Still prefer real books to e-readers—but hate having to lug them in your suitcase? Shutters on the Beach, the iconic Santa Monica hotel, is introducing a new Beach Book Bag program, allowing guests to order their beach reads before stepping foot on the plane.
Just call the front desk up to 24 hours in advance of the scheduled check-in time, and the books will be bought at a local Barnes & Noble and waiting upon arrival. (Need inspiration? The Shutters blog will offer a current bestsellers’ list.) The best part: 20 percent of each purchase is donated to the bookseller’s Holiday Book Drive, which benefits the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Literally Healing Program.
In honor of this program, I polled a few Travel + Leisure colleagues on their recent top reads.
My pick is also a favorite of Assistant Editor Nikki Ekstein: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Deputy Digital Editor Adrien Glover recommends Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
Freelance researcher Peter is catching up on the classics; he just started Dostoevsky's The Brother's Karamazov.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.