team and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it after hearing a detailed description. I later forgot about the book and only thought of it months afterwards, by which time I couldn’t wait to read it. Big Magic should be required reading for anyone in the creative industries – absolutely fantastic.
My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine
Continuing my (obvious) Paris obsession, I knew I would love “My Paris Dream” before I even picked it up. For anyone with an undying love for Paris, this is a great read. Do yourself a favour and splurge on the hardback as it looks great on the coffee table!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
If you haven’t seen the film (with a great performance by Reese Witherspoon), then you surely should read the book, as Wild is a fantastic read for women who are looking to the idea of travel in order to heal. Both the film and the book are great.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
I heard about this book online as it was described as an “instant success” and a “New York Times Best Seller”. Then it must be good, I told myself. And not just good…. but great. This is a great way to pass time on a plane or train and keeps you immersed in the pages from start to finish.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Although this book doesn’t focus on travel, it is a great read for travellers who have hit the road long term and are considering going home, but unsure on what that might look like. This book gives hope to the idea of “being in one place” and reminds us that we are in control of our situation, as soon as we grasp hold of our emotions.