Torn between the desire to escape confinement but still feeling some trepidation about large crowds? Maybe this why so many of us are opting this summer to engage in a time-honored American tradition: The Road Trip. For this month's blog, I am presenting a variety of books that may inspire you to hop behind the wheel (or solidify that there is no place like home?). Forge your own path and remember to look out for those wonderful unexpected occurrances that are guaranteed to make the fondest memories. While you are busy mapping out your trip, don't forget to pack some audiobooks or a playaway or two to keep you company!

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
On the RoadOn the Road by Jack Kerouac
Weird MassachusettsWeird Massachusetts by Jeff Belanger

Suggestions from Deb Dowson, GPL's Own YA Librarian

Road Tripped by Pete Hautman
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott

July’s Featured Reviews

No Exit by Taylor Adams
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Recent Readings

I have recently just finished reading Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Sandman by Lars Kepler and listening to the audiobook version of Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.

Right now, I am enjoying The Searcher by Tana French, Intimations by Zadie Smith; and I am listening to The Lost Village by Camilla Sten.

Do you know of any titles I should add to my pile? Let me know at ( As always, I truly appreciate your suggestions and feedback, and I hope to hear from you.

Until next time: Be well and be well-read!


So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house during the COVID crisis. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.

Jul 01, 2021 / Joelle M Egan