5 Best Books to Read on Vacation

Kick Back and Relax With These Great Vacation Reads

Packing for your next vacation? Don't forget to bring a book for those long train rides, road trips, or flights. Or for those lazy days on the beach when you just want to escape and unwind, there is nothing quite like a good book.

Here are 5 books that are quick, entertaining reads—perfect books to toss in your bag for your next vacation. 

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"Beginner's Greek" by James Collins

'Beginner's Greek' by James Collins
'Beginner's Greek' - Courtesy Little, Brown. Courtesy Little, Brown

James Collins' debut novel is well written and a delightful read for your next trip. This sweet, simple romance begins with a man and a woman who happen to sit next to each other on a cross-country flight.

The premise of this book may make you more excited to board your plane en route to your vacation spot!

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"When You are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris

'When You are Engulfed in Flames' by David Sedaris
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The hilarious David Sedaris will keep you entertained and laughing out loud with his latest collection of essays. A great pick for vacationing, you can easily put the book down in between stories for some sight-seeing without looking track of the storyline. 

'People of the Book' by Geraldine Brooks
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At 372 pages (the hardcover version), People of the Book is the perfect length for a cross-Atlantic flight. The story follows the history of a book called "Sarajevo Haggadah"—one of the earliest Jewish volumes to be printed with images—from1480s Spain to Bosnia in World War II. 

The plot takes place mostly in Europe over several centuries, which could make it a fun read if you're embarking on a Euro-trip.  More »

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"Beneath a Marble Sky" by John Shors

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
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Beneath a Marble Sky is a fictional story surrounding the building of the Taj Mahal. This novel by best-selling author John Shors features murder, intrigue, forbidden love, and rivalries.

With all the right ingredients to make a thrilling tale, this novel would please those who like romance combined with adventure. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is told from the viewpoint of an autistic teenager who is trying to solve the murder case of Wellington—his neighbor's dog.

A humorous mystery novel, any train ride or flight will pass by in a wink of an eye with this thoughtful and entertaining novel. More »