How to awaken your mind, inspire your spirit, and refresh your body.

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  • Does the image of sandy white beaches, leaning palm trees, lush undergrowth, water in varying shades of blue and green, footprints in the wet sand, seashells, and seaweed strewn along the beach, and driftwood washed up on the shore beckon you?
  • Do you hear the soothing swish of the surf, waves crashing into rocks, the cries of seagulls, swimmers splashing, and book pages turning?
  • Do you smell salt water, sunscreen and tanning oil, sweat, rain, the earthy smell of a rainforest, decaying vegetation, and fresh fruit and unique blends of spices?
  • Do you taste tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, apricots, bananas, figs, melons, guavas), coconut, and fresh seafood?
  • Do you feel the warm sun and hot air, wind tugging at your hair, rough driftwood, warm ocean water sliding over your skin, hot sand, sinking your feet into the sand with each step?

Can you imagine the power of an island to take you on a path of increased well-being and creativity?

Well, you’re not alone.

Island sensations are endowed with singular magic. When you visit islands it’s easy to realize why islands are among the most recurrent destinations in literature. Islands take up a giant space in literature. And they are more than scenic locations. they are literary devices whose natural boundaries help shape and contain narratives. From classics to the current list of best sellers you find islands as central to the story.

Take an island vacation and pack a book to renew your mind, spirit, and body.

After you’ve found your island vacation here are a variety of island novels for you to read on a sandy beach.

Thirteen brilliant island books. A list of some of the greatest island books.

8 Caribbean books for your Bahamas vacation

10 Thrilling Imaginary Island Novels


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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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