Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Books To Match Your Travel Destination

If you haven't already planned your summer vacation yet, it's time to start. Vacations and book go hand in hand for me, so I’ve rounded up some great places to visit and paired them with some great books set in each location to make your vacation even more memorable, and I chatted about it on CTV Morning Live. 

New York City is always a good place to visit, no matter the season—and if that's where you've headed—whether by car or plane—you'll want to get reading.

Here are the perfect books to read while you're in the Big Apple: 

The Great Gatsby: This classic Jazz Age novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is such a great book. I've read it several times and I love it.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: This beautiful classic by Betty Smith will take you back in time in NYC about a family and their lives in Brooklyn from 1902-1919. 

Both these books will make your trip to NYC even more special and while you’re in NYC, take time to explore the different neighbourhoods and streets, and visit the New York Library, right by Bryant Park—a great place to sit and read while you're people watching.

Heading overseas to London? 

Wuthering Heights: I remember reading this book for the first time when I was 15 years old during my first trip to England. The setting made the book even more enjoyable. 

Sherlock Holmes: It’s a long read, but worth it, especially on your long flight. Sherlock Holmes is the most famous character in crime fiction, and it's a great read.

Paris is a beautiful place to visit in the summertime, and I loved reading:

The Paris Wife: This book is about Hemingway’s true love, his first wife, and their lives in Paris during the Jazz Age, and their friendship with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. A story of love and betrayal, and a definite page turner while you're vacationing in Paris. 

All The Light We Cannot See: This is a more serious book based mostly in Paris, about history, and World War Two.  

The Da Vinci Code: Who hasn't yet read this great book? It's mysterious, and a suspensful page turner of a book which also takes place in Paris. 

If you're vacationing in Maine, read anything by Stephen King, my favourite author of all time. 

11/22/63: This book is next up for me to read, and I can't wait. I've heard great things about this book that deals with some strange events, and time travel, having to do with the Kennedy assassination. Except a good read here. If you've already read this book, why not re-read a classic King novel, like The Stand, It, or Stand By Me? No matter what you read from Stephen King, you won't be disappointed. 

Happy summer vacation reading, everyone! 

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