Reading for High Fliers

What do you read on those long flights or while waiting for your next connection? Dominique Browning in her article for the New York Times – High-Brow Lit for High Fliers? Not Me – suggests you forget about catching up on the heavy classics of great literature or “back issues of sobering magazines.”

Instead, she recommends riveting best selling authors like Scott Turow and John Grisham; plot driven mysteries by P.D. James; thrillers by Ruth Rendell. Browning advises…

Next time you are facing a long flight (and predictable delays) swap out those classics for these entertaining paperbacks. At least your trip will feel shorter.”

I still catch up on my pile of New Yorker magazines on my trips, but some of my favorite flying companions are Roald Dahl’s BFG, teen vampires from the Twilight series, and handsome dukes from romances by Catherine Coulter (but I usually hide the steamy cover).

What do you read en route?

Leaving on a Jet Plane…Disney Update

I’d seen the movie; it was a long flight, with little hope of sleep, so I started the paperback. Eric van Lustbader’s “Last Snow.”

McClure, the President’s old friend, trusted confidante, and special assistant – who saved the President’s daughter in a previous book ( I did not read) – finds himself in the middle of murder, espionage, and intrigue with, of course, a beautiful Russian spy. Got me through the night.

At Disney, I found books in my room – but not what I expected – pictures of Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wind in the Willows.