So, are you lucky enough to be going on a holiday or trip of sorts sometime soon?
(image credits – plane: courtesy of arztsamui, book: courtesy of khunaspix @ Free Digital Photos)
In a few months I am, and yes, I’m already choosing what books I’m going to take.
So what is the ideal plane book? Or at least my ideal plane book?
My criteria is:
– interesting. On a long flight, I want to be entertained.
– about average in length. Nothing crazy long, unless there is a book you really want to finish in the epic size range. But nothing short, or you’ll finish it before the flight is over! Plus if you’re like me and keep track of the page number, you don’t want anything that takes forever to get through because it makes the flight seem longer.
– reasonably well paced.
– If it’s a physical copy, paperback. Hardbacks are heavier.
– something I have been looking forward to.
So based on the above criteria and books I have read on/off planes and trains, here are my YA recommendations for long trips! My top five per genre.
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Fantastic for a road trip. And for those of us out there who love a great travel romance story.
- Geek Girl by Holly Smale
This is my favourite book in this genre ever. That’s not true, I adore the second book even more, actually. I love this. It’s quirky, funny, captures my essence perfectly and you can annoy people sitting next to you with the random facts dotted through out.
- Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Does this really need explaining? It’s cute, travel and romance all in one book.
- Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
It’s sooooooo good. Especially if you’re going somewhere sunny. I can NOT wait for the sequel.
For dystopian book lovers:
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
This one is great for if your main focus is entertainment. It’s like watching The Bachelor but with a small side of dystopia. It’s not exactly a literary masterpiece, but definitely entertaining and addictive. I will probably bring this one myself.
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Same deal as with The Selection. Entertaing, but not a literary masterpiece. Seriously, I am so addicted to both of these. They kind of remind me of eachother.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I know that these are all obvious choices, but there’s a reason for that. I actually preferred the Scorch Trials (the second book) but both make for great plane reads because it’s such a unique world and there are so many questions you want to know the answer to. And there are twists.
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
This is my top contemporary book at the moment. I read it when I was on holiday and loved it. Just use the holiday as an excuse to read it. And for some reason it’s really engrossing.
- Notable by Marni Bates
Another really addictive book about travel. Plus the main character is a little different from average. The mean girl goes to Cambodia.
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
It really is great. Honest.
- Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
One of the thicker ones on here. And another one I read on holiday. Bonus points if you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe.
- The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Very addictive. I read this series earlier this year and adored it. It’s especially great if you want a series to fly through (see what I did there?).
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
My favourite ever sci-fi book! There’s mystery, space and a great story set in the future. Definitely recommend.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
This one is for those of us who want a little assassin and adventure set in a kingdom. Don’t be afraid to admit it. I took this on holiday and have the sequel ready for this coming holiday.
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
I personally recommend the audiobook. It’s kind of like Throne of Glass in the kingdom sense, but there is the competition for the crown as well. LOVE.
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
You could wear my outfit inspired by this. You would be the best looking person on the plane/train/bus/boat. You could also read the book. Rephrase: you SHOULD also read the book.
- The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
It’s Gossip Girl in the 1920’s. Each book in the series gets a lot better.
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Another assassin/hunter book. But this time in Scotland in the 1800’s with faeries.
- The Hunger Pain by The Harvard Lampoon
Anyway, I hope this list helps you when you are picking your next book to take on holiday!