One of my favorite parts of summer are the warm nights that are perfect for outdoor nightly activities! Whether you’re deep-woods camping or simply stargazing in your backyard, camping is such a fun activity. I mean, s’mores, bonfires and stars…do I have to say more? The only thing that can make camping more perfect is a good book to read by the campfire!
The Perfect Books to Take Camping
1. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
This enemies-to-lovers romance takes place over the course of a few days in the wilderness and would be perfect to bring with you on your own camping trip! Zorie and Lennon are forced to work together when they find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the woods. Not only this is book full of a swoony romance, it also shows how you can find your way to safety in the wild!
2. Run Away With Me by Mila Gray
This passionate summer romance is another perfect read to pack in your camping bag! The book takes place on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, and as the love interests work together for the summer, they can’t help but fall for one another. Plus if you love the one bed trope, you’ll love when love interests, Emerson and Jake, discover they’re one tent short on the camping excursion they’re leading.
3. Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
This adventure story follows two girls, Tamsin and Wren, who would rather do anything than travel together. However, when a magical plague forces the two to camp across the land in hopes of saving the queendom, they find they cannot avoid the attraction between them.
4. Night Shine by Tessa Gratton
An orphan girl named Nothing travels through demon-filled rain forests and past crossroads guarded by spirits in hopes of saving Prince Kirin from the nasty Sorceress Who Eats Girls in this exciting adventure book. While camping under the stars, read Night Shine to find out where this journey takes Nothing!
5. Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Better Than the Movies features a lot of rom-com themes and mentions that will delight every rom-com movie lover! We love all the romantic scenes in this book (including a super sweet stargazing date between the love interests). This book will be sure to pull at your heartstrings while you make s’mores at your campsite!
6. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
The Lucky List is chock-full of summer activities as Emily attempts to complete her mother’s old high school bucket list. One of the items? “Sleep under the stars.” Does Emily complete this and the rest of the bucket list items before the summer runs out? Pack this book in your camping bag to find out!
7. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Crown of Feathers is another adventure book full of traveling and camping scenes amid a dangerous fantasy world. Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.
8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This cover itself gives us major camping vibes. It also is indicative of an iconic stargazing scene between Aristotle and Dante. As these two loners spend more and more time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.