Last-minute gifts: The best books for traveling
By Aimee Markwardt
For some of us, the only time we have to stretch out with a book is on vacation. The airplane flight begs for a book. No beach is complete without a great novel, umbrella and cold beverage (preferably distributed by a server with a stunning smile and wink).
And there’s something simply glorious about waking up in a room that someone else is going to clean, walking over to your balcony overlooking the ocean and flipping through pages with your morning coffee.
But not all books are built for travel. The 1,424-page account of “Sacajawea” (available through Amazon.com), although an interesting read — yeah, not exactly carry-on friendly.
And despite its popularity, maybe “Fifty Shades of Grey” is probably not the best choice for a family trip to Disney World or a visit to the old-fashioned in-laws in Small Town, Nowhere.
If you need help navigating the shelves, either for yourself or for a last-minute holiday gift for a loved one, here are our favorite picks for books to invite on your vacation:
For inspiration on a business trip
“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” by Malcolm Gladwell, asserts that ideas can spread like viruses. If you’ve ever thought about changing the world, this book will change the way you think.
An oldie but goodie
If you haven’t already, read “Angels and Demons,” by Dan Brown, in paperback. You won’t be able to put this thrilling book down. How do we know? Because you’ve probably already read and loved its sequel, “The Da Vinci Code.” If you’re lucky, the airplane will be showing the two movies on your flight home.
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A guaranteed page-turner for a boring flight
Anything by John Grisham. Seriously. The man’s got the thriller novel down to a science. Choose between “A Time to Kill,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Broker” or his latest, “The Racketeer,” — just to name a few.
A book actually about traveling
“Eat, Pray, Love,” by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you haven’t read this inspiring and amusing memoir, following the author to Italy, India and Indonesia, you’re missing the boat, er, flight. And if you have read it, you know that it’s worth reading again.
Chick lit for the beach
Opt for something upbeat, romantic, modern and not too cerebral, like “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” the “Shopaholic” series, “The Devil Wears Prada” or “Savannah Breeze” by Mary Kay Andrews. And yes, the books are always better than the movie. Do you really need to ask?
For a super short flight
A magazine may be your best bet for a flight that’s under two hours. If you plan ahead, you can save big. Magazine.com offers 70 to 90 percent off, plus an additional 4 percent money back from Shopathome.com.
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