One of the best parts of a new guest house or hostel is the book swap shelf. I get excited every time I find one. What books will there be? What am I going to read next? Some are better than others; a recent hostel had a lot of German guests, which limited my options to the few novels in English. Others are crammed with the new blockbuster book of the summer and too many copies of Twilight.
Traveling gives me numerous opportunities to read. On buses, on trains, in my bunk at the dorm, I can get lost in a good story. Since the summer is quickly approaching back home, I wanted to offer a few recommendations of good books for an afternoon on the porch or the beach.
|Naxos, Greece in 2011 - I do love to read with wine and a view.|
A few disclaimers: I tend to read fiction, especially mysteries. If a book is set in New England, the United Kingdom, or France I will most likely pick it up.