Great Reads To Take On Your Next Vacation

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I always look forward to reading time on every vacation that I take. Great reads are always something that I plan as part of my packing process. Truth be told I start putting aside a few books well in advance of all vacations. What I will say is that beach vacations have the most reading time. I think that the next runner-up is trips that involve long flights.

Vacation and great reads just go together. Whether it is sitting on the beach under an umbrella or finding a quiet spot at a resort, reading time is always such a great escape. That’s what vacation is all about, escaping from the everday and exploring. So let’s find some books to pack for our upcoming vacation.

Before we find some books to pack, there are a couple of other posts I have written that you might enjoy reading.

Great Reads to Pack On Your Next Trip

I must say that my favorite type of book to take on vacation is one that I can pick up, put down, and not have to worry about where I left off and missing a word or two. You are going to get distracted from time to time even on the beach under an umbrella. For this post I thought I would break it down into two categories. Some authors/ books that I have really enjoyed reading over the years and then some books that I am looking forward to reading.

I wanted to make sure that there was a selection of books that you could either purchase and take with you. Get from the library (love ebooks that way) or download for your Kindle. Funny how we read so many different ways these days. Even though I try to keep up with the time, I still love the actual turning of a paper page in a book. Whatever works for you is the best way to go.

Some of My Favorite Reads to Take on a Trip

Yes, these are some books that I have read and would even reread. You know how it is after a few years. You forget a few of the details.

The Sound of Glass, by Karen White

I have been reading Karen White books for years now. Her books always transport me to whereever she chooses for the setting of each book. Having lived in the south for over 30 years myself, I love reading about southern towns and areas in a historical context. As with most of Karen’s books there is always a love story, a little mystery, and usually a ghost of some sort involved. The Sound of Glass transports us to a historic family home in Beaufort, South Carolina (near Hilton Head, South Carolina). Merrit, the main character, inherits here recently deceased husband’s family home. She moves there to heal and starts to unearth family secret one by one.

Another favorite of mine from Karen for vacation is The Beach Trees. This book is set between New York and Biloxi, Mississippi as a woman searches for answers about her family history.

Cocoa Beach, by Beatriz Williams

Cocoa Beach takes us back to Prohibition-era Florida. The main character Virginia, recently widowed, has to go to Florida to settle her husband’s estate. The book is a cocktail of suspense, betrayal, and redemption set amongst the rum runners and scoundrels in warm paradise.

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I listened to this book years ago and it has always stuck with me. Whenever I see someone talking about reading it I always think that I need to pick up a copy and re-read it. This book has a little bit of everything in it since the main character is a reclusive Hollywood movie icon. Yes, there is glitz, glamour, heartache, and happiness all wrapped into a book you won’t want to put down. Another great book from this author is Daisy Jones and The Six which is now a streamin series on Amazon Prime.

People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry

Why not read about others vacations while on vacation. This is a must read love story about two friends from college. The story is set in Palm Springs, but takes you on other trips that the two characters have taken since they were in college. Another fun romcom book by Emily Henry that I could not put down recently is Book Lovers. It was one of those books that once I started reading I didn’t want to put down and finished in a weekend.

The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis

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I haven’t met a Fiona Davis book that I haven’t loved. I always learn so much about history when reading her books. This book is set in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It takes you back to the 1920s when there was an art school located within the terminal and to the 1970s when the terminal was not in the greatest of shape. It was when an information booth attendant discovers the abandoned art school that this book gets innteresting and intriguing.

Here’s To Us, by Elin Hildebrand

Elin Hilderrand is the queen of beach reads. How can you not want to put down a book about three women who have all been married to the same famous man. Especially if the book is set around his funeral that brings them together in his favorite place, Nantucket.

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Some Books That will be going on My Upcoming Trips

I have a little stack in my office and nightstand at all times. Books that look good for when I need an escape and have some extra reading time. I always make sure there are two or three in my stack that are ready to pack for the next trip.

It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover

Described as a love story with a cast of all-too-human characters. It has almost 200,00 4+ star reviews on Good Reads.

Lessons In Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

A 1960s female chemist suddenly finds herself as the star of a cooking show. She believes that there is no such things as an average woman and encourages other to change the status quo, not just cook.

Tommorow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

The topic of this book intrigues me. Childhood friends who reunite as adults to create video games. The two find an intimacy in digital worlds that elude them in their real worlds.


Thanks for taking time to stop by and see what I enjoy reading on vacation. I hope that you have a wonderful trip planned in the near future so that you have a little extra time for some great reads. If not, here is a great article that outlines seven reasons you should have one planned. For me, I think planning a trip is just as fun as taking one. Happy travels.

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