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For the last few years, I have set a goal to read 12 non-medical books a year. And, I have succeeded. This crazy year I was able to read double my goal, averaging two books a month for a total of 24 excellent reads and 7,144 pages.
Let’s be real, many of us needed an escape this year and books provided the perfect escape! These ranged from self-help, personal finance, and real estate to World War II history (my favorite), presidential memoirs, and timeless classics.
I would love to share these 24 great books for long flights. Also, read until the end to see my favorite book-buying tradition and how you can get some amazing books for cheap.
24 Great Books for Long Flights
1. The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason
A 1926 financial advice classic that provides financial advice through parables from 4,000 years ago in Babylon. I could easily write a whole blog post on this book, but I will share with you The 7 Simple Rules of Money from the book: 1) Start thy purse to fattening: save money. 2) Control thy expenditures: don’t spend more than you need. 3) Make thy gold multiply: invest wisely. 4) Guard thy treasures from loss: avoid investments that sound too good to be true. 5) Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment: own your home. 6) Ensure a future income: protect yourself with life insurance. 7) Improve thy ability to earn: strive to become wiser and more knowledgeable.
2. Alive by Piers Paul Read *
A must-read survival classic, this true story confronts nature head-on as survivors of a plane crash in the Andes must do anything, absolutely anything to survive. This book is not for the faint of heart.
3. The White House Doctor by Dr. Connie Mariano
Ever wondered what it is like to be the President’s personal physician? This memoir by Dr. Connie Mariano gives you an unusual inside look at what life was like for the first female director of the White House medical unit.
4. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This book was my first foray into fiction this year. And, boy, was it fantastic. This book topped the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers in 2019 and 2020. It follows two story-lines that intertwine involving a young “Marsh Girl” Kya and a murder. This book was so well written that you could not help but feel like you were placed directly into the story.
5. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
This book will change your life by providing a blueprint for the perfect 6-step morning routine in order to produce life-changing results.
6. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard *
An interesting historical account detailing the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
7. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
One of the top real estate investment books of all time. This book provides a blueprint to successful real estate investing for beginners as well as experienced investors.
8. The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst *
This was by far the funniest book I read all year. And, is certainly one of the best baseball books ever written. It follows Dirk Hayhurt’s experience as he climbs the ladder through the Minor Leagues.
9. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
A humorous autobiography about Bill Bryson and Stephen Katz’s attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. This book will have you laughing out loud as you adventure with them.
10. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie *
This was by far the most impactful book that I read in 2020. Filled to the brim with relevant (even though it was written in 1936) knowledge to help you treat people well while also succeeding in the process.
11. Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
An epic World War II account about the allied prison camp raid of Cabanatuan. This was an eye-opening narrative about the brutality of the less talked about Pacific Front and the Japanese involvement in the war.
12. Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
2020 was an anxiety-provoking year, to say the least. But, this book was eye-opening with one of my favorite quotes stating, “The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.”
13. 41 by George W. Bush *
A fantastic personal biography was written by George W. Bush for his father George H.W. Bush and a great read regardless of political affiliation. Andrew and I met “Daddy Bush,” and he was one of the kindest people I have ever met.
14. Blaze of Light by Marcus Brotherton
An unforgettable story about Gary Beikirch, a true American hero and Medal of Honor recipient, who displayed amazing courage in South Vietnam.
15. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
The first pulse-pounding thriller about James Reece, a Navy Seal with every reason for revenge following the death of his team and family.
16. True Believer by Jack Carr
The second book of the James Reece saga will leave you on the edge of your seat.
17. On Call in Hell by Dr. Richard Jadick
An inspiring story of Navy Dr. Richard Jadick who volunteered to the front lines of the Iraq War whose smart thinking saved the lives of numerous members of the US armed forces in Fallujah.
18. Savage Son by Jack Carr
The third James Reece novel, and arguably the most intense. Seriously, this book was insane. Like, people hunting humans and stuff.
19. The Call of The Wild by Jack London
The classic short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada is a must-read novel for all adventure enthusiasts or dog lovers.
20. Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines *
A light-hearted book written by Chip Gaines offering an inside, humble, and humorous account of lessons learned through some crazy stories and antics on his path to success.
21. Crushing it in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate by Brian Murray
A relevant, helpful, and succinct guide written for those looking to expand into commercial real estate investing.
22. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that should be read by all. Also, this book is even more relevant in 2020.
23. Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls *
Bear Grylls tells the story of his action-packed life including his ascent of Mt. Everest in this quick read perfect for any adventurer or world traveler.
24. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
My favorite book of 2020 by far. Why? Because I read this book to my newborn son who was born in December. The newest addition to the Schloe Travels team. Not a book for a long flight but a great read for your little traveler.
How to get books for cheap!
Thank you for reading this far, you probably stuck around because you want to learn how to get books for cheap. Well, let me share with you one of my book-buying traditions that help you find some good reads on a budget.
Since I am in the Military, I have to get my haircut almost monthly. Next door to the Sports Clips here in Florida is a Goodwill. What you may not know is that Goodwill has an excellent book selection at a fraction of the cost. Although limited by the area you live in, I have found numerous favorites there, and it is one of my favorite traditions.
For a specific book selection, Bookshop and Amazon are my go-to’s. We have set up a Schloe Travels Bookshop, so be sure to check that out for some of our favorite reads. Personally, I think reading is one of the best ways to escape and spend your time whether at home or traveling. Let us know what your favorite book of 2020 was in the comments.
*purchased at Goodwill
I hope you enjoyed these 24 great books for long flights and how to get books for cheap. If you are looking for more book recommendations check out some of our other blog posts such as The Ultimate Trip to the Canadian Rockies, Sunrise Locations in the Grand Tetons, 4 Days in Charleston, South Carolina, and many more! Let us know your favorite book in the comments!