A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

A Flight Attendant’s Bookshelf, The Best Travel Reads

A flight attendant loves to travel.

Which is why I have travel books out the wazoo on my bookshelf.

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A Flight Attendant's book shelf - Travel Reads


The already full shelves got even more loaded with travel and aviation reads when my other half and I moved in together. Were both aviation nerds, if you don’t know us, he’s a pilot at Delta Airlines and I’m a flight attendant at Southwest Airlines, so our apartment is loaded with travel and aviation goodies. You’re ready to raid our bookshelf and sit in our first class seats to read now, right?


Here’s a glimpse into some of my must-own travel reads that you can pour over again and again.


My all-time favorite travel read is…


What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads


You can read my full book review here. In a nutshell, it’s Newman’s memoir of her personal travels, mostly solo as a female. In real life, she’s a writer at many popular tv shows and her sense of humor dominates her writing in a brilliant way! What is better than travel AND humor. The cherry on top in her honest introspection inspired by her many travels. This book is the reason I have moved New Zealand and Argentina to the top of my travel bucket list.

Excerpt from Amazon: Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.


A Flight Attendant's Bookshelf - Must Read Travel Books



A Flight Attendant's Bookshelf - Must Read Travel Books


 For the History Buffs


On The Road by Jack Kerouac

What can I say, there is nothing that speaks to the spirit of travel more…This is basically the bible of being travel-minding and just going.

Excerpt from Amazon: On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance. Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.


Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell Flight Attendants Favorite Travel Reads


When I studied Paris at University, this was required reading. Orwell’s words were paint a vibrant picture of a different side of Paris than what is sold to tourists, but it’ll leave you with a knew perspective the next time you visit.

Excerpt from Amazon: This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.


A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway


A must-read for lovers of Parisian history. Down and Out in Paris gives you a glimpse into the historical expat movement in Paris where the rich Americans (like Hemingway) would come to Paris and live the life of the poor (the bourgeoisie) starving artist. Ever wondered what the Monmarte was like at the height of art in Paris? This book is a must-read, whether you love Paris as a city, or are a fan of art, or a history buff.

Excerpt from Amazon: Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized


For the Adventurous Heart


Wild by Cheryl Strayed Flight Attendants Favorite Travel Reads

Back when I was flying for Horizon Airlines, I was based in Medford (we called it Club Med) and I lived about twenty minutes from the airport, in Ashland. For those of you that hike, it’s a small mountain town right on the PCH. I came home one night from a trip and they had my street closed down because they were filming the movie “Wild”. Yup, Reese was there and everything. I even took home some props from the movie set lol. Too bad they didn’t need a flight attendant, I was in full uniform. 😉

Excerpt from Amazon: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


This popular read gives you a glimpse into three amazing countries and it’ll satisfy your wanderlust while at the same time, making you ponder life and spirituality, just as the heroine does. A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

Excerpt from Amazon: In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.


We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn


I loved this book because the main character was my opposite. The mom is A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Booksterrified of traveling and hates to fly. She’s a bit neurotic. For me, that made her all the more endearing and it made me see another side of travel. Although I could relate to a couple thing, like wondering if that dicey bellhop was going to raid my luggage or almost getting arrested in Paris for stepping on the grass at a park…

Excerpt from Amazon: Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories—just in case. From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.


For the Romantic


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads


I’ll never forget the first time I saw this book being read on the airplane. I stopped what I was doing and pointed at the cover and exclaimed, “Oh my God, it’s Cinque Terre!” At the time, Cinque Terre wasn’t a popular tourist destination so I was super intrigued about a novel that was set there.


Excerpt from Amazon: The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his  funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.



Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard


I always wanted to live in Paris, and this book made me feel like I got to. I’ve been to Paris many times, but the author transported me to areas I hadn’t known about. A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads I couldn’t put this book down. I think people that enjoyed Under The Tuscan Sun will enjoy this book.

Excerpt from Amazon: In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman–and never went home again. Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak’s pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs–one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world’s most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate soufflé) and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese-there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart.


