Books and travel- pretty much what this site is about so I couldn't resist posting this when given the opportunity for a freebie.
I am a huge sucker for travel books. Send people to a foreign country and I am all over that. Unfortunately, it sometimes falls into the "white American girls goes to Europe" trope. If you have any suggestions for more diverse titles for this list throw them at me.
Just One Day
by Gayle Foreman
“Sometimes the best way to find out what you’re supposed to do is by doing the thing you’re not supposed to do.”
This book makes me so happy. What I really like is that although it seems to be about a boy what it becomes is a search for self. I also like the idea of travel as a catalyst for personal change.
by Lucy Knisley
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Published: September 5th, 2007
I just read this a couple weeks ago. This is a graphic novel but also a travelogue. I like the slow pace. If I could draw this is what I would like my travel notebooks to look like. Some intropection and then more description of food. Which is as it should be.
Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
This is a book that deserves a much better title and cover. I know that it is incredible popular in the book community but in real life quite a few people I know and respect have avoided it due to thinking that it is going to be cheesy and light. Anna and the French Kiss deserves so much more. Paris! Emotional development! Cute boy! There was and continues to be a whole lot of hype around this book but that is because it is just that good. If you haven't read it do it now!
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
by Guy Delisle
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Published: April 24th, 2012
Rating: expat fun
This is a graphic novel style travelogue (I am a fan) of a French-Canadian man living in Jerusalem with his family. It is interesting to see how light and amusing can flip on it's head to intense and philosophical. I think it has been criticized as pro- Palestine. It seems pretty balanced to me but something to be aware of.
North of Beautiful
by Justina Chen
“Getting lost is just another way of saying 'going exploring.”
Beautifully written. terra has a port wine stain on her face that dominates her life. Her disgraced cartographer father is abusive she has made elaborate plans to escape her own life.
Falling in Love with English Boys
by Melissa Jensen
“We only tell the secrets we secretly want not to be secret, right? And learn as much from what isn't told.”
A little bit Pride and Prejudice and a little bit figuring out that having an idea of a place isn't the same thing as knowing a place.
by Kirsten Hubbard
“Envy is when you want what someone else has. Jealousy’s when you also don’t want them to have it.”
Finally a novel about travel not set in Europe! And it was so good. I love it when a book validates your life philosophy.
by Jennifer Donnelly
“Together in our house, in the firelight, we are the world made small.”
Andi's life is falling apart and her father forces her to Paris for the winter break to pull what she can together. She discovers a diary from the time of the French revolution and things begin to change. I also made the playlist for this book and it is the best.
Unbreak my Heart
By Melissa C. Walker
“You can't beat yourself up anymore,' he says. 'And you can't compare your thing to my thing or to anyone else's thing on the how-bad-should-I-feel? scale.”
This is an examination of guilt, double standards, and family. Most of the action takes place on a sailboat which I enjoyed.