Books are the perfect vehicle for travel. They can take you to your destination in the blink of an eye. You won’t experience turbulence and they never cause seasickness. Books also deliver you to countries all over the world with no risk of misplacing your passport or getting jet-lag. The best part is that you get to meet characters from many different places and see life from a different perspective.
I had a fun time looking through book lists (mine and those of many others) to find a wide variety of places to visit during my vacation. I have read many of the titles, but was excited to find some new ones too.
I will make my summer reading plan with many of these destinations in mind. I invite you to start planning your trip any time.
Japan – Guardian of the Spirit (Moribito #1), Ichiro
China (in the past) – Boxers (it will be released in the fall)
China (in the future) – Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) *edited 6/4/21 – I’ve read several books in this series and criticism provided by reviewers of Chinese decent and no longer recommend this title due to the exoticism, stereotypes, and carelessness that was shown regarding Asian culture.
Nepal – Sold
India – Sita’s Ramayana, Secret Keeper
Andaman Islands – Islands End
Malaysia – Kampung Boy
Afghanistan – Operation Oleander
Pakistan – Shabanu
Iran – Persepolis
Cambodia – Never Fall Down
Burma – Bamboo People
Sri Lanka – Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Australia – Does My Head Look Big in This?
Palestine – Where the Streets Had a Name
England – Devil’s Kiss
Nigeria – Akata Witch
Sudan – The Milk of Birds
Ivory Coast – Aya
Egypt – Mara, Daughter of the Nile
South Africa – This Thing Called the Future
Brazil – The Summer Prince
Haiti – In Darkness
Cuba – The Lightning Dreamer, Guantanamo Boy
Ecuador – The Queen of Water
Mexico – Summer of the Mariposas
Dominican Republic – Before We Were Free
Alaska – Blessing’s Bead
New York – No Crystal Stair
Los Angeles – Legend
New Orleans – Orleans
Nevada – Bad Kitty
I was inspired to write this post after seeing Reading Around the World!, written by Sel who blogs at Bookcase to Heaven. Thanks for sharing your idea!
I know there are many excellent titles that I did not have a chance to include. If you think of any that would be a great addition to this list, please let us know in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a pleasant reading journey.
— cover images via Goodreads
*As I look over this list, I know that I would do this differently now so perhaps this needs an update. I didn’t know of as many titles when I wrote this post and I also didn’t know very many that were written by people who actually lived in the places that they were writing about. Many of these stories are great, but some are actually poor representations for those places and people, such as Cinder. 6/4/2021
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Thanks for this great post–great idea for a summer plan! Here are a few to add including my own Orchards:
Philippines & UK: TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay
Israel: RUNNING ON EGGS by Anna Levine
Japan: ORCHARDS by Holly Thompson
Looking forward to reading more comment suggestions.
Thank you for the recommendations, Holly! I’ll have to add those books to my to-read list.
Yes, thanks for the suggestions! I loved Orchards. I should have remembered that one. I have a soft spot for novels in verse. I haven’t heard of the other two before, but will look for them now.
I have The Language Inside coming in the mail this week. I and am eager to read it. Thanks for the titles and for stopping by the blog.
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