So if you’re like me, you’re super poor and can’t really afford to actually go anywhere, but you can afford books on Amazon! (Or nook when I’m feeling eco-friendly.) But my severe wanderlust needs to be satiated somehow, and books are the perfect way to accomplish that. Take a look at our wanderlust summer reading list to get your fix!

1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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This novel takes place in a small town on the coast of Italy. It follows an intricate love story and the complicated movie business through several time periods and perspectives.

2. Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

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A heart warming story about a cake baker and her community in Rwanda.

3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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Through an intricate mush of perspectives, Skippy indeed dies. This book is hilarious, heart-breaking and will transport you to the lush and simultaneously barren country of Ireland.

4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga


Follow the enthralling life on an Indian cab driver as your explore the deep complexities of the country, the culture, and the politics.

5. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay


Taking place in Haiti, this fictional novel follows the life of a young woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom.

6. Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger

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Warning: this book made me SUPER emotional when I read it, but the beautiful scenery and heartbreaking storyline will leave you breathless.

7. The Secret River by Kate Grenville

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Taking place in the early 19th century, an Englishman is convicted as a thief and sent to Australia to live out his sentence.

8. Blood by Tony Birch

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Also and Australian novel, Blood follows two children and their unstable mother as they come of age.

9. Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

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This novel follows the life of an American journalist and a Ugandan prisoner as their lives intertwine.

10. California by Edan Lepucki [coming out this July]

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In a surprisingly realistic dystopian future, we see LA as it could be and follow two characters trying to escape.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.


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