Nothing beats laying on an exotic beach with a book in hand to keep the sun out of your face.

When I’m home, I love a book that’ll transport me to another world.

Did I miss any good reads?


What book gets you in the mood to travel?


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My Books

The Immortals in Alameda Series

Published by Crimson Romance




When the dryad Tera’s friends inform her that the portal on Alcatraz Island is buzzing with an arrival, she thinks her goddess mother has come to visit. When Tera arrives at the portal to welcome her, she doesn’t find her mother, she finds a gigantic otherworldly warrior causing mass destruction among the San Francisco tourists. Being a forest dryad born from the Goddess of the Hunt has its perks, and kicking ass is one of them.

Sabin is six-feet-six of hard-bodied soldier, used to subduing demons twice his size. One day after chasing an elusive smoke demon through a portal into the human realm, Sabin is brought to his knees by a beautiful woman, literally. After arriving at a pier full of dead bodies, Tera issues a passionate smack-down before Sabin can explain that he’s the good guy. He’s just in time: an an ancient grudge has come to life. Eris, the Goddess of Chaos, has held a bitter hatred for Tera’s mother, Artemis, for over 400 years – and now she’s ready to destroy all dryads – including Tera. Sensuality Level: Sensual




Sparrow Reed might look like an angel, but she’s a witch with a back full of enchanted tattoos and she’s not afraid to use them. When her best friend’s life is threatened by an evil Goddess, Sparrow joins an epic battle against the demons sent to destroy her home. She never realized that the night she almost died, her life would truly begin.

Rowen Aerion of the Knights of the Fog was sent to the human realm to tip the balance in an unfair fight. But when he arrives on Alcatraz Island to aid the mortal humans, he sees an angel fighting demons. But she’s not an angel, she’s human. And according to a soothsayer, his love for her will mean her demise. Sparrow is thrust into a world she never imagined existed, yet nothing thrills her like the handsome warrior who refuses her seduction.

When Rowen’s rejection sends Sparrow into the arms of a dangerous rebel, Rowen must decide which is more dangerous, the oracle’s grim warning, or forsaking his heart’s sole desire. Sensuality Level: Sensual




Michelle looks like the girl next door, but she can grow some wicked claws and fur, too for that matter. Hiding out in a small island town, Michelle guards her secret – that she’s a were-jaguar.

Duncan had spent the last eighty years being eternally young, and eternally lonely. Being a vampire has meant a meaningless existence, so when he discovers a were-jaguar in town, Duncan sees her less as a freak, and more like a gift.

Throughout her life, Michelle faced constant betrayal, but Duncan refuses to leave her alone. Together, they venture to Mexico where the ancient Mayan past holds the key to her existence. But when Duncan realizes an Aztec army of vampires needs Michelle’s blood to perform an ancient ritual, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her. But falling in love could be the most dangerous game – for Michelle, it could mean the greatest betrayal.

Bad Traveler: A Book Review


Everyone loves a good in-flight read for their long plane ride. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of Lola Karns’ romance, Bad Traveler, for an honest review. Please note, affiliate links are included within this post.


Book Review

Bad Traveler by Lola Karns


Bad TravelerBlurb Copied from Back of Book:

Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.



What I Liked


I liked that anyone can relate to these characters. I don’t have kids and yet Gwen was still someone I identified with. She’s just so average, but in a really great way. Often books build characters into these perfect, unrealistic icons, but Gwen is a heroine that everyone can root for . Of course, Kyle is the same, everyone is going to root for an injured veteran. I also enjoyed the baking aspect and the realism of starting of starting a new business and moving back home, like Gwen does.


What I Didn’t Like


I thoroughly enjoyed 95% of the book, but I won’t lie, I was disappointed in the ending. What I really enjoyed throughout the book was the simple realism, that still managed to be very readable, I couldn’t put the book down. The ending has a twist (which I won’t give away) but to me it just seemed very sudden and forced. I just thought it was an external conflict we didn’t need versus focusing on the internal conflict between them. The last line (I won’t give that away either) was a line from a very famous book from an author that I’m a huge fan of, so I just thought it was disappointing not to have an original line that was unique to the two characters in the book versus something so well known to end Gwen and Kyle’s story.


