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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books to Take You To a Foreign Land

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie, meaning we get to choose whatever we want. Since summer is close upon us here in Canada, all our thoughts start going to travel. I was bitten by the travel bug as a young kid, and it doesn't take much to make me want to high-tail it out of town on a new adventure. Here are ten books to read to take you far away into a new and exciting culture. I've tried to mix things up and not use the same location more than once (except I've Italy in there twice because, well, it's Italy).

Source is here.

1. All Good Things by Sarah Turnbull: This a memoir of the author's time in Tahiti. I think we can all agree that a vacation in Tahiti is always in order!

2. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster: A jaunt around Italy would be pretty sweet right about now.

3. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute: From the jungles of Malaysia to small-town Australia, this book takes you on a long journey from the comfort of your living room.

4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter: This novel goes back and forth between modern-day Los Angeles and a small Italian coastal village.

5. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle: I read this ages and ages ago, but this account of the author's time in southern France is hilarious and makes you feel like you're experiencing it first-hand.

6. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome: I suppose England isn't a foreign land for everyone, but Victorian England sure is. Enjoy this light-hearted account of a journey down the Thames.

7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett: Take a trip into the Brazilian rainforest without leaving your house.

8. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng: This has been on a lot of my lists because it's just that good. It's a fairly heavy read dealing with historical memory and World War II, but it also takes you into the highlands of Malaysia.

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: I picked this up out of curiosity when my mom was reading it, and honestly could not put it down. If you're interested in historical Japan, this is a must-read book.

10. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak: In truth, I didn't love this book, but it's a great introduction to Russian History for those who, unlike me, aren't addicted to historical biographies.

So where you will travel this summer, either by book or by road.... or even by map? ;)


  1. Nice list!! I love that books make us all want to visit different places!!

    Here's the link to my Top Ten Tuesday post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-sexy-male-characters-in.html

  2. A Room with a View and Memoirs of a Geisha are on my TBR list. :)

  3. Fun! I haven't traveled much outside of the U.S. (although I've been to B.C. multiple times), but I SO want to. At least I can travel via books, right?

    Happy TTT!