Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of time to relax in the warm weather and enjoy a good book. A good book is a must have, whether you’re on an airplane, road trip, or laying on the beach. As you make your last trips of the summer, here are 5 books that you should consider bringing along with you.

1 – The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

One of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces, first published in 1926, and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. The story follows two men as they transition for the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.

2 – Mosquitoland by David Arnold

After a sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is brought from her home in northern Ohio to the rural Mississippi by her father. When she learns that her mother is sick, she embarks on a journey back home full of discovery, friendship, and resolve.

3 – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Lights We Cannot See, from the multiple award-winning Anthony Dooer, is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

4 – The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

This book is a hilarious spoof on the classic country-house murder mystery, from the Russian masters of sci-fi — never before translated. Inspector Peter Glebsky went on a vacation for some relaxation and solitude but after discovering a body, that may not be human, the vacation turns into page-turning police work.

5 – Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin


In Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin tackles the question: How do we change? As she explains throughout her book, the answer is habits. This book is a great read as you learn how habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. In order to change yourself you must start with your habits.