20 Top-Rated Books for Every Kind of Getaway

Posted by Marie on May 14, 2018
Planning for your next vacation? Some immersive reading can be a fun way to prepare. Whether you're globe-trotting or staying close to home, we created several bookish itineraries to help complement your call to adventure.

For this roundup, we took a look at both fiction and nonfiction titles with a setting or plot that closely matched the several types of getaways listed below. From there, we narrowed our list to include only books with a 3.7 star rating or above. This is why some travel classics like On the Road were not featured.

You can always add to our list by sharing your recommendations in the comments. Don't forget to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf.



If You're Hitting the Road...

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If You're at the Beach...

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If You're Backpacking...

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If You're Experiencing Another Culture...

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If You're Planning an Epic Staycation

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What books would you recommend for these types of getaways? Let us know in the comments!

Find more ideas for your summer reading:
Get Ready for the Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge
24 of the Year's Highest-Rated Nonfiction (So Far)
Choosing Your Vacation Books: Our Readers Share Their Advice

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message 1: by Pennie (new)

Pennie Larina Virginia Woolf as a beach read?...


message 2: by Raluca (new)

Raluca Lupei Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."

The Waves maybe, to match the setting of the reader with the title of the book.


message 3: by Akiko (new)

Akiko Raluca wrote: "Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."

The Waves maybe, to match the setting of the reader with the title of the book."

I may or may not have read some Woolf last summer as my beach read... Anything can be a beach read really ;)


message 4: by Akiko (new)

Akiko I agree that The Light Between Oceans is a nice beach read... just make sure that you have your sunglasses on so that people don't see that you're crying.


message 5: by Raluca (last edited May 15, 2018 03:10PM) (new)

Raluca Lupei Akiko wrote: "Anything can be a beach read really ;) "

You're right, I remember one time when George Orwell's 1984 was my beach read.
I figure that as long as you're reading while at the beach, it qualifies.


message 6: by Morgan (new)

Morgan I really liked Tell My Horse. Nice to see it on this list getting some attention.


message 7: by Mariam (new)

Mariam Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."
Absolutely no ! You should read Virginia somewhere where you can get some peace and quiet.


message 8: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Cox I'm currently reading In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park, which would fit well under the "experiencing another culture" heading. This book will break your heart. Very eye-opening, tragic, and tough. It's a great biography, one I'm glad to be reading. It's making me greater appreciate living in America and having a loving family who encourage me to follow my dreams. Recommended for 18+, due to adult themes.


message 9: by Brenda (new)

Brenda I was thrilled to see "The Lord of the Rings", my all time favorite book, as well as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", another favorite, on the list. Completely agree with the choices!!


message 10: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Anything can be a beach read if you believe in yourself and try hard enough.

All joking aside I think I may have read some Woolf on the beach at some point.

Akiko wrote: "Raluca wrote: "Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."

The Waves maybe, to match the setting of the reader with the title of the book."
I may or may not have read some Woolf last summer..."



message 11: by Brenda (new)

Brenda getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean wholesome books. Let me know when some of these books are available, or maybe I need to look elsewhere. Thank you for providing me this opportunity.


message 12: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Check out my lists. I don't read romance novels period, I find them boring. Look up some cozy mysteries maybe :)
Brenda wrote: "getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean w..."


message 13: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Wysinger Brenda wrote: "getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean w..."

Cozy mysteries would really be the way to go. There sre so msny of them. Chrustian fiction is a genre that is really growing. If you like historical try Bodie Thoene, contemporary try collen coble, dee henderson. Looking for thrillers try decker or rosenberg. Good, clean books are now everywhere


message 14: by Carlissa (new)

Carlissa I just finished The Hideaway about a B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. Loved the book!


message 15: by Rita (new)

Rita Bradt Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde is SD much a wonderful novel! Great to read on the beach or just about anywhere you might be. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a delightful writer and this particular book is one of her best!


message 16: by Sarah Sanders (new)

Sarah Sanders Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."

Well you certainly can’t miss the irony in the fact that she committed suicide by drowning herself, maybe that’s why it’s a suggested shoreline read.


message 17: by Susan (new)

Susan Sarah Sanders wrote: "Pennie wrote: "Virginia Woolf as a beach read?..."

Well you certainly can’t miss the irony in the fact that she committed suicide by drowning herself, maybe that’s why it’s a suggested shoreline r..."


Brenda wrote: "getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean w..."

Brenda wrote: "getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean w..."


message 18: by twiinklex (new)

twiinklex Highly recommend Paris For One for Jojo Moyes as well! I read it while on holiday and felt extra fluff.


message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet Brenda wrote: "getting behind on my reading. Seems like its been mostly looking at magazines here recently. Looking for contemporary Christian books, or something other than Harlequin romance books. Enjoy clean w..."

I loved The God of Sno Cone Blue. It's indie-published and not "official" Christian fiction (though it has some Christian characters and themes), but it's a wonderful story, beautifully-written.


message 20: by Ronintech (new)

Ronintech Best book I ever read on the beach was Dan Simmons, The Terror>.


message 21: by Jen (new)

Jen Good


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