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June 1, 2016

Top Five Road Trip Reads from the Book Box Daily Staff

A few days ago we wrote about some great books to read while on a road trip this summer. Now it’s time to let you know what we (the Book Box Daily staff) are reading! See below for our favorite summer picks and some more ideas.

Preeti: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Available in TAB June

I’m picking Jennifer Nielsen’s The False Prince because it can make the time absolutely fly. The first book in the Ascendance trilogy is packed full of action and intrigue, suspense and drama, and even the beginnings of romance. Three boys are up for the deception of a lifetime—can one of them pretend to be a kingdom’s missing prince? The battle for the role turns deadly when they realize that for the plot to work…only one boy can survive. I think this book would take me from point A to point B on any road trip and I wouldn’t even realize we’d moved!


Trevor: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Available in TAB May

When you’re into the eighth hour of being on the road with only one bathroom break so your dad can make good time, there’s nothing like reading a book about whole cities that move and roam, devouring smaller cities and towns along the way. A fun steampunk thriller that will make you feel a little better about waiting for that next rest stop.



Ben: LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation by Mark Teague

Available in SeeSaw and Lucky June

My road trip read is Mark Teague’s LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation. I’m a big fan of Teague, and this book has all the humor, richly rendered characters, thought-provoking lessons, and gorgeous illustrations that are his trademark. Ike LaRue is on a cross-country road trip with some unwelcome cats: his worst nightmare! He sends postcards from each state they visit to convince the cats’ owner to take them back, but a change of heart might be in store for this perturbed pup.


Ed: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Available in BookBeat

I picked F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. This is one of my favorite novels of all time, and in truth it’s a great read for any situation—road trip or otherwise. I can think of few novels that are as perfect as The Great Gatsby. Yes, perfect. The pacing is spot-on, the characters are complex and interesting, and there are few books that demonstrate so clearly the beauty one can achieve with the written word. Honestly, every sentence in Gatsby is a poem in and of itself, which makes it a wonderful novel to lose oneself in. I think that’s why it’s such a great road trip read. I might be stuck on a bus in traffic on a grim highway in the middle of nowhere, but if I’m reading The Great Gatsby, I’m partying it up in the Roaring Twenties with Nick and Gatsby on a beautiful summer’s evening on Long Island.

Liz: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Available in TAB June

I’ve always been a sucker for fractured fairy tales, so when I heard about A Curse Dark as Gold, I immediately added it to my list. After her father’s death, Charlotte Miller is left in charge of her family’s woolen mill, which has been under a curse for centuries. As catastrophe after catastrophe occurs, Charlotte is left with no other option than to turn to a strange man, the spinner, who promises to turn straw into gold. Sound familiar? This dark version of Rumpelstiltskin is a delicious combination of mystery, romance, and historical fiction—it’s absolutely impossible to put down!



One Response

  1. Lynn Johnson

    Divergent and Insugent by Roth will go with me on the road. Need to retread.

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