Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Books on a Plane

I'm typing this from Oklahoma, a good five(ish) hour plane ride from home - unless it's broken up into two flights (one being a terminal with ONE gate and a very small, scary propeller plane, but moving along...)

I'm absolutely terrified of flying, and the advice everyone has for that is: read. Because it distracts your mind. Which, you know, I do. I read during flights. I'll read, say, a paragraph, and then look up and scope the plane out again (you know, in case it caught on fire in the last thirty seconds or something.) It's a very sporadic process unless I can get a book that completely sucks me in.

When I went to San Francisco, I read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and it was absolutely fantastic and hilarious and I completely fell into the book. It was like The Craft but way way better. It got my first, and so far, only, official Airplane Approval Stamp, which means it was epic enough to make me forget I was on a plane.

On the way back, I read Beautiful Creatures, which is also a good book but it took me a while to get into it and I ended up doing the whole grip-the-armrest thing.

I took Inside Out by Maria V Snyder on the way to Oklahoma - I ended up really liking it, but it also had some slow parts so I half-read-half-gripped. It all takes place in an enclosed area, no one knowing what's really "Outside," so it was kind of surreal to be reading while sitting in a giant piece of inescapable metal.

I only packed a few books for the flight back, but I'll probably pop out Tithe by Holly Black because I've heard it's fantastic and that there are evil faeries in it and what's not to freaking love about that? Hopefully it'll distract me enough to keep me from scaring whoever's sitting next to me. I was really smart on the way to OK and was all "I knew someone who had their plane catch on fire," blah blah blah and I think I gave the girl behind me a disorder. But, you know. It happens.

So. What are some good books to read on a plane - the ones that completely pull you in? And what have you read while flying? I think I'm gonna stay away from the apocalypse and dystopia genre until my feet hit the ground again.

18 comments:

  1. I love anything by A.S. King and cannot put them down until they are done. Try Dust of 100 Dogs or Please Ignore Vera Deitz.

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  2. I chuckled a bit at your last line. :) Some books I read recently that really drew me in (not YA) were Water For Elephants and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Last time I flew I read three Harry Potter books too. Have a good flight! :)

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  3. I fly a lot, but it was only on my flight where I shared the gripping the armrests fear.

    Flying into Tokyo after a 7.4 earthquake led to the worst turbulence I've ever flown in. I spent most of the flight curled in a fetal position, Sony Reader clutched to my chest.

    On the way back, I finished off Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.

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  4. I saved Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan for my plane rides to and from school the last semesters. This time I might read Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. (I've been waiting for this book for a few years.) If I get the books on my wish list (Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn being one of them) I might read those.

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  5. I love to fly so much - seriously everyone thinks I'm crazy because I get so excited. So for me a book would have to be good enough to distract me from the awesomeness that is a plane ride.

    I went to Dublin a few years ago for my sisters hen weekend I was too excited on the way there to read (I took hundreds of pictures) but on the way back I got totally sucked in to The Time Traveler's Wife. I was crying and everything - my bff thought it was pretty hilarious.
    Sally.

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  6. Second time I've recommended this today (strangely), but Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It is fantastic. It is especially good for lengthy flights. Sucked me in and didn't let me go on my trip to and from Thailand, a 28 and 24 hour flight respectively. That series kept me sane, content (over the freaking huge pacific ocean. There were a couple spots I thought I was going to die), and unnauseous. Those well loved paperbacks are now welcome friends on any flight I take.

    They're doorstops but don't let their size fool you. It's an amazing fantasy world with one of the coolest magic systems I've ever seen, and it has a teenage protagonist. And plus, they're trying to overthrow the evil overlord with an Ocean's Eleven type heist. How much cooler can you get than that? :)

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  7. Tithe is an excellent choice! I loved it. Another great oldie is War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, which you must have read, yes? Totally sucked me in.

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  8. P.S. You make a good case for having a Kindle - e-books mean you can carry so many books when you travel or wait at the doctors office. :)

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  9. I love reading on the plane, but I haven't flown anywhere in ages :(

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  10. I'm like you with the scoping out of the plane many times during a flight. *shudder*

    I would suggest Wither by Lauren DeStefano because it was gripping from start to finish. Or XVI by Julia Karr. Both are dystopian but have nothing to do with airplanes so they aren't too creepy for the flights. ;)

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  11. If you liked Hex Hall, I'd recommend Paranormalcy by Kiersten White if you haven't read it already. It's fun and pretty fast-paced for the most part, with a bunch of awesome characters. Basically, it's really entertaining!

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  12. Bad time to mention Lost, huh?

    I LOVE Tithe and that whole universe. If you make it to the second book, Valiant, keep a lookout for Mortal Instruments references.

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  13. To be completely sucked in? Read Thirteen Reasons Why, A Thousand Splendid Sun, The Kite Runner, The Kite is Everywhere or Divergent. These are ones that your bound to be completely sucked in by. And Tithe is pretty awesome, you hear right :)

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  14. Hehe Poor thing. Try something sweet and light. Id recommend "Anna and the French Kiss". It's def what id read if i were flying... Id probably be nerdish enough to pretend in flying to Paris...lol

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  15. For me, a great read on the road is a book that makes me want to read - instead of watching a movie or conversing with people next to me. The most recent book to engross me in its pages was Hunting the Midnight Shark, by Conrad Brasso. I think I loved the pacing and internationality ...

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