Final Verdict

It was less of a travel story than I thought it was going to be, but I still really enjoyed it. I read it in two days so it’s definitely very readable. I recommend this book to anyone that likes small-town romances or any new mom themed reads. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the ending, I think that most people probably will like the twist of action.

Intrigued? Grab a copy of your own!


Find more great reads and visit Lola Karns at her website!


Happy Reading!


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Book Review: Love, Eternally by Morgan O’Neill (A Roman Time Travel Romance)

Anyone that follow my blog knows that I love Italy. Not just the food (although, it’s been a worthy adversary to my waistline), but also the history. Don’t have an Italian vacation yet? Check out last weeks post on Cinque Terre to get inspired. Whether I’m getting in the mood for my next vacation, or simply craving to be transported, travel books or destination themed reads are always a go-to. The book I’m going to review today takes place in Italy, a romance where our heroine is from modern time and is transported to ancient Rome.


Love Eternally Book ReviewAbout the Book


A witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.


But is the book any good?


*I was gifted a copy from the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. This blog includes affiliate links, which means the humble, starving writer gets a small commission for purchases made on the site.*


My Humble Opinion


Yes. I read the book in two days so obviously it can’t be too terrible. 😉 The heroine from Love, Eternally was instantly likeable to me because she’s a musician, a flutist. To me, music is everything so I have so much respect and love for musicians. Author O’Neill is a master of transcending the ages, taking us from a witty 21st century dialogue in the early chapter, to a much more serious, dark time in Rome’s history. The author truly succeeds in transporting the reader to another age. I enjoyed some history in the plot, without being overwhelmed by details. The hero, Magnus, for all you romance-fans out there, is honorable and alpha-he’s a soldier after all, and I’m sure leaves all the Love, Eternally readers thoroughly satisfied. The storyline is action-packed which was why I couldn’t put the book down.


What I Liked Most

The secondary characters were so vivid, I found myself rooting for the ones I loved. I won’t go into too much details to avoid spoilers, but trust me, the story is full of great characters. Author O’Neill even left me craving some hunky Visigoths (You’ll know when you read the book). I’m so excited to read the next book, After The Fall and I think I’ll love it even more than the first book! O’Neill is adept are weaving a well-rounded plot that goes beyond just the main two characters.


What I Didn’t Like

In Love, Eternally, the heroine is transported to Ancient Rome and of course, no one speaks English. In the book, it seemed like overnight she was fluent in Latin. I get that it’s just a book and she needed to be able to speak to the hero, but it just removed me a bit because I was like wait, all of the sudden she speaks perfect Latin? I think that their bond could have been just as strong with a language barrier. One author that I’ve seen do this really well is Kresley Cole. In her book, Demon From the Dark, her main characters speak different languages, and her ability to bring the characters together really affected me. Because the bond went beyond words.


Final Verdict

This book is a must-read is you’re planning an Italian getaway. It’s an easy, enjoyable read that will transport you to another country in another age. Fans of time-travel romances such as the Outlander series will gobble this series right up and I’m sure O’Neill has a slew of fans in this vein. She definitely has one in me! Off to read the next book in the series, After The Fall!


Scroll down for links to grab these great reads for your self 🙂 Learn more about the author at her website!


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If you like sexy romans, don’t forget to check out my book, Gods and Gladiators 🙂




Gods and Gladiators

Headed on a trip to Italy? I’ve got the perfect in-flight read to get you primed for an Italian Vacation.


Right now it’s free for Kindle Unlimited users and only 2.99 for regular e-book users.


GODS AND GLADIATORS by Jaye Shields is an extraordinary journey through time to a place of danger, helplessness, and brutal savagery. A well-written story of love that grows amidst action-filled scenes that expertly conjure amazing images of battle and destruction. The battles come to life before your very eyes, rather than just on the pages of a book. Jaye creates a wonderful romance between a warrior who has only known death, and an innocent woman who has witnessed more death than she should ever in her lifetime. Neither expects to survive yet they surrender their hearts and their bodies to each other at a time when only death may be the final outcome.” – Unwrapping Romance



Sexy Summer Read: The Sex Demon Trilogy

Need a sexy in-flight read for that long plane ride ahead?

