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!
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10 Books To Bring With You On Your Next Vacation
Table Of Contents
- 1 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- 2 The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
- 3 The Girls by Emma Cline
- 4 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- 5 Vicious by V.E Schwab
- 6 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- 7 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- 8 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
- 9 The Martian by Andy Weir
- 10 The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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…
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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