By Jensen Argyle
Ahh it’s summer, which means all of the filtered pictures of your friends on vacation at the beach somewhere and getting that golden summertime glow from the sun are popping up in your newsfeed. Or maybe you’re seeing pictures of that girl from high school who is currently visiting Venice, learning Italian and eating Gelato. Either way, seeing friends out on vacation kind of sucks for those of us who are stuck where we are. I don’t even have access to an outdoor pool. But maybe we don’t have to be stuck where we are.
What if I told you that there was a way to travel to any place you can think of or imagine, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your living room couch? You probably already know where I am going with this, but yes, your third grade teacher was absolutely right. Books can take you anywhere.
So, when you are feeling a little down because you are not going anywhere this summer, here are some books that will be your ticket to a free vacation.
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: This book will transport you right to Italy. Sixteen-year-old Lina is visiting her estranged father, who lives in Tuscany, because it was her mother’s dying wish. Using her mother’s diary as her guide, Lina discovers the wonder and majesty that is Italy.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman: The woman who brought you If I Stay takes you on an impromptu journey to Paris that includes a cute, whirlwind romance.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: You get to travel to Greece and Mexico in this delightful book about four friends who go their separate ways for one summer but are all connected by one magical pair of pants.
The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Because if we are being honest with ourselves, we would sell our souls to spend a day at Hogwarts. Ok maybe that’s a little extreme (and maybe it’s not), but we would definitely sell all our books.
So there you have it. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your book vacation. And as always, happy reading!