The Top 25 Books to Bring Along on a Road Trip, and the Top 25 Audiobooks to Listen to While Driving
Reading and listening to audiobooks are great ways to pass the time on the road. But what should you read?
Here are two lists to get you started.
Best Books to Bring on a Road Trip
- My First Travel Book: Angelic Airline Adventures by Anna Othitis.
Captain Frankie takes the passengers of Angelic Airlines to some of the most visited places in the world. It’s also a colouring book.
- Kilingiri by Jana Gray.
Taking place in a wide variety of exotic locations over the period of thirty years, this book explores everything from celibacy in the Catholic Church to heartbreak, separation, and the challenges of being a single parent.
- Sleeping People Lie by Jae De Wylde.
A complex and intelligent novel set in Paris, France. A young woman from England meets a writer from America and a romance ensues that takes an unexpected turn.
- Riptide by Amber Lea Easton.
A traumatic event causes one anchorwoman to flee to the Cayman Islands. There, she does everything she can to distract herself from reality.
- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert.
This autobiographical memoir chronicles the life of the author as she finds herself unsatisfied with her current situation, despite having a husband, home, and successful career. She travels to India, Italy and Bali in hopes of finding a new kind of happiness.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
This story follows Mikael Blomkvist, who’s professional life as a journalist is falling apart. He’s offered a chance for redemption if he will first investigate a mysterious disappearance.
- Spellbound by Jennifer Adele.
Vera is a young girl when her best friend dies, leaving her emotionally damaged. With no one to turn to, Vera enters a life of magic, mystery and the supernatural.
- Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman.
Set in southern California, this is a love story that takes the reader to places such as France, South America, and the Himalayas, and introduces an interesting couple that experiments with a wonder drug.
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.
The sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The main characters investigate a criminal enterprise. In order to stay one step ahead, the heroine plunges into the darkness of her past.
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
This epic, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay is the story of an escaped convict who flees a prison in Australia to the busy streets of a place in which he hopes to disappear.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
In the racially charged area of Mississippi in 1962, three women start a movement that forever changes a town, and the way that women view and treat each other.
- Anonymity by Amber Lea Easton.
Alyssa McNeil is on a mission to reinvent herself. She travels to Belize where new relationships offer new opportunities.
- Fiji: A Novel by Lance and James Morcan.
Sussanah Drake, a missionary in Fiji, begins to question her role as a preacher of God’s word as the temptation for romance grows strong.
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
Extremely popular when it was first released, this book tells the story of Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu on their modern day quest for the truth behind the holy grail.
- Kiss Me Slowly by Amber Lea Easton.
Is it worth turning to your ex-girlfriend to get out of a bind that could put you in jail within a couple of days?
- Reckless Endangerment by Amber Lea Easton.
This book explores what it means to be a hero. While heroes come in many forms, they all have the potential to fall.
- The Ninth Orphan by James Morcan.
An Orphan that grows up to be an assassin for a secret organization finally decides he wants to get off the grid. But can he do it?
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
The story of a Geisha’s coming of age in the 1930’s, exploring the themes of courage, love, and hope.
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
A librarian who travels through time meets an artist whose life is taking a natural course, and their relationship demonstrates the transcendence of love.
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson.
The third instalment of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series finds the heroine fighting for her life, and later plotting revenge against the man who tried to kill her.
- Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam Move to Turkey by Jack Scott.
Sick of modern life, a gay couple decides to move to a small town in Turkey where they encounter a new culture.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
Despite their brutal treatment in a culture that endorses the subjugation of their gender, two women in Afghanistan demonstrate bravery and kindness in the face of oppression.
- The Orphan Factory by James Morcan.
The exciting story of what happens when genetically superior orphans are groomed as assassins.
- Meeting with Christ and Other Poems by Deepak Chaswal.
World renowned poet Deepak Chaswel’s unique mastery of language and feeling revive the ideals of compassion, pity, charity, and peace.
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
This fast-paced novel explored the dangers of obsession in both literature and love.
Best Audio Books
- Harry Potter Boxset by J.K. Rowling.
The complete tales of the young wizard in training. Read by Jim Dale, who manages to create a new and unique voice for every one of the dozens of characters.
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
An orphaned ward’s carefree life is forever changed when her uncle arrives. She sets out for the top of the world on an unforgettable fantasy adventure.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Set in the year 2044, Wade Watts escapes his grim life by plugging in to a virtual utopia where he can unlock limitless power.
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
If you were given access to a secret portal that allowed you to go back in time and prevent the assassination of JFK, would you take it?
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
To prepare against a hostile alien attack, the government takes the most intelligent children from around the world for special training in an orbiting space station.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The epic masterpiece that gave birth to the modern fantasy genre follows the adventures of several heroes as they face off against an unspeakable evil.
- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
The earth is about to be demolished to make way for an inter-galactic freeway, but one man escapes by hitchhiking on a passing alien spaceship.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.
Known for her work on the hit Sitcom The Office, Mindy Kaling shares her observations on life while demonstrating her own unique brand of humour.
- The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.
Slipping through a portal, the main character finds herself in a haunted world. Fortunately, she is not without friends. The sequel to The Golden Compass.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Nick’s wife disappears, leading cops to suspect he may be a killer, especially after new evidence and strange behaviour begins to implicate him in the crime.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Orphaned and without money, this story’s main character joins a travelling show and later falls in love. He soon learns the danger of both.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Hazel has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but her fate changes with the arrival of someone new at the Cancer Kid Support Group.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
A combat nurse returns from the war in 1945 and mysteriously finds herself in a new war, one set in 1743 in Scotland.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
The classic story of an orphan who, despite her cruel upbringing emerges unbroken in spirit.
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.
The true story of one man’s will to survive after crashing in the Pacific during World War II.
- Room by Emma Donoghue.
The brave story of a woman and her child who fight to escape the captivity that one man has held them in for years.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Set in NaziGermany this book tells the story of a girl who steals books and shares them with her neighbours during bombing raids.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
A unique adventure novel of a boy who survives a shipwreck and floats for 227 days on a boat with a Bengal tiger.
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson.
The story of a man exploring Australia as he comes across bombs, deadly creatures, and sunbaked deserts.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey.
The story of Tina Fey as she follows her dream to become a comedian on TV.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
A post apocalyptic novel about a father and son and their will to survive in a cruel and devastated world.
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.
Presented as a collection of interviews detailing the events surrounding a world-changing zombie apocalypse, this book takes a realistic approach to an impossible scenario.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
In an oppressive future society, children are pitted against each other in a life or death struggle. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister is chosen to participate in one of these games, Katniss volunteers to take her place.
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
The first book in the series that has been successfully adapted into a popular HBO series, this story details the brutal realities and political intrigue of war, set in a detailed fantasy world.
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
When Charles’ father dies of a heart attack, it is revealed that the old man was really an ancient god of spiders, and that Charles has a brother who inherited their father’s powers. Upon reuniting, Charles is swept up into an adventure unlike anything he’s ever known.