It’s no secret that I love to travel. If you’ve read other posts on this blog, you’ll know that I take every chance I get to explore the world. Alas, travel can be a bit expensive, so while I’m saving up for my next great adventure, reading books that take me to exotic locales is the next best thing. Here are a few of my favourites for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl:
- Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan – “Alamak!” All of the fantastic locales that Kwan describes… and the food alone makes me want to hop on a plane and set out for Singapore. The entire series is an awesome and hilarious adventure.
- Love and Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch – Again, with the food. I love Italy, and this book took me right back to visiting the Duomo and eating too much gelato.
- An Age of License, by Lucy Knisley – I’m a huge fan of Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoirs, but this one is especially fun, because readers get to follow her as she travels through Europe.
- The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – Set in London, The Royal We features tons of cool locations in one of my favourite cities. Also, did I mention that there is a handsome, single prince in this book? Seriously, even if you hate London, the Prince is enough to keep things interesting.
- Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon – Does time travel count? I mean, it’s still travel… Also, did I mention the super-hot scotsman in this one? No? Well… Why else does one travel?
- Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – Yes, I was inspired by the travel. Also, this book just made me hungry.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain – Perhaps not an exotic locale for me, but I liked Twain’s descriptions of the languid Mississippi river set as the backdrop for boyhood adventures. If you are a fan of Nick Offerman (because why wouldn’t you be?) there is an audiobook out where he narrates.
- Wild, by Cheryl Strayed – I think I liked reading this one so much because for a few hundred pages I could experience hiking the Pacific Crest trail without actually having to hike. I hate hiking, ya’ll. But, I loved this book.
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien – Confession: I kind of gave up in book two, because what is with all of that “they walked through the forest” for like a million pages BS? Sorry, bookish internet. I promise to go back and read it again. The Lord of the Rings did inspire some of my travels in New Zealand, though.
- Paper Towns, by John Green – One night, Quentin’s crush Margo climbs in through his window and everything changes. An awesome mystery/road trip novel that always makes me want to return to Florida.
What books make you want to travel more?