5 Road Trip Reads to Pass the Time

Woman Reading Book While CampingWe all love a good trip, but there’s no denying that time in the car can get a bit, well, boring. And there are only so many times you can play “I Spy” and the alphabet game. When you need to fill the time, try cracking open a road trip book.

Books are a great alternative to screen time and get your imagination going. We’ve compiled five great road trip reads that are quite popular now. For convenience, we’ve also included links to purchase each book on Amazon. That said, we encourage you to support a local bookstore if you’re able.

Take a look at our suggestions below and enjoy reading the day away on your next road trip!

Great Road Trip Books for RVers

1. The Duke and I

Julia Quinn

As the Netflix series, Bridgerton, has exploded in popularity, so has interest in the books that inspired the series. The first, The Duke and I, sets the stage for the storyline. While 20 years old now, The Duke and I has become a trending road trip read for 2021 and will keep you engrossed throughout.

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2. Greenlights

Matthew McConaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey offers a glimpse into his storied life with Greenlights, a collection of snippets from his diaries. Short stories, poems, prayers, photographs, and more are compiled in this beautiful work that whisks you through 35 years of McConaughey’s life, hearing tales from Hollywood and well beyond. It’s an ideal road trip read that will touch your heart and soul.

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3. Educated

Tara Westover

Winning numerous awards after its release in 2018, Educated continues to reign as a New York Times bestseller. This memoir recounts the strange, separated upbringing that author Tara Westover experienced. Her masterful prose carries you along the twists and turns of her journey from survivalist home education to a PhD from Harvard and a vastly different world than the one she was raised in.

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4. Atomic Habits

James Clear

From a seasoned expert in habit comes Atomic Habits. James Clear penned this self-help bestseller to assist readers in breaking bad habits while simultaneously developing healthy habits. For those traveling around the New Year holiday, Atomic Habits is a fantastic road trip book. You’ll receive both inspiration and a framework for improving your habits.

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5. Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Rounding out our list is another work of fiction. Where the Crawdads Sing is an enthralling novel that blends a murder mystery with a coming-of-age story. The narrative tugs at your heartstrings as it recounts the tale of Kya Clark, a lonesome girl from rural North Carolina who is suspected of murder. Of the books on this list, Where the Crawdads Sing is the most gripping page turner.

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