We love a good read, especially when it takes us to faraway places and teaches us about new traditions and cultures. With summer only a few weeks away, it鈥檚 the perfect time to get lost in a novel, whether you鈥檙e traveling across the globe or a car ride away. If you don鈥檛 have any vacay plans in the near future or just feel like taking a mini trip via literature, we鈥檝e got your must-reads for some vicarious traveling.

1. Beautiful Ruins ($11): You鈥檝e seen this on everyone鈥檚 must-read list, and for good reason. This book will have you planning your own Italian escape in no time. Spend a rainy afternoon reading about a rekindled love affair that starts on the Italian coast in 1962 and continues in Hollywood 50 years later.

2. The Last Days of California ($18): The joys of a dysfunctional family play out as Jess鈥檚 family packs up the car and travels west to save people before the rapture. Her secretly pregnant sister adds even more dynamic to the story.

3. The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me ($19): Suzanne Kingsbury writes a romantic story of rebellious young love in a place resistant to change. Pour yourself a cool glass of lemonade, relax on a blanket and send yourself to the sweltering summer setting of Houser Banks, Mississippi.

4. Nick & Nora鈥檚 Infinite Playlist ($10): Lose yourself in the indie rock scene of NYC without having to wait in line or spend a dime. You鈥檒l laugh and swoon as you follow Nick and Nora on their journey to find a legendary band鈥檚 secret show.

5. A Thousand Days in Venice ($13): Taste the flavors of Italy through this romantic story of a divorced American chef who meets a stranger and falls in love. One year later, Marlena decides to sell her house in St. Louis and move to Venice to marry him.

6. Paris Was Ours ($13): No need to whip out your passport. See the romantic city through 32 writers鈥 eyes in this collection of short essays. Read what brought them to the city, what kept them there and what continued to fascinate them.

7. The Geography of Bliss ($11): Travel the globe with Eric Weiner to investigate where 鈥渦n-unhappiness鈥 is located. From Asheville, North Carolina to Quatar, this epic journey sheds some rays on sunnier dispositions around the world.

8. The Alchemist ($17): Here鈥檚 an inspirational read that鈥檚 perfect for anyone doing some soul searching. You鈥檒l identify with the protagonist as he follows his dreams and finds omens along his path.

9. Amy & Roger鈥檚 Epic Detour ($8): As Amy finds herself during a cross-country road trip, you鈥檒l enjoy the classic motel and diner scenes along the way. It鈥檚 the perfect read for lounging outside on a sunny day.

10. Caramelo ($12): From Chicago to Mexico City, this captivating novel tells the colorful, poignant story of one family鈥檚 history and romantic affairs.

11. Becoming Odyssa ($13): This book might just inspire you to grab your backpack and hit the road. It follows Jennifer, a badass chick drawn to hike the Appalachian Trail. The four-month hike challenges her like she never imagined.

12. Dollbaby ($20): Here鈥檚 your glimpse into the charm and tradition of New Orleans in the 鈥60s. Ibby, a young girl who recently lost her father, is sent to stay with her quirky grandmother in Louisana. Once there, she begins to understand race in the civil rights era.

13. Chocolat ($14): Escape to the small town of Lansquenet, where chocolate maker Vianne鈥檚 passion will encourage you to indulge your own sweet tooth. She brings the community together with her shop treats and clever cures. The only thing better than eating chocolate is reading about it, right?

What are your go-to reads when you wanna get away? Leave us a note in the comments below.