Here is an ongoing list of books that I have read that have, in one way or another, inspired my travels, transported me so completely, reminded me of my own travels or caught my eye when perusing the travel narrative section of bookstores. Please share your favorites in the comments.
Metro Stop Dostoevsky: Travels in Russian Time by Ingrid Bengis
The Underground Storyteller by Alex Day
Kind of jealous of this one. It’s my kind of quest. Alex Day visits every station on the London Underground and lives to tell the tales.
The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy
The Pig Trilogy: The Pig Did It; The Pig Comes to Dinner and The Pig Goes to Hog Heaven by Joseph Caldwell
I haven’t actually finished this series. I’ve read one a summer and I’m on the final book. A comforting mix of Irish bucolic coastal life and the folklore tradition.
Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer by Chuck Thompson
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Two girlfriends and I decided to start a quasi book club that would meet when a favorite local restaurant had their Mexican Nights. The Bronze Horseman was the first (and only) book that was read all the way through by the three of us. This book was one of the easiest books to get swept up in that I’ve ever read. Having been to St. Petersburg, I felt I was right there with the main characters as they met and fell in love on the streets of the city. When we met to talk about the book, I prepared a slideshow of some of the main locations from photos I had taken. I don’t know if this had any effect on the other two, but I thought it was really cool to be able to show them that these places are real.
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
The Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear