Inspired by an old Top Ten Tuesday topic (from June 2018), I decided to look into my recent reading history and put together 10 books that awaken the travel bug in me.

๐ŸŒŽ Around the world – Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I start with a surprising choice, because most of the action from Piranesi takes place in an enclosed labyrinth. However, the main character is so curious about nature, so interested in all details … it makes me want to travel the world and be as curious as him!

๐ŸŒŽ Around the world – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Addie LaRue travels a lot! And she does not only go from one place to another, but also leaves a mark, as she influences (fictional) local artists in their work. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (my review) inspires me to learn about art and hidden stories of masterpieces around the world.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy – The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

I read The Name of the Rose a few years ago (my review) and it still makes me think of beautiful Italian abbeys and charming fortress cities. Italy is one of the countries I visited several times, and I just can’t get enough of the beautiful nature and lovely places … la vita e bella ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados – How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

Golden sand and turquoise beaches … Barbados seems to be like heaven on Earth! While reading How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House (my review) I could not avoid the thought that maybe one day I’ll get there.

However, the book does not paint a beautiful picture of local’s life in Barbados, raising awareness about the violence against women in the Caribbean.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar – Red Island House by Andrea Lee

Reading Red Island House (my review) definitely made me want to travel to Madagascar. The book is a full immersion in the culture of Madagascar, as each new chapter brings into spotlight another facet of the islandโ€™s heritage – from mystical local legends to the less-magical impact that tourists had on the local people.

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam – The Mountains Sing by Quแบฟ Mai Nguyแป…n Phan

Vietnam is one of the places I’d love to explore, and I picked up The Mountains Sing (my review) mainly because it was set in Vietnam ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though the story itself is quite sad, illustrating the difficulties of local families who faced violent reforms and wars, The Mountains Sing is a lovely book that will get you closer to the Vietnamese culture.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania – The Innocents by Ioana Parvulescu

Next is a book set in Romania that makes me want to travel and explore my home country. The action from The Innocents (my review) is mainly taking place in Brasov and its surroundings, one of the most beautiful areas in Romania.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands – The Miniaturist and The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton

I am very fond of the Netherlands, as I lived there for 2 years during my master studies. So when I read the two amazing books by Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist (my review) and its sequel The House of Fortune (my review), I was immediately transported to the lovely streets of Amsterdam.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton book cover illustration

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain – The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn

Needless to say, my favourite series of all times cannot be forgotten from this list ๐Ÿ™‚ The Cemetery of Forgotten Books (my review) takes you on an adrenaline-rush journey through beautiful Barcelona, wondering on gothic streets. Real and imagined places are featured in Zafรณn’s stories – check out this post by These Paper Words for some real-world examples!

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

The action from Christie’s book takes place during a cruise on the Nile, in Egypt. Beautiful sunsets, astonishing temples, lovely parties – reading Death on the Nile (my review) is a full immersion in a fancy holiday. Too bad the good atmosphere (and Poirot’s holiday) is interrupted by a death …

Now it’s your turn! What books awaken the travel bug in you?

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‘Till next time … happy reading!


PS: cover photo from Pexels

13 thoughts on “Ten books that awaken the travel bug in me

  1. Great list of books! I loved The Mountains Sing and Shadow of the Wind. I still need to finish that series but I’m looking forward to diving back in and checking out some of the others on here that are still on my TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations! I haven’t heard of any of these 2 books, looking forward to exploring them! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Also, happy to hear you read Red Island House – I feel like it’s not a very popular book (at least in my bubble) and it has potential to have more success ๐Ÿ™‚

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