Tuesday, May 27, 2014

10 Books for Your Summer Vacation

One of my best friends is traveling to Italy and Germany with her family at the beginning of June. (Without me! How dare she abandon me for like 10 days????) We were chatting at Starbucks last week and she asked me for some recommendations for books to read while on the plane. She wanted something fun and light to read and not wanting to be overwhelmed with sadness and thinking crazy deeply.

I completely agree with her about books to travel with. Especially when you're going to be on a busy and crazy trip like she is. Also, being on vacation you are relaxing and having fun. I feel like your reading material should be the same.

So, here are 10 books I'd recommend for while traveling. They are fun and light and wonderful in all of the best ways possible.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin


This is a perfect book for summer and vacations. It takes place in the summer, it's full of friends, love, and having affairs with your best friend's fiance! Also, plot points happen while on the beach in the Hamptons. If that doesn't scream summer vacation, I don't now what does!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Or other books by Jane Austen really. They aren't exactly "light" reads - but they can be super fun, sweet, and romantic. Especially if you're already familiar with the stories.

Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballentine and Tee Morris


I love this series! If you like science fiction/steampunk you will too. I love Book and Braun and their witty banter back and forth with their crazy adventures.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


Hear me out before you judge.

Something light that you can breeze through without much thought and if you happen to lose it while gallivanting about your vacation? Um... Twilight. No, it's not quality literature. Yes, there are a lot of things wrong in the story. But it's fun. It's like cotton candy and we all know calories while on vacation don't count.

If you really can't stomach Twilight, go for The Host which is still very Stephanie Meyer but I personally think was better done.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


This is one of my favorite books to share with people. I actually read this on the plane on my trip to Orlando last year. It was fun, cute, sweet, and full of "squee" moments. Also, it takes place in Paris. So, it's perfect for travel.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Mix together a quarter life crisis, geek life, coming of age, and a love story which is basically what Sleepless in Seattle tried to do but way cuter vs. creepy and you have Attachments. I read this book earlier this year and it's so adorable and wonderful. If you want a book that's more YA - go for Fangirl by the same author.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


As awesome as Lord of the Rings is, it's pretty hefty for travel. The Hobbit fits the bill perfectly though! It's all about Bilbo leaving his home to go on an adventure with a bunch of dwarfs. It's cultural and classic, but a fun read too. Besides, they make pocket versions of the book which will fit wonderfully into your carry-on.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine


This is actually a childrens book, but it's really cute. It's about a young princess who leaves her home to find a cure for the deadly sickness her sister had gotten.

Never Have I Ever (My Life So Far Without A Date) by Katie Heaney


This one is a memoir/non-fiction book and it's fantastic! Even if you have had a million dates and relationships, you'll probably still be able to relate to Katie's lack of luck with guys. I laughed so hard while I read this because I completely understood where she was coming from and felt as though she and I were basically the same person. No matter what your relationship status, you'll love this one. Also, she's super sweet on Twitter.

Peter Pan by JM Barrie


Another children's book, but a classic. Besides, while we've all seen the many film and TV adaptations of the story, when was the last time you actually read the original?

Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!

What are your favorite travel/vacation reads?

Linking up with The Broke and Bookish for 10 on Tuesday!


  1. Never Have I Ever sounds interesting *adds another book to the ever growing pile of books to read*

  2. i usually like light, fun reads for vacation..... "i hope they serve beer in hell" by tucker max is the FUNNIEST book i've ever read. mostly because it's a blog turned into a book and he's the most foul person ever. by foul, i obviously mean hilarious.

    i also read the devil wears prada, whatever book sophie kinsella prints etc...light reads are the best for lying on the beach :)

    Vodka and Soda

  3. Great topic, unfortunately I'll not be travelling anywhere for a while (that I'm aware of) but I'd imagine I'd prefer light and fluffy reads for when I'm on the move.

    My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/top-ten-tuesday-remembering-alfie/

  4. Yay!! I inspired your blog post today!! I actually ordered Attachments on amazon, so that will be my plane book! Thanks for the recommendations! Love ya girl!!

  5. Wow, this was perfect timing. I was just thinking about what books to check out at the library, and there was your post! Can't wait to check a few of these out. :)

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