One of the greatest gifts of travel is the opportunity for self-discovery. And often, I think, self-discovery takes the form of re-discovering our truest selves – reclaiming and strengthening our ties with life-giving passions and interests, those things that make us tick and feed our soul.
One of the many things I’ve rediscovered about myself along this journey so far is my love for reading, which is some ways, has been muted since late childhood. Muted by being an outgoing, sometimes obstinate teenager who preferred to talk on the phone with friends and to go against the grain of a book-loving family; muted by reading and studying too much in college and grad school to have much desire for pleasure reading; and muted by the general “grind” of everyday life – commuting, working full-time, squeezing in exercise, and trying to balance it all with time with family and friends – which left me too tired to read more than a page or two at a time before falling asleep (and I’d often be too tired to even remember those couple of pages the next day), which made it extremely difficult to get into a book, much less finish one.
It’s been nice to have time for reading that doesn’t revolve around a school break, a vacation, or being well-rested. I also read much more now that I have the Kindle app on my phone. A true millennial, I guess. But now I have my “book” with me anywhere I go, so I can read for ten minutes here or there, and I don’t have to rely on remembering to bring one more thing with me wherever I go. I’ve also found that reading on my phone doesn’t make me car/motion-sick like reading from a paper book or magazine. And lastly, the Kindle app has been a lifesaver on this trip because the weight of bringing a bunch of books along isn’t feasible (weight = poorer gas mileage, and every little bit counts).
Since it’s now officially summer, I thought I’d share the books I’ve read on the road so far, all of which have been terrific, in case anyone out there is looking for some good summer reading.
I’m cheating a bit with this list, as I read the first few titles last fall during our very first RV trip in which we spent about a week in Georgia and Florida testing out the RV (and the Kindle app). Oh, and Jason did a little triathlon in Florida called an Ironman. So yeah, my Kindle books couldn’t really hold a candle to the race and our brand new RV, but I did manage to read some really good books that I couldn’t resist sharing.
My Reading Log/Recommendations:
The Rosie Project: A Novel – Graeme Simsion (fiction, very smart romantic comedy)
The Fault in our Stars – John Green (young adult fiction)
The Language of Flowers: A Novel – Vanessa Diffenbaugh (fiction)
Orphan Train: A Novel – Christina Baker Kline (historical fiction)
War Brides – Helen Bryan (historical fiction)
The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty (fiction)
The Whole World Over: A Novel – Julia Glass (fiction)
Still Alice – Lisa Genova (fiction)
The Ship of Brides: A Novel – Jojo Moyes (historical fiction, romance)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed (memoir)
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel – Anthony Doerr
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – Daniel James Brown
The Round House: A Novel – Louise Erdrich
I’d love to get YOUR recommendations of books that you’ve loved, old or new. What are your all-time favorites? What have you read recently and thoroughly enjoyed? Leave a comment below!
Happy summer reading!