Aside from your very own passport, there are other books that you can bring to a flight to distract yourself, avoid boredom and just forget about the fact that you are miles above ground. Once you have finished your passport processing, make sure to pick these books up to be prepared for your flight.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
If you are a person who is concerned about global problems such as racism and discrimination, and you are about to travel a long flight, this book is perfect for you to read. A historical fiction dated in the 1960s, the book is about a girl named Skeeter, an educated white girl who will work alongside three black maids who had their share of misfortunes and harassment from their white employees.
They put their lives at risk by creating and starting a movement that will defy the norms and practices during that time. A story that will touch hearts and trigger realization from its readers, this book will keep you busy all throughout your flight.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
These thrilling trilogy is about a girl living in a post-apocalytic era wherein in the people are divided by districts bounded by ridiculous rules. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers herself in place of her sister in a battle to death.
This story about family, love and betrayal, political oppression, war and poverty will make sit at the edge of your seat and will make you forget that you are thousands of miles above the ground.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Considered as one of the best-selling books ever published, not to be mistaken as a children’s book because of its front cover, this book is about an aviator who met a little prince from a different planet when his aeroplane crashed in the desert.
The aviator finds a friend in the little prince as they are stranded together for 8 days. During these days, the little prince shares his stories to the aviator.
This book is deep and philosophical and reflects social criticisms and is good for short flights.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Another classic story for short and moderate length flights, this is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
The book is about a 10 year old girl living in the 1930s, who makes observations of her family and neighbors.
The book will surely hit home because of its warmth and humor, but it also tackles issues on rape and racial discrimination.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Bel Canto, literally meaning ‘beautiful singing’, is one of the most read and highly recommended books to read.
It is consutructed around the Lima Crisis wherein a group of terrorists hostages famous and bigshot people in the business and political industry.
The book shares the experiences of the hostages and the terrorists as they learn to live together in a house for months. This is a story about friendship, camaraderie and romance.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
This book tackles and focuses on social disabilities found in every person. Metaphors are widely used in the novel.
This is a story about a child who has an autism spectrum disorder who investigates on his own to help his neighbor find out who killed her dog.
A novel about adventure, belonging and finding one’s place in the society.
50 Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
Everyone has heard about these books and the movie, and it became highly controversial because of its genre. This book will give your imagination a run for your money and will make you experience different emotions.
It is about a BDSM relationship between an average girl and a big shot businessman who has a very disturbing past. It is romantic, sexy, funny and somewhat thrilling and will surely make you forget your issues about flying.
The Poinsonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A classic book about family, nature and something else deeper for you to find out.
The story revolves around 5 different narrators – a mother and her four daughters with different stories and different point of views despite similar situations.
This is great for people who want a story that affects you emotionally so you can forget about your flight and the hours you have to be in the air.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A book adopted in a movie, this book entails a personal conquest of the narrator on food, love and spirituality. She travels the world in search for the realization and peace within herself and finds love in her adventures.
This book is perfect for those confused with life and those who want to find a deeper meaning in their lives.
You do not have to turn on the TV while your flying because the book will cover different genres of romance, comedy and soul searching.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is a novel with a very controversial subject about a literature professor around 37 to 38 years old who is obsessed with a 12 year old girl.
It is thrilling, and disturbing in many ways, but also enticing in a way. A must read especially to those who are bored whenever they are flying.