9 Best Books to Read on a Road Trip ...


A road trip is a great opportunity to catch up on some reading. And what better topic or theme to enjoy as the black top passes under the wheels than travel? I’ve picked out a few options for your delectation. So let’s see if you appreciate my choices shall we?

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac

On the Road by Jack Kerouac Perhaps the most quintessential of all books to read on a road trip, On The Road is a modern classic that details the adventures and obstacles of a group of young friends as they travel across the expanse of America. An intoxicating novel full of sex, drugs, and jazz!


Around the World in 72 Days by Nellie Bly

Around the World in 72 Days by Nellie Bly The true account of 25-year-old journalist Nellie Bly’s attempt in 1889 to circumnavigate around the world in a faster time than it took Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s smash hit novel Around The World In 80 Days. Spoiler alert, she made it! Her journey is amazing and inspirational.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed Gaining recent notoriety due to the brilliant big screen adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed’s emotional memoir about her attempts to rediscover herself by hiking the entire length of the Pacific Coast Trail is so inspiring that you may find yourself wanting to do the very same thing. Perfect for a road trip.


Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson

Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson Not on such a grand scale as some of the others but endearing nonetheless, Anywhere But Here is a story about a single mother and her daughter moving across the United States from Wisconsin to Los Angeles. Described as a modern take on Huck Finn, the novel is funny and sentimental and a great road trip read.


Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Tracks by Robyn Davidson Another travelling film that has been the subject of a recent big screen adaptation, this time starring actress Mia Wasikowska, Tracks tells the 1977 story of Robyn Davidson and her outlandish venture of making it across 1700 miles of Australian outback with four camels for company. The memoir of her travels became a bestseller.


Flaming Iguanas: an Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez

Flaming Iguanas: an Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez Something a bit more weird and wonderful here, a graphic novel by Erika Lopez about a young woman travelling across the United States on a motorcycle. Full of rebellion, hilarious encounters and more than just a touch of rebellion, Flaming Iguanas is enough to turn even the most innocent road trips bad!


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Made famous by a Hollywood adaptation starring Julia Roberts, Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert about the world travels of a heart broken woman trying to find solace in the scenery and rediscover herself along the way. Travelling through Italy, Bali and India, the book will certainly help to get the travel and adventure juices flowing.


The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

The Last Days of California by Mary Miller A really interesting and captivating novel about an American family driving from the Deep South to California in preparation for what they believe is The Rapture. The story is told from the point of view of the family’s two daughters and is full of interesting questions and an engrossing family dynamic.


America Day by Day by Simone De Beauvoir

America Day by Day by Simone De Beauvoir An engrossing and endlessly interesting memoir by acclaimed French writer Simone De Beauvoir detailing her travels from New York to Hollywood and back again in 1947. Travelling by car, train and bus, the writer encounters many weird and wonderful American pastimes, from slamming tequila shots to sampling chili con carne for the first time. A really interesting travel log that shows many cultural differences.

I’d love to hear your own suggestions because I might just be able to find room on my floor for a couple more books ^_^

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Anywhere but here was turned into a movie with Natalie Portman and Susan Surandern.

Nellie Bly was such a great adventurer in times when women were so limited! Great choice!

I've been thinking about " On the road by Jack kerouac a lot lately.When I first read this book, I loved it as a piece of art, and its effect on me was different than I expected.

Another good book is Going Bovine by...can't remember. Just look it up its a great book

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Great books all, Neecey! But allow me to make an off-the-wall suggestion for a completely different kind of "travel" novel: Frankenstein...I have to admit it a bias, Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, and the book's reputation and significance is growing every day. Yes, it is ostensibly a "horror" novel, lots of people die, of course. But Dr. Victor Frankenstein's cautionary tale of the relationship between a creator, and that which he has created, is recounted in epistolary style by Shelley as a series of letter's between an arctic explorer, Robert Walton, and his sister in England. Walton and his crew are searching for a new route from Russia to the Pacific, by way of the Arctic Sea. And it is in the arctic that Walton finds a near-death Frankenstein, who when rescued, tells what can be called a travelogue of animosity, vengeance and revenge that crisscrosses Europe and the British Isles. I may be stretching a bit to call it a travelogue, but the story does take the reader from Switzerland to Ireland, and many countries in between. If you haven't read Frankenstein, a road trip would give you an ideal opportunity to enjoy and appreciate one of the finest novels ever written...and if you haven't read it in a while, a road trip would be a perfect time read the novel again, and be amazed at what an outstanding work of art it is...all from a "ghost story"!

I was really disappointed in: "Eat Pray Love," & the movie was a yawn as well.

All books look very interesting

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