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.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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.
The Shadow Of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
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.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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.
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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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.
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
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.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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.
Written by Her World’s bookworm and entertainment editor
What book do you recommend to follow travellers?