Road Tripping this Summer? Take These 6 Books With You
For the past two years, my partner and I have gone on road trips every summer. (That's how I usually get to the bookstores I write about in my Literary Tourism series.) So far, we've gone north (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa) and northeast (Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut), and we have plans to visit the rest of the contiguous United States in the coming years.
This year, there's no road trip planned because we're headed to Barbados on our honeymoon. Even though I'm SUPER excited about going to Barbados, I'm still feeling the itch from the road trip bug. Since I can't go on a road trip this year, I'm planning to read some books about road tripping and live vicariously through the characters.
And who knows, maybe one day my partner and I will retrace the tire marks of all these road trips ourselves, reading these books as we go. If you've driven any of these yourself, let me know! Many thanks to CarRentals.com for letting me borrow the infographic.
I had a realization looking at this infographic... the majority of books about road tripping seem to be by white dudes. I've seen plenty of travel memoirs and novels where the characters travel a lot by women, but at the moment I can't recall any books by women where the central theme of the book is going on a road trip for the sake of enjoyment. If you know of any, please let me know! I'd be very interested to read that. Or if the genre is truly as under-served as it appears to be, I hope female writers will take up the charge to diversify the options for road trip books.
This is a good reminder to me that even though I read 100+ books a year, there's still so much I don't know. But that's the fun of it––there's always more to read. :)
P.S. If there are great indie bookstores in Barbados, you know I'll find them. A Google search didn't yield any info about bookstores that didn't primarily sell textbooks or other educational materials, but I'm hoping the locals will be able to point me in the right direction. If you know of any, please share. :)