A trip without a great read would be like a romantic dinner without great wine - unthinkable! Before my husband and I headed on our trip to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary, I had my checklist: gas station, bank, dog instructions, mandatory Covid test, and a trip to our local bookshop, Bespoke Books and Archives. I knew the owner, Beverly, would have some solid personal recommendations (a perk of an in-person local bookshop!)
I promise I won't bore you with a book review but here's a short comment of each book:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - If you enjoy an atmosphere of elegant & refined charm, a bit of history, and characters you'd swear were your friends and not fictional, just read it - it's fabulous!
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi - We need downtime to be our creative best. Many quite interesting scientific studies described, and the author includes 6 challenges to encourage the reader to not always be doing something. And for goodness sake, put down that phone!
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - I've wanted to read this for years. It's a heavy read (keep a dictionary handy) chock full of medieval history. But it's also a murder mystery which is my favorite genre so I'm making my way through it. Still.
Wherever your travels take you, I hope you have a charming local bookshop to stock up on some great reads to enjoy during the blissful moments away.