Mar 23

A New Poll: Best Books for Your Carry-on

Congratulations to Stephen, who won the galley of The Passage. You can see a full list of winners here.

Ann tells us about some of the books we saw people reading on the plane or in the airport, when we traveled for work last week. We’d like to hear your recommendations, so we’ve set up a new poll:
Click here to tell us your favorite airplane book!

What Makes a Good Airplane Book? (5:05)

Ann and I both agree that a page-turning thriller is an ideal airplane book; something you’re less likely to be distracted from. This is obviously a gross generalization, but one we’re going to run with. In that vein, I tell you about Velocity by Dean Koontz, someone who is often pegged as a horror writer, but who has been writing more nail-biting suspense novels lately. Ann recommends a book she has already told us about, but it’s now out in paperback, making it perfect for air travel: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.

Two Books We Can’t Wait for You to Read (12:32)

Neither Ann nor I have read the books we’re recommending in segment three this week, but the raves we’ve been hearing about them made us want to bring them to your attention right away. The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald, is a book that several of our colleagues have read and loved, and follows a Forrest Gump-like character whose unusual upbringing leads to relationship problems later in life. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes is one of those rare books that gets recommended to us by several of the buyers we work with at bookstores. It’s an epic work of Vietnam War fiction that has been favorably compared to the work of Tim O’Brien

  • Patricia Snyder

    Are you aware that the movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is currently playing in movie theaters on limited release? For those who don’t want to read the book, seeing the movie before reading the second book may be an option.

  • Patricia Snyder

    Are you aware that the movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is currently playing in movie theaters on limited release? For those who don’t want to read the book, seeing the movie before reading the second book may be an option.

  • Helen Barnett

    Any Harlan Coben book, because they are quickly interesting and fast moving. Thus really enhancing the flight by grabbing my attention and keeping it! I know my answer doesn’t fit your question exactly but it is what works for me. So I do agree with Ann..about those mysterys.

  • http://BooksontheNightstand Helen Barnett

    Any Harlan Coben book, because they are quickly interesting and fast moving. Thus really enhancing the flight by grabbing my attention and keeping it! I know my answer doesn’t fit your question exactly but it is what works for me. So I do agree with Ann..about those mysterys.

  • Tanya

    For my next trip, I’ve decided to take graphic novels. I’m going to try and catch up on the Fables series and maybe the Buffy series too. Maybe get back to Grendel. Dark Horse Comics has started comic iPhone apps (of which I’ve dnloaded Hellboy: Seed of Destruction Volume 1) which looks promising too. I need something that I can easily dip in and out of while traveling with a 6-yo.

    • Tanya

      It’s probably “bad form” to reply to oneself, but I had to follow-up on the Hellboy experience: It was great! I had never gotten into the Hellboys gns or movies. I’m not sure what I thought they were but the iPhone app was a great introduction! The app runs smoothly, the graphics really pop on the screen and I’m definitely interested in getting some Hellboy trades. It looks like there are a couple of series to follow. Right now I’m interested in the two BPRD Frog series (The War on Frogs and The Plague of Frogs) though I doubt I’ll limit myself :-)

      As for the story of Seed of Destruction, it touches briefly on the origin of Hellboy himself and involves Rasputin, Nazis and frog monsters! What more could you ask for? I don’t know what the style of art is called, but it’s high contrast and with a limited color palette on each panel (It’s NOT Manga, or that 1970’s style of comic art. It’s more like the New Batman art of the late 1980’s (late Deco?))

      Anyway, I see that Dark Horse Comics has a limited number of comic book apps available (including a one-shot or Dr. Horrible) and hopefully there will be more in the future (Where’s Buffy?)

      • http://twitter.com/sawinkler Stephen

        Tanya,
        I appreciate the self-reflexive commenting, because now I have a HELLBOY APP! If I was the squealing type, I would be.

        Thanks for the recap

  • Tanya

    For my next trip, I’ve decided to take graphic novels. I’m going to try and catch up on the Fables series and maybe the Buffy series too. Maybe get back to Grendel. Dark Horse Comics has started comic iPhone apps (of which I’ve dnloaded Hellboy: Seed of Destruction Volume 1) which looks promising too. I need something that I can easily dip in and out of while traveling with a 6-yo.

