As the saying goes, books are definitely our windows to the world. By flipping through just a few pages, books can transport us thousands of miles to places with views one can only dream of. Whether its turquoise seas, lush forests, or soaring skies you’re after; the only ticket you’ll have to book to get there, is well, a book.
Here are the perfect reads to chill with if you want to live vicariously without breaking the bank (or your allowance!)
Bask in the Mediterranean sun
The Rocks by Peter Nichols
Set in the beautiful island of Mallorca, The Rocks promises us a classic vacation read with beautiful sights and summer romance. But what sets this book apart is its underlying darkness; it is a story of regret, remorse, but ultimately, hope. A tale of two pairs of lovers, separated by fate and time but are connected in more ways than one; The Rocks captures the realities of love, the stunning beauty of the Mediterranean, and the message that in life, the journey is more important than the destination.
Does an exotic adventure sound more up your alley?
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Let go, live, and move forward. That is the key message of Kristen Hubbard’s backpacker novel, Wanderlove. The story takes us on a journey of Central and South America— bustling cities, Mayan villages, dense rainforests, and views of remote Belizean islands. Told from the perspective of protagonist, Bria Sandoval, the book is her account of how she comes to discover her new self by running away from her past and taking the off-the-beaten path. Peppered with hand-drawn sketches, motivational quotes, and funny journal entries, Wanderlove is a must-read for any wanderlust.
Set your sights a bit closer to home
Lost in Tokyo by Jenny Lynne
Lost in Tokyo is a bucket list, a travel guide, and a love story in one. What starts out as a trip to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of protagonist Erin’s mother, turns into an adventure of a lifetime as Erin and her best-friend, Adam, navigate the twist and turns of both their budding relationship and the streets of Japan. Steeped in culture, the story features must-sees and things to do while in the Land of the Rising Sun, while taking us through a journey of discovery, healing, and hope.
Raring to go on a road trip?
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Sometimes, a vacation isn’t about having a destination, but about the act of travelling itself—and in this case, it’s a cross-country road trip between two strangers. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour tells the story of Amy as she tries to escape her current life when her mom decides to move to the middle of nowhere after her dad dies from an accident. Behind the wheel is Roger, a person Amy barely knows, but now has to trust, as they go on an adventure to find themselves and each other.
If non-fiction's more of your thing, we've got you covered
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
Penned by Eric Weiner, a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, The Geography of Bliss was born out of his work of covering catastrophes around the world. Being so exposed to discontent, he decides to tell the other side of the story by investigating not what happiness is, but where it is.
Happy reading, Candy Girls!
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