I’m guessing many of you will be traveling for Thanksgiving next week. And if you’re not, you’re hosting a lot of people! The holidays are a crazy, messed up, mashed up whirlwind of love, excitement and maybe a little bit of drama…hopefully not the “I lost my luggage” or “I missed my flight” sort.
Anyway, we’ve found that plane, train or car travel can be great for two things: reading and sitting in silence. If you’re traveling with kids, an iPad can help you grab a few minutes of solace. So, as you prepare to pack for yourself and others who may be incapable of packing for themselves (you know who you are…or do you?), consider downloading or buying some of our favorite books for your trip! We polled some of our most literate, and fun, HEUCY Gals to compile this Top Ten Reading List. Enjoy!
1. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler.
A book by Amy Poehler. Nuff said.
2. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
It’s clear why this book won the Pulitzer Prize. In case you were in a cave last year and didn’t hear (it’s okay, we sort of were too), “The Goldfinch” is a sweeping tale that spans from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam…and includes a lot of info about art and antiques. It took us a while to get past the first 200 pages (did I mention how long this book is?)…but once we did, it was really hard to put this one down. Tartt is sort of a genius. (PS, download to Kindle if you can, it’s heavy!!)
3. “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris
HEUCY Gal Emily turned us on to this book. Here’s a synopsis from the back cover: “Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.”
Okey-dokey. We’ll try it.
4. “Me Before You” by Jojo Meyes
We haven’t read this one yet, but HEUCY Gal Lisa recommended it and we usually defer to her opinions. She’s the type of person who is in a book club and actually reads the books. We also like the cover, because it looks like the heroine is wearing the HEUCY #ProblemSolver dress. Here’s a synopsis from jojomeyes.com (warning, this book might make you cry):
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Lou sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
5. “Getting Things Done” by David Allen
Because, honestly, what is more fun than planning your new, super-organized life…while away from work and home? Aspirational, yes…but there are some good tips in here. Specifically, Allen says that our ability to be productive is directly related to our ability to relax. We can achieve stress-free productivity when our minds are clear. Right on, David!
6. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple
This book was so funny, we finished it in two days. It’s an incredibly dry, witty portrayal of a woman — Bernadette — who is trying to prepare herself for a cruise trip to Antarctica with her husband and daughter. But there’s one big problem: Bernadette is agoraphobic and doesn’t like the general public at all…so she finds herself on the verge of a meltdown. Bernadette decides to outsource all of the trip planning to someone in India. The e-mails to and from Bernadette’s Indian counterpart are hilarious. After a charity event snafu, Bernadette disappears and chaos ensues. Seattle’s tech culture and the darkly comic nuances of private school parenting provide incredibly funny color to this book. A quick, easy read that will make you laugh out loud.
7. “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett
Also recommended by Lisa. We haven’t read it yet (even though it came out a few years ago), but we plan to. Honest. Here’s a synopsis from amazon.com:
As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.
8. “Becoming Fully Present” by Thich Nhat Hanh
HEUCY Gal Emily meditates often, and she credits this book with getting her on the road to inner peace. We’d like to meditate too…and always want some inner peace…so we will put this in our shopping cart.
9. “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman
When I was gallivanting around Rome in my HEUCY outfits, I couldn’t stop thinking about how good this book is. It’s a funny, moving (and fictional) account of the lives of reporters and editors who work at an English-language newspaper in Rome. Highly acclaimed, for good reason.
10. “The New Yorker”
Yes, this is a magazine and not a book. But we think it should be included, because it’s incredibly light, and — if you’re like us — you’ll feel very accomplished and informed after finishing “The Talk of the Town” or half of one article. We should have mentioned, you can also save our list for a real vacation if you need one after Thanksgiving.
And don’t forget to pack your HEUCY! The #BonVoyage and #AlterEgo make wonderful traveling companions…as well as anything else on heucy.com. Use code “THANKYOU20” for 20% off now til Thursday!
The HEUCY Team