Travel Book Reviews

The best books to get you through a long layover or bumpy bus ride.

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When traveling, you want more than a lightweight paperback in your backpack, you want a fast-paced and fun novel that will keep your attention through plane rides and long waits. Today, I’ve compiled my top three novels for any trip.

Painting Sky by Rita Branches

book3If you like romance novels– or even if you don’t– this is the book to grab. It follows Jane, a high school freshman and art major, in her sitcom worthy life (living with her brother, her boyfriend, and his brother in a house by the forest). Even as a talented artist, Jane can’t seem to earn any praise from her professor and to make matters worse, her boyfriend is NEVER home. So she turns to the ever- so mysterious Keith for art help, though their relationship ends up become a little more than that.

Painting Sky meets every requirement. It’s a quick read and it’s compelling. The characters are relatable and the romance is adorable and enjoyable.



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of my all time favorite books. It’s about Cath, an introvert and twin, trying
to navigate college after her twin sister has distanced herself from her. Cath struggles to find her groove and to balance the real world with the fantasy world from her favorite novel. As she meets people who push her out of comfort zone and onto campus, chaos and beauty ensues. Sometimes at the same time.

Rainbow Rowell writes beautifully and the novel’s pacing is perfect– you can spread the reading out over a few weeks or devour it in a day and love it either way. Plus, Cath is so relatable to anyone who’s ever been in a fandom (especially anyone who writes or reads fanfiction).

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

book-1Maddie has never actually left the house. She’s allergic to the entire world and spends her days reading and her nights playing scrabble with her mom. When a boy moves in next door, a relationship that never seemed possible develops. Maddie wants love so badly, but it’s impossible, right?

I love Everything Everything because it’s a multimedia love story. Open to any page and you’ll probably find a nurse’s pad, a homework assignment, or an email exchange. This makes the read fast and you’ll always be amused.


Next time you embark on a fun adventure, be sure to slip a good book into your bag. These are just a few ideas but there are so many more waiting to be read.

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Author: Victoria Moorwood

Victoria Moorwood is a freelance writer and multimedia journalist. She has worked for print, TV, online and radio media. She mainly covers music and entertainment news and has interviewed X Ambassadors, K Camp, Rapsody, lil aaron, Sheppard, Dirty Heads, COIN, Creed Bratton (The Office), Citizen, Rozes and many more. She also writes about travel and has produced televised sports news.


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