Goodreads Members Suggest: 32 ‘Vacation’ Reads

Posted by Sharon on August 17, 2020
As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to explore.

We asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter to share their recommendations for 2020’s version of “vacation” reading. Their picks ranged from dense history books to sci-fi tales to traditional feel-good beach reads, but we were able to spot some overall trends. We’ve rounded up the titles your fellow readers suggest turning to the next time you need a mental break.

Don’t forget to add any titles that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and be sure to tell us what your current “vacation” reads are in the comments below!



Location, Location, Location

Though they span a number of settings, genres, and even centuries, these books all feature places (or “places”) in their titles.  
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Books with Summery Words in Their Titles

Unsurprisingly, books that name-check beaches, vacations, and summer itself are all putting readers into that warm-weather state of mind.
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“Travel” Guides

Sometimes it’s nice to read about someone else going on a journey, even if you can’t hop on a flight, bus, or train yourself. Here are the books your fellow readers recommend with travel-related words in their titles. 
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Page-Turners

What’s a vacation if you don’t stay up late reading? These books were all cited as the kind of unputdownable reads that grab you from the very first chapter and don’t let go.
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What does your current “vacation reading” look like? Let’s talk books in the comments below!

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message 1: by Georgina (new)

Georgina Pickard Forever and olé has been reviewed to be one of the best lock down reads by its fans! A must read this summer


message 2: by Neena Manek (new)

Neena Manek The Nightingale, The Heart's Invisible Furies and The Bee Keeper of Aleppo are all must reads.


message 3: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Consider getting away to a hotel room in Room 702, or take a road trip in Life After Joe.


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Long The Cartiers, The Hill Women and Let Them Eat Pancakes. All thoroughly different, but equally satisfying.


message 5: by Sophie (new)

Sophie 'This Lovely City' by Louise Hare
"The Split" by Sharon Bolton...can't get more atmospheric than the Antarctic island of South Georgia!


message 6: by Christine (new)

Christine Currently reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia,
will be reading The End of Her by Shari Lapena and Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo later this summer :)


message 7: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Brown I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Anxious People !


message 8: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Brown I loved A Man Called Ove by the same author...great book !! 👍


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Loved Christopher Moore's Shakespeare for Squirrels and currently loving Jasper Fforde's Constant Rabbit. Keeping it light!


message 10: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Dennis I highly recommend The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Had a lasting effect on me; read it a year ago and still think about it. Has some very sad and disturbing parts, but its ultimately a rewardihg read.


message 11: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Williams I would say Where the Crawdads Sing” is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read and the quintessential summer read! Part murder mystery, part love story and written by a master of the word!!!


message 12: by P (new)

P Carr Found Lincoln the Verge to be enlightening. Currently reading Red Notice which as of this week is timely.
Recommend both along with American Nations...an eye-opening read.


message 13: by Elle (new)

Elle What Lies in Paradise By Leah Cupps is the perfect vacay read IMO. Crystal clear waters and white sands and a twist that pulls your feet from under you quicker than a riptide *chef's kiss*


message 14: by William (new)

William B I do not recommend “The Little Paris Bookshop” or “The Guest List”. I still have yet to read “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”, but I am in the middle of “Home Before Dark” and it’s very good!


message 15: by William (new)

William B I also want to read “This Tender Land”.


message 16: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Guzman My surprises this summer:
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
All This I Will Give You by Dolores Redondo
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
November Road by Lou Berney


message 17: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Gabriela I think "Eat, Pray Love, it will also make a good travel book.


message 18: by Jim (new)

Jim Cindy wrote: "I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Anxious People !"

that sounds awkward :)


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim Dante Alighieri - The Inferno (travel there, bitches!)


message 20: by Yvette (new)

Yvette Andrews Really enjoyed American Marriage by Tayari Jones


message 21: by Yvette (new)

Yvette Andrews Now reading Franz Kafka


message 22: by Maria (new)

Maria the wanderer Well this summer I decided that it is time to finally read Gone with the Wind . Yep. All 1307 pages of it ^_^ ! So, I am on it now and having fun!
(These two volumes are so heavy that they definitely cannot be gone with the wind :p ! )


message 23: by Emma (new)

Emma Herzig The Princess Bride was one of my summer reads and it really surprised me! It may be even better than the masterpiece of a movie.


message 24: by Cari (last edited Aug 22, 2020 09:04PM) (new)

Cari Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia by Silvia Moreno-Garcia were excellent summer reads.


message 25: by Clare (new)

Clare Elsby Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens, haunting and beautifully written.
Becoming by Michelle Obama, inspiring in so many ways.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, a delight, especially if you lived through the 70's.


message 26: by joanna (new)

joanna A Gentleman in Moscow
I haven't met a single soul who has not enjoyed this book. A really good read


message 27: by Nell (new)

Nell Georgina wrote: "Forever and olé has been reviewed to be one of the best lock down reads by its fans! A must read this summer"

I don't think this is meant to be an opportunity for self-promotion.


message 28: by Nell (new)

Nell Margaret wrote: "I would say Where the Crawdads Sing” is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read and the quintessential summer read! Part murder mystery, part love story and written by a master of the w..."

Absolutely! It's a great read.


message 29: by Time (new)

Time Ferrell both thumbs up!


message 30: by Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ (last edited Oct 04, 2020 11:43AM) (new)

Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ Thanks Sharon! This is a nice compromise, giving a list that could be useful for those of us just coming into their holiday season.

I already had Beach Read & The Henna Artist on a couple of my to-read lists. I'll have a leisurely browse now to see what else appeals. :)

Edit; Just realised this blog post was published in August. Still a good idea to refloat it!


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