Moving across the country is a long process from start to finish, often taking a lot more time and thought than the traditional process of just moving to a new neighbourhood – and that includes the actual journey from your current property to your new home!
If you’re lucky enough to have gotten away with not being the designated driver for your cross-country move, or are taking driving duties in turn with someone else, why not use this time to unwind and relax from all the moving stress you’ve dealt with? One of the best ways to do this, of course, is with a good book!
Here are five great books to read during your cross-country move.
‘Mad About The House’ by Kate Watson-Smyth
Best For: Interior Design Tips
On the way to your new home, you’re probably pretty excited about the prospect of getting to decorate your new space and really make it your own – but what if you’re not entirely sure exactly how to go about it?
‘Mad About The House’ comes from award-winning UK blogger Kate Watson-Smyth, who has been sharing interior design tips on her blog of the same name since it began in 2012, earning her thousands of adoring readers.
Kate has put together a book full of interior design advice that can be used in any home of any size and with any budget, whether you’ve a one-bed apartment or a twelve-bedroom mansion!
If you’ve been so busy planning your move that you haven’t had time to think about how you’re going to go about decorating your new home, then this book is the perfect place to get some inspiration and ideas for when you get the chance to make your new home your own.
‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Best For: Classic Reads
It’s known as ‘the great American novel’ for a reason! If you’ve never read ‘The Great Gatsby’, the long journey to your new home is the perfect opportunity to do it.
This classic story follows Nick Carraway and his interest in his rich and enigmatic neighbour Jay Gatsby, a party-loving millionaire nursing a very private heartbreak – his obsession with former flame and Carraway’s cousin, beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
‘The Happy Ever After Playlist’ by Abby Jimenez
Best For: Romance Lovers
‘The Happy Ever After Playlist’ is the perfect novel for anyone looking to sink into a warm and fuzzy romance during their cross-country trip.
The story follows a woman who, two years after losing her fiance, decides to adopt herself an adorable new pet for some company. All is well until his owner, a popular musician, gets in touch to tell her that he wants her beloved pup back!
‘My Dark Places’ By James Ellroy
Best For: Fans Of True Crime
If it’s true crime that’s going to keep you interested on your cross-country move, it’s definitely worth picking up a copy of James Ellroy’s ‘My Dark Places’. Ellroy is one of America’s greatest crime writers, having written the best-selling crime novel ‘The Black Dahlia’ in 1987, as well as several other highly-acclaimed works.
In ‘My Dark Places’, Ellroy taps into the personal tragedy which inspired him to become a crime writer in the first place – the murder of his own mother in 1958. The book focuses on his memories of his mother’s murder, their unconventional relationship and the subsequent investigation, which never led to a conviction.
If you’re a true crime fan, this is a must-read.
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It’s a new year and with it a new TBR! I will be trying to go a little easier on myself and have smaller TBR’s and I am going to be attempting to read more books from my TBR jar! Wish me luck! Let me know in the comments below what you will be reading for your January TBR or if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them! Check out the video below: