7 Summer Books To Read With Your Significant Other If You’re Going On A Vacation Together

If you’re headed on vacation with your significant other this summer, I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but couples trips are often a gamble. At best, it’ll bring your relationship to a whole new level; at worst, it’ll be the catalyst for a breakup. Until you hit the road, it can be hard to know how your love will fare. Will you hold hands during long walks on the beach, or instead discover hidden cracks in your relationship?

Now before you panic, keep in mind that there are ways to travel together without driving each other crazy. If you can pinpoint possible sources of tension that would detract from your ideal lovey-dovey escape, you’ll be more likely to enjoy the great (and kind of strange) things couples on vacation can do.

I always consider books a must when packing for any vacation. Not only are they the perfect solo activity when you need to a little space or a chance to regroup, they can also be enjoyed as a couple, whether you pass them back and forth or take turns reading aloud. We’ve partnered with Oyster to put together a list of titles that will keep your trip running smoothly. After all, you and your other half will want to spend more time smooching and less time squabbling.

If your and your S.O. have a vacation booked, below are seven books that may be able to help you keep the hearts in your eyes.

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Written by a comedian and a scholar, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg is a comical yet thought-provoking look at contemporary love, dating, and relationships. They talk about the unique dating problems of our time, from deciphering emojis to the impact of social media. Depending on how your trip is going, you and your significant other can read it and feel superior to all those out there muddling along, or it can serve as a reminder that you should try to make things work so you don’t have to get back into the dating game.

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The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats, a New York Times bestseller by award-winning author Chris Pavone, is the intriguing story of Kate Moore, an American living in Luxembourg. When she realizes that an important secret she’s been keeping is threatened, she begins digging. As she travels around Europe, she discovers more mysteries — even within her own family and marriage. Your vacation will be a breeze in comparison.

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Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox

If you’re traveling with a boyfriend, he may have his doubts about the shirtless dude on the cover of Ride With Me by New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox. Nonetheless, you’ll both find a lot to like in the cross-country bike trip of opposites Lexie and Tom, who are thrown together unexpectedly. The story is romantic without being cutesy, not to mention sizzling. (You may find yourselves inspired!)

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A Curious Mind by Charles Fishman and Brian Grazer

A Curious Mind by acclaimed journalist Charles Fishman and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer looks at “curiosity conversations” Grazer has had over the years with people from various walks of life. It shows how being inquisitive can impact your life, and even make you better at relationships. Not only that, it’ll encourage you and your partner to engage in novel conversations.

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The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins

A suspenseful story like The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins will provide hours of entertainment and intrigue on your couples trip. Set in the summer of 1897, it explores a mysterious and horrific crime and the subsequent trial, which becomes the center of a media circus. There’s everything from a love triangle to a victim who the defense argues isn’t even dead.

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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon focuses on two couples/long-time friends during the summer of 2004. The husbands are bandmates and co-regents of a record store, while the wives are also business partners. Between new threats to their professional interests and a long-lost son turning up, their personal and working ties are put to the test. The entertaining yet poignant story provides very human characters and includes relationships that are realistic and relatable.

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Summer Cocktails by Maria del Mar Sacasa

Relax during your vacation with Summer Cocktails by Maria del Mar Sacasa. With more than 100 recipes that use a variety of seasonal ingredients, you’ll find plenty to quench your thirst during the summer heat. These concoctions are perfect for wherever your travels may bring you.

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