Friday, 6 November 2015

7 Books That Will Take You Around the World

It dawned on me recently that the ability to escape is one of the main things I look for when deciding which books I need to own. As Chris Riddell said, it's not a book, it's a doorway!

If it means I don't have to wash my hair with a paper cup in a field full of cows (0/10, don't recommend) then I will travel through books rather than breaking the bank and getting a plane ticket.

As much as I would love to actually travel the world; reading is easier, okay? If you're the same as me, then here are seven books I adore which will take you to all corners of the globe. In no particular order...

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon

Destination: Los Angeles, USA

Itinerary: Grieve for your mother and learn that your father is a world-famous musician. As you do.

Duration of your stay: 336 pages

What to pack: Passport, sunglasses and a handful of tissues.

Cruel Summer by James Dawson

Destination: Spain

Itinerary: Run along beaches and drink lots of wine. Oh, and try to work out which of your friends is a murderer. Casual.

Duration of your stay: 321 pages

What to pack: A lie detector, preferably.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt

Destination: Wales

Itinerary: ROAD TRIP!

Duration of your stay: 304 pages

What to pack: Tent, umbrella, and something to stop you having an attack of the feels.

This is Not a Love Story by Keren David

Destination: Amsterdam

Itinerary: Move from London to Amsterdam, make friends and fall in love. Ride lots of bikes.

Duration of your stay: 352 pages

What to pack: A bicycle, a camera and chocolate to mend a broken heart.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Destination: Paris, France

Itinerary: Move from the USA to France to finish school, fall in love, explore France and be cute.

Duration of your stay: 400 pages

What to pack: Hot chocolate, a blanket and a French guidebook.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Destination: New York, USA

Itinerary: Drug yourself up on painkillers, then meet your future boyfriend and travel New York and Europe.

Duration of your stay: 375 pages

What to pack: Painkillers and art supplies.

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Destination: South Korea

Itinerary: Escape a grief-stricken family by going to boarding school halfway across the world and falling into the world of music.

Duration of your stay: 304 pages

What to pack: A pen, paper and a piano. You'll have to get a really big suitcase. Sorry.

Which books have let you travel from the comfort of your bedroom? I'd love some recommendations!


  1. I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH, AMBER! That's the one thing I love about reading too, is the way you can literally go anywhere in the world. I've read so many books set in Paris because it's the place that I want to visit the most and I'm excited when I eventually do go, to see if it's similar to how I envisaged it to be in my head. I also LOVE the "What to Pack" section of this post, such a creative idea! :)

    Kyra @
    Blog of a Bookaholic

  2. Oh, gosh, so many good books to transport you away from the "everyday" and to new places. What a great selection you have chosen!
    I have been reading: The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies for Ceylon as it was; Rome in Love by Anita Hughes (Rome, obvs); Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott (South of France) and lots more.

  3. I really really love this post!!! Just so you'd know I'm bookmarking this because it's really one of the best post I've seen lately. :D

    Fiona | A Girl Between the Pages