In this modern age of longer work weeks, social media updates, and keeping up with the latest tech gadgetry, sometimes the only chance you get to read a book is when you're on the plane. Even that has become a bit old school with wi-fi onboard some flights or, at the very least, the airline supply tablets for all (who remembered to download the app before take off) to enjoy.

Well call us old fashioned, but we still like to stock our carry on bags with books we've been dying to read all year. If you can't get into them on the plane you'll at least (we hope) be able to put your smartphone down on arrival at your beachside destination.

This week we're featuring one of the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year winners, Alastair Humphreys, and some of his favourite adventure books. The types of books that will be sure to get you outdoors and away from refreshing your insta feed - WRB


Alistair_Reading_0814_6 Above: Carol Ann Duffy: Selected Poems // Robert Penn: The Pursuit of Happiness on two Wheels


Alistair_Reading_0814_1 Above: Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts // Nicolas Bouvier: The Way of the World


Alistair_Reading_0814_2 Above: Mark Kurlansky: Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World // Jack Thurston: Lost Lanes


Alistair_Reading_0814_3 Above: Doris Lessing: The Grass is Singing // Laurie Lee: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning


Alistair_Reading_0814_4 Above: Halldor Laxness: Independent People // Alastair Humphreys: Moods of Future Joys, Round the World Pt 1


Alistair_Reading_0814_5 Above: Olivia Laing: To The River // Roger Deakin: Waterlog


All Photos by Alastair Humphreys

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