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Great Books to Read Right Now

Here are some great books to read right now. Select one or several of these books for some beach reading this summer or on upcoming airplane flights. Perhaps these books will inspire you to travel happier.

Let me know what you think and leave comments with your suggestions.

We should all read better while we travel happier!

Great Books to Read Right Now

Cubicle to Cuba – Heidi Siefkas

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Cubicle to Cuba by Heidi Siefkas

I recently read Cubicle to Cuba and loved it. It is a travelogue filled with personal stories, travel tips, and Cuban culture. Written and published by a tour guide with dozens of trips under her belt, this book entertains, advises, and enlightens.

America’s Longest Small Town – Jim Hinckley

Route 66, The Mother Road, remains one of USA’s most celebrated places. America’s Longest Small Town introduces current personalities and stories along with retro attractions, signs, and more. Buy a signed copy directly from the author.

The Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna – Amber Hoffman

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Food Travelers Guide to Emilia Romagna by Amber Hoffman

I recently received The Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna via a Facebook contest from Scott Eddy. I was quick to respond and look forward to reading this book and dreaming of amazing culinary travel experiences in Italy. Amber Hoffman, of With Husband in Tow, calls herself a recovering attorney and professional eater. Love that!

100 Things to Do in America Before You Die – Bill Clevlen

Bill Clevlen focuses on positive stories and highlighting people and places making America great. 100 Things to Do in America Before You Die includes 100 uniquely American experiences that every person should have. I cannot wait to read it.

203 Travel Challenges – Maria Angelova

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203 Travel Challenges

Who does not love a nice challenge? 203 Travel Challenges promises a new look at the way we travel and see destinations. I look forward to reading it and challenging myself.

Following are recommendations of great books to read right now from some amazing travel experts.

The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

Suggested by Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life

I’ve completed The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith multiple times because as a writer, rejection is a real thing and it’s easy to turn that into a story of why I can’t succeed. Berstein’s focus on overcoming fear and turning it into hope and faith is intertwined with stories that you might think are serendipitous. They’re just proof that this world is rooting for us and all we have to do is let it pull some strings in our favor. Read this book if you want positive results in your life or don’t. Either way, the universe is waiting for you.

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

Suggested by Natalie DiScala of Oh! Travelissima

My summer reading list is growing longer by the day with lots of new releases coming out. But at the top of my list is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, author of the runaway hit The Girl on the Train. I’m expecting a high-speed, twisty thriller as unputdownable as her first book. I love a good psychological suspense novel for easy reading in the summer and this fits the bill perfectly.

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Suggested by Nicolette Orlemans of Culture With Travel

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in years. It tackles so many topics – identity, race, politics, immigration, love, feminism, and much more – in one incredible book. The story follows the female main character, Ifemelu, who adjusts and assimilates to life in America from Nigeria. Adichie highlights the struggle that Ifemelu faces in terms of her identity and what it means to be black and an immigrant in America, while simultaneously weaving in a love story about Ifemelu’s young love, Obinze, and other important topics of our time.

Around the World in 50 Years – Albert Poddel

Suggested by Megan and Mike from Mapping Megan and Waking Up Wild

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth is an inspiring story of an ordinary guy who visited every country on Earth. He survived riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, voodoo priests, and Cape buffalo. Albert went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat, rats, dung beetles, and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, and several girlfriends who insisted he stop this nonsense and marry them. This is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to escape from one perilous situation after another and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

Visit Sunny Chernobyl – Andrew Blackwell

Suggested by Darley Newman of Travels with Darley

I recommend Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell. It’s an eye-opening look at places you may or may not ever want to holiday. Blackwell’s insights into visiting Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, which tourists can visit, alone are worth the read. Fascinating and chilling.

Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Suggested by Cathy Merrifield of Roar Loud

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a favorite of mine, perfect for making more travel goals and feeding my wanderlust. If you believe ” to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice” this is your next summer reading book!

A Walk in the Wild – Bill Bryson

Suggested by Julie McCool of Fun in Fairfax VA

I love to hike and I love to laugh, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is one of the great travel books that delivers on both counts. Bryson’s tale of hiking the Appalachian Trail comes to mind every time I head to Shenandoah National Park and other AT segments here in Virginia. Day hikers like me can get a little taste of the ups and downs of hiking the AT on a hike to Raven Rocks, on the “roller coaster” section of the trail.


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9 Responses to “Great Books to Read Right Now”

  1. Heidi Siefkas June 2, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    Mil gracias! My third book, Cubicle to Cuba, teaches you about Cuba, but also it inspires you to think out of the cubicle, travel more, and live a life full of adventure.

  2. With Husband in Tow June 2, 2017 at 2:55 am #

    Thanks for including my book on this list! Happy Eating!

  3. RoarLoud June 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you for including us in this list, time to head to the book store!

  4. Duke Stewart June 1, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    This is the first blog I’ve read since my daughter entered this world. Reading what I wrote about Bernstein is absolutely true. I’m also thankful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people who submitted their own choices. Many good books to scope out and read now! Thanks for putting this together, Charles. It’s an awesome collection of reads.

    • RoarLoud June 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

      Duke Stewart- congratulations! Enjoy this new adventure!


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