Dear Escapists! Escapians! Whatever. Dear internet persons!
Within a week I'll be traveling to India, and I'm looking for a good book for the ridiculously long flight. Now, I am in possession of plenty of good books, but most of them are rather tiring to read (classical literature and all that), so I'm looking for something that is both 1) good and 2) rather light. Which is a genre that I hardly know anything about.
..And of course, that's where you come in. So: suggestions, come onto me!
- It has to be a standalone book. I've got way too many unread books as it is already.
- No 'real' fantasy. Great genre, but also a genre I'm already way too familiar with.
- It has to be readable, but not superficial. I'm looking for a light book, not one that makes my brains melt.
- Besides fantasy the genre isn't too important.
- I'm a 21 year old male with a broad range of interests, both geek and non-geek.
I'm sure plenty these kind of topics exist, but as they aren't suited to my personal needs, I thought it was justified to make one of my own.
One of Bill Brysons travel books. My favorite is "Notes from a small island" closely followed by "Notes from a small continent".
Its basically him traveling around the US or Europe and writing down his thoughts. Pretty funny.
Have a look here for a fair bunch of standalone books. I don't know if you intend to finish the book during using flight time or not but most of those books are really good and will merit reading even outside the airplane.
I suggest Yatzee book Mogworld. I do have to warn you however his writting style used in that story could put you off.
McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy is a really good book about his travels around Ireland. It's light, funny, and really good to read.
Plus, although it is a stand-alone book, he wrote another called Road to McCarthy that you could pick up if you enjoy the first.
Me and my Dad have them as standard for flights, we never get bored of them.
Any kind of new America literature: Thompson, Hemmingway, Doctorow, Kerouac, Burroughs, Fitzgerald - all those old souls of the wild post world war generation of writers. They give you the right vibe for traveling and prime you for some good adventures plus they are fancy enough to start some good conversation in bus & trains.