Top 10 Books For a Long Charter Bus Ride

Top 10 Books For a Long Charter Bus Ride

Your long charter bus trip is booked with — great! Now, what should you expect to do on your long drive? Well, you could always read a book!

We have a list of 10 books that can beat any road trip fatigue. Check out the list now to prepare for your next long bus ride:

1. The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Publish Date: January 10, 2012

5-word summary: Love, cancer, teens, sad, hope

4.14 avg rating — 5,173,745 ratings

Despite facing a multitude of problems with terminal cancer, a teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster still goes to a support group. There, she meets a boy named Augustus, a cancer survivor. Hazel and Gus instantly connect over their similar experiences and bond over their favorite book, An Imperial Affliction.

The story focuses on the raw and beautiful feelings surrounding first love and loss in a heart-wrenching tale of two teenagers trying to find themselves while facing terminal illnesses. With such a touching plot, it’s hard to believe that John Green, the author, was inspired to write this book after working as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital. This novel will keep you glued to your seat with its complex characters, witty humor, and inspirational message about living life to the fullest while facing difficult realities.

2. Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publish Date: August 24, 2010

5-word summary: dystopia, war, revolution, survival, loss

4.09 avg rating — 3,250,915 ratings

In Suzanne Collins’ fictional dystopia of Panem, 12 districts serve a totalitarian Capitol that forces children to fight to the death in an annual event called The Hunger Games. A courageous girl named Katniss Everdeen becomes the symbol of the rebellion after defying the Capitol’s violence. The novel Mockingjay picks up with the aftermath of the previous novel, Catching Fire, as Katniss has escaped to District 13, the heart of the rebellion.

You’ll follow Katniss as she is forced into the role of Mockingjay, the symbol of hope and rebellion for those oppressed by the Capitol’s regime. The story is a complex and detailed account of the human spirit enduring war and the cost of freedom. With intense, heart-wrenching battles and intricate characters, Mockingjay explores revolution, loss, survival, and the cost of freedom against an oppressive power.

3. Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Publish Date: April 25, 2011

5-word summary: dystopian, teens, factions, bravery, survival

4.14 avg rating — 4,000,045 ratings

In Veronica Roth’s fictional world, every citizen must choose a faction at age 16 that will determine what career path they will follow for the rest of their lives. There are 5 factions in total: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligent). Those who choose to reject conformity are deemed “factionless,” and subsequently exiled. A teenage girl named Beatrice, who was born into Abnegation, must decide if she’ll follow her family’s path or pursue her desire to join Dauntless.

She soon discovers she is “Divergent”—she does not fit into a single faction—and may threaten the city’s power structure. Divergent follows the story of Beatrice (now Tris) as she explores bravery, survival, and self-discovery in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. In an intricate world full of power struggles and suspense, Tris fights against society’s expectations and becomes a symbol of hope and change for the greater community.

4. Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Publish Date: June 5, 2012

5-word summary: marriage, secrets, lies, mystery, revenge

4.13 avg rating — 3,112,149 ratings

Nick Dunne is the seemingly ordinary husband who is thrown into chaos on his 5th anniversary when he discovers his wife, Amy, has disappeared. The story explores the dark secrets and lies of their seemingly perfect marriage. Nick becomes the primary suspect of the investigation as the media and police scrutinize his every move.

Gone Girl is a detailed and thrilling account of Nick Dunne’s journey through marriage, secrets, and vengeance as he tries to figure out what happened to Amy. Each page includes another twist and turn, with alternating perspectives between Nick and Amy. It will have you asking yourself, “Who did it? What happened?” It’s a gripping narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and may have you second guessing all your past relationships.

5. The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Publish Date: February 11, 2014

5-word summary: survival, space, science, hope, humor

4.42 avg rating — 1,130,218 ratings

Mark Watney, a botanist astronaut is stranded on Mars by accident when a deadly storm causes his team to think he is deceased. With no way to contact Earth and limited supplies, Mark must figure out how to survive until the next planned mission, which is four years away.

The Martian is an account of Watney’s journey of survival and human ingenuity as he uses science and a dash of humor to endure his harrowing circumstances. The novel will have you glued to your seat until the end. With detailed science that’s easy to digest, a likable character, and light-hearted wit—the novel offers a fresh take on the traditional survival tale, and will leave you with a feeling of hope.

6. All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Publish Date: May 6, 2014

5-word summary: War, teens, blind girl, Germany

4.32 avg rating — 1,683,710 ratings

This novel focuses on a young blind girl named Marie-Laure Leblanc and a German boy named Werner Pfennig who are forced together during World War II. The story starts in Paris where Marie lives with her father who works at the Museum of Natural History and has built a intricate model of the city for her to navigate.

When German forces invade Paris, Marie and her father flee to the coastal city of Saint-Malo. Separately, Werner is drafted to help the Nazi regime despite his love for science and radio and is forced into a dangerous Nazi military academy.

All the Light We Cannot See is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful story of Marie and Werner’s journey through World War II and the power of human connection. It will have you on the edge of your seat with each unpredictable encounter and chapter until the end.

7. Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Publish Date: August 16, 2011

5-word summary: virtual reality, pop-culture, teens, love

4.23 avg rating — 1,176,359 ratings

In this dystopian novel, a teenager named Wade Watts seeks to escape a bleak reality through a massive virtual reality world called the OASIS. The founder of the OASIS died, leaving his billion-dollar estate to whoever can win a series of challenges hidden within the game that pay homage to classic video games, science fiction, and fantasy movies, and 1980’s pop-culture.

Wade soon finds himself in a competition to save the OASIS from those wanting to monetize it and destroy its purpose. Ready Player One explores virtual reality, love, competition, and the power of imagination in a futuristic dystopia.

8. Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publish Date: August 31, 2010

5-word summary: fantasy, angels, demons, Victorian, mystery

4.31 avg rating — 833,434 ratings

Set in the Victorian Era in London, this fantastical novel begins with a young girl named Tessa Gray traveling from New York to London to join her brother Nate. Tessa soon finds herself in trouble when she’s abducted by a shadowy group of women called the “Dark Sisters” who intend to change her life forever.

Clockwork Angel is a thrilling story of Tessa’s journey to understand her powers and survive her captivity. She must fight against dark forces that threaten to overtake Victorian England and discover a shocking family secret.

9. Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publish Date: January 3, 2012

5-word summary: fantasy, cyborgs, fairy tales, royalty

4.13 avg rating — 930,190 ratings

Set in New Beijing, this dystopian novel brings a futuristic spin to the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. In this telling, Cinder is an outcast cyborg who works as a mechanic and lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. When she encounters Prince Kai, Cinder is thrust into a dangerous world of political intrigue and a deadly plague.

Cinder must decide between saving herself and her new love, while also uncovering her forgotten past and fighting for the freedom of New Beijing. This novel will have you glued to your seat until the end.

10. Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publish Date: January 5, 2012

5-word summary: love story, loss, romance, freedom

4.26 avg rating — 1,639,940 ratings

Louisa Clark, a young woman in a small English town takes a job to care for a man named Will Traynor after a motorcycle accident left him with quadriplegia. Though Louisa has limited experience as a caregiver, she is hired for her positive attitude and eagerness to bring some excitement and sunshine into Will’s life. Louisa and Will clash due to their conflicting personalities but slowly begin to care for each other.

The story explores themes of love, loss, romance, and freedom as Louisa and Will learn to live life to the fullest despite difficult challenges. This novel is a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale that will have you questioning your own values.

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