If I need to relax after work, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, or can’t afford a travel excursion, I take to a book about traveling to escape to daydreaming about travel.
Please add your suggestions, I really need to get to the classics!
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. Set in Egypt, a young boy named Santiago sets out in search of a ‘treasure’.
Eclipse – Richard North Patterson – Set in a mythical country in North Africa, a lawyer attempts to free a friend from being executed by a corrupt government.
River God – Wilbur Smith. A slave recounts his journeys throughout ancient Egypt as he looks after the loved ones in the royal house.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larrson. These books take place in Sweden and follow an unusual and talented girl and a popular reporter as they attempt to solve several mysteries (series).
Jo Nesbo - Claimed to be the next Steig Larrson. Inspector Harry Hole, an alcoholic and unconventional detective races around Norway to capture murderers (series).
Italian Days – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison. Traveling around Italy, in the view of the author.
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown. Need explanation?
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown. Again?
Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes. An author picks up her life in San Francisco and moves with her husband to a small villa in Italy (not really anything like the movie).
Italy – Lonely Planet Guide. Got me through Italy amazingly.
The Cloud Forest – Peter Matthiessen. A nautical journey to South America and to the wilderness beyond.
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson. Amazing facts as the author attempts a hiking trip through the Appalachian Mountains
Hawaii - James Michener. A multi-generational journey through the creation and development of the islands in Hawaii.
Merle’s Door- Ted Kerasote. Hiking, and growing to love a dog taken in from the mid-US wilderness.
Around the World in 80 Dates – Jennifer Cox. A young author travels around the world attempting to find the best date.
The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner. Three girls pick up their lives, leave their loved ones behind and spend a year traveling the world.