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.