12 books to read on your travels in 2016

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

Who never got travel inspiration from a book or read one while traveling? Books are a great source of inspiration and knowledge, but I’m not talking about the ones you need to study for an exam, I’m talking about those story books that being fictional or not have the power to take us somewhere else without having to move from where we are.

I haven’t read as many books as I would like to, in fact, my “to read” list on Goodreads has more books than the “I have read” list. I do plan to change that though, so each year I set up a challenge for myself to read at least 12 books in one year. And well, as I travel almost every month, most of them I read while on planes, at the airport, hotel, beach, boats, but also at home and at the public transportation.

Some books inspired me along the way, some made me laugh and cry, others were actually boring – don’t worry they are not on this list – and I hope to keep discovering and reading new ones so I can share them with you. For now, I have compiled a list of 12 books to read on your travels in 2016, they are not all recently released books, in fact, some of them I read a whileΒ ago. Nonetheless, I’m sure they will inspire you in one way or the other.

The Miniaturist

by Jessica Burton

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

A little bit of mystery – or should I say a lot? – with Amsterdam as background. This book will make you curious already from the start, and by the end you will be surprised and possibly disappointed. Beautifully written, this book will play with your imagination and you will be more involved than you expect.

How to be Parisian wherever you are

by Anne Berest

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

A book you might manage to read in one day, that will certainly make you laugh and rethink the way you behave, especially when in Paris. Also a book to read and re-read a few times and in the process learn more about the Parisians and their way of thinking.

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

You know that first love of yours? Well, Rainbow Rowell tells how Eleanor and Park fell in love, and how the world sometimes seems to be against two people being together. It seems girly and for teenagers, but trust me, you will never forget this book, and like me, you will probably need a few days to get over it and start reading another one. One of the best books I have ever read.

I’ve got your number

Sophie Kinsella

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

Someone lost the phone, and someone else’s life is about to change. A chick lit story – very – but one that will probably make you cry of so much laughing. Many times I read it before going to bed and ended up waking W up because of my uncontained laughter.

The fault in our stars

by John Green

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

If you haven’t read the book, you most probably watched the movie by now, but make no mistake, reading it is much more emotional than watching it. And if you haven’t done any of them yet, don’t waste your time, get that book and get going because this story is beautiful.

Me before you

by Jojo Moyes

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

When I read this book it wasn’t even that famous yet. It was one of the few books that made me cry and so angry at the same time. The story was so good that it will turn into a movie to be released early this year – with Emilia Clark as Lou – and Jojo Moyes recently published the sequel, After you. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the book on a bookshop at Heathrow Airport in November, I had to get it and read it.

The life list

by Lori Nelson Spielman

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

For all of you who like me love a list, here is an entire book based on a life list to have all items ticked off by the end of the story. From getting a puppy to forgiving, and falling in love. A lovely book to take with you on your travels.

Here come the girls

by Milly Johnson

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

Imagine being on a cruise with your friends, each one with their problems and broken hearts ready to sail into an adventure they will never forget. Here come the girls as the title says, is very girly, but very fun to read and great to give you an idea how it is like to be on a cruise. I’ve never been in one, so it was great to imagine how it is.

The loveliest chocolate shop in Paris

by Jenny Colgan

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

Chocolate and Paris? Yes, please. Romance? Even better. This is a very sweet book, which envolves old and new loves, past and present. It’s interesting that some of its scenes are still very vivid in my mind. While reading it you can even smell the chocolate.

One plus one

by Jojo Moyes

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

A road trip of kids, a dog and a confusing couple between England and Scotland that changed everyone’s life, a little bit of drama and a bit of humor. Another nice book by Jojo Moyes, easy and relaxing to read.

Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


If you like classics, here is one, by the tragic and amazing writer Fitzgerald, author of one my favorite stories of all time, The Great Gatsby. Tender is the Night involves, the French Riviera, Paris, Switzerland, Rome and other scenarios for the not so normal couple Dick and Nicole Diver.

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven

12 books to read on your travels in 2016

As the characters Violet and Theodore explore the Estate of Indiana in the US, you will think of yourself, your life, the ones you lost, and you will also cry. This is an unforgettable book, perfectly written, which words were carefully chosen to touch upon a very sensitive topic. The combination of Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars. No review can do justice to this book, my favorite so far, amazing from cover to cover.


Have fun reading in 2016!

If you have any book recommendation, I would love to know below on the comments.


About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I really want to read Me Before You, I have heard wonderful things. This list is really useful btw!

    • Ohhh you have to read it!!
      It’s an amazing book! I’m glad you liked the list.. have fun reading πŸ˜€

  • Places People Stories

    Great list! I have not read any of them, but there are some that sounds very interessting πŸ™‚ Always great to bring a book during travels, especially during long flights!

    • Thank you dear!! I’m happy that you liked the list!
      Yess, I always take a book along on my travels. In fact, I am always reading a book πŸ˜€

  • Heeey Adri!! That’s awesome, I’m glad I can add some more cool choices to your list, which sounds great!!
    I’ve been meaning to read book by Elizabeth Gilbert for a while, maybe I will finally do it this year! There are so many I want to read and not much time!! hahaa
    Happy New Year!

  • Thank you!! Glad you liked it! I hope you get to read some of them πŸ˜€

  • Ohh that’s great to know!! Thank you for the recommendations, I will check them out. Goldfinch sounds great, I guess I need to read it sometime soon!!

  • hahaa yaaaay, awesome! I am sure you will love them, but I hope you don’t feel so sad at the end (like I did haha) πŸ˜€
    Same here, I think I will never manage to read my entire list of Goodreads though, especially because every month I add some more hahaha sooo hard!

  • hahaha I know right? I love browsing through your lists on Goodreads, they always give me some inspiration πŸ˜€
    I can’t wait to see the movie of Me Before You, omg!!! hahaha

  • Heey Marissa, thank you for stopping by!!
    The Miniaturist is very good, very nicely written, I loved it and I hope you like it too!!
    Happy New Year and maybe we will meet in person in 2016 πŸ™‚

  • Heey Clare, that so awesome because I just finished reading All the Light We Cannot See and it was amazing! Probably the best book I’ve read so far, I fell in love with the story, soooo amazing! πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear!! I hope you enjoy them πŸ˜€