Summers spent reading books is something we should all embrace. Whether you’re laying by some pretty Mediterranean beach, taking a scenic train ride, traveling solo or simply unwinding after a day of sight-seeing, books are an amazing way to pass time. It’s good for your brain, makes you a better speaker and writer, and it’s just cool. So, here are the books to read this summer while traveling the world!
I would like to say that just because I recommend these books for summer travels, that doesn’t mean all of these books are about traveling. Not many of them are, actually. I chose them because I think they’re hella good books that make for an enjoyable read in summer. And, they’re actually all written by women. 💜
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
If you’re looking for a bit of romance, raw emotions, and fantastic dialogue, Conversations with Friends is an excellent choice. It’s set primarily in Dublin, Ireland with a trip to the French countryside about halfway through. It follows the first person perspective of our main character Frances, a university student in Dublin, as she navigates relationships with her best friend/ex-girlfriend Bobbi and well-off married couple Nick and Melissa.
She is an aspiring writer, performing spoken word in the evenings alongside Bobbi when they meet Nick and Melissa. As the group grows closer, Nick and Frances form a bond. It’s a unique perspective on happiness, sadness, doing what’s best for your own mentality, and being in love.
It’s a fantastic book to read this summer thanks to its summertime setting in the French countryside with sunbathing, lots of wine, laughter, feelings, and good conversations with friends.