Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Favorite Travel Books

My Favorite Travel Writing
I've always loved to read. In the past year I've been devouring one particular genre far more than others, and that genre is Travel. Huge surprise there, right? I'm imagining many of you rolling your eyes at me right now.

 I'm not necessarily talking about non-fiction travel writing found in blogs or magazines such as National Geographic, although I do love those as well. I'm talking about Novels, some fictional, some truthful and some halfway in between, that do a great job of describing amazing places around the world.

Today I'm sharing my favorites with you!

1. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux.
 I loved this book. It is smartly written and tells the tale of a man who rides trains all across Europe, Asia and back again. The main character goes places (and eats things..ha!) that most sane people wouldn't dare to. Great read!

2. The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman.
This book is cute, witty and sweet. More importantly though, it's written very honestly. Rachel, the main character, is self-depreciating an funny, and I think the book accurately portrays what it's like as a female traveler. Be careful though, if you think your wanderlust is bad it will be far worse by the time you're finished.

3. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
 I cried so much, guys. I will recommend this read to everyone who will hear me. I will shout it from the rooftops! Three Cups of Tea tells the story of a man's mission to build schools in war torn Pakistan. Mortenson (the protagonist and co-author) strongly believes that education is the surest way to find peace. This is an eye-opening story that taught me a lot about Islam and Extremism and inspired me to do a lot more research on the subject. It is non-fiction but is written like fiction - there is a plotline and character development and I felt a strong connection with the story from start to finish.

4. Little Princes by Connor Grennan.
I picked up this book after finishing Three Cups of Tea because they seemed similar to me: Little Princes is about a young man who dedicates himself to bettering the lives of children in post civil-war Nepal. The stories are very different, however and I love both. Grennan's way of writing had me bursting out laughing ( public...) and sometimes bawling just a few paragraphs later.

5. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.
 It's important to point out that this book is a spoof. It's a satire set in 20th century Cuba and I found myself laughing throughout the entire thing, all while being totally seduced by the picture he painted of the hot, sleepy pre-Castro Carribbean. While there is plenty of ridiculous, ironic drama brought about by British spies and espionage, Greene still manages to express important ideas about social class, religion and international affairs.

6. Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman.
I picked this up thinking it would be a guilty-pleasure read along the same lines of Eat. Pray. Love. In many ways it was, but I really did relate to many of the different women throughout the stories and it was a real page turner.  The book is about women travelers who love to eat and there are recipes. RECIPES!


Emily S (Em Busy Living) said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I've been wanting to read Three Cups of Tea... I'll add the others to my list!

Ella-Lauren said...

These all sound great...will be adding them to my must-read list!

Melanie @ On Windswept Lane said...

Books 1-3 have been on my radar for quite some time now. And between this post & your last one, I really do need to do more of what I love: read. Thanks for the reminder & recommendations, Daryl.

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

So perfect to come across this - I'm going on a long flight next week and needed book suggestions!

Robyn said...

a nice wee list-think will have to check out Female Nomad and Friends- recipes you say!!

Dena Barrie said...

Oh thanks so much! I am uploading some for my spring vacation!

Marsa said...

just scrolled through your blog.

followed girl :)
love your style!!

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