10 Books To Bring With You On Your Next Vacation

10 Books To Bring With You On Your Next Vacation

Hey friends! Currently, I’m at home sick because some flu germs decided to make its home in my body. I’m becoming well acquainted with my couch and Netflix. Actually, who am I kidding, I’ve always been acquainted with my couch and Netflix but having the flu has made me okay with it. And since I always feel like I have to be doing something, even when I’m convinced I’m dying, I’ve decided to write a blog post. As you can probably tell by the title, the subject of this post is something very comforting to me – books. It has been a loooooong time since I’ve talked about reading on here, despite it being half the inspiration behind my blog (the Wondering part of Wondering & Wandering). If you’re subscribed to my monthly newsletter (which if you’re not, what are you even doing with yourself), you got to read about some of my favorite books to read during the fall time and it was so much fun to write, that I was inspired to write this! This time, I’ve decided to recommend 10 books to bring with you on your next vacation. I know that this may seem a bit extreme for the average person, but I am *that* traveler who will bring a separate bag just for my books. Whether you prefer physical books or an e-reader, make sure you bring these books with you on your next trip!


10 Books To Bring With You On Your Next Vacation


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Besides Harry Potter, of course, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite book of all time so it should be no surprise that it’s at the top of this list. I’m not going to reveal anything about the plot as it’s a book you should go into blind. Just expect magical realism, a grand adventure, and a story as old as time itself.

Related:   The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Book Review

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is another book with magical realism (probably my favorite genre, if done right). This is a captivating generational story about a peculiar family, in which a girl is born with wings. I don’t recommend reading this book in public if you’re prone to beautiful writing bringing you to tears because you will bawl like a baby. But, it’s a good book to bring with you for a quiet night in a hotel room while it’s raining outside.

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Vacations are the perfect time to get caught up on your reading list! Here are 10 books to bring with you on your next vacation.


The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls was getting a lot of hype earlier this year, and for good reason! If you’re anything like me, true crime fascinates me. In fact, don’t even get me started on how many true crime mass market paperbacks I own because it’s a little embarrassing. While this book is definitely more mainstream than those, it’s still just as fascinating. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s loosely based on the Manson family, one of my favorite true crime stories. Also, it includes some LGBTQ representation! I definitely recommend packing this for your trip to the beach.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Yes, that title is a mouth full lol. But the story itself is sooo beautiful. I first read this on a twelve-hour road trip to Denver, and I recommend doing the same for your next road trip! Though Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (try saying that ten times fast) is amazing no matter your road trip destination, it would be especially wonderful in the American Southwest as that’s where this book takes place. I was so engrossed while reading this that I convinced my fiance to drive the entire way so I could finish this book lol sorry babe!

Related:   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Book Review

Vacations are the perfect time to get caught up on your reading list! Here are 10 books to bring with you on your next vacation.


Vicious by V.E Schwab

Vicious is another book I read on the twelve-hour road trip back from Denver! And yes, my fiance drove the entire way so I could finish it lol, I’m a lucky girl! I’ll admit, I had my doubts going into this book as it’s not something I normally pick up but it exceeded all expectations! In fact, this is one of the greatest anti-hero stories I’ve read in a long while.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Does anyone want to take a wild guess where I would recommend reading The Girl on the Train? Lol, I know it’s a cliche but it really adds to the story! I reread this while I was in Europe a few months ago, as we traveled by train between cities. It was fun to put the book down and look out the window trying to peer into people’s houses lol. And yes, the story itself is just as entertaining. Trains, murder, and an unreliable narrator- what more could you ask for?

Related:   How To Spend 2 Weeks In Europe

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Before I read this book, I had the most terrible nightmare that I was in a museum in New York where there was a horrific bombing. Which is exactly what happens in this book, so naturally I was inclined to pick it up. The Goldfinch is a chunk of a book, with a slow-burning plot, which I think is perfect for a long plane ride or an extended vacation. I read this a couple years ago, but I still think about it every week or so as it’s not a story you can easily forget.

Vacations are the perfect time to get caught up on your reading list! Here are 10 books to bring with you on your next vacation.


The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The Glass Castle is such a sad but inspiring autobiography. In fact, this book was the subject of the very first blog post I ever posted on here – almost three years ago! I’m always quick to recommend this when someone asks for a good non-fiction book to read. It reads like a fiction book and I think it’s another good book to read whilst on a road trip.

Related:   The Glass Castle | Book Review

The Martian by Andy Weir

Yes, The Martian will be the first book I’d recommend bringing on an intergalactic trip! But, until that occurs, I’d still recommend bringing this with you on your next trip. This book had me laughing out loud but also on the edge of my seat – so good! Just a warning, you might get sick of potatoes after reading this so I’d avoid a destination where potatoes are the primary food…

Vacations are the perfect time to get caught up on your reading list! Here are 10 books to bring with you on your next vacation.


