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10 books for every type of traveler this Spring Break


Mar 04, 2024

If you’ve ever packed for a trip, you know the rules. No liquids, gels or aerosols over 3.4 ounces, roll up your clothes to save space, wear that outfit at least twice and whatever you do, don’t pack books. Watching my husband bounce up and down on my suitcase in an attempt to zipper it shut before our trip last week was a good reminder—space is at a premium when traveling, and while I probably didn’t need those 4 pairs of shoes for a 3-day trip, I certainly didn’t need to bring books.

Now don’t get me wrong. A great book is a non-negotiable for any vacation. But why shove books into an already-overstuffed bag when I can bring a whole collection of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines right on my phone in the Libby app? No rifling through my carry-on during mid-flight turbulence to find my book; it’s already in my pocket.

Load your Libby with free books from your library, then pop in your headphones or listen to an audiobook as you drive on CarPlay, flip through a magazine while you wait to board your flight or lounge around on your much-deserved vacation with an ebook.

Travel tip ✈️ 🚗 Before you go, download your borrowed titles onto your device so they’re easily accessible when you’re without WiFi on the plane, in the car or once you get to your destination.

So go ahead, bring that extra pair of shoes. Libby’s got you. We’ve also got some great recommendations to load your Libby with before you hit the open road (or sky). Borrow free from your library on the Libby app.

If you’re jet-setting to sunnier skies...

The Comeback SummerThe Comeback Summer by Ali Brady

It may not be summer yet, but with toes in the sand and a beach read like this, who can tell the difference?

Two sisters have one summer to crush their comfort zones and save their grandmother’s legacy in this sweet, sexy and heartfelt novel.

If you’re packing up the kids for a long drive...

The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson

Have you been streaming this mega-popular adventure series? It’s got appeal for the whole family. Or, read it before you stream it (always my preference) and keep everyone engaged for hours.

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

If you’re dancing with the dust bunnies at home...

How to Keep House While DrowningHow to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis

Are you tackling some spring cleaning? Learn how to customize your cleaning strategy and let go of the guilt and self-criticism that can often accompany a less-than-perfect space.

This revolutionary approach to cleaning and organizing helps free you from feeling ashamed or overwhelmed by a messy home.

If you’re playing the tourist in your own city...

Like a LocalLike a Local series by DK Eyewitness

Discover the hidden gems in your own backyard! This travel guide series can help you uncover your city’s secrets and see your hometown in a whole new way.

Find guides for cities like Nashville, Austin, New York City, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and more.

If you’re headed for the Great Outdoors...

Force of NatureForce of Nature by Jane Harper

Retreating to the wilderness for some R&R? Kick back with this thrilling mystery to read around the campfire.

Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Bestselling author Jane Harper asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?

If you’re on a global gallivant...

After the SunAfter the Sun by Jonas Eika

If you’re trekking abroad, these far-flung characters and their encounters will mesmerize you across time zones.

Under Cancún’s hard blue sky, a beach boy provides a canvas for tourists’ desires, seeing deep into the world’s underbelly. An enigmatic encounter in Copenhagen takes an IT consultant down a rabbit hole of speculation that proves seductive. The collapse of a love triangle in London leads to a dangerous, hypnotic addiction. In the Nevada desert, a grieving man tries to merge with an unearthly machine.

If you’re visiting relatives...

The Berry PickersThe Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

This vibrant family fiction debut about the search for truth will have you riveted.

A four-year-old Mi’kmaq girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a mystery that will haunt the survivors, unravel a family and remain unsolved for nearly 50 years.

If you’re touring museums and historical landmarks...

The CloistersThe Cloisters by Katy Hays

What mysteries lurk around our beloved cultural institutions?

This literary suspense novel imagines just that as it follows a group of researchers uncovering a mysterious deck of tarot cards and shocking secrets in New York's famed Met Cloisters.

If you’re taking a break from the screen...

The Great DivideThe Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez

Audiobooks are a great way to take a break from screens. Keep reading and rest your eyes by listening to this epic novel about the construction of the Panama Canal, casting light on the unsung people who lived, loved and labored there.

Fans of Isabel Allende will appreciate the gorgeous storytelling about those rarely acknowledged by history even as they carved out its course.

If you can’t seem to leave work at the office...

Anatomy of a BreakthroughAnatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most by Adam Alter

Always looking to get ahead, even in your time off? This guide can help you thrive in all aspects and come back to the office refreshed.

You’ll learn how to break free from the thoughts, habits, jobs, relationships and even business models that prevent us from achieving our full potential.

Looking for more recommendations for your trip? Check out the finalists for The Libby Book Awards. Nominated by librarians, these are some of the best books of the year you won’t want to miss.

RELATED READ: 7 audiobook tricks in the Libby app for your best road trip ever


About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga, or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers and buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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