Summer Vacation Reads
What are your favorite books to read when in a foreign country? Or while lying on a beach?
What's the best book to read (or listen to!) when road-tripping across the country?
And what makes a novel a good vacation novel? Is it light-hearted and funny? Is it about adventure and travel? Is it an undertaking you've been putting off?
Below is a brief compilation of some of my favorite summer travel novels and why I think they classify as good vacation reads:
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Strayed's account of her solo hike on the Pacific Coast Trail is funny, poignant, and exciting. It is a perfect summer read for anyone itching for an adventure.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
This classic story of freedom and the open road chronicles Kerouac's adventures through North America. This book perfectly captures the wandering, soul-searching spirit of the "Beat" generation.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A must for expatriates and lovers of European culture alike, The Sun Also Rises takes the reader leisurely from lively Paris to Northern Spain during the years following World War I.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This book about a young man's drive to abandon privilege, materialism, and societal norms for nature, adventure, and the Alaskan wild is compelling and thought-provoking.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
A history of the Appalachian Trail and some entertaining stories of those -- both human and animal -- who Bryson encounters along the way.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
These characters and stories never get old, and they are great for everyone. A vacation is a perfect time to relive your favorite scenes and savor all the little details that makes Harry's magical world so wonderful. Try listening to them in the car on a road trip.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Price family is far from their Georgia home when they land in the Belgian Congo for a year of missionary work. Follow their year of adventures and misadventures as they settle into their new surroundings in Africa.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
This is a survival story. It is the story of a young protagonist's epic journey across the Pacific Ocean in a lifeboat with a tiger.