My Travel Reading List

Maybe some day when I am older or in retirement, I can be like Nina Sankovitch and vow to read one book a day for 365 days. When I was little, I read everything in sight from the Nancy Drew series to The Little House on the Prairie. I especially loved the box of The Baby-Sitter’s Club books that my mom’s friend gave to me. I would sometimes read one a day just like Nina.

When I was in high school, english literature was my favorite subject because I was assigned to read all the classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Crime and Punishment, and Catcher in the Rye and as a class we would dissect every word of every sentence and discuss the themes throughout the book, all of which I would never have understood had it not been for my teachers and fellow classmates.

In college, I didn’t have time to read the books I loved anymore. I had to read textbooks about communication theories and accounting or economics. The only time I had for pleasure reading was during the summer and even then I only had time to read maybe one or two books.I was actually looking forward to graduation because then I would be free to read all the books I wanted. When I moved to London and started working at the literary agency, I instantly had shelves upon shelves of books at my disposal. I could simply pick one to take home with me to read and return when I was finished. It was heaven. My friends that were traveling with me had just as voracious an appetite for reading as I did and it encouraged me to read even more. When we started traveling, we couldn’t pack a whole library in our tiny suitcases, so we each brought one or two books and traded with each other throughout the two month long trip. My revitalization in reading after college is still going strong and I now have a list of books that I add to every day. I fear that I will never get to read all of them and that’s why it might not be such a bad idea to take on the same vow as Nina Sankovitch.

I am a member on (add me!) and the site helps me keep track of all of the books I have read, all the books I want to read, and all the books I am currently reading. I can share my lists with friends and give them recommendations.  Ever since my travels, I have become more interested in reading travel literature to learn about other people’s adventures and to gain more perspective on how to write my own stories. Right now I am reading Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson. Here is what I have read and what I would like to read. If you have any books to add to my list, feel free to leave a comment!

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

To Read:

Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance by Don George

The Kindness of Strangers by Don George

Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered by Tim Cahill

Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer by Rolf Potts

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

The Scenic Route: A Novel by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

100 Places Every Woman Should Go by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

4 thoughts on “My Travel Reading List

  1. At the risk of overloading the list of book you want to read, I suggest that you check out my blog, A Traveler’s Library. Every day we talk about a book (or sometimes a movie) that inspires travel.

    Thanks for your list–a couple that I had not put on my TBR list.

  2. Try “Jandal Prints on the Globe” – a collection of short stories and photography by young New Zealanders travelling the world. There are stories from all over – some are sad, most are funny, and others a bit more educational. Cool amateur photography too.

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