Best Books To Read On Your Next Vacation

by Daniel | Last Updated March 26th, 2019

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Whether you are traveling by plane train or automobile, having a good book by your side is always welcome.

It is so easy now to travel with a library of books thanks to Kindle and Audible, but if your not limited to space or are staying at home there is nothing like have an actual physical book you can pick up and hold.


With so many good books to choose from whether they are new or old can be a bit daunting knowing what to read.

Below you will find a range of different books to keep your mind stimulated and occupied on your travels.


1. Crazy Rich Asians

This book written by Kevin Kwan is truly addictive to read and hard to put down.

It is an exciting fictional view of the amazingly wealthy Chinese ex-pats that are living in Singapore.

When Rachel Chu from New York heads to Singapore to stay with her boyfriend she is totally unaware of just how wealthy he really is, and little does she know that he is one of the most eligible bachelors in Singapore! 

“Delightfully soapy. . . . [Crazy Rich Asians] eats its chiffon cake and has it too, simultaneously tut-tutting many of its characters for their vapid materialism while reveling in the milieu’s sybaritic excess.”

— The Wall Street Journal

2. The Institute

After his parents are murdered in the middle of the night, Luke Ellis is loaded into an SUV and wakes up at ‘The Institute’ in a room that is similar to his own except the windows are missing.

In the rooms nearby there are other kids with unusual talents such as telepathy and telekinesis who were brought there in the same way Luke was. 

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“A big shank of a book that reminded me instantly of many of the reasons I loved (love?) [King]. His characters are the kind of people who hear the trains in the night. The music is always good. He swings low to the ground. He gets closer to the realities and attitudes of working-class life in America than any living writer I can think of.”

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

3. Red, White & Royal Blue

A story of America's First Son falling in love with the Prince of Wales.
What begins as a fake Instagram friendship soon turns into a secret romance that has the potential to drain the campaign and upend two nations.

"Red, White & Royal Blue is funny and fun, and the family and political dynamics feel spot-on, but it’s the frank and unforgettable romance between these two young men that will compel readers to start it all over again when faced with the last page. It’s that hard to say goodbye to this couple." - BookPage, Top Pick

4. The Guardians

In a small town in Florida, a young Lawyer is shot dead at his desk whilst working late at night. 

There are no witnesses or any motive.
Soon after, the Police suspect a young black man who was once a client of the Lawyer. He is convicted of the crime and sent to prison for life.

5. The Starless Sea

“A mythical tale…a story about stories, all essentially relating to Fate and Time. Morgenstern nests a glittering trove of meta-narratives, myths, folkloric fables within a main storyline about a hero’s quest. The Starless Sea is the kind of book that could spawn a Harry Potter-esque cult. I can imagine fan sites devoted to mapping, analyzing and connecting the dots among its fantastical intricacies. I predict readers for whom it will become a holy of holies, one of their most treasured books of all time. It’s that kind of book. ”


6. Becoming

A look into the world of Michelle Obama and all the accomplishments she has achieved.
Being the first African American First Lady she established herself as a great advocate for women in the US and all over the world.

From the former First Lady, here's a memoir starting with her childhood on Chicago's South Side and leading to her life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where she raised her children gracefully while representing the United States to the world. Oh, yes, and she'll appear at the opening general session of the 2018 ALA annual conference in New Orleans.

-Library Journal

7. Origin

Another fantastic book by Dan Brown featuring the character Robert Langdon, he takes you on a wild ride after a life-changing scientific discovery is at threat of being lost forever.

"A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did. In Origin, the brash futurist Edmond Kirsch comes up with a theory so bold, so daring that, as he modestly thinks to himself in Brown’s beloved italics, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Kirsch is of course addressing The World, because that’s the scale on which Brown writes.  Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in Origin."  

–-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

Written by the late Stieg Larsson, this book is full of murder, love, suspense and more. Once you pick up this book you will find it extremely hard to put it down!

Mikael Blomkvist is hired by a wealthy Swedish family to investigate the unexplained disappearance of Harriet Vanger some 40 years ago. To help him along the way is investigator Lisbeth Salander, a troubled genius who has issues with authority.

An exceptional effort for a first-time crime novelist. In fact, a fine effort for any crime novelist . . . This book is meticulously plotted, beautifully paced, and features a cast of two indelible sleuths and many juicy suspects.”

Boston Globe“

9. The Brain That Changes Itself

If you are looking for a fascinating look into the world of Brain Science, this book explains what neuroplasticity is and how it is actually possible to change your brain.
Norman Doidge, M.D. meets with leading scientists who specialize in neuroplasticity and the patients they are treating to find out the amazing transformation they have been able to achieve.

“The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.”

—The New York Times

10. Girl, Woman, Other

As the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, this must-read book about modern Britain and womanhood is an impressive novel about the lives of black British families and their struggles, pains and loves.

Extraordinary. Has it all - incredible character development, a compelling structure, and an ending that is painfully beautiful, with a twist. I did not want to let these characters go. Executed flawlessly. What an achievement!

- Shaun Deane


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My name is Daniel and I am a full-time world traveler and constantly on the move.

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