Well, summer is here! And I am dreaming of road trips and spontaneous adventures. Since I can't pack up and leave right now though, I thought it would be fun to do a suggested reading post of adventure stories. A few of the books I put on the list I have read, but they're so good I couldn't not include them. The others are on my summer reading list. So here we go, in no particular order:
1. Paper Towns by John Green: No doubt you've heard of John Green by now. He is the author of The Fault in Our Stars. But before TFiOS, he wrote multiple books, one of which is Paper Towns. The book follows Q in his quest to find his neighbor, Margo. Q has spent his life loving Margo from afar, too timid to actually approach her. Then, one night Margo takes Q on an adventure and Q thinks his luck has turned. Until Margo turns up missing the next morning, leaving clues behind for Q to find. So Q embarks on a road trip to find Margo. This book and its characters are witty and smart, nothing less than what you'd expect from John Green.
Bonus: Paper Towns has been adapted into a movie! The movie releases July 24, starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. Check out the movie trailer here!
2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I have only heard incredible things about this one. It's about a girl who recently lost her father in a car accident, and her mom is packing them up to move from California to Connecticut. Amy decides to road trip it. Joining her on her trip is a boy she barely knows, the son of Amy's mom's friend. This is a story about a girl's journey of finding herself.
3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold: I ran across this one on a goodreads list and decided to add it to my own. It's about a girl, Mim, who is dragged from northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi with her father and stepmom. When she hears that her mother is sick back in Cleveland, she hops on a Greyhound. Meeting some curious and quirky travelers along the way, Mim must confront her own demons and define for herself what it means to be sane.
4. Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America by Brian Benson: I actually just started this one the other day. It's a memoir about Brian, who had no sense of direction for his life and decided to embark on a cross country bicycle trip with a girl by the name of Rachel. They start their journey in Wisconsin, and Rachel plans on ending the trip in Portland, but Brian isn't so sure about settling there. This is a story about the struggle to move forward in life.
5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed: I haven't read this book yet, but I just recently saw the movie and it was incredible! Reese Witherspoon did such a fantastic job portraying this character. I can't wait to dive in and see how accurate the movie was. This book is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her journey from drugs and addiction to freedom. After the loss of her mother, Cheryl's life unraveled quickly. She began using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, and eventually her and her husband divorced. She made the impulsive decision to hike the PCT with no training. This book takes you through her journey on the trail, and how it helped her heal.
6. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: This book was actually published in 1996. Jon Krakauer constructs a beautiful story about the misadventure of Christopher McCandless. McCandless was a young man from a well-to-do family who got rid of all of his possessions and invented a new name for himself. He set out on a journey to invent a new life. When McCandless' innocent mistakes end up costing him his life, he becomes the subject of many tabloids and is dismissed for his naiveté. Jon Krakauer became fascinated by McCandless' story and felt he had to share it with the world.
This is one of those books that I have had for years that has just sat on the shelf, but I am determined to read it this summer! If you're interested, this book was also adapted for a film that was released in 2007. I saw the movie when it came out, but I honestly don't remember much of the story. I'm excited for this one!
There we have it, my summer road trip / adventure reading list. I didn't want to make this list too long, so if you have any other favorite road trip books you'd like to add to this, leave them in the comments! I'd love to hear what you are reading.