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I’ll admit, I wanted to read this the second after hearing about the tragic backstory behind it. The author was tragically killed in a car accident five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale. I am so glad I picked up The Opposite of Loneliness though, as it contains the most beautifully written short stories and essays that I’ve read in a long time. It’s a tragedy that the world will not be able to read more of her stories. I think this is the perfect book to read while sitting in an outside cafe in Paris or New York City.


Honestly, I could recommend about a thousand more books! Reading has always been such a huge part of my life (don’t ever ask my mom about it, or she’ll tell you some embarrassing stories involving a book and a toilet..) so it’s always fun writing posts like these. I think I’ll throw one in every once in awhile to break up all of the travel related posts! What books would you bring on your next vacation?


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22 Comments

  1. October 9, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Such a great post! I’m always looking for good reads, thank you 🙂

    • October 13, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you! I love recommending books 🙂

  2. October 13, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve read two of these so I know we’re in the same headspace. Looking forward to reading the rest.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:23 pm

      You must have good taste 😉

  3. October 13, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I have save them all for later, but now I have to ask… which one is your favourite? Or the last one you have been reading? Those germs won’t win! =)

    • October 20, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Out of this list, I must say that The Glass Castle is my favorite! I love a good memoir 🙂

  4. October 13, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Interesting list. I haven’t read any of it yet. Currently reading, China Rich Girlfriend 🙂

    • October 13, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      I want to read this! I have to get to Crazy Rich Asians first though

  5. October 13, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    A fellow Harry Potter enthusiast, I see!!! That’s reason enough for me to pick up The Ocean At The End of the Lane for my next read, ha! Clearly you have good taste lol.

    I also loved The Martian even though it is definitely not my usual genre. Great rec for a vacation read!

  6. October 13, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    great post! I added all of these to my to read list 🙂

    • October 20, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  7. October 13, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Funnily enough, I really fortuitously picked up a copy of The Girl On The Train on my last trip! So it is forever associated with travel in my mind 🙂 We stumbled upon a tiny little secondhand bookstore in Tel Aviv while searching desperately for a public bathroom hahaha, and there it was! Hard-cover (which is heavier to travel with, but less likely to get damaged in transit) and so cheap!
    My husband and I are fellow bookworms-slash-travellers, so I really appreciated this list 🙂 I think it can be fun to take books set in the destinations you’re visiting (so, if I make it to Spain, I’ll be taking The Sun Also Rises with me). Also, I find books you can pick-up-and-put-down easily to be the best, essay collections and short stories 🙂 I’ll have to give The Opposite of Loneliness a try! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. October 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I actually read Girl on the Train on the train when traveling in Europe haha. Cliche as you said, I know. The two books about magic really peaked my interest. I love fantasy books, so I think I will give them a try! My favorite author (besides J.K. Rowling), is Richelle Mead. I know you said you enjoy magic, but her adult series of succubus and half fairy – half human series are awesome!!! Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan are the name of the series.

  9. Rowena
    October 13, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Always love a good book when traveling! I bring a big fat paperback so when I’m done I can leave it there and have more space on the way home!

  10. October 14, 2017 / 12:57 am

    I adore The Goldfinch and The Girls and The Girl on the Train are both brilliant. There are some great sounding books here that I’ve not heard of so will be adding them to my list for sure. And I’m so jealous you can read in the car; I get so travel sick if I ever attempt that! Xo

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Sometimes I do! I always carry some Dramamine with me just in case, especially for longer car rides. I get so bored if I’m not reading lol

  11. October 14, 2017 / 3:12 am

    I’m a voracious reader so I always make sure to have lots of books on my Kindle, having realised many years ago that for extended travelling, ebooks are the only practical way of carrying enough books with me!!!

  12. October 14, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I keep tiptoeing around The Goldfinch, but I need to get on and read it. The Secret History is my favourite book of all time. I’ve been hoping I’d love The Goldfinch just as much, but dreading that I wouldn’t, if you see what I mean.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      I know exactly what you mean! I keeping hearing that if you liked ‘The Secret History’ then you might not like ‘The Goldfinch’ or vice versa, so I’ve been hesitant on picking up ‘The Secret History’ :/

  13. Danielle
    October 14, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Great list of books, I’m always on the look out for a good book. Thankyou for sharing this list I’ll have to check some of these out!

  14. October 14, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    I too love to read when traveling. There’s something that makes a novel significantly better when you’re in a foreign place. I haven’t read any of these, although The Girls and The Goldfinch have both been on my TBR list forever.

  15. October 15, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I’ve only read on of these (Girl on the Train) so I need to get my finger out!! I’ve see The Martian movie though (not that it counts!)

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