Books that will make you smart during a single flight

How do you pass the time on a flight these days? Well, a lot of people spend time listening to music or playing on their Nintendo DS. Some people will watch the inflight movie, or enjoy a drink or two. Many of us sleep if it’s a long-haul flight, but, the activity we would recommend the most is reading. These days, especially if you have a Kindle, you can take so many different books with you on vacation.

Yes, we prefer having the real thing as well, but a Kindle means you can pack numerous books without taking up any space. Now, whether you’ve decided to bring an e-reader or an actual paperback you might want suggestions for something to read during the flight. Personally, we love a good crime thriller, but we know some people like to educate themselves. So, here are a few books you can read that will make you smarter during a single flight.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

This book is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t have the time to look into and try to figure out complicated issues. The book, written by Randall Munroe, uses simplistic words and pictures to help readers understand and figure out explanations for complicated and difficult subjects. You could look at this book like an idiots guide to all the things you ever wanted to know about but found the jargon too complicated. This 64-page book is the perfect choice and can be absorbed over the course of a single flight.

The War of Independence

Written by John Fiske, and published in 1890, this is one of the most important and interesting books you will ever read. The 115-page book explores the American Revolution and the War of Independence that helped shape America into the country she is today. The book is interesting, absorbing, and not too daunting like many of those gigantic historical tomes can sometimes be. Fiske takes a look at some aspects of the war that are often glossed over and allows readers a fresh perspective on an old topic. And, the best thing about it is that you can pick it up for free as an eBook.

Real Artists Don’t Starve

If you are a creative person who has ever doubted going down the creative career route, this book is an absolute must-read for you. It’s the ideal companion piece for anyone who loves to get creative, and it explores the competitive benefits of creativity. It’s a fascinating read and will be useful for helping you change your approach to business and your career. Jeff Goins shares his wisdom and views on the creative world and suggests that creative individuals need to harness their talents for the future.

Prisoners of Geography

Ever wish you were a little more au fait with modern politics? Well, this is the perfect book to look at if you want to broaden your knowledge of the political landscape. This Sunday Times bestseller by Tim Marshall uses maps to show you how geography and ideology have combined to give us the current political climate. Everything you ever wanted to know about global politics is neatly presented in this accessible book – it’s a must read!

This represents just a small selection of some of the coolest books you can read on a plane journey. We like books that can be finished in one go, or that we can pick up and put down, and dip into whenever we want to. We also feel the subject matter of these books makes them ideal if you want to expand your horizons and broaden your knowledge in a single flight.