"Are we there yet?" Where are you headed for your summer vacation? Long days and balmy nights are perfect for leisure reading wherever your destination. So pick up one of these indie summer reads to tuck into your suitcase or beach bag. Even if your itinerary is as close as your local park or your own back yard, you'll find a worthy companion in the list below.
Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James (This lush coffee table book includes 350 color photos of the City of Lights, taken of and around the 37 bridges that cross the Seine. Enjoy a virtual Parisian tour guided by a veteran photographer and world traveler.)
One Night in Venice by Gary Stull (Murder and skullduggery are plaguing a cruise ship line and Detective Lock must unravel the mystery before it's too late, following clues along the sun-drenched Adriatic, through Rome, Berlin and into the heart of Venice.)
The Poor Londoner by Queenie Shaikh (An expat Londoner's satirical, poetical and unconvential look at London for those residing in, moving to, or visiting, who prefer a more adventurous and frugal experience than those found in glossy travel brochures.)
The Weirder Side of Paris by Susanne Alleyn (Another tour of Paris for those with a taste for the dark, weird and macabre, this guidebook takes you to historical sites and sights that you never knew existed.)
Here We Are & There We Go by Jill Dobbe (A memoir/travelogue written by an overseas educator that chronicles 10 years of adventurous globe-trotting to over 25 countries "en famille".)
Destination Adventure by Karen Jonice Bricker (A family vacation to the Maine seashore brings unexpected adventures for Kit and her brothers in this nostalgic tale about the classic summer roadtrip for young readers.)
Dwarves in Space by S. E. Zbasnik (The female captain of a dilapidated vessel with an outcast crew is on the run from her past in this fantasy/sci-fi adventure that is a humorous mashup of Tolkien meets "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".)
Welcome to the Galaxy by Martin Tabat (Earth emerges from being an insignificant backwater outpost to become the major player in the galaxy in this urban sci-fi novel set in the near future and written with twinkle of humor.)
The TimeTransporters by Angelique La Fon-Cox (Three siblings travel back to 1939 London after moving to their grandfather's lighthouse and discovering his Time Blade invention. Young readers will enjoy this tale inspired by the author's own kids who came up with the original story idea for a class project.)
Crystal Waters: Next Stop Antarctica by Diana Rozevskis (Crystal Waters is a time portal that takes four kids and their dog on adventures across time and space. Intended for young readers, the series is inspired by ancient legends, in this case, Atlantis, and classical mythology.)
Beauty & Chaos by Michael Pronko (Tokyo as a city of contradictions is perfectly captured by this collection of intimate essays penned by a professor who has embraced all the contrasts of his adopted city.)
Easter Island Sketchbook by Susan Sternau (Over 65 watercolor and ink paintings illuminate this remote and and mysterious island, along with a personal narrative of the trip of a lifetime by the author/artist.)
Mrenh Gongveal: Chasing the Elves of the Khmer by Keith Kelly (A photo essay documenting a five year journey into the heart of Cambodian culture and customs, inspired by native folklore and the tiny shrine/houses dedicated to the elves of the Khmer.)
Frogmen by Richard E. Hyman (A true account of the author's epic adventures as a young man working with the famed scientist/explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso.)
Amie African Adventure by Lucinda E. Clarke (British housewife, Amie Fish, moves to Africa with her husband's job. The idyllic expat life she planned is ubruptly thrown into chaos and peril amidst politcal intrigue in this suspenseful thriller set in the African bush, book one of a series.)
Meadowcity by Liz Delton (With the unprecedented threat of war looming, Sylvia, a Messenger between the Four Cities sets out on the journey that will determine the fate of her home and the rest of Arcera in this fantasy adventure for adults and young adults.)
Pack One of These Summer Reads
So there you have it—summer reads for wherever you're headed. Enjoy the season and don't forget to share your feedback in the comments section below. As an author yourself, you know how much that means.
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