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Sometimes all I need is a pedicure, a good book and a giant palapa overlooking crystal blue water…. 

Nothing combats a long layover like a good juicy book!

My world expands every time I read……

At The Travel Agent, Inc., we are constantly comparing reading lists, making book recommendations and discussing our book club antics.  You will often see my colleagues reading a book in the kitchen over lunch or during a break.  We love to read!  As high travel season approaches, we decided to share some of our favorite reads and those on our Summer Reading List.  Our list is diverse….fiction, non-fiction, mystery, light reading and more heavy subjects.  We have included suggested books for certain destinations to glean some background before departure.  We hope you enjoy our selections!

A Good Year by Peter Mayle – Not just a Russel Crowe movie, but a delightful literary escape to Provence.  – Kathie Watson

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream to move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the Lubéron. He discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town and experiences the glorious regional cuisine.  – Kathie Watson

The Proving Ground by G. Bruce Knecht – A gripping story of a sailing race gone bad.  – Marianne Van Herk

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed – A healing thousand-mile solo journey from the Mojave Desert in California to Washington State.  – Marianne Van Herk

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – an orphaned white servant girl violates the order of plantation society and causes great tragedy — Becky Lukovic

 Mediterranean Summer by David Shalleck – a chef spends a summer on a yacht in the Mediterranean given the mission:  to create delicious local cuisine and never repeat a dish.  It’s a glorious book for foodies!!  – Becky Lukovic

The Innocent by David Baldacci – The newest offering from Baldacci with crime, intrigue and abuse of power.  – GiGi Gernand

Tales of the South Pacific by James Micher – Tales of a young naval officer in the South Pacific.  A classic!  – Andi Dosey

Vietnam Now:  A Reporter Returns by David Lamb.  A must read for anyone considering visiting Vietnam!  Lamb reveals a rich and culturally diverse people as they share their memories of the country’s past, and their hopes for a peacetime future. A portrait of a beautiful country and a remarkable, determined people, Vietnam, Now is a personal journey that will change the way we think of Vietnam, and perhaps the war as well. – Andi Dosey

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston.  An African American woman’s journey to find her voice, her love, and her destiny.  Love this book!  – Becky Lukovic 

XO by Jeffery Deaver – a thrilling story about a beautiful young star who is terrorized by an obsessive fan who thinks her song was written for him.  – Kay Bennett

A Year in the World:  Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes – Mayes, long known as a passionate traveler, shares her journeys through Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. – Rachel Morrell

Paths of Glory by Jeffery Archer – A story of George Mallory’s attempt to climb Everest.  To this day, his success to reach the summit remains a mystery. – Rachel Morrel

Our Favorite Series: 

#1 Ladies Detective Agency

Maise Dobbs Mysteries by Jacqueline Winespear

Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

Ken Follet’s Historical Fiction Series

On Our Summer Reading Lists:

Right Turn at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by  Mark Adams – What happens when an unadventurous adventurer attempts to recreate the original expedition. – David Bunn

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Becky Lukovic

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Becky Lukovic

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth – Rachel Morrell

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier – Rachel Morrell

The Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory – Rachel Morrell

Mary Boleyn—Mistress of Kings  by Alison Weir – Rachel Morrell