We all have adventurous souls and if you’ve spend enough time around here, you know we love to travel.
As amazing as it is to get out and see the world, there is inevitably going to be some down time between sight-seeing or some far too long layovers at the airport.
If you’ve got some time to kill, we’ve put together some of our favourite books we’ve read while travelling.
“I didn’t feel sad or happy. I didn’t feel proud or ashamed. I only felt that in spite of all the things I’d done wrong, in getting myself here, I’d done right.”
Some people think this book is overhyped but we absolutely love it!
Sparking a fire in us to get out and see the world, this book was a poignant look into the authors own triumphs, pitfalls and insecurities.
What felt like an exploration of self with a wilderness backdrop, Wild is a memoir that is not to be missed.
Very descriptive in a way that puts you right there with her, this is a book you should listen to rather than read if you can.
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
OMG we can’t express enough how much we love this book. Read and re-read multiple times across the world, Rainbow Rowell has created two of our favourite characters ever.
Rowell knows how to write a love story that pulls at your heartstrings! One of our favourite things about this story is that Eleanor is a curvy girl who doesn’t find herself liberated after the high school heartthrob realises he has always been in love with her – instead, she finds solace from a horrible family life with the help of a friend who becomes her soulmate.
The dual perspectives worked great in this book and it made watching these two characters fall in love all the more special.
“I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”
This is the ultimate book for anyone looking to find themselves in one way or another, but we do think you need to read it at the right time otherwise it does have a tendency to seem pretentious.
We picked this up when we needed it the most because after reading this, we wanted to quit our jobs, sell all of our shit and go see the world.
Elizabeth Gilbert presents an array of life experiences in Eat Pray Love that reminds us constantly of the importance of living in the moment and never settling.
“I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.”
This book. Oh, this book.
A complicated and diverse story with guilt and repercussions acting as main characters, Donna Tartt has crafted a consuming story.
This is a slow burn of a story but if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. The writing is amazing and the character development is some of the best we’ve ever read.
Chilling and suspenseful, the six main characters leave you running an internal monologue about what you would do if you were in their situation. Mysterious AF.
Definitely an easy way to kill a few hours on the plane.
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
One of our editors reads this book every year when she goes on holiday and it is one of her all time favourite books.
The characters are incredibly complex and well rounded and the lyrical writing style makes for a perfect book.
Filled with themes surrounding family, murder and forbidden love, this intricate tale takes you on a journey like no other.
With a book store and a mysterious tragedy as a backdrop, this book set in Spain will leave you with all the feels in the world.
“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”
A sweet and fluffy read that you can devour in one-setting, this book follows two teens on an epic summer road trip.
Very witty characters and equally witty writing make this a fun and lighthearted book. Amy and Roger are great leads and their journey’s are very much influenced by the ups and downs of their family life.
With great soundtrack suggestions to accompany different portions of the road trip and some cheesy one-liners, this book gives us summer vibes year round.
“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”
We love Trevor Noah because:
- He is an absolute babe
- He is smart, funny and thoughtful
A truly breathtaking memoir, Born A Crime details his life in South-Africa as a child during the apartheid where his parents legally couldn’t be together. From his years as an inquisitive young kid right up to the later years, this memoir details wonderfully his struggle to make sense and succeed in a world where he shouldn’t exist.
If you’ve seen is stand-up or watched is version of the The Daily Show, you won’t be disappointed you picked this up.
“Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.”
This is a strange and interesting adventure.
We’ve all read those stories before: small town kid lives a normal life until the big bad comes to town hell bent on destroying the world. Then we spend 300 or so pages watching as our hero becomes a warrior and saves everyone from a horrible death. It’s a nice story usually filled with some epic action sequences and some sweet romance – this is not one of those stories. Instead, while the world is falling apart in the background, our trusty narrators are a group of friends who are just trying to survive their teen years; they are not the Chosen Ones.
“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
Narrated by a highly, highly unlikeable lead character, The Girl on the Train takes the unreliable narrator trope and knocks it out of the park.
The writing in itself is quite compelling and the narrative style was pretty interesting for a thriller and if you love a book with a twisty end, then you’ll likely devour this.
We’ll be honest though, there are a lot of awful characters in this book who you would never want to be friends with but if you can stick it out, you’ll be completely captivated by the mystery in no time at all.
Everyone is read this, and you should too.
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
We picked this book up on a whim and we’re so glad we did.
A story about humanity at its rawest, All the Light We Cannot See follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Human connections and intersecting life stories are the core of what holds this book together.
The writing is phenomenally descriptive and the characters are so vibrant that we promise, you won’t be sorry you picked it up.
Written by Her World’s bookworm and entertainment editor
What book do you recommend to follow travellers?