Yes, it’s possible to travel somewhere new without leaving where you are.
– KEYS SOULCARE
In the mood for a little adventure? On the hunt for a new book to accompany your next staycay? We’ve got you. Here are four books that we’ve been meaning to check out (or get into all over again) that are sure to infuse a sense of escape to your next reading sesh.
1. Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
Asha Bromfield’s book centers around Tilla, a young woman on the brink of adulthood, falling headfirst in love and coming to terms with her identity in her father’s idyllic (but secret-filled) Jamaica hometown — all while a hurricane is approaching. Oh, and did we mention it was recently lauded by Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim? | Get it here.
2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Beloved around the world (and translated into 67-plus languages since its initial publication!), Paul Coelho’s book opens minds (and hearts) on multiple levels. The story itself focuses on a young man who is on a quest for material treasure — only to find himself most fulfilled when he turns inside. But, apart from the powerful story, Coelho’s inescapably beautiful scenes (from Andalusia, Spain to the Egyptian pyramids) are literary gems all along the way. | Get it here.
3. Currency by Various Authors
Ever had the urge to slip into (and out of) someone else’s experience for just a day or even a pivotal, breath-taking moment? Take a seat and listen in on this slick collection of short stories. The tales told here run the gamut from satirical takes on modern workplace microaggressions to downright fraud — and are each page-turners in their own right. Not only is this anthology written by some of today’s rising star writers — think Such a Fun Age author Kiley Reid and New Yorker columnist Jia Tolentino, to name a few — but it’s also narrated by top Hollywood talent. | Listen here.
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
When fantasy book lovers make must-read roundups, this one always tops the list. Set against a lush Columbian backdrop in the fictional town of Macondo (inspired by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s own hometown of Aracataca), this book sweeps generational drama and secret love affairs. The magical realist touches — like cities made of mirrors, and family curses that cause history to repeat itself in impossible-seeming ways — will keep you on the edge of your seat. | Get it here.
What reads are you diving into and taking on the road — or chilling with at home — this summer?