We are doing a bit of travelling at the moment! As you read this we are getting ready to make our way to Philadelphia to meet up with some dear friends. I find travelling to be a great time to really sink my teeth into a new read or an old favourite. I love hanging out in airport bookshops while I’m waiting for a flight. If you are planning a getaway you might want to pick up a new read yourself (my current plane read: The Girl with All the Gifts). Here are some of my top recommendations for books to read on a plane, or in a train, or anywhere you might find yourself in-transit. I’ve divided them into my own whimsical categories, of course.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (formerly reviewed here)
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (formerly reviewed here)
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (translated by Alison Anderson)
- All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life)
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- Nora Roberts. My picks: Whiskey Beach, The Search, Black Hills, Northern Lights.
- Monica McInerney. My pick: The Alphabet Sisters.
- Michael Crichton. My pick: Prey (seconded by Chris on this one).
- Bill Bryson. My picks: A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island.
Tell me dear reader what are your favourite books for when you are travelling?
My other dirty secret: when I’m flying is the only time I let myself buy a stack of magazines. My usual picks: Scientific American, Time, Outdoor Magazine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light. And sometimes, People….