10 Fictional Vacations to Get You Through the Coldest Months of the Year

10 Fictional

It’s that sad time of year where Christmas and New Year’s Eve have come and gone and all that’s left for us is the frozen tundra of winter until March or April. It’s the season of day dreaming about being on a beach and being hot (even though you know as soon as it gets hot, you’ll miss the cold. A little.).

Day dream no further. I put together a list of some of the best summer vacations in books so you can live vicariously through them this winter. Warm up with one of these:

For a European family vacation: The Vacationers – Emma Straub

For an island, and a whole lot of mystery: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

For some swimming with a side of murder: Summer House With Swimming Pool – Herman Koch

For the summer road trip: Paper Towns – John Green

For self discovery: Wild – Cheryl Strayed

For the south of France with a lot of writers: Mrs. Hemingway – Naomi Wood

For the last summer of innocence: This One SummerJillian and Mariko Tamaki

For a summer wedding: Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead

For human connection in Appalachia: Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver

For beaches and cooking in Nantucket: The Blue Bistro – Elin Hilderbrand

What are your favorite books about summer or vacations?


  1. I loved Seating Arrangements and need to get to her latest novel, Astonish Me! Another great book that would fall under “For an island, and a whole lot of mystery” (well, it’s actually not an island, but a wealthy family’s vacation compound) is Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly – Whittemore. I was not as big a fan of The Vacationers or Summer House with Swimming Pool. This is a really old one, but it’s a great vacation book is The Big House by George Colt Howe (I think?). It’s about a family having to sell their generations old family vacation home.

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