Holiday traveling is a few short weeks away and we will be plagued with the never-ending question… “What great books am I going to read while I’m traveling?” Recently I had to travel for work and I had to ask myself this very question.
I always run into a book dilemma when traveling. What books am I going to take with me and how many is too many? Do I download them to my iPad or do I bring an actual book? Did I pack too many, and am I going to go over my allowed weight for my luggage?
I love the convenience of my eBooks, but when I travel I love having the physical book. If I’m flying, I’m always afraid they are going to tell me that I can’t use my electronic devices at all and then I would be stuck. It also allows me to read some of the random titles I’ve picked up from my local bookstore. Plus, there is nothing like that new book smell (I know I’m not the only one out there sniffing books).
As I contemplated what books I would take with me, it got me thinking about what makes a good travel book. Is it the genre of book or how easy it is to read that makes a great travel book?
What makes up a good travel book?
A great travel book, to me, has three things.
1) A story moves at a good pace
2) Interesting characters
3) A dilemma that needs rectifying
This could be in any genre of book (a great mystery, an adventure with a few new characters, or a memoir about your favorite musician), but if one of these three things is missing than I’m probably going to have a hard time reading it.
Simply put, you want a book that captures you, and that you can’t put down. I think most of us would love for this to be our experience with every book we pick up (I know I would), but sadly that is not the case.
My travel books tend to be light and the character(s), have growth, but over all there is a happy ending. An awesome chick lit or romance novel about love with just a dash of drama that moves the story forward makes for a great travel read for me. I can’t help it. I need a book that is lighter in tone when I’m flying. Something about romantic drama calms my nerves at 40,000 feet.
Here are some great books for traveling. The books below have a story that moves, interesting characters, and a dilemma (just the way I like it 🙂 ).
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty– Alice falls and hits her head while at the gym and forgets the last ten years. As she tries to put the puzzle back together, she learns that her marriage is falling apart, she has children, and is thin. What has happened in the last 10 years?
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen– The Waverly’s are more than your average family living in North Carolina. With a family legacy that grows in the family’s backyard, Claire Waverly has made peace with her family’s inheritance, but her world is turned upside down when her sister, Sidney, returns home. As the sisters reconnect and learn support each other, they both find love. In this book, the Waverly’s learn how to let go of the past and embrace the future with a dash magic.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– “The color of extraordinary”. Lennie Walker is learning how to live after her sister, Bailey,suddenly dies. This bookworm, and band geek, is suddenly center stage in her own life and must learn how to navigate the waters of love and friendship.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender- Ava Lavender is like any other girl, except she has wings. , As she tries to understand her unique situation and wanting to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava starts to venture out into the world, but is not prepared for the dark intentions of others.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman– Allyson Healey’s life is planned and orderly until she meets Willem, a free-spirited, roving actor. When Willem invites her to come to Paris with him, Allyson abandons her plans and spends 24 hours of freedom and romance that will change her life.
99 Days by Katie Cotugno- Molly Barlow comes home to realise that everyone still remembers what she did. After Molly’s mom, a novelist, turns her infidelity against her long time boyfriend, Patrick, into a bestseller Molly returns home for 99 days and tries to atone for her mistakes, but ends up in the middle of more messy drama by making the wrong decisions again.
All the Missing Girls–Nicolette Farrell left her hometown ten years ago after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. She returns home to help tie up loose ends and care for her senile father. When another local girl goes missing, Corinne’s unsolved case is reopened, as well as the drama that surrounds the case. Wounds that Nic had run from are now being ripped open.
I hope you found this list of books to take while traveling helpful. We all have different desires when reading books. What do you look for in a good travel book? What are your favorite travel reads? Let me know in the comments.
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