Trapped on a Plane With Nothing to Read

In Monday’s Shelf Awareness, we were offered several options for this unfortunate but frequent predicament via the San Francisco Chronicle: “Commit your passport number to memory . . . Try to figure out what all the fuss is about Sudoku. . . . Concoct an elaborate revenge fantasy about the guy two rows ahead of you . . . the Skymall catalog, of course. . . . Turn to the route map in the back of the in-flight magazine and memorize the locations of all the “stan” countries of Central Asia.”

In yesterday’s S.A. issue, Jean Lambert Ross, branch administrator of the Potomac Library of the Prince William Public Library System in Virginia, wrote:

I enjoyed the advice in yesterday’s Shelf Awareness about what to do when trapped for 16 hours in a plane with nothing to read but also have one idea to add that has never failed me for self-entertainment. Think of the title of book, preferably one with only two or three words (for example, The Great Gatsby) and write the title on a scrap of paper. Then challenge yourself to see how many words you can make out of the letters in that title. (Rat; sat, bat; bye; gag; stab; stay; and on and on.) This killed three hours for me once when trapped with nothing to read while waiting for a ride. Enjoy!