One of the many wonderful perks of St. John is the relaxing nature and the time to read. Read, as in read something you like. Can you imagine?

Whatever your desired St. John subject, there’s a book with real printed pages you can enjoy on your next trip to the US Virgin Islands.

Which ones have you read?

Any recommendations?

Any additions?

Please share your comments below!

Check out these top sellers on the topic and grab your best reading material for St. John, for beach bums, trail tacklers, and culture cravers!


Mingo’s Cave by Chuck Ball

Thunder Point by Jack Higgins

Don’t Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk

Adrift on St. John by Rebecca M. Hale

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Author)

The Dream of Saint Ursula: Mystery in Virgin Islands St. John, Kenneth Butcher

Blood & Secrets by T.Q. Bernier

Murder in Coral Bay, A Tale of St. John by Wilson Roberts

Escape To St . Johan by Paul Devine

Memoirs, Non-Fiction

My Next Husband Will Be Normal: A St. John Adventure by Rae Ellen Lee

Desiring Paradise, a true story of succumbing to the dream by Karin W. Schlesinger

St. John People Stories about St John Residents by St John Residents

No Virgin Island: A Sabrina Salter Mystery by C. Michele Dorsey

Settlers Handbook for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Relocation Guide)

Travel, Beach & Hiking Trail Guides

St. John Beach Guide by Gerald Singer

St. John Off the Beaten Track by Gerald Singer

St. John: Feet, Fins & Four Wheel Drive; Pam Gaffin

The Hiker’s Guide to the Virgin Islands National Park Map, authorized by the VINP

Native Trees & Plants of East End, St John. By Eleanor Gibney

St. John Island, USVI: Travel Guide, Vacation, Holiday, Honeymoon by Paul Gibson

St. John US Virgin Islands by Lynn Sullivan

The Best of St. Thomas and St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands by Richard B. Myers and Pamela Acheson

Explore the Virgin Islands by Harry S. Pariser

Historical References

St. John People: A dozen St. John writers profile twenty-two interesting local residents

Virgin Islands National Park: The Story Behind the Scenery by Alan Robinson, K C & Gwen DenDooven, Fritz Henley (photographer)

Tales of St. John & the Caribbean by Gerald Singer, Jack Andrews, Curtney Chinnery, John Gibney, Andy Rutnik, Bob Tis & others

Vintage St. John: Discover St. John’s History Through Seven Generations of Heartfelt Stories by Valerie Sims

St. John People: Stories about St. John residents by St. John residents  by Cap’n Fatty Goodlander

Before Our Time: An Oral History of St. John by Janet Burton (Author), Tony Scimeca (Photographer)

Children’s books

Children’s Coloring, Learning & Activity Book USVI by Mark Drenth and Abner Cardona

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Konte Chameleon, Fine, Fine, Fine by Cristina Kessler

Marine Life, Sea Life & Underwater Landscapes by Lora Dewola

Life Under the Ocean, Kids Coloring Book by Young Scholar


Local West Indian Food & Cooking Guides

St. John Style, Islanders Favorite Recipes by Gretchen Labrenz



Which ones are your favorites? Do share!


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