Road Trip Reads

Hello my lovely blogging babies~~

Today I’m heading out on the road with my fiancé for his triathlon event a little ways out of town. Yes, the triathalon is outdoors and it is going to stay safe… I am probably going to watch it from the distance for some of it and then unfortunately head back to the homework coal mines. We have also tested ourselves for coronavirus and we both tested negative.

I’m actually literally on the road right now (not driving of course) but using my laptop in the passenger seat. So I figured why not talk about my favorite things to read on the road?

#1: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

Y’all have probably seen this in a previous post but I am just loving this novel by Patricia Briggs. I’m glad I took a chance on it when I spotted it on a nearby shelf in Barnes and Nobles *single tear*.

It is the perfect little read for the Halloween season because it goes into depth about this particular werewolf universe. It isn’t in any way copying or similar to the Twilight series which makes me very happy. I am always looking for original vampire and werewolf books and this one definitely hits the mark. I am still only a quarter of the way through it but it is a great read so far.

#2: About a Mountain by John D’Agata

This one I read a long, long time ago. I remember one Labor Day weekend I was heading out from AZ to NM for a quick trip to Albuquerque (again, no, I wasn’t driving and reading a book lol). I had this book assigned for a creative nonfiction class and this is such a great way to learn about environmental issues in the southwest and a great introduction to environmental nonfiction. It goes into depth about how there is a vast amount of nuclear waste just thrown into Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

It essentially gives the facts and a lot of data on the nuclear waste problem but D’Agata tries not to go too much into his emotional reactions to it. However, I think it is pretty clear that he wants to spark conversations on how to fix the problem.

#3: Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter

I got into the Warriors series in the summer of 2018… I wasn’t going on a road trip, but I had just gotten foot surgery and I basically couldn’t see the light of day for 8 weeks. I mean, I went around outside a few times on my crutches to get some Vitamin D, but it was pretty painful. I was finishing my Master of Fine Arts degree while I was off my feet and helping my fiancé prepare for our move out of Arizona.

I had sold a lot of books at a local bookstore and got so many credits that I decided to pick up some light reads that would lift my spirits while I was stuck at home. I have noticed that this series has had the same calming and relaxing effect on me while I am taking all of my law classes online right now at home. It even helped inspire my writing style in my first novel, Chimera in New Orleans.

I would definitely recommend this series if you like reading about tribes of animals from an animal’s perspective and love reading about adorable dialogue between anything from bears to little warrior cats. It isn’t literary fiction but I don’t really care because it makes me so happy. So I guess you could say it’s kind a guilty pleasure series.

As always I would love to hear from you guys. What books do you like to read on road trips or even just in quarantine?? Let me know in the comments; I would love to hear your suggestions.

-Lauren

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