Need some good vacation books that aren’t Gone Girl, Girl on the Train or Big Little Lies? We all hear about the super hyped books all the time, and don’t get me wrong, they’re good (they’re hyped for a reason) but if you’re looking for something else for your next long flight or beach vacation, here are some of the best summer reads to consider!

5 good vacation books The good girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Great thriller about twenty-something woman from Chicago that goes missing but then turns back up, unharmed, except she has no memory of what happened during that critical time she was kidnapped. The story is told from a few different perspectives, building suspense and mystery as you try to solve the bizarre puzzle.


5 good vacation books In a dark dark wood by ruth ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware

This one’s what I’d call a light suspense thriller/murder mystery. Easy read, entertaining, not exactly what I’d call literature, but good for the beach.  A bachelorette party at a gorgeously mod home out in the middle of nowhere in the English countryside gets dark quick when cell phones lose service, party attendees start acting weird, signs of intruders start eerily popping up and the truth lies behind the veil of trauma-induced amnesia.


5 good vacation books reconstructing amelia by kimberly mccreight

Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight

A young teenager, Amelia, attending high school in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn suddenly commits suicide after being caught cheating on her exams. After an anonymous tip that Amelia may not have jumped on her own, her young mom, Kate, launches into an investigation of her own, a dark and mysterious story unraveling through the late Amelia’s text messages, social media posts and internet activity.


5 good vacation books The nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

This World War II novel based on real happenings during 1940’s France is a real page-turner. It ranges from suspenseful to hopeful to gut-wrenching. Don’t worry if you’re not into history. It’s a really engaging story about two young women struggling to survive, dealing with German soldiers occupying their home. It makes you wonder how far you would go to protect yourself and the people around you in terrifying danger.


5 good vacation books The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders: A Novel, Mary Kay Andrews

Another ‘fun’ murder mystery read, The Weekenders takes us to a vacation island off of North Carolina where gossip, beach mansions, cocktail parties and mystery abound. Riley, one of the level-headed ones in this circle of excess and money, suddenly finds herself wrapped up in scandal as her husband disappears and secrets rise to the surface.

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Marissa is a travel consultant and digital marketing professional from Chicago, USA. Her business, Sips & Sojourn, specializes in helping busy people with full-time jobs travel more and travel better. Travel is Marissa's absolute passion but she believes you can hold down a successful career AND travel the globe. Marissa enjoys unique destinations, design hotels, sampling a culture's food and drink and meeting local guides focused on small, immersive experiences.

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