The 10 Best Plane Reads from 2015

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I’m a sucker for a good plane read. No matter where I am in the world, I still feel the need to escape inside the pages of a book and find this is often the best place in the world you can be. Here are a collection of the 10 best plane reads I divulged on planes, trains and everywhere in between in 2015…

Paris Letters

I had never heard about this book before I picked it up, but a quick skim over the blurb and I was racing to the counter to make my purchase. Paris Letters tells the story of a woman who quit her corporate world job, packed her bags and set off in search of adventure, starting with Paris. I found this book to be a delightful read, especially given my undying love for the city of lights.

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

I had never picked up a Bill Bryson book (only one of the most successful travel writers ever) until I saw Neither Here nor There jump out at me on a bookshelf in LAX. I decided what better way to pass the long haul flight journey through to Peru than to pour myself into the pages of a book, and this one was a winner indeed! I felt transported back to my own European travels and could really relate with the writer. Loved it!

Into the Wild

It is often the case that the book is better than the film, but in the case of Into the Wild, the film adaption was really spectacular. I loved this film, so I decided to read the book and I was not disappointed. This is a great read if you are setting off on a wild adventure of your own (i.e. a big hike or adventure in the woods) and is especially great reading for solo travellers.

A Year in the Merde

I was perusing the Audiobooks library one day for something lighthearted to keep me entertained on a 14 hour flight through to Dubai. The cover of A Year in the Merde jumped out at me, but I overlooked it a couple of times before settling on it and making my purchase. As it turns out, this has become one of my favourite travel reads and the author is really witty. Its a great quick read or something to play as an audiobook if you’d rather rest your eyes.

Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have

I’m extremely fond of women empowering other women and managed to find that (and then some) in the pages of “Let’s All Be Brave”. This book follows a few travels of the author’s, but is mainly a collection of anecdotes encouraging people (especially women) to be brave. I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone in need of some soul searching.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I was recommended this book by one of my writing team and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it after hearing a detailed description. I later forgot about the book and only thought of it months afterwards, by which time I couldn’t wait to read it. Big Magic should be required reading for anyone in the creative industries – absolutely fantastic.

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine

Continuing my (obvious) Paris obsession, I knew I would love “My Paris Dream” before I even picked it up. For anyone with an undying love for Paris, this is a great read. Do yourself a favour and splurge on the hardback as it looks great on the coffee table!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

If you haven’t seen the film (with a great performance by Reese Witherspoon), then you surely should read the book, as Wild is a fantastic read for women who are looking to the idea of travel in order to heal. Both the film and the book are great.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

I heard about this book online as it was described as an “instant success” and a “New York Times Best Seller”. Then it must be good, I told myself. And not just good…. but great. This is a great way to pass time on a plane or train and keeps you immersed in the pages from start to finish.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Although this book doesn’t focus on travel, it is a great read for travellers who have hit the road long term and are considering going home, but unsure on what that might look like. This book gives hope to the idea of “being in one place” and reminds us that we are in control of our situation, as soon as we grasp hold of our emotions.

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    March 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm

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    February 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    yes i read that paris letters too and it is really an awesome book and everyone should read it, i read some of the books from the list but there are few which i havent so gotto go….

    January 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

    What an incredibly vapid list…

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    December 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I read Paris Letters while planning for our recent trip, and it made me want to quit my job and jet set around the world (much like the feeling I get from reading your blog). Great post!
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    November 30, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Just ordered A Year in the Merde 😀 I’ve been looking for something light to read on the Ubahn – thanks for the tip!

    November 28, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I keep The Opposite of Loneliness next to my bed because it’s one of those books that you can reread again and again.

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    November 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    A Year in the Merde is such a hilarious book! And all the others look great too, I’ll need to put some of them on my Christmas wishlist.

    November 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Definitely looking forward to checking out some of these!

    Carina @timestowander
    November 26, 2015 at 8:18 am

    The first two sound great! I visited Paris a couple weeks ago and I loved it.
    And as I´m always on the hunt for good books, this is awesome. Reading a great book, makes hours on a plane, train, bus feel so much shorter.
    Haven´t read any of these yet, so I´ll check which ones are available here.

    November 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I have read Into The Wild, really great book !
    A lesson for life.

    November 26, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Omg, I haven’t read any of those books and they all sound so great!
    *Put them all on my to-read-list*

    November 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Love travel books both fiction and non-fiction so this is a great list. I think I will start with Paris Letters.

    November 26, 2015 at 1:09 am

    looking for suggestions on books to read in travels to central and south America…

    November 26, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I always load my ereader with way to0 many books, some of these will definitely be added for my next trip! I loved the movie wild, so maybe I’ll read the book too 🙂

    Katelyn McPhee
    November 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Haven’t read any of these books but definitely adding them to my list 🙂 Thanks!

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    November 26, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I read the books A year in Merde and Neither here nor there. Great books!

    November 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I really want to try my paris dream!! Thank you for lovely list!!

    November 25, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I love to read on planes as well. Really enjoyed the film ‘Into the Wild’ – must buy the book as well.

    Miriam x

    November 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I loved neither here nor there by bill bryson!
    Gotta have to check out paris letters (I ADORE PARIS) and listen to A year in the Merde, I really enjoy listening to audiobooks on flights 🙂

    x, Carina /

    Delia @ Luxury Travel in Asia
    November 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Totally agree with you about Into The Wild and I will have to checkout the others! I recently read Hemingway’s Wives recently and loved it!

    Cest La Vibe
    November 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Time to get a few of these for the kindle!

    November 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Another book you should check out: “What I was doing while you were breeding: A memoir” by Kristin Newman

    November 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve read this book it’s very a cool read. I felt like I was reading about myself in the first four chapters. 🙂 IT takes a determined mind to break yourself away from a life of a 9-5pm+, expenses, responsibilities, job and be free.