Nothing is quite as relaxing as curling up with a good book – which makes a cruise the perfect place to start checking titles off your #TBR pile. Here are the best books to sink into on your next cruise!
When Torre DeRoche fell for the man of her dreams she knew she had to do whatever it took to keep the relationship alive. What she didn’t know was that it would take her across the Pacific in his small sailboat. This hilarious memoir is sure to make you glad your ship is fifteen floors – not fifteen feet!
The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke
Historically careful Hannah Davis makes an impulsive decision following her divorce and the loss of her beauty salon business when she takes a spa job on a cruise ship. Now that she is on her own she has to find out if she has what it takes to stay afloat.
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
In The Geography of Bliss, readers are taken on a journey across the globe to discover not only what makes people happy, but where makes people happy. This humorous and witty travel memoir provides surprising insights as Eric Weiner explores some of the happiest places on earth.
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
When you’re a marine biologist skewing data to please a business tycoon, you can’t trust anyone. Not even your wife. And when Chaz Perrone suspects that his wife Joey might have figured out his scam, he plans a surprise cruise and pushes her overboard. Chaz didn’t foresee Joey surviving this attempted murder, saved from the cold waters of the Atlantic by a rugged stranger. Now, presumed dead, Joey plots her revenge on Chaz.
Coasting: A Private Voyage by Jonathan Raban
Jonathan Raban weaves together history and travel as he tells the story his 2,000-mile trip up the British coast in the early 1980s. This book describes what it means to be a stranger in a land you don’t understand. As The Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer said, “Coasting is a glorious book, written with energy, wit and a melancholy lyricism… There’s something wonderful on every page of this book.”
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Travel magazine journalist Lo Blacklock is anxiety-ridden and unstable after a fight with her boyfriend. She’s just been assigned to a week on a new, luxury cruise line. Work doesn’t seem like work as the sun shines and the ship sails smoothly in the picturesque North Sea, but when a storm hits, the rocky waters and frigid winds aren’t the worst thing Lo will face. A woman is thrown overboard in the dead of the night, and Lo is the only witness. But finding justice, and the killer, isn’t as easy as Lo thought. In this mystery thriller, none of the passengers believe Lo, because they are all accounted for, and still on board.
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
Can an old, retired schoolteacher fly across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, discover a civilization rich with diamonds, and survive a huge volcanic eruption? In The Twenty-One Balloons, Professor William Waterman Sherman sets off to do just that. This fantasy-adventure is a classic audiences of all ages can enjoy.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a tiger are Pi Patel’s only companions on a lifeboat after the ship he was traveling to America with his family sinks. Yann Martel seamlessly weaves religion and philosophy into this fantastical tale of survival and loss. Though most of the action happens in the 227 days at sea, it’s the intro and the ending that leave the reader considering the bigger picture.
Princess Charming by Jane Heller
Elaine Zimmerman was in the courthouse filing for divorce when she meets her two new friends and travel buddies, each finalizing their own divorces. When she and her friends take a Caribbean cruise aboard the Princess Charming, Elaine falls for Sam Peck, the attractive and mysterious passenger who is a “cross between John F. Kennedy, Jr. and a Greek god.” But when Elaine learns that someone on board has been hired to kill an ex-wife, she has to figure out who the killer is before she, or one of her friends, is murdered.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Pacific Crest Trail ranges from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State, and when 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed loses everything, she sets out to hike it. Alone. This memoir uses suspense, warmth and humor to convey one woman’s war with herself and the trail that eventually heals her.