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 while ago. Nonetheless, I’m sure they will inspire you in one way or the other.
by Jessica Burton
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.