    • Tanya

      It’s probably “bad form” to reply to oneself, but I had to follow-up on the Hellboy experience: It was great! I had never gotten into the Hellboys gns or movies. I’m not sure what I thought they were but the iPhone app was a great introduction! The app runs smoothly, the graphics really pop on the screen and I’m definitely interested in getting some Hellboy trades. It looks like there are a couple of series to follow. Right now I’m interested in the two BPRD Frog series (The War on Frogs and The Plague of Frogs) though I doubt I’ll limit myself :-)

      As for the story of Seed of Destruction, it touches briefly on the origin of Hellboy himself and involves Rasputin, Nazis and frog monsters! What more could you ask for? I don’t know what the style of art is called, but it’s high contrast and with a limited color palette on each panel (It’s NOT Manga, or that 1970’s style of comic art. It’s more like the New Batman art of the late 1980’s (late Deco?))

      Anyway, I see that Dark Horse Comics has a limited number of comic book apps available (including a one-shot or Dr. Horrible) and hopefully there will be more in the future (Where’s Buffy?)

      • http://twitter.com/sawinkler Stephen

        Tanya,
        I appreciate the self-reflexive commenting, because now I have a HELLBOY APP! If I was the squealing type, I would be.

        Thanks for the recap

  • http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/ Melissa W.

    For me, anything that is light to read. I find that plane trips or bus trips or car trips are not the place for heavy reading and for the most part require that one bring along a decent sized fluff book, something that one can easily finish without trying to figure out all the insane details that are required of a sometimes heavier book. While I do have a good attention span for reading, I find that if I am reading a heavier book, I tend to forget what I am reading, whereas something that is lighter for the reading palette is much more suitable to a trip and something that doesn’t allow for a great deal of thought and concentration while reading. Of course this wouldn’t pertain to people who can’t stand reading, who should then just read a newspaper.

  • http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/ Melissa W.

    For me, anything that is light to read. I find that plane trips or bus trips or car trips are not the place for heavy reading and for the most part require that one bring along a decent sized fluff book, something that one can easily finish without trying to figure out all the insane details that are required of a sometimes heavier book. While I do have a good attention span for reading, I find that if I am reading a heavier book, I tend to forget what I am reading, whereas something that is lighter for the reading palette is much more suitable to a trip and something that doesn’t allow for a great deal of thought and concentration while reading. Of course this wouldn’t pertain to people who can’t stand reading, who should then just read a newspaper.

  • http://twitter.com/sawinkler Stephen

    Glad I listened to this podcast today and learned of my review assignment. Of course you’ll be hearing from me about it (you already have. . .).

    In the meantime, I’d like to carry the banner for “literary fiction” as acceptable plane reading. Not all novels in the genre could be of course (looking at you 2666), but three books I’ve read in the past year were written with a light enough touch and a focused enough story, that they can be read quickly and can be easily picked up after interruption: “The History of Love” (a book I found through the Goodreads group), “The Good Thief” (a BOTNS favorite) and “Mudbound.” Well written, accessible novels that aren’t only about action.

    This is not to say I haven’t carried my fair share of Sci-Fi novels on to planes. I just think our more writerly friends shouldn’t be discounted quite so quickly.

    [I didn’t enter this in the poll because, well, I’ve already won a contest this month. . .I’m happy to do so if you like.]

  • http://twitter.com/sawinkler Stephen

    Glad I listened to this podcast today and learned of my review assignment. Of course you’ll be hearing from me about it (you already have. . .).

    In the meantime, I’d like to carry the banner for “literary fiction” as acceptable plane reading. Not all novels in the genre could be of course (looking at you 2666), but three books I’ve read in the past year were written with a light enough touch and a focused enough story, that they can be read quickly and can be easily picked up after interruption: “The History of Love” (a book I found through the Goodreads group), “The Good Thief” (a BOTNS favorite) and “Mudbound.” Well written, accessible novels that aren’t only about action.

    This is not to say I haven’t carried my fair share of Sci-Fi novels on to planes. I just think our more writerly friends shouldn’t be discounted quite so quickly.

    [I didn’t enter this in the poll because, well, I’ve already won a contest this month. . .I’m happy to do so if you like.]

  • http://www.phildolinger.com Phil D

    Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase. Been enjoying her podcast for five years.

  • http://www.phildolinger.com Phil D

    Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase. Been enjoying her podcast for five years.

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