Friday, May 31, 2024

10 Books That Will Give You a Serious Case of Wanderlust


There's nothing better than some armchair traveling, am I right? And for me, when it can take me to a tropical island, a beautiful lake, or a historic city in Europe, I am all for it. Today I am featuring ten beach reads that will have you packing your bags and booking a flight in no time.

1. The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza 

The food! The people! The drama! Even though this book was a bit of a murder mystery, I was totally caught up in all the amazing details of Sicily.



2. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This book is one of my favorite beach reads of all time! This one transports readers to beautiful Positano, Italy.




3. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves 

If you are looking for some armchair traveling to a deserted tropical island in the Maldives, look no further! 

4. Villa America by Liza Klaussman

This atmospheric beach read takes readers to the French Riviera. It's based on a real house built in the 1920s.

5. Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

If you long for lazy summers in the Catskill Mountains among the forest and lakes, this book will be right up your alley. 



6. The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

I adored this cute novel that takes place on a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay. Who doesn't dream of unplugging on small island where everyone takes it slow?



7. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

This beach read is one of my absolute favorites and it had me dreaming of my own lakeside Canadian getaway.

8. Hula by Jasmin Iolani Hakes 

This powerful novel takes readers through the history of Hawaii and had me longing for a trip back one day. This book truly captures the spirit of Hawaii.

9. The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey

If your idea of a good vacation is to an East Coast summer camp where your days are filled with swimming, canoeing, and more, this is the ultimate summer camp book. If you enjoyed camp as a kid, this will bring back all the memories. 

10.  This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune

I have been a fan of Prince Edward Island for years (thank you, Anne of Green Gables), but reading this book took my obsession to a new level.

Runner Up:


Any Elin Hilderbrand novel will have you dreaming of your own trip to Nantucket.

So, these are just a few of my favorite beach reads that provide some great armchair traveling. If you are looking for more beach reads, I've got you covered. You can check out my beach read menu for more recommendations or my list of the best beach reads.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.


  1. Definitely any Elin Hildebrand book makes me immediately want to go to Nantucket!

    1. Me too! I have never been! It's on the list! Thanks for visiting, Michele.

  2. I love when books can take me on a summer vacation! Anywhere in Europe is tops for me!

    1. Agreed! You can't go wrong with some armchair traveling. Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  3. I've got several of these on my TBR, so maybe I'll try to add them to the mix this summer since we don't have any travel plans of the real-world variety.

    1. I hear you! No exotic or European travel plans for me, so I have resorted to some armchair traveling this summer. Thanks for visiting, Rebecca.


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