Looking for the perfect summer read? Leisure time is a great perk of an RV vacation and there’s no better way to enjoy the slow place of RV living then by curling up with a good book. From thrilling best sellers to road life inspiration, these ten books are the perfect soundtrack for a summer well spent. Check out the list below!
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
By: Delia Owens
The New York Times called this bestseller, “Painfully beautiful,” and they weren’t kidding. Follow the murder mystery and coming-of-age narrative set in the marsh of North Carolina in the late 1960s. Prepare yourself, this book will make you want to drive your RV straight to the Carolina’s after exploring the nature and elements of the land through Owens timeless description of a stunning and sacred place.
HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT
By: Foster Huntington
This photo book is perfect for all your van, camper, motorhome and RV inspiration needs. Photographed over three years around North America, this stunning coffee table book depicts all types of travelers, their rigs and the beautiful places they’ve ventured to, together.
THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BOONDOCKING
By: Mike and Jennifer Wendland
We adore the Wendland’s, as is evident by our numerous features on this inspiring RV couple and they truly never cease to amaze us. We are thrilled to put their Ebook, The Beginners Guide to Boondocking, on our list of top summer reads. The 65+ page downloadable digital guide is ideal for those RVers looking to explore boondocking. From where to go to water conservation, which equipment to invest in and so much more, this amazing book has all the answers you could ever need!
THE ODELIA GREY SERIES
By: Sue Ann Jaffarian
Sue Ann Jaffarian, as known as The Novel RV, is a full-time RVer and novelist! We’ve been inspired by Sue Ann’s story from the moment she was put on our radar and we are thrilled to include her series, “Odelia Grey” in our top ten summer, must-reads. Follow the amazing story of Odelia Grey, a middle-aged paralegal in Southern California making waves in work and in everyday life. You’ll devour the 12 books in the series all summer long!
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
By: Celeste Ng
Soon to be a Hulu limited series, this New York Times Bestseller is on the top of everyone’s summer reading list. Follow Mia Warren, a single mother who moves to the suburbs in Ohio with her teenage daughter as they become close with the seemingly perfect Richardson family. When details of Mia’s mysterious past become apparent, the story of love and family secrecy unfolds.
A RAVEN’S NEST
By: Raven Roxanne
This stunning children’s illustration isn’t just for the young ones. Renowned artist, Raven Roxanne’s debut book follows the adventures of a young girl and her mischievous dog as they explore a Florida shore and build their own nest using varied treasures they discover along the coast. Packed with lessons and wonder, this book is like a painting that you never want to stop looking at.
DESERT SOLITAIRE A SEASON IN THE WILDERNESS
By: Edward Abby
If you’re interested in conservation and want to read the words of a man who doesn’t claim to be a poet but inherently is one, this book is for you. The novel is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. Enjoy the powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the backdrop of the American Southwestern wilderness.
By: Paulo Coelho
Fall in love with the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest leads him to riches far different than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us to listen to our heart, recognize opportunity and follow our dreams. The book is an international bestseller and has been translated in over 80 different languages with over 65 million copies sold. It’s a timeless adventure story you won’t be able to put down.
By: Tara Westover
This memoir will leave you breathless. Follow the story of a young mormon girl who’s parents raised her on a junkyard in rural Idaho, who didn’t step foot inside a classroom until the age of 17. Forced to educate herself, we learn the resilience, strength and beauty of growing up wild through the eyes of a young woman desirous to make something of herself. We assure, you will not put down this book.
By: Cheryl Strayed
We can’t make a must-read summer road trip list without including Wild. You’ve probably heard of this #1 National Bestseller and the major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, but if you haven’t read the novel, you need to. At twenty-two, Strayed became an orphan who’s marriage was over. With nothing to lose, she made the impulse decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, alone. This novel is the tale of a woman’s success against all odds and the lessons nature teaches.
Do you have a favorite book, novel or guide that you keep on your RV dash every summer? Let us know what you’ll be reading this season in the comment section below! If you’re looking for events to travel to this summer, check out our guide to the Top Summer Rallies and RV Events You Can’t Miss!