Ten Great Reads for Long Haul Flights or Just Doing Nothing

Updated: May 21, 2019

Happy Monday!

Swollen ankles, puffy hands, sweat in weird places and the general feeling of bleh-ness. Pregnant? No. Long haul flying? Yep.

I certainly love (and indulge in) the unlimited alcohol, snacks, and in-flight entertainment; but sometimes it's nice to dive into a good book and forget the world... and the person next to you that doesn't understand how to share an armrest.

So! Here's my roundup of books that I think would make great picks for flights or any long periods of time doing nothing. These are books that I was simply unable to put down, and if you know me personally, then I have probably forced you to read at least one on this list!

Simply click the cover and you'll be directed to amazon where you can purchase the book as copy or kindle! I would love to know if you've read any of these or if you have any recs for me. These aren't necessarily my all time faves, just the ones that I felt have been the hardest to put down!

Before we get started, I should mention something that changed my reading game! Goodreads. As a writer and someone with a serious love for words, Goodreads helped me immensely! I used to think I loved to read but never finished books and had trouble going into Barnes & Noble and even knowing where to start. Goodreads is fundamentally social media for book lovers. It's a place where you can share discussions on books and find recommendations based on what you've read (and enjoyed) in the past. Basically, it operates as a global book club so you can find books that will actually do what books are intended to do, and that is to inspire and give you all the feel goods. Goodreads also links with Kindle. My Paperwhite is now this magical brick full of not only my fave reads but also immediately gives me suggestions for the next book as I "turn" the last page. Since it's linked, it also lets your Goodreads folks know when you start/finish the book and you can rate the book real-time through Kindle! As you can guess, I am super active on there, so give me a follow if you do create an account!

It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

I will warn you; I am a mega CoHo fan. Colleen Hoover could write the same sentence 12,000 times, call it a book and I would buy it just to read that one spectacular sentence again and again. She is incredible. It Ends With Us is a fantastic story and will have you swooning and screaming all at the same time. I want to tell you the "big thing" that it's all about. But I'm afraid it will spoil it. I want you to experience it and figure it out for yourself. So, do yourself a favor, buy it and skip the reviews that may spoil the twist, and read it!

Too Late

Colleen Hoover

With a heavy emphasis on drugs, domestic abuse and rape, this CoHo fave is arguably darker than It Ends With Us and comes complete with just about every trigger warning out there. But it's a good one. Too Late is essentially a love triangle mixed in with some sexiness, some danger, and some action.

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

Set in France, 1939 with flash-forwards to the present day Oregon 1995 - this inspiring story takes place during Nazi occupation and is set up around one incredibly badass woman named Isabelle and her older sister Vianne. While not based directly on a true story, Kristin Hannah got the inspiration for The Nightingale from 19-year-old Belgian woman, Andrée De Jongh. It's worth a read for just about anyone who gives a damn about WWII history and gives an exciting look at France during one of the world's darkest eras.

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

A juicier, creepier, faster Gone Girl. The story is told through Rachel, an alcoholic whose life has completely fallen apart since her divorce. Rachel makes the time pass on the train by imagining the lives of a couple - "Jess and Jason" and how perfect their lives must be until one day she sees something that can't be undone and is pulled even further into their lives. What I love most about The Girl on the Train is that no one, absolutely no one can be trusted.

Pretty Girls

Karin Slaughter

If you don't like dark - and I mean really dark, this book is not for you. This graphic chill bump thriller had me reeling from start to finish. Pretty Girls is centered around sisters Lydia and Claire, whose oldest sister, Julia, went missing in 1991 and has never been found. All these years later, another girl disappears and brought up painful memories of the past. While I mentioned this book is graphic, I felt it was necessary to put the power behind the story and to bring truth to people out there who are this deranged. It's not a book for the faint of heart!

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

I know, I know. The movie got horrible reviews and suicide is a tough topic, but forget all that and remember that the book is always 100x better. Me Before You is simply unputdownable. Aside from having a massive girl-crush on the main character, Louisa Clark, I also love Will. And Nathan. And Camilla. Every character in this book is just so damn good. Me Before You is a heartbreaking and morbidly funny look at assisted suicide and if nothing else will inform you more on the topic.


Colleen Hoover

In an effort to not make this a "My Favorite Colleen Hoover Books" post, I will make this the last one! Here's an excerpt from the synopsis: "Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died." It. Is. Good. I zipped through this in one day.

Archer's Voice

Mia Sheridan

Okay, this one's a guilty pleasure. I wasn't expecting to love this one and get as sucked into the story as I did. I was expecting a cheesy, purple prosy, too much sex and insta-love... but holy-steamy-predictable-but-sugary-sweet-good-writing-romance! Archer is an isolated, invisible man who is mute and extremely depressed. When Bree moves to a quiet lakeside village looking for peace, they help each other in the most unexpected of ways.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Maria Semple

Big and scary mental health meets adorable and quirky humor. Where'd You Go Bernadette is about a world-famous architect and her slow descent into madness. It's told through a series of emails and transcripts that give such an interesting POV. Maria Semple makes mental illness light and fluffy with small bouts of seriousness to keep it realistic. Bernadette Fox will have you laughing and maybe, at times, questioning your own sanity.

Big Little Lies

Lianne Moriarty

I messed up and read the book after I watched the show, but this one was great nonetheless. I found myself forgetting that I already knew the outcome and also cackling at the craziness that is Madeline. One of my favorite things about Big Little Lies is that I feel like anyone can read this and be reminded by the characters of someone they actually know. We all know the Madelines, Janes, and Celestes of the world. Big Little Lies is packed with great characters and just the right amount of humor and suspense!

I hope you've enjoyed this list! Here's the link to my Kindle. I can't leave home without it. I used to think I'd always be one of those people that needed the feel of the pages, but this baby changed everything! It's a lifesaver especially when traveling since you can bring a limitless amount of books with no extra weight to lug around! The Paperwhite also has the feel and look of real pages which is better for your peepers! I am linking to refurbished one because mine is refurbished and works like a charm.