10 Best Books for Long Flights


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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.
— George R. R. Martin

Why not take a literal journey before your actual travels abroad? Choose one (or more) of the following best books for long flights to be emotionally moved, thrilled, inspired or enlightened, and fall in love with a character 35,000 miles off the ground.

Perfect for long flights, pack these great books into your carry-on or download them onto your Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader to read on the plane.

great books for travel

1. The Storyteller’s Secret - Sejal Badani

Genre: Literature; Historical Fiction

Book Description: Railed by many of life’s most difficult experiences, Jaya, a New York journalist, decides to venture off to her family’s native lands in India. Unbeknownst to her, she uncovers some of her family’s lost history that guides her towards personal self-discovery.

Whatever you do, do not lift off without this book in your hands (or downloaded). I truly couldn’t put The Storyteller’s Secret down during my entire flight to NYC. Absolutely one of my favorites.


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2. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Genre: American Literature; Coming of Age Fiction

Book Description: Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl of a quiet town in North Carolina, is accused of murdering a handsome man, Chase Andrews. Surviving for years alone in the marshlands, she finds herself wanting more human connections and interactions.

This story of Where the Crawdads Sing and the intriguing and complex character, Kya, will hold your attention while you read on the plane and excited you for meeting new people abroad.


3. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Genre: Literature; Historical Fiction

Book Description: Ove, a neighborhood grouch, who’s constantly and openly criticizing anyone who crosses his path, has a deep, sad story that is hidden from the world. With an unexpected friendship, accidental comedy, this feel-good story will have you captivated for hours.

You will definitely enjoy this great read, A Man Called Ove, during your travels with plenty of giggles along the way. I enjoy reading and following characters as they develop throughout a story; they take me on a spiraling journey of their own.


4. Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Book Description: Something lurks out there . . . Malorie and her two children live in an abandoned house near a river and work to survive, completely blindfolded. Whatever it is that others have seen, has sent them into a deadly madness. Enjoy this fascinating, original story of a mother doing all she can in an impossible situation.

This post-apocalyptic novel, Bird Box, is one the best books for long flights list for a great reason! It will have you on the edge of your seat, captivating your attention for so long you won’t even notice take-off and landing!


5. Matchmaking for Beginners - Maddie Dawson

Genre: Literary Fiction

Book Description: Marney MacGraw wanted to settle down and enjoy the suburban lifestyle right up until she met her fiancé’s matchmaking great aunt, Blix Holliday. The magical, heart-warming Blix encouraged her to move away from simple comforts and towards making bigger, life-changing decisions.

This book is perfect for long flights because it is super light and sweet and it will encourage you to open your heart to new opportunities. Matchmaking For Beginners truly had my heart singing! I hope we can all meet our very own Blix Holliday some day.


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6. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Genre: Literary Fiction; Humorous

Book Description: Eleanor struggles with appropriate social cues and seems to have no filter, which provides tons of comedy and laughs to enjoy. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about friendship, creating and building human interactions and connections.

This great read for your long flight will remind you of the importance of meeting new people and making new friends while out and about. Perfect to read on the plane and perfect to read before you embark on a new journey.


7. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Book Description: Set in the near future, this dystopian story describes life in what is now called the Republic of Gilead (formerly known as the United States), and holds the Bible’s Book of Genesis to its absolute word with bizarre consequences for men and women.

From page to screen, The Handmaid’s Tale is now a very popular internet streaming, TV show.


8. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover

Genre: Biographies; Memoirs

Book Description: This memoir is simply unforgettable and powerful. Educated is about a girl who is kept away from all formal education by her survivalist family, and later goes on to earn one of the highest degrees and honors in education, a PhD.

An inspirational memorial to jump-start any personal journey will have the reader ready to explore, move beyond personal barriers and eager to experience life to the fullest. One of the best book for long flights, I recommend this read to get you ready to learn about others’ way of life and how to overcome.

Even when I’m not on a physical journey, my mind is on one.
— Suzanne Rocco

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9. Where the Forest Meets the Stars - Glendy vanderah

Genre: Magical Realism; Literary Fiction

Book Description: Two adults, wounded by life’s hardships, meet a unique and highly intelligent child. Mystery and wonder fill the pages and readers will be delighted in the fun and fanciful story that ensues. The plot, dialogue, and characters will have you captivated and hold your curiosity as to what will come about these three peculiar individuals.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a great read for long flights in that it will fill you with adventure and wonder and the possibilities to come.


10. Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan

Genre: Biographical Historical Fiction

Book Description: Based on a true story, Beneath A Scarlet Sky is about a forgotten hero of World War II, Pino Lella. Pino is an Italian young man who falsely enlisted in the war as a German soldier (at his parents’ request for his protection). A love story, a story of courage, this historical fiction is a page-turner and worth a read on a long flight.

For those who love historical fiction, do not miss out on this beautiful and heart-wrenching story that will take you on an unforgettable journey.

10 Best Books for Long Flights

10 Best Books for Long Flights

author: suzanne rocco @ holistictravelers.com


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