8 Quick Reads for a Long Flight

August will be a travel-heavy month for From Ship to Shore. We’ll be bringing you articles, reviews, and pictures from Los Angeles and Scottsdale, meaning there’s going to be lots of flying involved. So, it’s time to plan ahead for some ways to pass the wifi-less time on all those planes.

While a 7-hour plane ride might sound like the perfect time to get cracking on that huge, classic tome that you feel obligated to read (I’m lookin’ at you, War and Peace), let’s face it: flying can be pretty exhausting and uncomfortable, leaving you with little will to cuddle up with lengthy Russian existentialism. Instead, quick reads are sure to pass the time and be the perfect, relaxing way to spend a few hours.

Whether you’re prepping for a long flight, a beach week, or just want some new books, here’s a few amazing options:

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I just finished this book and it’s hilarious. Mindy Kaling, creator of The Mindy Project and Kelly Kapoor on The Office, has such a quirky, engaging voice. She offers some crazy stories about growing up, writing and producing The Office, and even her short stint at SNL.

2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
This book is short and sweet, not to mention perfect for travelers. It follows a shepherd boy as he travels around the world in search of treasure, teaching valuable moral lessons along the way. It’s a modern fable and will surely be considered a classic in the future.

3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Semple’s novel is genuinely funny. 15-year-old Bee must set out to find her mother, an agoraphobic genius who runs away before the family leaves for a vacation in Antarctica. And this is all coming from a writer who’s penned several episodes of Arrested Development, which pretty much says it all.

4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
This is an autobiographical and comedic masterpiece. To me, Tina Fey can do no wrong (I mean, look at Mean Girls and 30 Rock). This book will only take a couple of hours to get through, and each page is enjoyable and brutally honest. Just read it!

5. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
While this is definitely a more serious book than the past four, tackling issues like cultural assimilation and struggling relationships, its short story format makes it fast-paced and always engaging. Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, really is one of the greatest writers of our time: her stories are thoughtful and, despite their short length, leave a big impression on her readers.

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The Weekly Favorites: Cat cafés, waterfalls, and cherry pie dip (7/18–7/26)

Another week has passed and it’s time for more amazing articles from around the web. Check out our favorites!

Photo of the Week: Park Avenue, NYCpark


A Day in a Cat Café in Seoul, South Korea (Just One Way Ticket)
Any cat lover who can’t make it over to South Korea can live vicariously through Sab’s cat café experience that includes an adorable video documenting all the kitties. Now if only they’d make a dog café…

Stepping Back in Time in Mantua, Italy (Ordinary Traveler)
Whether you’re a Shakespeare superfan, love anything Italian, or just want to look at some beautiful pictures, check out this picture-heavy post on one of Italy’s most historic towns.

Friday Postcards from Snoqualmie Falls (Walking on Travels)
More really gorgeous photos, this time of a waterfall near Salish Lodge and Spa in Washington.


Creamy Cherry Pie Fruit Dip with Rainbow Fruit Kebobs (Oh She Glows)
Yes, this is a thing. Especially good if you have any picky eaters in the family—what better incentive to eat fruit than cherry pie dip?

Mini Quiche Recipe (Add a Pinch)
These adorable mini quiches are great for pretty much anything (especially brunch!) and are easy to make.


The Culture of Clean: Soap in Art (Into the Gloss)
Attention clean freaks! A look at the use of soap in art and design through the ages, from nineteenth century portraits to soap bubble lamps.

Remote working, Teleworking, Coworking: How to Make the Most of Your Atypical Job (The DC Ladies)
Even if you don’t have an atypical job and unlimited vacation days, this is still an interesting read—we can only hope that this lax, out-of-office style of working will only become more popular!

The Weekly Favorites: Turtles, ice cream, and wine bars (7/10–7/17)

Today we’re kicking off a new series: a weekly round-up of the best the Internet has to offer in the travel, food, and lifestyle worlds. Enjoy!

Photo of the Week


A watermelon martini from Central in DC, plus some gourmet “cheese puffs.” Heaven.


40 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever—Distractify
The article is as helpful as the title sounds. Even seasoned travelers will want to read these innovative tips!

Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys—Wander the Map
Who knew you could visit turtle hospitals? It’s a great story and the facility offers daily tours—as long as there isn’t a turtle emergency, that is! It doesn’t sound like it’s all fun and games, though, as the main goal of these tours is to raise awareness for saving turtles from the likes of boats and pollution.

Discovering Puglia, the heel of Italy—Mrs. O Around the World
Mrs. O’s travels around Puglia and stay in a luxury Italian villa looks absolutely incredible. Check out that pool!


Honey Tarragon Strawberry Melon Salad—A Little Bite of Life
This looks so refreshing, perfect for hot summer days. I would’ve never thought to put tarragon in a fruit salad!

The Inside Scoop—Galavante
I never thought I’d hear the words “cupcake ice cream sandwich” (you can thank Sprinkles for that one). Everything sounds so incredible, but they left off one ice cream sandwich powerhouse: The Meatball Shop.

Paris Idyll—Saveur
The best wine bars Paris has to offer.


Tribal Maxi—bishop & holland
What can I say? It’s gorgeous.

Why Leighton Meester’s Op-Ed Is The Week’s Must-Read—Refinery-29
Leighton Meester gives some thoughtful insight into audiences’ reaction to the character Curley’s Wife from Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, who she currently plays in the Broadway adaptation. If you don’t have time to read the full thing, Refinery-29 gives a good summary.