Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Posted June 12, 2018 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme previously hosted by the lovely folks @ The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is top ten:

Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

This was actually a super-hard topic for me because I don’t tend to read a lot of books set in OUR world since I mostly read fantasy and a lot of the fantasy worlds I read about you would definitely not want to travel to! So this list contains some books about travel and some books set in places I would love to visit!

1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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I never had any burning desire to visit Central America – until I read this book! Seriously, this book gave me so many feels it is unreal. I love the story and the journey that Bria takes across Central America to rediscover herself. It’s just a beautiful book and one that definitely gave me itchy feet!

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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This list would not be complete without ‘Anna and the French Kiss’. Despite being relatively close by (UK) I’ve never actually visited France and Paris has never really been on my list of must-visit places. This book certainly went a long way to change all that. It might not be a destination I have to visit right away but I definitely want to travel there after reading this book!

3. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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Road trip baby! I love books with road trips and although the subject matter of this book is pretty dark (Harper travels to California after the suicide of her elder sister) it still evokes a feeling of wonder and grace. A stunning book that really makes me want to take a road trip across America.

4. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

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I’ve never actually been to a convention and this book really makes me feel like I’ve been missing out! Combining conventions with a road trip and cute, nerdy boys – this book ticks all of my boxes! ‘How to Repair a Mechanical Heart’ desperately makes me want to go to a convention and nerd out with like-minded peeps.

5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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New York is one of the places I desperately want to travel to. There are other books that show off New York (‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for example)  but I love this tale of two former lovers reconnecting and discovering the city. Very different in tone to the first book ‘If I Stay’ but I loved this one even more.

6. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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Cath Crowley’s books are always amazing. They really make me want to visit Australia and ‘Words in Deep Blue’ is no exception. This book is beautifully written and I felt such a connection to the characters and the setting. Definitely a place I want to travel to someday!

7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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This book got to me in a lot of different ways. It deals with the grief of losing a loved one and second chances. I read it not long after losing my mum when I was on holiday in a chalet so not too different from the cabin by the lake in the book. It was a difficult book in that it reminded me of a difficult time but I read it during an extremely necessary holiday that ended up being just what I needed at the time.

8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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A European holiday that leads to finding yourself? This book is my jam!! Honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read and definitely deserving of a spot on this list due to all of the amazing locales the characters visit.

9. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

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This ones a bit of a cheat since Neil (the main character) does most of his travelling prior to the start of the book. Not to mention the fact that he is on the run from his murderous father! Still, he does a fair bit of travelling to and from the various games in the series. Not to mention the amazing sounding cabin vacation the whole team takes. So, I’m counting this!

10. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

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Another book set in Australia! This book is primarily dealing with trauma but the setting also sounds so amazing. I have always been fascinated by surfing and would love to try it someday. Surfing in Australia sounds even more idyllic.

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5 responses to “Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

  1. Some awesome locations!
    I have never been to Paris either, and i’m not sure i’m that keen to go.
    Last month i went to Belgium via Lille and that seemed like an interesting / cute place and it was an hour away with Eurostar. One of these weekends i might even visit it specifically.

  2. Jo

    I love Paris, it’s so beautiful! One of my WIPs is actually partially set in Paris and I’m sorely tempted to go back….you know for research purposes!

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