As the countdown to Rio 2016 begins, T+L is talking to Olympic athletes about how they travel. Here, four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin discusses the books she plans to read while traveling to Rio.

By John Scarpinato
August 01, 2016
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We all have our own ways of keeping ourselves entertained during long trips, and for Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, it’s books. “I’m a huge reader,” says Franklin. “A few days before a trip, I have a great time researching what everyone is reading and picking the books for my flight.”

It’s not uncommon for her to finish anywhere from five to ten books while on a long international trip, so a visit to the bookstore is generally part of her pre-packing routine. “I really have to make sure that I have a good library set for me before takeoff.”

Additionally, Missy makes sure to indulge in a few films while traveling. “As crazy as it sounds, I actually really love long flights,” she says. “I get to get caught up on all of the movies I haven’t seen in the past six months.” Her favorites? “Marvel. I’m an obsessive Marvel person, so if they have Captain America, Thor, or Avengers on the flight, that’s what I’m watching.”

So, which book titles made it into Missy’s suitcase for her second Olympic games? Check them out below.

After You by JoJo Moyes (Penguin Publishing Group)

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Hardcover: $13.47; Paperback: $9.60

Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

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Hardcover: $18.99; Paperback: $6.20

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

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Hardcover: $27.00; Paperback: $5.94

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis (Howard Books)

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Hardcover: $15.99; Paperback: $9.41

To learn more about all Olympic athletes, visit Team USA. The Olympics begin on August 5th on NBC.