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What to read on the plane?

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1. Posted by jess_capri (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hi guys,

I'm about to travel to London from Melbourne - a 25 hr flight - and as such was wanting to know what you would recommend as in flight reading? I'm open to anything by anyone - but want to know which ones you have enjoyed and why?



2. Posted by bowlerpaul (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

How about Memoirs of a Geisha? Thats the sort of book you can't put down and would be perfect for a flight.

3. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 10y

For me, I can never actually read something on the plane, it is uncomfortable and the air is so dry. Normally I stick with magazines I picked up just before or then an easy book where the writing is not to small...but more often I just kind of enjoy the boredom...which is something you won't have when you get off the plane...

4. Posted by RichyF (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

wont your plane have videos and stuff to watch?

5. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 10y

If you meen me, yes they do...but normally they show really bad movies, which I don't watch, also due to my dry I just close my eyes and ejoy being bored...

6. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 10y

There are some fab large (many page) books out at the moment. If you like Dan Brown you can get through a couple of his if you are persistent. The Harry Potter Books are good reads. I happen to like Diana Gabaldons series (starting with Cross Stitch). If you know of a writer whos work enthralls you then a plane is the perfect time to really get into their work. Terry Pratchett is great if you like SciFi/Fantasy with twisted humour and a quirky view of our own world. You will need a couple of his books though as one wont last long enough.
If you are prone to distraction its quite good to take a couple of very different books and dip in and out of them (if you can keep track of which one you're reading). There are also some classics (geisha already mentioned) that you can take the opportunity to get into. Dickens will keep you going though its pretty heavy work. Any of the Brontes unless you want something chirpy. Try a bit of Chaucer or Shakespeare if you feel its something you've always wanted to do. A long flight is the perfect opportunity to explore all those text options you've put aside due to the availability of other entertainments!

7. Posted by triggerj (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

If you're travelling to a non-English speaking country, check out Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

It's an hilarious account of how misunderstandings can pop up galore as a consequence of direct dictionary translations of any language into English.

In fact, try it nevermind where you're going. It's got to be read in English though.

Other suggestions?
Bohumil Hrabal - Too loud a solitude
John Fante - Ask The Dust
Anything by Michel Houellebecq.

Just don't read a guidebook. They are much better when you get home... "Ahhhhhhhh, if only I had known...."

8. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

Jess, Why not take your Lap top and watch some DVD movies or concerts. Get some over the ears noise reduction headphones (BOSE is the big popular brand but there's other better sounding ones). Make sure you can get power for your lap top on the plane (correct cord and all that). If you have a problem with getting power on the flight be sure to bring some extra batteries for your flight. Get some sleeping pills from your Doctor and sleep through half the flight, that works well too. Zoom

9. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

I usually doze on the plane, but if you want to read something, I'd recommend books by Haruki Murakami. I love his stuff, quirky and non-conventional. All his novels are recommended. I'd also recommend Neil Gaiman's works, they're great. Again, his novels and comics are all good reading material.

Other authors I'd recommend:

Alex Garland - The Beach
Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of the Hills, The Remains of the Day
Jeffrey Archer - Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

10. Posted by triggerj (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Quoting summer910

I usually doze on the plane, but if you want to read something, I'd recommend books by Haruki Murakami. I love his stuff, quirky and non-conventional. All his novels are recommended.

What is it you like about Murakami exactly?
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