“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Is a quote from the famous author Victor Hugo. For World Book Day, we’re looking at some of great reads that have brought the trucking industry to the masses. Books are a great resource to pass time in the rig on break or detention times.  There’s a variety of books available relating to trucking from children’s books, memoirs from truckers and other novels! You can have books laying in the truck to pick up whenever or get a tablet to store as many books as you want while taking up little space. Check below as we list some amazing reads and how you can read them!

– Big Rig: Comic Tales from a Long Haul Trucker (2001) by Don McTavish

  • “Come along for a ride with big rig truckers. In Big Rig: Comic Tales from a Long Haul Trucker, veteran trucker Don McTavish will take you on some eye-popping, highly comical road trips.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart

– The Concrete Cowboy (2001) by Stephan R Hutchinson

  • “This book is about a young man who gets out of the military and buys an over-the-road truck without thoroughly investigating the perils of the industry. He jumps in with both feet and it’s “Full Speed Ahead” and “Hell Bent for Leather” from then on, facing the challenges of being an Interstate over-the-road trucker.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

– Clutch the Trucking Cat (2007) by Joie and Amanda Flickinger

  • “These stories are mainly about life in general and about the trucking industry from the perspective of animals and how they interact with their humans. Oftentimes the animals may even take on some of the characteristics and behaviors of the humans with whom they interact.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

– In The Driver’s Seat: Interstate Trucking — a Journey (2011) by Marc Mayfield

  • “One month after his 45th birthday, Marc Mayfield became a long-haul truck driver, something he’d always wanted to do… he loved the solitude of a truck cab and traveled more than one million accident-free miles. Along the way, he all but destroyed his marriage. Then he met someone he didn’t know he’d been looking for: Himself.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

– A Long Way From Home: A Trucker’s Life Through A Woman’s Eye (2011) by CL Miller

  • “I was learning a new skill at age fifty-four, so very different from the quiet and predictable desk jobs I had done in the past… If, a half-dozen yeas ago, someone had told me I’d be doing this job today, I would have laughed them off. Ten years ago, I would have assumed them to be certifiably insane. Yet, here I am.”
  • Available: Barnes & Noble, Apple Books , Google Play

– Truckin’ Up! (2014) by Donna Carver

  • “Donna Carver gives us a funny and interesting look at the trucking industry and the trucker’s CB radio slang. From the passenger seat of a ‘sure enough store bought large car’, she’s ‘stylin and profilin’, checking out the ‘seat covers’, and watching the ‘bushes for bears’ as she gets the ride of her life.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

–  Mother Trucker: An Urban Couple Downshifts to Life on the Road (2017) by Shelley Hamel

  • “A true story of how a middle-aged married couple abandon lucrative white-collar professional careers to become long-haul truck drivers…”
  • Available: Amazon

– The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road (2017) by Finn Murphy

  • “More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people’s belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble , Apple Books, Google Play

– I’ll Be a Truck Driver (When I Grow Up…) (2018) by Connie Colwell Miller

  • “Readers follow along with an over-the-road truck driver as a young boy pretends to be a semi-truck driver hauling a load of oranges from a Florida orchard to a store across the country. Includes a glossary of truck-driving terms and an activity that lets readers practice mapping a route across a state.”
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

– Tripp Wheeler Adventures – The Red, White and Blue Party (2019) by Linda Hagopian and Debbie Ruane Sparks

  • “Ride along with Tripp, a truck driver, and Detour, his sidekick, as they roll down the highway from one adventure to another. You’ll see exciting places and find out how they solve problems with the help of people they meet along the way. In this first book of the 10-4 Good Buggy series, Tripp and Detour need to work with others to avoid an ice cream meltdown in Washington, D.C.!”
  • Available: Official Site, Amazon

Which books are your favorite? Share in the comments section and let us know how you stayed entertained in your rig!


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