One of the greatest benefits of my job as a flight attendant is all the time that I have been able to dedicate to getting back into reading. When you join the working class you usually have to cut corners when it comes to doing the things you love, but fortunately for me, that has not been the case! I feel like I have more time than ever for virtually anything aside from sleeping (there are just not enough hours in the day).
More often than not, I am working longer flights, which I love, and this means that there will be some down time to get in a few chapters of a new novel! Now I don’t want anyone reading this to think that I am a slacker, but I usually work in first class which means I have 12-24 passengers to take care of. I think most of them actually begin to get annoyed with me because I am “too attentive”. So after I complete my service, go through for seconds, and help out the attendants in the back, I have a little time dive into whatever book it is that I have with me at the moment. The reason that I choose to do a “Top 5” was because I am currently reading 5 different novels. I wouldn’t recommend reading all 5 at once, but when you are in a different place everyday, you tend to forget your book in random places and have to start a new one, so that is how I ended up in the middle of so many! Anyways, here are a few recommendations for you all! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
1.Tell The Wolves I’m Home
From the view point of a 14 year old girl, you will get a peek into what it is like to love a person with aids. From reading the synopsis on the back, I was unsure if this would be a book for me, but after seeing this captivating cover around a few different place (yes, I judge books by their covers, so sue me) I knew I had to buy it! Within the first couple of pages I was hooked and found myself trying to slow my reading just so the story wouldn’t have to end. I don’t know what it was, whether it was connecting with June as she finds out a whole secret side of her uncle after he has passes, or sharing the struggles of being the oddball in the family, this story really resonated with me and was beautifully written! I would highly suggest snagging a copy when you get a chance!
2. A Man Called Ove
Maybe its because I work with travelers who always seem to have a book in hand, or maybe it was the universe trying to tell me that I am a grumpy old man, but I could not escape this novel! So many passengers came onboard towing around this novel and I knew I had to buy it! This is a story of a, you guessed it, a man called Ove. Ove is an eldery Swed who lives alone and shares the stories of his life with his readers. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will feel the love of a life that you will properly only relate with when you reach a certain age, but in the end, this story will leave you happy. I also love reading realistic fiction because no matter what, you are bond to find a connection with the character in one way or another.
3. The Cormoran Strike Series
This might be cheating, but I am going to lump together this whole series as one recommendation. If some know-it-all hasn’t already told you this, let me be the first! J.K. Rowling has another pseudonym and it is Robert Galbraith. If you are a Harry Potter fan you will love J.K. Rowling’s writing style already and be fascinated with these new mystery novels! With a Sherlock Homes feel to them, you will go case by case with Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin as they discover the truth behind the stories that are leave the London police force puzzled. Obviously you need to read all these stories, but if I were to rank them in my favorite order, it would be The Silkworms, Career of Evil, and then the Cuckoo’s Calling. I have gotten into many conversations with bookstore associates though who have different opinions, so read them all and let me know which one is your favorite!
4. Circus Mirandus
I am 100% certain that this is a book for elementary/middle school kids, but I can’t help but throw it in the mix! It will be an extremely quick read, but it will inspire you to find the magic within the world once again. This story is such a whimsical tale of a little boy, his lovable grandpa, and a magical circus that will leave you with a giant smile on your face. If you are feeling down and need a little pick-me-up, run to your nearest barnes and noble, stay in for the night and read this novel!
5. Game of Thrones
Nerd Alert!!! I can’t help but cheat again with sneaking in a whole series, but I have to tell you that I am OBSESSED with these books! I have watched the entire series as well, but can never be truly satisfied until reading the novels as well. I usually would say to read the books before watching the movie/tv show, but I really did not see myself getting behind this series. After seeing the show and personally declaring it the best thing on television, I knew I had to dive deeper into this world that George Martin had created. Even if you don’t believe that the medieval story telling is for you, or the war style fiction, I would say to give these books a shot! George Martin is an incredible author, now one of my favorites, and the character development throughout the series is unreal! You will soon be fighting with your friends over who is the true ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and even sooner realize that your mind will change a few time while you read about who your favorite character is! Season 7 airs on HBO next month, so don’t put this series off any longer! Jump in before the next season debuts!
If any of you have books to recommend as well, please leave them in the comments below! One of my biggest dreams is to simply own a library with all my favorite books, so even when I am old and unable to travel, I know an adventure is only a bookshelf away!