Airplane Reading

I remember sitting in class one day when my teacher described her airplane reading, which basically consists of everything that I read on a daily basis! But it got me thinking, do people read different books on an airplane than they would in their day to day life? I will read pretty much anything that I’d normally read while on a plane–except for classics, especially on an early morning flight. I do prefer mysteries, though, and usually stock up on a mystery for the ride to wherever I’m going and a mystery for the ride back. This stems from a trip I took while in my early teens. I didn’t have a book for the plane ride back so I purchased Out of Shadows by Kay Hooper in one of the airport bookstores. I was so engrossed in the book that the plane ride seemed to pass by in an instant and I only had about fifty pages left to read when we touched down. And Angels & Demons kept me occupied on the plane ride to London when I traveled overseas for the first time. Since taking these two trips, mysteries have been my airplane read.

What about you? What do you like to read while on an airplane? (Or in a car? Or on a train? Or on a horse? … Well, I suppose it wouldn’t work well to read while riding a horse across a country or a state, would it?)

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    August 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I also read exactly what I would in every day life. To be honest, sometimes I can't concentrate enough on a plane to read (or sometimes I get too airsick to read), but in general I bring whatever I happen to be reading that day. 🙂

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    August 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I think I usually tend to read something lighter or something that really grips me! I remember reading the Devil Wears Prada and not stopping for the whole flight for example! 🙂 And at the beginning of the year I was really into the Blue Bloods books and so I kept reading those on the Kindle!

    I'm scared of flying, so in general I try to select something that is quite light, either funny or just very easy to read and very gripping, like teenage reads perhaps 😛

    Also, I read Shantaram which is a massive book and, although that really gripped me, I remember deciding against taking it with me because my hand luggage would weight so much more! So now I try to either bring my Kindle or books that are not 900 pages long 😛 😛

    That's interesting about your mystery airplane reads 😀

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    Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
    August 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

    What a great question is that!! But it's easy for me to answer, I never really separated airplane reading from the rest of my reading… I will read anything that I'm currently reading!

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