This page meshes my two loves: reading and travel! Click on the links to see what quotes I loved from the books, a few quick notes and reflections on the reading, and listed below are when I think they would be best read. Also, just as a head’s up — the dates in parenthesis by the book titles are the year that I read the book, not the year that they were published.
A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall (2014)
Travel Time: On the plane/in the airport — it’s short, delightful, and will make that six hour plane ride something to look forward to.
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (2015)
Travel Time: When you’re coming down from the travel high. Maybe you’re nostalgic, maybe you’re travelsick, maybe you’re just readjusting to your own culture after being away. Either way, this book will help you have feelings about something else for a hot minute.
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re planning a trip. Bonus points if the trip you’re planning is to Paris!
Howl – Allen Ginsberg (2014)
Travel Time: Any time that you want to connect to your inner hippie and/or feel like you’re on an acid trip.
Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh (2014)
Travel Time: Any time you’re in the mood to be mildly amused during your trip. For longer term travelers, maybe on a day where you just want to be still. For shorter term travelers, a few pages here and there throughout the trip would be just right.
I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re coming down from the travel high. This book will help you compartmentalize your feelings about travel for a hot minute, but still make you cry it out, which will ultimately make you feel better.
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (2014)
Travel Time: When you’ve got no trips planned but you just need a book to remind you of what you love about travel in the first place.
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re having a lazy beach day. Enjoy the sun, the sand, and the story.
Loose Girl – Kerry Cohen (2014)
Travel Time: Any time that you need someone to understand how real your struggle is, as a woman.
My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re having an existential crisis either before or during a long trip.
Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re on your way to NYC, or when you’re just missing it.
North of Beautiful – Justina Chen Headley (2014)
Travel Time: When you need to be reminded of how important travel is to your life.
Ormond; or The Secret Witness – Charles Brockden Brown (2014)
Travel Time: I honestly wouldn’t recommend this for any travel time, unless American literature written at the end of the 1700’s is your jam. If that’s the case, you could certainly read this during your visit to historic national sights that were important to the Revolution.
Picture Me Gone – Meg Rosoff (2014)
Travel Time: When you’re feeling like you just need to run away. This book gets that part of me.
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (2015)
Travel Time: When you’re in transit, although it might make you paranoid about getting sick….
The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider (2014)
Travel Time: During a busy vacation, during the few unpacked minutes of time that you have. It can easily be picked up and put down and enjoyed over time.
The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant (2014)
Travel Time: While planning your trip to Italy / during your trip to Italy to see anything that is semi-related to the Medici family or art or Florence.
This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz (2014)
Travel Time: Any time that you need to see understanding in another human being. Also, pre- any trip to Latin America.
The Magicians – Lev Grossman (2014)
Travel Time: Any time that you need an escape for an hour or two. Harry Potter meets Catcher in the Rye is great for that.
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents – Elisabeth Eaves (2014)
Travel TIme: Any time. It is one of my all-time favorite travel books.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler (2014)
Travel Time: As snippets throughout your journey. It would be perfect to read a little a day throughout a trip and just savor it, rather than reading it all in one sitting, like I did.