Page 50

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

journey together.

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.

Clutch Wedding II 2017  

Four real weddings and an adorable styled shoot are the capstone for this idea filled issue.