The Best Books and Magazines to Take on Your Next Flight
If you've ever faced the harsh reality of a flight with a broken entertainment system, out-of-battery devices, and no in-air Wi-Fi, you know better than to show up to the gate with nothing to read, save for a very dirty in-flight magazine and a brochure on how to survive a sea landing. Luckily for you, we've done the legwork for you, compiling a list of the best reads to carry on board, whether your flight is 45 minutes or 14 hours. Are you in the mood for a thrilling new novel, a book to help you get ahead, or simply something a little smarter than a gossip mag? We've got you covered.
For Quick Flights
For short flights, we carry on our favorite mags—the ones we can flip through quickly—and dive into shorter articles that will get us from gate to gate.
Cereal, a new favorite of ours, is a travel and style magazine with the most gorgeous photography. It's a must for the minimalist.
Kinfolk never ceases to inspire—striving to find a simplicity of life and a sense of community that's increasingly rare these days.
Surface, another favorite magazine of ours, is a beautifully curated page-turner covering architecture, art, design, fashion, and travel with a discerning eye and a finger on the pulse for what's hot and new.
Metropolitan Home, a magazine catering to the younger millennial décor aficionado, is hitting newsstands again after a few years' hiatus. With Newell Turner as editorial director, you know it's going to be good.
What to do to kill an hour or two when you can't browse your favorite online shops? Try Porter, Net-a-Porter's magazine! One of the most beautifully produced fashion magazines to come out in recent years, it's the next best thing after adding to cart.
For Cross Country Flights
On two-to-five-hour flights, we love bringing books that are digestible in short bites—travel guides, business books, and humorous autobiographies. That way we won't be pulled away from a page-turner upon landing.
The title says it all. As Raj Raghunathan reunited with his MBA classmates 15 years after graduation, he realized that success didn't appear to correlate to happiness. He went on to do extensive research on happiness, the inclinations that successful people need to overcome to be happy, and the habits to adopt to find happiness.
For Long Hauls
If you're settling into a transatlantic flight, bring the most page-turning novel you can get your hands on. Time will go by in a flash.
This best-selling novel is a coming-of-age story about a young woman as she transitions from a small-town life into a bartending job in Manhattan. Her introduction into the life of restaurants—with its oysters, champagne, love, dive bars... The story paints a picture of what comes after transitioning from girl to woman—the disillusionment, the wisdom, the bitter, and the sweet.
This razor-sharp novel follows a 30-something executive assistant down a rabbit hole of a conspiracy to pay off her student debt with a glitch in her boss's expense report. The Assistants is a humorous depiction of the leagues of overeducated, underpaid women that have not made it to the top.
A hilarious account of a self-assured and impulsive young lawyer who is about to marry the perfect man, but who might not be ready for that type of commitment. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Lily's nights become wilder as she puts her whole life into question.
From the author who brought us The Vacationers, comes another perfect beach read. Modern Lovers centers around three college friends passing on the torch of their youth as their children reach maturity one summer in gentrified Brooklyn. From the excitement of youth to the shock of middle age, this book explores relationships, friendships, and passions that only grow with age.
Another highly anticipated best seller, Jonathan Unleashed follows a young New Yorker as he realizes that looking after his brother's dogs could hold the key to life. This wise romantic comedy follows Jonathan through tangled relationships with his unhinged boss, his baffling girlfriend, and the alluring vet.
What book or magazine did you love reading recently?