The Sex Demon Trilogy is a dark, erotic paranormal that will keep you plenty warm on that overly-air conditioned flight 😉

  Flight Attendants with some sexy inflight reading, The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields Before I give you the rundown on the book, let me first say that there are affiliate links included in this post to which I get a commission from. Okay, now the sexy stuff…

Whether you’re a season sexified reader that gobbles up each sexy title from authors like E.L. James or Sylvia Day, or a newbie reader in the erotic romance world, give these Sex Demons a try, they’re sure to please. Literally. 😉



The Sex Demon Trilogy  by Jaye Shields

The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields is a sexy paranormal read, sure to set your kindle of fire.


Tap Into Your Inner Sex Demon… Sex demons need constant climax to survive. Orgies and promiscuous sex tend to be an everyday thing, but finding love is not. Dive into The Sex Demon Trilogy and meet three sex demons who find love in the least likely of places. With these tales of love come danger, heartbreak, and hot, hot sex like only a sex demon can do it. Content Warning: strong language, light BDSM scenes, girl-on-girl action, and all kinds of sex demon mayhem.

“Jaye writes spunky heroines and alpha heroes who keep you entertained from page one.” – A Tasty Read Book Reviews






Confessions of a Sex Demon:
Lennox is a man fueled by revenge, but when he finds his quarry, a scintillating and infuriating sex demon named Zahra, his resolve will be put to the test. For when he captures his prize, Lennox realizes that Zahra’s slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn’t think he had.

Claiming of a Sex Demon:
A sex demon needs climax to survive, but that’s never been a problem for Reza Aniron as women seem to be unable to resist his charms…all except for one, a timid, blonde angel who treats him with complete indifference. But in her eyes he can see a fire that’s just waiting to be released. And he always did love a challenge.

Addictions of a Sex Demon:
Sephina has gotten into a lot of trouble as a sex demon with a drug addiction. Moving to a new village was supposed to help her get clean. But when she relapses, it comes with a side of hot dragon man. Axel may be a drug dealer, but he’s also the town healer. Half-human, half-dragon, his blood can cure just about anything, but it has some erotic side effects for its user, as the new beauty in town is about to find out…

Are you intrigued yet? Grab a copy of this sexy read here, both in print and available in e-book for you sly kindle readers 😉

Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy
Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy



Happy Reading

XOXO The Luv Aviatrix

Memoir: What I was Doing While You Were Breeding

I love to read almost as much as I love to fly-actually, maybe it’s the other way around. The point is, reading and traveling are two of my biggest addictions. Which is why travel books are Achilles heel. I love finding a new read, so when it’s travel related, what could be better. Below is my review of What I was Doing While You Were Breeding, I’ve also included buy links in case you want to grab a copy of your own (which I highly recommend) but be advised that I’ve included affiliate links which mean I may get a commission for my referral. I love this book, but might as well get a couple cents for my referral, eh? 🙂


Book Review:

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

By Kristin Newman

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed.
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.


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My Humble Opinion


This is one of my favorite travel books! Newman is hilariously honest and spins true tales that many women can relate to- I know I did. Although Newman is a writer, she has the spirit of a flight attendant and that’s why I think all my cohearts will LUV this book. Any flight attendant knows the itch, the restless feeling of going too long without setting foot in a new place. Kristin’s annoying quantity of money allows her to jetset her way around the world, alone most of the time…until she meets a stud of some variety. I’ve done most of my traveling alone too and there’s something to be said about the unique experience that comes from venturing around solo. You find out what you’re true potential is. Not only that, but being alone makes it WAY easier to meet new people. The people that Nelson meets makes this book all the more colorful. I know that as a flight attendant, I put many of her adventures on my to-do list, such as her trek through New Zealand. Want to find out what I’m talking about? Read the book. I know you’ll luv it!


So, what’s your favorite travel book?



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