Summer Beach Reads!

by | Jun 4, 2018 | Feature, The Art of Travel, The Beach | 0 comments

Is there anything better than a day at the beach with a great book?  We love a good beach read!  Thick, thin, heavy subjects, light-hearted reads–a great beach read just has to take us away and give us those moments when we go—Whaaaat???  Our happy place is under a palapa, overlooking crystal blue waters, margarita in hand with an engaging beach read!  Even a rainy day at the beach is fabulous when you have a great book, and a glass of wine….it’s just so… ahhh!

Bella Travel Planning Beach Reads

Here are our picks for both sunny and rainy days, at the lake, near the beach, or just dreaming of sand between your toes:

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Firefly Lane – Kristen Hannah

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

A Column of Fire – Ken Follett

The Risen – Ron Rash

Here at Bella Travel, we believe that reading, like travel, expands your world.  Pique your interest in a new destination – or an upcoming one- by enjoying some of our suggestions below.

Books About Travel

Heading to the British Isles?  Read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or Ireland, A Novel by Frank Delaney.

Is France on your radar? Try Abundance, a novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund;  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; or Wine and War: The French, the Nazi’s, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup (You’ll totally geek out on wine with this one!  Loved it!).

Italy calling? Savor Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King (Florence); or Juliet by Anne Fortier (Siena)

Heading to the Greek Isles?  Try The Island by Victoria Hislop (Crete).

Interested in Asia? Read Sunflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (China); The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck (China); Pachinko by Mon Jin Lee (Korea and Japan – We just read this one and it’s fabulous!).

South of the Equator, we recommend Into a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson (Australia); Hawaii by James Michener (Get past the first section with the rocks and the land formations and it’s fabulous); Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Africa – the other lover in the love triangle with Out of Africa’s Karen von Blixen and Dennis); No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Africa); Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams (Peru).

Our nightstands seem to always have piles of books awaiting our attention.  The reads below top our Must Read Lists:

The Great Alone – all by Kristin Hannah

Cork Dork – Bianca Bosker

Women and Sunlight – Francis Mayes (her new book – fiction – so excited!!)

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

The Secret Wife – Gill Paul

Cork Dork

So grab something new this summer to read by the pool–get inspired with something out of your usual genrè–lose yourself in a great book.  Summer is made for reading and we’d love to hear about your favorite books!

Beach Reads by Bella Travel

Bella Travel Planning, Custom Travel Designers, are specialists in independent, engaging travel–the kind that inspire stories to tell over generations.  We are specialists in YOU–our client.  Why not travel with your book club to visit the sites of your last favorite book?  We can help! 

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