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Books On Board : Book Recommendations For Your Next Long-Haul Flight

Long-haul flights are ‘meh’ for most! But with a little planning, flight travel can be the perfect opportunity to discover a new favorite read. Good books are like airplanes; they whisk you away to a literary paradise while you are waiting to reach your paradise! Need a few book recommendations for your next trip? We’re here to help.

From mystery novels to thrilling page-turners, nostalgia-inducing comics, and fantasy reads that transport you to the world of fairies, dragons, and wizards, (oh my!) expect them all. No matter what kind of reader you are (even if you’re the one who wants to fall in love with reading again), these books are what’s missing from your reading list. They will have you on the edge of your seat. We promise! FYI, this selection of reads is recommended by our Travelwings Team. Exciting, right? It’s like being BFFs with in-the-know book curators!

Time flies by!

Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee 

Recommended by Vishal, SEO Manager

Inspired by Bruce Lee’s famous quote and life philosophy, this philosophical gem comes highly recommended by Vishal. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, wrote the book as a guide to her father’s teachings. It’s an inspirational and profound commentary on life and self-reflection. If your 2024 goal is self-improvement, this is an excellent choice as it delves into the principles of adaptability and resilience, encouraging readers to be like water: fluid, flexible, and powerful. It’s a calming yet thought-provoking read that can turn your flight into much-needed me-time for personal growth and introspection.

Page count: 240

Average read time: 3 hours and 50 minutes

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

Recommended by Anshika, Content Lead

Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit is one of the best books to read on the plane. It is a thrilling read that will keep you engrossed. You won’t be able to put it down even when you’re exhausted. The story follows ten strangers invited to a secluded island, only for them to start dying one by one. Appreciating the brilliance of storytelling and the intricacies of plot development, Anshika loves the clever plot twists and the way Christie builds suspense. You’ll be guessing who the murderer is until the very end. If you want a more travel-related Christie mystery, try Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, or A Caribbean Mystery.

Page count: 264

Average read time: 4 hours and 20 minutes

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Recommended by Hajar, Social Media Manager, Morocco

This gripping adventure story is perfect for those who love to travel and are looking for book recommendations for long flights. Follow Phileas Fogg as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Hajar recommends this book for its whirlwind journey filled with excitement, diverse cultures, and the relentless ticking of the clock. Lose yourself in the detailed descriptions and rich narrative that will make your flight hours melt away. This classic will ignite your wanderlust and make your flight feel like a mini-adventure of its own.

Page count: 248

Average read time: 4 hours and 10 minutes

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Recommended by Kyle, Social Media Manager, South Africa

Kyle suggests this classic play for its thought-provoking insight into human nature, gender roles, and class distinctions. Set in New Orleans, it offers a journey through the city’s history, architecture, and community. It’s a short read but packed with depth. It’s a perfect companion for a flight, allowing you to explore complex characters and societal themes in a compact format.

Page count: 144

Average read time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 P.S It was Kyle’s favourite read during his undergraduate studies  

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Recommended by Ritesh, Video Specialist

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is all about embracing creativity and living beyond fear. Ritesh suggests that it’s a perfect read for those who are looking to expand their horizons. It’s a motivational and inspiring read that encourages you to pursue your passions and dreams. A perfect companion for a flight, this book will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world. A wonderful book recommendation, indeed!

Page count: 288

Average read time: 4 hours and 45 minutes

Chacha Chaudhary by Pran Kumar Sharma

Recommended by Kumar,  Performance Marketing Head

Travel back to your childhood with the beloved Indian comic character Chacha Chaudhary, whose brain works faster than a computer. Kumar loves these stories for their light, entertaining, and humorous content. They are perfect for a nostalgic escape during your flight, bringing back memories and providing a delightful break from more serious reads.

Page count: Varies (typically 100-200 per volume)

Average read time: 1 hour and 30 minutes per volume

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki 

Recommended by Shikha Sharma, Graphic Designer

Shikha says that Rich Dad, Poor Dad is more than just a book about money, it’s a blueprint for financial independence, personal growth, and empowerment. This book offers practical advice and engaging anecdotes in an easy-to-read format, perfect for those who want to use their flight time productively. If you’re looking to rethink your financial strategy or get inspired to make smarter financial decisions, this book is a great choice.

Page count: 336

Average read time: 5 hours and 30 minutes

So, there you have it! Our Travelwings Team’s top book recommendations for your next long-haul flight. Happy reading and safe travels!

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