Summer Reading 2021

Books for Your Beach Bag 2021

Summer travel season will soon be upon us, and many people will be heading to their favorite beaches. If your perfect day in the sun includes a stack of new books to read, here are a few recommendations to pack in your tote bag for lounging at the beach or by the pool. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (available now) Although opposites in many ways, Alex and Poppy become the best of friends following a shared car ride home from college. Despite moving away from one another after graduation, they meet each year for a week-long vacation…
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Reading Road Trip: The Complete Book List

Our reading road trip has ventured to all four corners of the United States, featuring reading selections and travel experiences from each region of the country. You can explore this blog series in its entirety here, and use this list for reference as you read through all fifty states. The Reading List Alabama: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson Alaska: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah Arizona: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Arkansas: True Grit by Charles Portis California: East of Eden by John Steinbeck Colorado: Plainsong by Kent Haruf Connecticut: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates Delaware: The Book…
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Fiction of Hawaii

The six distinct islands of the 50th state of the United States capture the imagination of travelers, often earning a top spot on many travel bucket lists. Hawaii is the emerald green canyons of Kauai, golden sunrises over Haleakala on Maui, the rural rustic charm of Molokai despite its dark history, the luxurious solitude and pampering of Lanai, the crashing surf on the North Shore of Oahu, the active volcanoes of The Big Island, and the quiet reflection while visiting Pearl Harbor. The island’s “ohana” spirit encourages connectedness among family, friends, and neighbors, and a general sense of peace and…
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Fiction of Alaska

The dream of visiting Alaska lives in the hearts of many travelers. Whether cruising its coastline while listening to the creaks and cracks of the creeping glaciers, or touring its rugged interior spying bears in their natural habitat, the uniqueness of Alaska must be experienced. Novels set in Alaska allow readers to escape to this beautiful state through vivid storytelling and descriptions of the land. Here are three selections to curl up with this winter: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey The cruel environment of Alaska’s wilderness proves itself a challenging homestead in 1920 for newcomers Jack and Mabel. They…
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Fiction of the Pacific States

From the scenic coastal highways of California to the lush evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific States are beautiful and varying in their landscapes. Sun-soaked deserts, rolling surf, sprawling vineyards, Redwood forests, and snow-capped mountain peaks provide the backdrop for both incredible travel and reading experiences. Let’s explore fiction of the Pacific States: California East of Eden by John Steinbeck Arguably Steinbeck’s most powerful and ambitious novel, East of Eden follows the generations of the Trask and Hamilton families as a retelling of the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. At just over 600 pages,…
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