LIFESTYLE | #TravelTuesday | The Best Books to Bring on Vacation

It’s back! My #traveltuesday series is back today, with my picks of the Best Books to Bring on Vacation. What better time to lose yourself in a good book, than when you vacate your life? No pressing deadlines, daily meetings, mandatory assignments to distract you. That said, the best book to get carried away with can be more than exhausting to find. So, fear not, I’ve done the research. Some classics, some contemporary, some downright great covers… there really is something for everyone looking for an adventure.

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  1. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter. A story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962, and rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later. Or here
  2. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann. A pop-culture classic, and one I can definitely read again. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends struggling in NYC, trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry, only to find that there’s not place left but to go down. Or here
  3. Before Night Falls: A Memoir, Reinaldo Arenas. Shocking memoir by visionary Cuban writer, Reinaldo Arenas. Or here
  4. My Life in France, Julia Child. Need I say more? This is without a doubt in my Cart. Or here
  5. Le Divorce, Diane Johnson. You may have seen the movie, but have you read the book? Or here
  6. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume. If you haven’t read this yet, you need to RIGHT NOW.  A story that’ll remind you of the summers of your childhood where everything changed. Or here
  7. The Vacationers, Emma Straub. This novel is about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. Or here
  8. Oh! You Pretty Things: A Novel, Shanna Mahin. Third-generation Hollywood, Jess Dunne, upgrades her barista job to personal assistant, and falls hard for the nearness to fame as she does his perfectly designed kitchen. She kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her urge to dig in to LA’s celebrity buffet. Or here
  9. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys. The prequel to Jane Eyre, this mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to Mr. Rochester. Or here
  10. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel, Fannie Flagg. A movie we watched as children more often than I’d like to admit, but a novel I’ve never read. A story about two women Evelyn, a sad slump of middle age, and Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Or here
  11. A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria, Annie Hawes. Aiming to track down a small oasis town deep in the Sahara, some of whose generous inhabitants came to her rescue on a black day in her adolescence, Annie Hawes leaves her olive groves in Italy and sets off along the south coast of the Mediterranean. 
  12. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it. Or here
  13. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi. The story of two half-sisters, separated beyond their control: one sold to slavery, and the other married to a British slaver. Or here
  14. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster. A social comedy set in Florence, Italy, and Surrey, England. Its heroine, struggling against straitlaced Victorian attitudes of arrogance falls in love – while on holiday in Italy – with a socially unsuitable man. Or here

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