Best Books to Read Before Going to Seattle


I visited Seattle as a moody teenager. The misty mountains, drizzly skies, and bustling coffee-fueled city fit my angsty adolescent self better than I could have imagined. I spent a week overlooking the sound, walking on rocky beaches, and of course, reading. Here are the best Seattle books that always remind me of my time there.

Best Seattle Books to Read Before You Travel There

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Skid Road by Murray Morgan

Okay, the title isn’t much of a looker but this book is inexplicably Seattle-esque. It’s the story of Seattle’s founding. The book is filled with both the dark and the light, hope and greed. As you read, you’ll even meet the personalities behind prominent street names like Yesler, Denny, Boren, and Mercer.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

If swashbuckling pirates, western zombies, and crazy inventors are your speed, give this alt-reality story set in late-1800’s Seattle a try.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This witty and sharp family comedy pokes fun at modern Seattle’s eco-everything, craftsman-bungalow-living lives. It’s a great light read for a city that often inspires moodier reads.

Seattle: City of Literature by Ryan Boudinot

How could I not include a book about books in this list? If you’re looking to add to your TBR, pick up this book that reflects on Seattle’s most beloved authors.

Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah

This heartwarming coming-of-age story spans three decades of friendship in the Pacific Northwest. A perfect pick-me-up if the dreary rain is getting the best of you.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Had to. P.s. the books are miles better than the movies.



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