Five Books That Make Flight Time Disappear


Thank you to Shepherd for publishing my list of best books to take on your next flight!

The best books that make the flight time disappear because you feel in the story

Lisa Niver Author Of Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents, and Feeling Fearless After FiftyBy Lisa Niver

Who am I?

As both a lifelong traveler and reader, I cannot start an adventure without a great book. Having owned a Kindle since 2008, I consistently carry a virtual library, curating an assortment of captivating reads for every journey. As a travel journalist, I fly multiple times a month, which amplifies my need and understanding of the perfect in-flight companions; stories that transport and captivate. As an author with a memoir to my name, I appreciate the transformative power of storytelling. This blend of literary passion, frequent travel, and personal authorship has led me on my search for engaging, unforgettable books that mesmerize the reader.  

I wrote…

Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents, and Feeling Fearless After Fifty

By Lisa Niver

Book cover of Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents, and Feeling Fearless After Fifty

What is my book about?

It is an empowering memoir that takes readers on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery and resilience. Written with wit and candor, the author recounts 50 challenges she did before she turned 50 as a way to reinvent her life after her divorce. With a perfect blend of humor and heart, it inspires readers to embrace change, confront fears, and find strength in vulnerability. This captivating narrative is an ideal companion for a flight, offering a compelling story that resonates long after landing. 

The books I picked & why

The Henna Artist

By Alka Joshi

Book cover of The Henna Artist

Lisa NiverWhy did I love this book?

When I read this book, I felt like I was back walking on the streets of India. Alka Joshi’s vivid storytelling will transport you to a world of vibrant colors, rich traditions, and compelling characters.

In this first book of the Jaipur Trilogy, Lakshmi, a skilled henna artist, navigates a complex society, unraveling secrets and defying societal norms. Joshi’s exquisite prose and the book’s engrossing plot offer the perfect blend of escapism and depth, making it an ideal companion for a journey.

As you soar through the skies, it promises to transport you to another time and place, making the flight feel like a brief detour into an enchanting literary world.  

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

By Christie Tate

Book cover of Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

Lisa NiverWhy did I love this book?

Christie Tate’s candid memoir made me feel like I was part of her therapeutic group experience. I could hear the dishes breaking when she took her anger out on them, and I jumped with joy at her successes.

With humor and vulnerability, she explores the complexities of relationships, mental health, and self-discovery. The book’s engaging narrative and relatable insights make it a page-turner, providing a perfect distraction during a flight. Tate’s wit and vivid writing create a sense of connection, making it an ideal companion for a solo journey.

Whether you’re seeking introspection or simply a captivating story, this book offers a thought-provoking companion to your airborne adventure.

Woman on Fire

By Lisa Barr

Book cover of Woman on Fire

Lisa NiverWhy did I love this book?

I could not put down Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr.

This book is a captivating tale of passion, history, and mystery. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Chicago and war-torn Europe, the novel follows the journey of a resilient journalist navigating love and espionage.

Barr’s evocative prose and meticulous research transport readers to a bygone era, creating a rich tapestry of emotions. The intricate blend of romance and suspense ensures a thrilling reading experience perfectly suited for the transient nature of air travel.

As you glide through the clouds, let the pages of this book transport you to a riveting tale of love, courage, and intrigue, making your journey truly unforgettable. 

Every Note Played

By Lisa Genova

Book cover of Every Note Played

Lisa NiverWhy did I love this book?

Each of Lisa Genova’s books brings her deep understanding of neuroscience into the portrayal of a family’s journey with a medical issue, making the novel both heart-wrenching and enlightening. 

This book is an emotionally charged novel about a renowned pianist confronting the devastating progression of ALS. It captures the complexities of love, loss, and redemption.

I was especially drawn to this book since my aunt had a similar progression with the same illness. Genova’s compelling exploration of the human spirit and the transformative power of compassion always brings me to tears. As you soar through the skies, let this book be your poignant and immersive literary escape. 

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

By Patricia Schultz

Book cover of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Lisa NiverWhy did I love this book?

This book is the perfect travel companion for a flight, inspiring wanderlust and igniting the excitement of exploration.

I met the author many years ago at the Travel and Adventure Show in Los Angeles. She has been an incredible mentor to me, including suggesting that I speak at the same show as her! Her comprehensive guide invites readers to diverse destinations across the globe with vivid descriptions, cultural insights, and practical travel tips. Schultz’s passion for travel infuses every page, making it an engaging and informative read.

Whether you’re planning future adventures or simply seeking inspiration, the book’s well-curated list of extraordinary places provides an enchanting escape, turning your flight into a thrilling prelude to the adventures that lie ahead. Embark on a literary voyage with Schultz and let the anticipation of discovery accompany you at 30,000 feet.  

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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