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Best books to inspire your love of travel

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Whether by tablet, audio book, or the old-fashioned, pages of a new paperback, reading can be the ultimate way to relax.

Get lost in a fictional world with Hilton Grand Vacations favorite fiction books to inspire travel.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.” These are the opening lines to this #1 New York Times bestseller. Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates a part of history rarely discussed: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience. Each embarks on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in war-torn France.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

This is written by the award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets. If you’re in the mood for something funny, romantic, and purely enjoyable, this is a great choice. Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962. It is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later.

Hello from the green and sunny Sohar! Can I get some praise for such a swift review of this book that I finished yesterday? It is unreal even for me ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, if you haven’t already been spammed by my stories from yesterday; let me rehash it again. We went on a daytrip to Sohar (a very green and quiet city about 200km from Muscat) and I brought this along. I was so distracted throughout the entire ride cause I couldn’t get over those date and banana farms we passed by, and this book that took me to Italy! Honestly, I fell in love with the writing of Beautiful Ruins more than the actual story. And it was so so so good! If you’re looking for a summer read, pick this up. And if you have any doubts check out the snippets i’ve added in the review I’ve posted on my blog. Link is in my bio. Also, does anyone else bring books on a roadtrip? ๐Ÿš™ ๐Ÿ“š

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The New York Times bestseller, A Long Walk to Water, tells two stories, told in alternating sections. It’s about two eleven-year-olds in living in Sudan at different times, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl fetches water from a pond that is a two hours’ walk from her home. She makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who search the continent on foot for their families and a safe place to stay.

While this could be considered a young adult novel, all adults will find fascination in this short, powerful story. There is also a child's picture-book companion for younger readers.


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This novel is by the same author who wrote The Kite Runner. It is an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history. The deeply moving story is about Mariam and Laila, born a generation apart, but brought together by war, loss, and fate. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

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That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper

Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s an average person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip. Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together changes them both forever. What they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina uncovers a world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. This world, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, inspires her to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

Love and Gelato is a perfect beach read! It’s kind of like Mamma Mia where the main character, Lina is trying to uncover the truth about who her father is. After Lina’s mom dies, she follows her mom’s dying wish to go to Italy. She spends her summer in Italy navigating through historical places and living through her mom’s diary with the friends that she makes along the way. I totally love this book even though it’s kind of cheesy lol. It is super addicting and a one-sit read, but also pretty educational about Italian history. All in all, you should totally read Love and Gelato! #bookstagram #bookblog #bookblogger #bookofthemonth #booktracker #booklover #bookworm #bookstagrammer #booklistreadathon #reading #readinggoals2020 #loveandgelato #loveandgelatobook #jennaevanswelch #jennaevanswelchbooks

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Canine narrator, Enzo, is an old soul of a dog who has much to teach us about being human. The novel is heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately an uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope. It is a captivating look at the absurdities of human life as only a dog could tell it.

There is even a kid-friendly version of this book called Racing in the Rain – My Life as a Dog.

Now that you have our suggestions of the best fiction books to read on vacation, get ready to relax.

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