Six Summer Staycation Reads to Take You on an Adventure

Summer is here! If you’re feeling like you need an endless summer vacation to recharge your batteries, but can’t quite get away, check out this list of summer staycation reads.

Take a trip to the beaches of North Carolina. Or the sunny sands in Malibu.

You’ll get the thrill of waves and summer heat from the comfort of your couch, bus ride to work, or your bed after a long day.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a summer staycation book from the list below!

The Oceanography of the Moon

by Glendy Vanderah


Ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago? So is Riley Mays after the passing of her mother and aunt.

Follow her on an adventure of a lifetime as she heads to a picturesque farm in Wisconsin.

Vaughn Orr, a novelist, joins the family farm and learns alongside Riley how to heal from the past and look forward to the future.

Let nature draw you into a calm lull as Riley lives among farm animals and the beautiful countryside.

One Italian Summer

by Rebecca Serle


The mother-daughter trip to Italy is canceled. Because Katy’s mom, Carol, has suddenly died.

But when Katy takes the trip alone she is surprised to meet someone there. The thirty-year-old version of Carol has somehow materialized into modern-day Italy to share the trip with her future daughter.

It will be heartbreaking and adorable. Watch as Katy realizes, like most young adults eventually do, that their parents aren’t perfect and never were.

Gorgeous coastal scenery, beachy waves, little sundresses at a cafe brunch. You’ll be enthralled by the majestic quality of this book.

Book Lovers

by Emily Henry


Literary agent Nora Stephens is ready to explore Sunshine Falls, North Carolina with her sister, Libby, during the month of August. She wants the small town feel and a little sisterly bonding.

But what she gets is a few too many run-ins with a big-shot editor from the city, Charlie.

Enjoy a rom-com book set in a destination vacation spot for those of you stuck in your city office. Funny characters, a little romance, and just enough silly coincidences to make you grin and shake your head. It’s a light-hearted and fun summer read.

The Singing Trees

by Boo Walker


Annalisa is an aspiring artist and she’s ready to leave her childhood home of Payton Mills.

1969 Portland (in New England) is calling her name.

Explore family and love in this one-of-a-kind story that will have you crying your eyes out. It’s touching and deep in a real way.

Sea of Tranquility

by Emily St. John Mandel


Welcome to the sci-fi world of space travel and colonies on the moon. Perfect for the ultimate summer adventure read.

But best-selling author Emily St. John Mandel won’t make this a simple sci-fi. She perfectly weaves the past and the present over a centuries-long gap between the Earth and the moon.

Edwin St. Andrew crosses the Atlantic to make a new home in the Canadian wilderness in 1912. Olive Llewellyn leaves her home on the Moon to do a book tour on a pandemic-stricken Earth. They both hear the same violin being played in an airship terminal. Things get weird when pieces of Olive’s fiction novel become reality.

Detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts has the chance to piece together clues left over centuries to unravel a series of strange coincidences that could change the fate of the world.

Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Hop into this end-of-summer party at a mansion in beautiful Malibu with the Rivas, a family of spectacular people ranging from model to photographer to pro surfer to singer.

But all isn’t well in this glamorous beach house. By the end of the party, everything will be in chaos as family secrets are revealed.

It’ll be a wild ride from start to finish that will leave you appreciating the quiet simple life you lead.

So what will you be reading this summer?

Where will you be reading? Where do you wish you were reading?

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