I am as curious as the most curiousest monkey. So, to me, summer vacation is all about getting to know and exploring my travel destinations to the fullest. Experiencing everything by actively taking part of what they have to offer rather than just lying on a beach (or by a swimming pool) and reading some summer vacation’s novels.
However, I do like to properly get introduced to the what’s, the where’s, the how’s and the tips of my travel destinations by reading Lonely Planet’s travel guides. Besides, if there is absolutely nothing interesting to do on an airplane, Euro/Interrail, or other transportations then reading can be pleasing.
And reading is definitely very pleasing if you are staying at home as well. The followings are the 10 essential Kindle ebooks you and I should be reading this summer:
1. Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimize your budget for an extended continental trip.
Steep yourself in the cultural riches of historic capital cities, sample cheese and wine in friendly mountain towns, or soak up sunshine along the glittering Mediterranean; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Europe and begin your journey now! Clickhere to order Lonely Planet Europe (Travel Guide).
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.
Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State “and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was. Click here to order Wild (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle and people in general has made her. Click here to order Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel.
4. Beautiful Ruins (P.S.) by Jess Walter
The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.
Richard Russo called Beautiful Ruins, an absolute masterpiece, while New York Times called the author, Jess Walter, ” A ridiculously talented writer.” Click here to order Beautiful Ruins (P.S.).
5. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.
To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on. Click here to order The Light Between Oceans: A Novel.
6. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.
Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Click here to order Into the Wild.
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.
The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. Click here to order A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail).
8. Following Atticus (P.S.) by Tom Ryan
Following Atticus is the remarkable true story of a man and a dog embarking on the challenge of a lifetime. This is author Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M.
Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. It is a story of love, loss and the resilience of human and animal spirit. Click here to order Following Atticus (P.S.).
9. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process.
Part Three Cups of Tea, part Into Thin Air, Grennan’s remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational. And it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little about. Click here to order Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.
10. Europe by Eurail 2013: Touring Europe by Train by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski
Europe by Eurail has been the train traveler’s one-stop source for visiting Europe’s cities and countries by rail for more than thirty years. This comprehensive guide, newly revised and updated, provides the latest information on fares, schedules, and pass options, as well as detailed information on more than one hundred specific rail excursions.
Trips start from one of twenty-eight base cities on the Continent including Vienna, Nice, and Milan and contain all the details necessary to visit historic cities. Click here to order Europe by Eurail 2013: Touring Europe by Train.
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