MY TOP 5 TRAVEL READS OF 2018

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I find the best way to make a layover feel like 10-second nap, or your flight faster than an episode of The Office, is to get lost in the pages of a good book and fully immerse yourself in your imagination.

I’m constantly reading and so it’s fairly difficult to claim a favorite; however, I narrowed it down to my top five travel reads that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t put down. They kept me sane on a plane, or occupied in an airport. Each one earned a spot on my bookshelf at home and I highly recommend that you treat yourself to the fabulous stories that they have to share.

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

-Jhumpa Lahiri

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel (Fantasy)

This book was truly extraordinary. It was a super quick read and simply put, happy. It was a feel-good, all-around good book. The main character, Weylyn Grey, has special powers and is raised by wolves. When I read it, I needed something that was positive and full of fantasy so my imagination could run wild like the wolves in the novel. It’s full of animals, magic and love. The story is told from multiple points of view which usually bothers me, but in this case, was absolutely perfect. It’s about being different, finding acceptance and letting your heart find happiness.

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (Historical Fiction)

Amor Towles has an excellent sense of humor! Not only was the book fantastic, but the author was witty the entire time. As I read the book I wanted to tell the author, “I get you, I totally get you.”  I never considered myself well-versed on Russian history and Towles enlightens his readers in a refreshing and vibrant way.

Count Alexander Rostov is found guilty of being an unrepentant aristocrat after the Russian Revolution. He must live out his sentence of house arrest at the Metropol, a luxurious hotel by the Kremlin. The story explores his evolution as a character while living in the hotel attic, working as a server and befriending a young girl.

I never realized that most of the books I pick up tend to be historical fiction, and this is by far one of the best ones I’ve read. You see a different perspective on the history you thought you already knew. The ending is up for discussion, so read it and let’s chat!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Historical Fiction)

Post WWII, London is in ruins and times are still tough. Juliet is a writer (I loved her character from the beginning obviously) and is struggling to write a new book for her publisher. She receives a letter from a man in Guernsey who purchased an old book of hers from a bookstore and a new friendship sparks.

This book gets 10 stars on my scale. I’ve never read a book like it before and I absolutely loved how it was presented. It was written as letters and telegrams back and forth between the characters. Everyone sent letters to one another with the occasional phone call. It was fascinating. I found myself thinking, wow, mail moves fast there, but that’s beside the point. The book follows Juliet to Guernsey Island where she has befriended its residents, joined its literary club and uncovered the details of the German occupancy. Love, literature and London. What else is there to say?

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be (Non-Fiction, Self-Help)

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book, and turns out I opened up a full can of empowerment and inspiration. Rachel Hollis is a queen! Sister knows what’s up, and this book is a must-read for every.woman.on.earth.

Each chapter is a lie she used to tell herself that would hold her back from achieving her goals and reaching her full potential. Truthfully, not every chapter was relevant for me. I don’t have children, so keeping my kids alive isn’t a top priority; however, I guess I could replace that with “dogs.” So, maybe that chapter could be relevant after all. Either way, no matter your stage in life, there is a chapter for you in this book. The one that rang true for me was, “I’m a Terrible Writer.” It’s a lie. It’s my God-given gift.

Needless to say, she is full of encouragement and motivation, and I finished the book completely empowered and ready to achieve my goals. Nothing happens overnight, but all it takes is moving past your insecurities and fears and going for your dreams; you’re the only one who can. My favorite take-aways from Hollis were her sprinkle of inspirational quotes throughout the book. Read this if you want some real talk and motivation for becoming who you were meant to be.

“Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business!”

-Rachel Hollis

When Life Gives You Lululemons (Fiction)

Disclaimer, I had no idea until I picked up this book, that it was a Devil Wears Prada novel. I mean, it is right across the cover, but I thought Devil Wears Prada was one and done. Nope. There’s even another book before this one! I will tell you, it absolutely doesn’t matter if you read the books in order. This is the only book I read, and all you have to know is that Miranda Priestly’s former assistant, Emily Charlton, is a main character and she’s a boss bitch. I absolutely fell in love with Weisberger’s writing; it was real and made you feel like you were in the midst of the drama with the characters. Her style reminded me to be true to myself in my writing.

Emily is a successful image consultant for the Hollywood elite, and finds herself struggling with the new competition from millennials and social media. She travels back east to the posh suburb of Greenwich to recharge and comes across the opportunity of a lifetime. The storyline is full of betrayal, friendship and girl power. I was legitimately upset when this book ended because living the Greenwich-life in my Lululemons was so.much.fun!

I’m an avid reader, lover of most books and I’m excited to continue sharing my favorite selections with you guys moving forward! Share what you’re currently reading in the comments!

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