There are few places left where you can sit back and enjoy a good book without the distraction of texts, emails and endless social media feeds that just have to be scrolled through. However, there is one place, 35,000 feet up, that still offers an escape from this constant bombardment. Whilst some airlines and routes offer wifi, many don’t yet, and a flight offers an ideal reading haven where you can escape and lose yourself in a novel away from electronic distractions.
Marked in 100 countries around the world, World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books and reading and takes place this year on 5th March. Whilst it is aimed at the under 18s, no one is too old to enjoy a good book and with that in mind, we have come up with some reading suggestions to enjoy whilst flying to and from a holiday based on flight durations.
A flight to and from a city break in Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Barcelona or Prague is the ideal time to be intrigued by mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his fascination with Daisy Buchanan in F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Alternatively, explore how to live better in Matt Haig’s number one best seller ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’. This moving true story is about mental illness and takes the reader on a journey as Matt overcomes a crisis and illness and learns to live again. Great reads for kids on a short flight include ‘The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe’, the classic novel from CS Lewis’s fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ or the timeless coming of age children’s novel, ‘Old Yeller’ which recounts the tale of a boy named Travis and his friendship with stray dog Yeller.
Mediterranean Beach Breaks
Beach holidays to Ibiza, Majorca, The Algarve or Corfu should allow plenty of time for holiday reading but for those too busy enjoying the beach and other local attractions, the flight to and from these sunshine destinations will ensure at least one good book is completed. It’s the perfect time to enjoy Adam Kay’s hit book ‘This is Going to Hurt’ which is a collection of amusing diary entries written during his medical training or perhaps the mesmerising tale of ‘The Tattoist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris which tells the story of a Slovakian Jew who fell in love with the girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp. Classics including William Golding’s 1954 novel ‘The Lord of the Flies’, Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple’ and Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel ‘Brave New World’ can all be completed to and from a beach break. The journey will also leave time for children to enjoy Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole’s adventures in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’.
Turkish and Greek Delights
Whilst heading to and from the sparkling Greek islands or the delights of Turkey, there is time to be absorbed by the life of an outsider beautifully portrayed in Gail Honeyman’s debut hit novel ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ or explore the Trump White House in Michael Wolff’s expose ‘Fire and Fury’ which paints a fascinating insight into the current US President. For a classical escape, enjoy the captivating haunting and tormented love story, ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte which recounts the tale of troubled orphan Heathcliff and his love for Catherine Earnshaw or Mark Twain’s American novel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ about a boy and a runaway slave heading down the Mississippi River on a raft. The flight also gives plenty of time for Harry Potter fans to read ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, the third of J.K Rowling’s seven Harry Potter adventure books.
Long Haul Bookworms
For a true bibliophile, there’s nothing better than a long haul flight to escape into an action-packed captivating novel and for those flying to the Caribbean, USA, Mexico, Sri Lanka or Thailand, there really is time to complete a longer classic novel. John Steinbeck’s powerful novel East of Eden following the destiny of two families will make the journey speed by whilst Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre tells the story of the eponymous protagonist’s search for belonging, love and independence. There’s also enough time for younger travellers or those young at heart to complete the seventh and final 638 page ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.
No matter where you are heading on holiday, the simple pleasure of escaping to another world via a book cannot be underestimated and is the perfect way to speed through a plane journey.