12 Books to Bring to the Airport

If you have a flight in your future, chances are you'll spend some time waiting at the airport. Let the library help you pass the time with these aviation-themed books.

Recommended Books

If you want to know more about the local airport you're stuck at waiting for your flight, give this nonfiction read a try.

Denver Airports

This classic follows the plight of a bombardier in a fictional Army Air Squadron during WWII, but also includes a glimpse of training at Lowry Air Force Base right here in metro-Denver. 


If you're looking for something on the lighter side, try this breezy young adult romance about a teenager stranded at an airport with her cheating ex-boyfriend.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over

A thriller set aboard an airliner traveling from Hong Kong to Denver from the author who brought us Jurassic Park.


This 14-hour nonfiction audiobook about the intense rivalry that lead to aviation innovation is sure to carry your through your waiting period and possibly the duration of your flight.


Beloved author Judy Blume brings the early 1950s to vivid life with this fictional account of a family's reaction to an unlikely series of airline crashes.

In the Unlikely Event

A book about commercial flying from an airline pilot who has anticipated your every question and concern.

Cockpit Confidential

This slice of history in the form of an 11-hour audiobook covers the heroism women brought to their roles as service pilots in WWII and the sexism they faced along the way.

The Women With Silver Wings

This book is a fictionalized account of the lives of Women Airline Service Pilots (WASPs) and is a good choice for fans of historical fiction and romance.

The Flight Girls

In the mood for a mystery based on real-life events? This thriller is based on the crash of TWA Flight 800.

Night Fall

A young adult reimagining of female soldiers who encounter both resistance and encouragement on the front lines of WWII.

Front Lines

Leave it to sci fi icon Le Guin to create this collection of short stories about passengers waiting in an airport to change flights who instead change over to a different plane of existence.

Changing Planes