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Top Five Books to Read on Summer Vacation

The Top 5 Books To Read on Summer Vacation

There are few things as relaxing as reading a page-turner on the beach with a cool refreshing beverage at your side. We recently shared our top books for teens, and now here are some our favorites for the adults to read while on vacation this summer.

The books on this list were chosen based on the “escape factor”: that magical ability that good books have to transport you to another world, far removed from the stresses of day-to-day life. Which is, of course, what vacations are for.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed. When Cheryl Strayed was 26 years old, she made the rash decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone, despite the fact that she had virtually no hiking or camping experience. Her mother had just passed away; she had recently been divorced and found herself abusing drugs to the point of shooting heroin with a boyfriend. Upon setting out on the trail, Strayed immediately found that her hiking boots were improperly fitted; she eventually lost all of her toe nails. This gripping page turner follows Strayed through experiences from the frightening to the uplifting and everything in between.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman. The “girlchild” of this debut novel is Rory Dawn Hendrix, an adolescent growing up in poverty in a Reno, Nevada trailer park. Early on in the novel, her grandmother tells her “One of us has to make it out of here, and it’s gonna have to be you”. It’s a tall order, to say the least. But after taking the standardized school tests, Rory is deemed the smartest girl in the school, and suddenly the idea of “making it out” seems possible.

Accelerated: A Novel  by Bronwen Hruska. Chosen as one of Oprah Magazine’s best new books for October 2012, Accelerated tells the story of single father Sean Benning raising his 8 year old son Toby in a culture he is unfamiliar with and suspicious of: the upper class world of a private Manhattan school (paid for by his in-laws) that emphasizes achievement above all else. When the school recommends that Toby be placed on medication for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Sean questions the diagnosis, and his questioning opens up a world of secrets and lies, throwing his and Toby’s life into chaos.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Recommended by Oprah’s Book Club in 2001, it’s never too late to read this timeless classic. The backdrop for the book—India during “The Emergency” of 1975 to 1977—is a chaotic and exceedingly dangerous place. During this time a young widow named Dina takes in three boarders to help make ends meet: 2 tailors and a college student. Despite her initial distaste for her tenants, the four develop close but complex relationships as each struggles to survive.

Dark Places by Gillian FlynnDark Places is a gripping thriller with some odd characters whose actions are consistently unpredictable, culminating in an ending that’s also totally unpredictable. The novel tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and two sisters were murdered in their home when Libby was seven years old; she was the only person in the home who was able to escape. Although her life has gone on, the event is revived when Libby is contacted by a group of people who study notorious crimes and attempt to figure out what “really” happened.

Now that you’ve got an idea of some great vacation books, contact us to find out the best tropical destinations for your relaxing getaway!

What has been your favorite book to read on vacation?