There are two types of airplane readers. One knows they’re captive and uses the opportunity to slog through the heavy, heady reading they’d otherwise blow off.
The other acknowledges their short attention span and rewards their self-awareness with a guilty pleasure read. Here’s where the Toads land on this important topic. (We’ll let you decide for yourself which is which.):
“I think Richard Russo always provides a great read, whether you want long and involved or short and fun. A guilty-pleasure book I once picked up in the airport (because I was desperate, having finished my other reading, why else spend a fortune on a book at the airport?) was called American Wife. I thought that was a good, fast read. One blurb describes it as ‘a steamy novel loosely based on Laura Bush.'” – Kimberly
“I don’t know why, but I’m usually asleep before we pull away from the gate. However, if I DO stay awake on a plane I love to get some reading in. Books I’ve read while traveling include: Moneyball, The Journeyer, The Alchemist, Unbroken and Animal Farm.” -David
“Okay… I usually get caught in the heavy, heady category. At the moment I’m reading The Secret Pulse of Time, making Sense of Life’s Scarcest Commodity by Stefan Klein and The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber (which I’m re-reading for the first time in 10 years).” – Gordon
“I am much in the second camp – pleasure and entertainment. David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy) fits that bill perfectly. Nothing better than laughing to the point of tears rolling down my cheeks around a group of unsuspecting strangers.” -Brian
“I usually switch between Entertainment Weekly or some silly magazine, listening to tunes, watching movies, etc. DEFINITELY not a heavy book reader. I’m very ADD on planes. The heaviest thing I can take on are the ridiculously long Vanity Fair articles that I never read at home but always find super interesting once I have a plane ride to read them on!” – Paige
“I just read Ellen Degeneres’ Seriously…I’m Kidding in about 20 minutes – it’s total fluff. Some of the chapters are a couple sentences long – no kidding. it takes absolutely zero focus or commitment, but will make you giggle a little. And you can leave it wherever you land and not care about it making it back to your home library.” -Ellen
“I recommend The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It follows the main character Hadley, a simple lady who happens to meet the young Ernest Hemingway in Chicago in 1920. They fall in love, move to Paris, and that was enough for me to pick the book up. The other is A Game of Thrones (or any from A Song of Ice and Fire series) by George R.R. Martin. If you haven’t read this series yet I am jealous of you. I read one of these books for six hours straight on an international flight, and I had been reading them for several months at that point, so it had nothing to do with novelty. On the 12-hour flight back, I ended up sleeping through most of it and was actually upset because I didn’t get time to read. The HBO show is wonderful, but what the show is to the novels = what a movie trailer is to a movie.” – Chelsey
“Vanity Fair usually does the trick.” – Joanna
What are your in-flight reading recommendations?