7 Books to Keep You Entertained Whilst Travelling

One of the best parts of travelling is the transit time between destinations.

The downside? Sometimes it can take a helluva' long time to get there #travelprobs

Some peeps use this time to catch up on some much needed z's.

Others are more content with chillin' with a hard drive chockablock with movies and TV shows. Because Game of Thrones, amiright?

But if you're a total word nerd like me, then you'll take full advantage of long journeys and escape into a good book (or 3).

Here are my top book recommendations that have kept me enthralled, entertained and (in some cases) pissing myself laughing whilst traversing the globe. Enjoy!

The Anti Cool Girl

'A full-frontal memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you' - Harper Collins Australia

A contender for the funniest, laugh-out-loud, did she really just SAY that? book you'll ever come across.

Rosie's relentlessly candid recount of her life will have you in stitches (and possibly attracting the horrified stares of fellow passengers).

One of the BEST books I've ever read. Don't judge. Just read.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

' A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best' - Amazon.com

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her battle with mental illness with hilarious and tongue-in-cheek vulnerability.

A must-read for anyone who's ever had a panic attack, struggled with depression, had  an encounter with killer swans or wondered if they're just too fucked up to be a part of normal, decent society (Spoiler: You're aren't).

Gone Girl

' An absorbing, ingenious thriller' - The New Yorker

A modern masterpiece of revenge literature. This book never ceases to keep me enraptured and glued to my (airplane) seat.

The movie adaption was brilliantly done and stays true to the original book, but the deeper insight you will gain from Gillian Flynn's cleverly crafted printed words will stay with you long after you've read the last page.

Kitchen Confidential

'Take one New York chef, add drugs, brandy and blood and you have a cooking classic' - The Guardian

For the foodie and adventurer in us all, Anthony Bourdain's first memoir is as unapologetically tough and raw as the meat he's worked with.

A former heroin junkie, 70s punk, Cullinary Institute of America alumnus and world famous chef, Tony's insight into the seamy underworld of professional cooking will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about chefs.

His follow up - Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook - takes the narrative further and updates us on Tony's shenanigans - both professional and personal - following the (surprising) success of Kitchen Confidential.

Both are essential reads for those who love food, travel and getting fucking loose.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

'A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious' - PopSugar

Disclaimer: I fucking L-O-V-E Liz Gilbert.

Ever since I first read Eat, Pray, Love as a recently-dumped wife back in 2011 and was inspired to embark on my own overseas journey of self-healing and adventure, I have worshipped the ground the woman walks on.

And although Big Magic is nothing like EPL (#SpoilerAlert), creative souls and lovers of Liz's prose will eagerly devour her nuggets of wisdom faster than a fat kid at Mickey D's.

If you're searching for the courage to live a life brimming with creativity and curiosity, then Big Magic is for you.

The Year Of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

'In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too' - Simon & Schuster

It's nice to know that even mega, Wonder Woman-esque powerhouses such as Shonda Rhimes can get the blues and totally lose their mojo.

An excellent read for every woman who has gotten sick and tired of saying no, living in fear or who just hates public speaking with a passion.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

'This is self-help with an edge' - Vogue

If you're anything like me (or the other eleventy billion people on the planet), you probably give too many fucks to too many things in your life: your job, your clothes, your reputation, your dog, your dog's reputation.

Social media, hipsters, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, Beyonce, #Brexit… The list of things to give a fuck about in life is endless.

But have you ever stopped to think about why you give a fuck about things? Or more importantly, do you need to give so many fucks about so many things? #DeepLifeThoughts

Embellished with f-bombs aplenty, Sarah Knight's remarkable how-to guide humorously explains how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do.

WARNING: Not suitable for those who don't like the f-word, are happy to keep giving too many fucks in life, or are too scared to stand up for themselves. In which case, step the f**k along.

 Your turn, word nerd! Have you got some awesome book recommendations for battling boredom on long journeys? Hit us up in the comments below and share your top picks with the tribe!

 

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