Did you know that when I’m not planning Disney vacations I’m the Library Director at my local Public Library? I really do love helping people; sometimes it’s planning their vacation and other times it’s showing them how to print from an email or how to find a book about gardening.

So I’ve decided to take it upon myself to offer you some great vacation reads each month. They may not be the latest and greatest books, they may not have ever been best sellers, but I think that will make them all the more special.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
I had to start with a Disney book of course! The Kingdom Keepers series, while written for kids, is a really enjoyable read (perhaps so BECAUSE it was written for kids and we’re all kids at heart…). Pearson does an incredible job of capturing the sinister-ness of the Disney villains while allowing the reader to get swept away in some seriously tech-y Disney magic. The story follows 5 young teens who are hired to be Disney Guides… but they aren’t the guides, their holograms are (seriously tech-y… I told you!). The teens quickly find themselves venturing through the parks at night, as their holograms, while they’re bodies are fast asleep at home. The Disney animatronics come to life at night and the villains are trying to take over Magic Kingdom! It’s fast paced and really fun. Plus if you love it, there’s 6 more that take place in Disney World and a whole other series that takes place in Disneyland!

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen quickly became one of my favorite authors when I read The Sugar Queen in 2009. I’ve since read all of her books, at least once each, though some more, but The Sugar Queen remains my favorite. There’s something about the candy, the main character’s relationship to it, it just hits me. Sarah Addison Allen has an incredible way with magical realism. She and Walt Disney would have been friends; They’re both so good at making magic seem so possible.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I won’t say much about the story in The Princess Bride because chances are you’ve seen the movie. But I’d bet you didn’t know it was based on a book. Now that you know this, you’re probably thinking “oh I’ll have to read it! The book is always better than the movie.” And trust me friend, this book is incredible. It will not disappoint.

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
If you’re looking for an interesting non-fiction read, I’ve got you covered. Seemingly appropriate for those of us throwing money at Disney, Why We Buy is a really fascinating look at how and why we spend our money, as well as a look at how brands hook us in and what they do to keep us hooked.

A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand is known for her light, summer, beach-y reads, and A Summer Affair does not disappoint. Venture to Nantucket where Claire is planning a benefit gala while also navigating through raising a family, running her own business and (of course) dealing with love. I always enjoy Hilderbrand’s novels; while light, they never seem predictable.

That’s the list for this month friends. Check back in late May for another list of recommended vacation reads!