Receiving my Amazon Kindle as a birthday present a few years ago was one of the best presents. Not only did it excel my book-worming habits but it also made packing for travel a snap. So e-readers are not new but if you don't know own one yet you don't know what you're missing.
After all the extensive travel I did this summer and with my Kindle chock full of amazing books I thought I would share some of my finds that were great to read while on the road. Many of these are available in paperback too.
1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Yes I'm being incredibly cheesy by listing this but if you haven't gotten on the 50 Shades bandwagon I suggest you do so pronto! Now don't get me wrong the writing is nothing to write home about (pardon the pun) but the story line makes for a very easy read which is perfect for passing time on a trip.
2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Best gift ever! The $100 Startup was given to me at a festival in New York City. I started it on my way home from that trip and was completely engrossed. It's a really great motivating book that you can relate to many aspects of your life. Quite possibly the best book ever.
3. Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long
Feeling down? Chasing Rainbows is extremely uplifting to read. Always amazing but definitely even better to read when you're feeling a tad down in the dumps. I read it and then have recommended it to many other people.
4. Twenty Miles Per Cookie: 9000 Miles of Kid-Powered Adventures by Nancy Sathre-Vogue
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
If you've been living under a rock, The Help is still one of the best books I've read in years. It's an amazing story (movie wasn't too bad either) that will seriously melt your heart.
6. Happier Than A Billionaire by Nadine Hays Pisani
Happier Than A Billionaire is was the book I read before my trip to Costa Rica. This is about a husband and wife who pack up and move their life to Costa Rica. It's really a great read about moving to another country and also extremely helpful if you plan on visiting Costa Rica. Highly recommended!
7. Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff
If you're in the mood for a good chic book that's easy to read and fall in love with the characters then Romantically Challenged is the book for you. I felt like it personally described my life.
8. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
I love series and Queen of Babble is the first one in the "babble" series so it's the obvious place to start. Another set of great characters that will have you dreaming of backpacking Europe in seconds.
9. The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
LOVE LOVE LOVE The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost. Such an amazing memoir that will make you want to leave it all behind.
10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love is the book that I always go back to. This is the book that made me fall in love with Rome. If you haven't read it or just haven't read it in a while I really suggest giving it another go.
Reading is one of my favorite past times and something that I particularly enjoy when traveling. I love stocking up on some great books for my trips and adventures. A few of these books were actually free on Amazon using the Prime feature. All others are less than $10.
I'd love to know what other books people swear by when traveling or are just great comfort reads.
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