Gread Reads- Books for your Honeymoon

September 1, 2008 | editorial team

I’ve got vacation on the brain these days, so let’s talk honeymoons! More specifically, let’s talk books for your trip. Every vacation needs a good read for the plane, the beach, or a lazy afternoon. It’s got to be a page-turner that’s fun to read, but that’s also easy enough to toss aside when it’s time for more important honeymoon activities! Here are a few of my favorite recent vacation reads…

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- I couldn’t put this book down. It’s the story of Henry, a man who unexpectedly and uncontrollably time travels, and Clare, the woman he visits and falls in love with as he bounces around in time. Watching how their lives intercept over the years and how their love story unfolds is fascinating!


The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory- Historical fiction crossed with soap opera drama. This book is packed full of opulence, intrigue, love and scandal, not to mention some seriously steamy romance!


Novels by Elinor Lipman
The Dearly Departed, Isabel’s Bed, Then She Found Me and The Inn at Lake Devine were all written by Elinor Lipman, who is a wonderful writer of funny, romantic, and clever stories of women finding their way. I once met Elinor Lipman when she was passing through Seattle on a book tour, and when I mentioned that all of my books had recently vanished due to a big theft, she promptly shipped me a giant box of books from her own overflowing collection. What generosity, and what a treasure! I am now a life long fan of both her, and her books.

Share your own favorites, what are you reading on your honeymoon? 

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  1. I just have to sing the praises of the Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s one of those books where you’re sad when the story is over because you’ve become so attached to the characters they feel like dear friends, and you want to continue to hear about their lives. This is my go-to book anytime I need some fictional companionship. You find new things each time you read it. An absolute joy to read and, hands down, my favorite book. Also in my top five are Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and a classic, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I’m hoping to read the Thirteenth Tale on my honeymoon and perhaps yet another Philippa Gregory book  always reliable for an enjoyable read.

  2. oh I LOVED the Time Traveler’s Wife!! It was definitely a great read!

  3. I am watching the Tudors TV series right now. Therefore, The Other Boleyn Girl grabbed my attention. I have to admit that I never read a Philippa Gregory novel but I see that many likes his works.

  4. Ahhh! I loved the Time Traveler’s Wife — it was one of those books that just makes you think about it constantly even after it’s over!

  5. The time travelers wife is one of my all time favorite books. so beautiful and utterly engrossing. a must read if you haven’t yet! and while not as heart-wrenching, the other boleyn girl is a truly great read! i read the whole book on a flight from NYC to LA. couldn’t stop, and i recommend it to everyone. and agree with Allie that bel canto is beautiful! poisonwood bible and east of eden, also epic works.

  6. I echo the comments on the Time Traveler’s Wife – I read it a few years ago and I still think about  how much I loved the book.   Quite a testament to the author.  As for other great honeymoon reads, I also loved “Birth of Venus” – since it has a romantic element, but against a backdrop of great art and history.

  7. Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite books! I also ready “History of Love” by Alison Krauss on my honeymoon and “Dry” by Sedaris (not really a romantic book). Also, my current obsession is Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series (I know it’s young adult fiction, so what!?) :)

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