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Books to Binge on a Flight

As the world opens up again more and more people are venturing back to the airport, which means the return of one of my favorite reading spots–16C. There is something magical about reading on an airplane. If you have a long flight in your future, here are my favorite binge-worthy books.



Lessons in Chemistry

Following an accidentally TV chef and very much real chemist, Elizabeth Zott, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. I loved all of the characters (including possibly the best dog in fiction). This book will transport you back to the 1960s and make you wish you would have paid more attention in your high school chemistry class.


The Guest List

There is no distraction quite like a thriller. This book feels very much Christie adjacent and is perfect if you are also looking for a little bit of armchair travel. This book is impossible to put down, making a long flight the perfect reading environment.


Black Cake

This transcontinental family drama is compulsively readable. The short chapters keep you turning pages. I loved the sibling dynamic and found the writing to be stunning. If you like books with multiple points of view and a great cast of characters, I can't recommend this book enough.


Just Haven't Met You Yet

If you view every airport trip as an opportunity for a meet-cute, this book is for you. This rom-com feels like it was meant to be an early 2000's film. After Laura's work takes her to the Channel Islands trying to find the truth behind her parent's love story, she accidentally grabs the wrong suitcase at the airport, only to discover the owner of the suitcase is most likely her soulmate.


The Island of Missing Trees

This book is poetic and extremely moving. Taking place between London and Cyrpus, this book is full of social commentary and important history. I loved the characters (including a tree!). If you are looking for a book that will make you think, pick this one up!


Taste: My Life Through Food

Taste might be my most recommended book of the past year. I absolutely love Stanley Tucci. His writing is so funny and the recipes in this book are delicious (I started cooking them as soon as I finished this book). This book would pair perfectly with a flight to Italy. Or really any food-centric vacation.


Dark Matter

Though this book is on the longer side, it is impossible to put down. If you are in the mood for a book that will transport you through multiple dimensions, this is the book for you. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but this book was really readable and had me immediately googling if there was going to be a TV adaptation. I love this book.


The Best of Me

No one writes a short story like David Sedaris. This book, a complication of his "best" stories, is incredible. It is great if you want a book that you can pick up and put down easily as each story isn't terribly long. It is also great on audio!


Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

This memoir, which has some similar themes to Educated, made my jaw drop. This is a great travel book, as there is so much travel in this book. As a child, Cheryl lived her life on the run. This book is really unforgettable. Another great audiobook!

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