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
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
A heart warming story about a cake baker and her community in Rwanda.
3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
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
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
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
Also and Australian novel, Blood follows two children and their unstable mother as they come of age.
9. Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
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]
In a surprisingly realistic dystopian future, we see LA as it could be and follow two characters trying to escape.