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Hello y’all!

In case you somehow missed it (which, If you did, then you obviously don’t follow me on Instagram and what are you waiting for??) I’ve been on a big road trip with my family. Although I knew that I would be busy driving a lot, I also knew that I’d have plenty of time to read for once so I wanted to make sure I was fully stocked up with some great reading material! This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own.

I usually don’t have a lot of luck at my local library so in desperation I asked a group of ladies I’m friends with on social media about an hour before I was heading out to the library for some recommendations and not only did they not disappoint, but for once my small town library didn’t either! Whew, longest sentence ever.

I haven’t read all of these yet (I still have a few days and thousands of miles worth of driving to fill) but so far I have loved these recommendations from my friends and I hope you do too!

5 books to read on a road trip or anytime


The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans is the first novel by Australian author, M.L. Stedman. It is historical fiction, which is a genre I typically enjoy and this read was no different. I found myself loving the characters, even as I was ready to rip my hair out wondering why they were making certain choices in their lives. Even though I believe that ultimately the ending is tragically sad, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and Stedman’s style of writing and I would recommend this one if anyone hasn’t read it yet. Also, The Light Between Oceans has also been made into a movie which I have not seen yet but is now on my list.

The Girl on the Train

For my second roadtrip read I went in a completely different direction and picked up my psychological thriller choice–The Girl on the Train. Written by author Paula Hawkins this novel had me trying to guess what would happen next the entire time. It struck me as a modern day “whodunit” which is something that I enjoy when I’m reading a mystery type novel. This is another book that I would recommend and is a fairly quick read because you just can’t wait to find out what happens next! The Girl on the Train was also made into a movie but since it’s rated R I’ll be skipping this one, unfortunately.


5 books to read on a road trip or anytime


The Shack

This is the third book I’ve been reading on my roadtrip and I am so close to being done! Written by Canadian author William P. Young The Shack is again a completely different book from the first two I read; I’m not even sure what genre I would put it in. I have heard so many good things about this book so I was expecting to really love it, but so far I am undecided. I will say that I love the themes of love and forgiveness that are running throughout the book, and I enjoy the author’s writing style. However, a lot of the religious aspects of the book are so different doctrinally from what I believe that I have a hard time wading through those parts. For example, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we don’t believe in the Godhead as a trinity but as three separate beings. I also have a hard time with the concept in the book of God having both genders within Himself, as members of my church believe that we have both a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. I don’t want to give anything away or dive into this too much, and I will have to give the final verdict once I’ve completed the book. Overall I’ve enjoyed it and would recommend it to others, but be prepared for some interesting interpretations of the gospel that may be completely different from your own. The Shack has also been made into a movie that looks quite interesting.

Big Magic

I haven’t gotten a chance to read this one yet (I still have several days of driving!) so I will have to update once I do. Written by Elizabeth Gilbert, the same author who brought us Eat, Pray, Love; Big Magic is what would be considered a self-help book. My sister recommended it to me and it’s been on my to-read list for awhile now. I’m excited for the chance to finally crack it open!

The Martian

The last of the books I brought, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a little nervous to read The Martian by American author Andy Weir. I just feel like it’s going to be such a heavy book and I have no clue how it’s going to end (I haven’t seen the movie) so I don’t know if I can handle that emotionally, you know? I tend to get very invested in books and they can be so emotionally draining. I also haven’t read a ton of science fiction over the years, but this one has been highly recommended so I’m going to give it a try!

5 books to read on a road trip or anytime


Don’t forget that it’s What We’re Reading Wednesday and we want to see what you’ve been reading lately! Have you read any of my road trip reads? Or seen the movies?
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13 Responses to road trip reads

  1. Anne September 6, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    The Girl on the Train was a good vacation read, but I also have no interest in watching the movie – seems to creepy/scary for me, but the book was kind of a fun page turner (and I can just turn them faster if the suspense gets to be too much!). I don’t really do science fiction at all, but I thought The Martian was an excellent vacation read too. The main character is really great, and it’s action-packed! Fun to have found this linkup 🙂

  2. Mary Leigh September 6, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    What a fun list – and so many different kinds of books! I try to sneak in some reading whenever I can, too! I want to read the Light Between Oceans!

  3. Dara September 7, 2017 at 5:55 am #

    I read the girl on the train, but not the others. You don’t watch R rated movies? That must limit your movie viewing!

  4. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy September 7, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    That looks like a great selection of books! I haven’t read any of them, but maybe I’ll have to take a looksie for them at our library.

  5. Katie September 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Those look like some great reads! I hope your having fun on your trip! It seems like a lot of fun!

  6. Ashley Newell September 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    I really want to read Big Magic, you’ll have to let me know how you like it. I LOVED The Martian movie so if it’s anything like that, I think you’ll like it.

  7. Steph September 11, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    Loved Girl on the Train! And I am definitely going to check out some of the others you recommended. I am on a bit of a Lianne Moriarty kick right now so I need to get through one of the ones Ive already started. And I would love to join the What we’re reading Wednesday!

  8. Jenny @ Paint & Pillows September 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    I haven’t had much time to read lately, but I’ve heard great things about all of those books. Can’t wait until I have more time to dig in!

  9. michaela daisy September 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    I have been wanting to read Girl on The Train! Thanks for the quick review!

  10. Nicole Kamai September 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    The Girl on a Train was one of the last books I read before my son was born!! It is so good!

  11. Tabitha Blue September 12, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    I haven’t read these all, but the ones I have were great and the ones I haven’t, I just keep hearing good things! They are all going on my list!

  12. hanna September 12, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    I would LOVE to be able to read – road trip or not! I feel like I never have time! But I’m ready to MAKE some time!

  13. Emily September 14, 2017 at 1:07 am #

    I started reading The Girl on the Train a while back and it was definitely a page turner!

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