Whether you found this post searching for books set on an island, or are participating in our Book Voyage reading challenge, we hope you find your perfect armchair travel getaway on our list below.
From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, and from the tropical South Pacific to books set in cooler temperatures off the east coast of the USA, our list of recommended books offers a wide variety of island vibes.
What Kind of Books Are Included On This List?
We’ve compiled a great list of island novels, as well as some wonderful memoirs and travelogues. If you prefer lighter island books, you’ll find some great rom books and escapist fiction on our list (and even more on our beach reads list), but our recommendations also run the gamut from historical fiction to epic family sagas, with a few non-fiction picks mixed in for good measure.
For this list, we have focused primarily on islands that are not already covered by another region in the Book Voyage Challenge. For example, there are many island nations in Southeast Asia that are included on our Southern Asia book list, so we did not include those books here to avoid duplicates. Additionally, you’ll find more island books on our lists for other regions, such as Madagascar on the Africa book list, and the Galapagos on the South America book list, and New Zealand on the Australia/New Zealand book list.
There are a lot of classic tropical island adventure books – like Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, and Robinson Crusoe set on fictional islands. For our list, however, we’ve selected books set on islands that you can pinpoint on a world map.
The Best Books Set on Islands
You are welcome to choose any book that you’d like to read for the challenge, but we hope that this list of books has given you a good starting point.
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Book Recommendations for Other Regions
Find more recommendations for other regions of the world using the links below.
- Books Set in South America
- Books Set in North America
- Books Set in the Middle East
- Books Set on a Form of Transportation
- Books Set in Asia: Northern Countries
- Books Set in Asia: Southern Countries
- Books Set in Australia and New Zealand
- Books Set in Eastern Europe & Russia
- Books That Take Place On an Island
- Books Set in Africa
- Books Set in Western Europe
- Books Set in Antarctica and the Arctic
- Books that Span Multiple Continents