Great Books to Read While on Vacation

Catching up with a great book is one of the most rewarding things that travelers do, whether they are stuck in the terminal on a layover, trying to pass the time on a redeye flight or lounging around on the beach. With many people having very busy lifestyles, taking the time to read sometimes falls off of the list of things to do – so it’s understandable that a relaxing trip and reading often go hand in hand.

Don’t forget to protect your travel investment with travel insurance and grab your bookmark when you had to the beach this summer. CNN recently interviewed several best-selling authors and inquired about which novels you should bring along for the trip:

Michael Koryta: Ironically enough, the author of “The Prophet” suggested Peter Benchley’s “Jaws” as a great summer beach read. If you aren’t feeling like reading about shark attacks during your seaside vacation, he also recommended Steven King’s “Mr. Mercedes” and Jo Nesbø’s “The Son.”

Sarah Lotz: Crime thrillers are excellent light reads for a vacation, and Lotz said that books by Stephen King and Lauren Beukes will likely be next to her beach towel this summer. However, she also stated that she enjoyed V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic” during her trips as a child.

Jojo Moyes: Last summer, Moyes was caught up in the “Game of Thrones” series by George R.R. Martin, an epic story that has now become a hit TV show. However, this summer she is up for something more challenging and is planning on reading Emma Straub’s “The Vacationers” – an apt title for all of the traveling you plan on doing.

Good Reads also documented some of its favorites for vacation reading, many of them light and most appropriate for younger audiences. Some of these included:

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey
“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Blackberry Wine” by Joanne Harris
“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult
“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant
“The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
“The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” by George Packer
“The Future for Curious People” by Gregory Sherl

Pick up one or two of these books to pass the time on those leisurely afternoons during your vacation. Happy reading!