Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday: The Road Trip Book Edition

I love road trips. As soon as the weather turns nice every year, I start itching to take a road trip. There's something wonderful about being in a car with someone you love, music blasting, windows down, inhibitions lowered. Since I love road trips so much, it's only natural I'd love books about road trips. Whenever I read a synopsis and see the words 'road trip', I automatically add it to my TBR. The best road trip books are as much about the emotional journey as the physical one. There's just something about being with someone in such a small space. You can learn a lot about them - things they tell you and things they don't. How do they handle stressful situations? Do they have annoying habits? Is their taste in music amazing or does it suck? I think the music and the snacks people choose for a road trip says a lot about them. ;-)

These six books are very different, but they have a few key things in common: amazing characters who grow and learn a lot, the ability to make you both laugh and cry, and a fun journey that spans many miles.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson {My review}

One of my favourite road trip books, and one of my favourite books, period. This is always the first book I recommend to people looking for road trip books (or contemporary YA or sweet, swoony romance, or basically anything...). Amy and Roger are fantastic characters, plus they meet a bunch of fun people along the way, and have some interesting adventures. This book is very sweet, very swoony, plus it kicks you right in the feels in ways you're not expecting. Oh, and the playlists and drawings are epic and make the book that much more special and memorable.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord {My review}

Friendship, romance, country music, and a tour bus. This book gets a ton of hype, and with good reason. I love Reagan, Taylor Swift...I mean Dee, and Matt. There aren't enough books that showcase friendships as much as romance, but this book does it so well, plus it's beautifully written.

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson {My review}

This was my most recent road trip book and I'm still swooning. Seriously. Justin and Landry's story is beautiful. I felt like I was right there in that RV with them while they travelled across the States to honour Justin's dad. Friendship, romance, humour, sexytimes, swoons, and realistic obstacles that tugged at my heartstrings and made it impossible not to root for these two. This is one of my new go-to books when I recommend not only road trip books, but also LGBTQ books.

In Honor by Jessi Kirby {GoodReads}

A sweet car, a bad boy, and shared grief...this is another road trip book that tugs on your heartstrings. Jessi Kirby has a way of writing books that make you really think about your life, your choices, and what truly matters, and In Honor was no exception.

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole {My review}

In my review for this one, I said it was and wasn't what I was expecting. I loved the road trip aspect, and watching Anna and Kat's friendship turn into something more. I was even expecting the religion aspect from the synopsis, but I went in wary, because books with religious themes don't always sit well with me. Strangely enough, that ended up being one of the things I loved most about the book, because it was dealt with in such a real, honest way, as was the relationship between the girls, and the grief Anna was experiencing. It wasn't always easy to read, but sometimes the books that make you uncomfortable end up being the best kinds of books, and that was definitely the case for me with Kiss the Morning Star.

That One Summer by CJ Duggan {My review} 
That One Summer has one major difference from the rest of the books on this list: the others are set in America, but this one is set in Australia. I love the Summer series and the Onslow gang, and it was great to see them all together on this road trip. There were a lot of ups and downs along the journey, but there were plenty of fun moments too. This is also another book that showcases not just a swoony, sexy romance, but also really great friendships.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite road trip books? What's the best road trip you ever took? What would your dream road trip be? Let's talk here or on Twitter!


  1. Can you believe I haven't read one of these?! I do have a few of them on my tbr list though. Phew!

  2. In love with this wanderlust post, thank you for sharing it with us.
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