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A vacation is all about an escape to a new place, and that’s one reason reading and beach getaways go hand-in-hand. A sun-warmed beach chair, crashing waves and a good book are all the makings of the perfect afternoon as you lose yourself in fantasy worlds and made-up realities. Reading at the beach is a great way to relax and get away from it all.

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we love a good book. Of course, our favorites are those written by Alabama authors or set in our home state, and we want to share them with you. Whether you want to lose yourself in a tale of mystery, swoon over a romance novel or relive Civil War battles, there’s a myriad of books to choose from in numerous genres.  For your Gulf Shores vacation reading enjoyment, select from our list of books and set the tone for a literary escape. Come discover a whole new state of intrigue on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

Have you ever visited a place after reading about it in a book?  Would you know where the small Alabama town of Monroeville is if you hadn’t read “To Kill a Mockingbird”?  Chances are, you wouldn’t. What if you could read a novel and immediately have digital access to a place described? With today’s technology, readers can download a book on their electronic device and with embedded links, instantly browse a tourism website! The SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) is working with the Alabama Tourism Department, the University of Alabama, as well as two other colleges, to promote tourism fiction.  SELTI has already published two tourism-themed novels and holds an annual tourism fiction writing contest. Learn more.

SELTI founder Patrick Brian Miller penned “Blind Fate,” recognized as the first tourism novel with an interactive tourism guide embedded with links. The novel includes the Rosa Parks Museum, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and other cultural attractions. Purchase “Blind Fate” here.

Enter to Win

To top off your vacation reading fun, enter to win a three-night beach vacation in the Read Your Way Around the Beach sweepstakes. There are three ways to enter.