Absorbing & Adventurous Books to Take on Your Honeymoon
After the planning, anticipation, and excitement of your wedding, your honeymoon is a chance to relax and enjoy quality time together. Regardless of your destination, reading together is a great way to unwind. My husband, Bryan, and I are big readers, and when I considered some of our favorite books, I realized that many of them are about journeys, both literal and figurative. As the first stop in the journey of your marriage, your honeymoon is the perfect time to read books about new beginnings. Read on for my “his and hers” picks, and feel free to share – that’s a big part of marriage, after all!
HERS Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - When it comes to journeys, time
Uprooted by Naomi
travel is the most dramatic sort you can take. In this epic novel
Novik - In this fantasy
that is part historical fiction, part romance, and part adventure,
tale, beautiful and
a WWII nurse travels through time and falls in love with a
talented young women
dashing man in 18th century Scotland.
from a quiet village are
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri - Although each beautifully-written short story in this collection is about a different set of characters, a common thread of change – and the many ways we adjust to that change – runs through all of them.
selected every ten years to serve the seemingly dangerous wizard who protects the village from dark forces. When an unlikely young woman is selected, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes - Mayes, who attended Randolph College, is a food-and-
travel writer. Her memoir, which was adapted into a popular film starring Diane Lane, is a charming and richly-detailed
The Five Love
account of her journey to Tuscany and her restoration of an
Languages: The Secret
abandoned villa there.
to Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman - If you and your spouse
are looking for a book A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - Bryson’s autobiographical
that will help you strengthen your
account of his journey on the Appalachian Trail is laugh-out-
marriage, I highly recommend The
loud funny, touching, and life-affirming.
Five Love Languages. You will discover how you and your spouse prefer
Armada by Ernest Cline - Pop culture references
to show and receive love and how
abound in this science fiction tale about a
to effectively communicate those
gamer who finds himself in a new reality – one where he has
preferences to each other as you
to save the world from alien invaders.
embark on this exciting new
Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second
Chances by Leland Melvin - Lynchburg’s own Leland Melvin, engineer and former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver, overcame huge setbacks before making it to space. Read about his many journeys in this heartfelt and inspirational memoir. The Martian by Andy Weir - This fictional survival story set on Mars is a nail-biter, but it’s also hilarious and highly practical. The movie is great, but the book is even better. 48
Emily Hedrick is a youth services librarian and enjoys being with her husband and family, singing, and geeking out as often as possible.