Whether you’re preparing for your own late summer adventure or (im)patiently awaiting the ski season to return, this eclectic list of summer reads offers a little something for everybody! This small but mighty collection offers summer reading options for both those that are looking to simply get lost and for those who hope to find themselves along the way.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The spectacular, fictional story revolves around a boy from India named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, whose family owns a zoo. Falling on hard times, his family decides to sell the zoo and emigrate to Canada- taking many of the animals with them by freighter (yes, you read that correctly). Soon after setting sail, they encounter a horrific storm that sinks the ship. Pi ends up finding refuge on a small lifeboat with a giant Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker (yes, you read that correctly, too). To find out how he copes with spending the better part of a year afloat on the Pacific Ocean, how he tames his new shipmate, if they make it to their destination, and why the tiger’s name is Richard Parker, you’ll have to read it for yourself!
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
If you’re looking for trip from reality (or just a trip, if you catch my drift), this book is for you! With the intent of reporting a motorcycle race, Journalist Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo arrive in Las Vegas in 1971. However, their constant use of recreational drugs derail their feeble attempts of any actual meaningful coverage of the event. Diving in and out of the surreal, this books pushes the limits of what the characters believe to be real or imagined and takes the reader on an unbelievable journey as the dynamic duo destroys hotel rooms, wreck cars, and hallucinates some pretty unique creatures. The motto of the story: don’t try this at home!
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Feeling unfulfilled with his privileged life and expected path upon his college graduation, Christopher McCandless gave all his money to charity, left behind nearly every possession, and hitchhiked to Alaska- only to be found dead just four months after reaching his destination. Based on a true story, this fascinating tale illustrates the sacrifices McCandless made to feel truly free (including breaking all ties and communication with his friends and family) and the interesting people he met along the way. His untimely death begs the question – is it better to have lived a short life on your own terms or a presumably longer one on someone else’s agenda?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This modern classic novel is centered around a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Though he enjoys his life as a simple shepherd, his recurring dream that he will find a hidden treasure buried beneath the Egyptian Pyramids spurs him on an unforgettable journey. His quest will take him to places he never imagined, will lead him to reaches beyond his wildest imagination, and to a final destination most unexpected.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
At the tender age of 13, Sam Gribley becomes fed up with living in a cramped New York City apartment with his parents and eight siblings. With only a few basic necessities, he decides to run away to his grandfather’s abandoned farm in the Catskill Mountains. It’s here that he finds peace as he develops important survival skills and learns to live off the land. However, he soon begins to wonder if the price of solitude is worth giving up all ties to his family or if there is a balance to be achieved.
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman
Facing the expectations and uncertainty of true adulthood after graduating college, author and “good girl” posterchild Rachel Friedman takes us on an her unexpected year-long journey to Europe, Australia, and South America. Throwing caution to the wind for the first time in her life, she hops on a plane to Ireland on a whim. It’s there she ends up meeting a free-spirit from Australia who urges Friedman to nurture her new found love for adventure. Together they embark on an epic journey of amazing travel, sisterhood, and self discovery.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
From an outsider’s perspective, author Elizabeth Gilbert had what many would consider the “American Dream”: beautiful home, handsome husband, and a successful career. But what does one do when the reality does not live up to the expectation? Feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and confused, Gilbert decides to leave her former life in search of a new dream that is truly her own in Italy, India, and Indonesia. Get inspired to find and become your best self – all you need is an open mind and an open heart.
Now that you’ve read the blog, it’s time to read some books! May we suggest borrowing these reads from the library so that you have more cash to outfit your own summer adventure at skis.com.