(First movies) Then Books!

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1. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 371 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Here is another thread about travel movies (Cabin fever) but I also like to read so has anyone read any good (or why not bad) travel related book lately? :)

I just finished Emmi Vepsä's Tie Teheraniin. I don't know if it has been translated to english or not but it was good, light reading about finish girl who hitchhiked from Tallin to Teheran.
Currently I am reading Neil Gaimans Norse mythology which have me longing for an fire in a fireplace and an armchair in a cabin middle of no-where (surrounded by snow and northern lights) :)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6933 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Not really a travel book I guess, but one I really enjoyed reading late last year is...

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Exceptional writing, exploring human's relationships to trees. It really gives you a different perspective on trees after reading it all. Possibly my favourite book ever.

I also really loved reading Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy. Anyone with an interest in Russia would probably like this series. Very easy reading. You'll find it really hard to put it down if you start getting into it.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1546 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Tim Moore's written a couple of good ones - French Revolutions about cycling along the Tour de France route (at his own pace) and Frost on my Moustache which is tracing his ancestry to Iceland and to Svalbard. Both good reads while on holiday (not sure about in isolation though).

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1518 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Over the past few years I've read/reread and thoroughly enjoyed:

Bill Bryson's travel books e.g. 'Notes from a Small Island' , 'A Walk in the Woods' etc.

'The Great Railway Bazaar' by Paul Theroux

'In Patagonia' by Bruce Chatwin

'In Siberia' by Colin Thubron

'Through Siberia by Accident' by Dervla Murphy

'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2020, 07:57 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 333 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I love reading and read a lot. I'm not reading travel books at the moment, though I often do. I recently finished reading The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz. He has some very creative ways of writing detective fiction.

I recently finished The Angel's Mark by S W Perry and I'm now on the second book The Serpent's Mark. These books are historical fiction and give an interesting insight into medical knowledge in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

6. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 353 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I agree with leics2....anything by Bill Bryson. I've read a lot of his books. Funny as ever.

Another good set of books is by Patrick McManus. He write's in a VERY funny way about his adventure's in camping.

Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Staying Alive by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2094 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Not novels or travel writing as you may understand it, but I love the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by Alfred Wainwright. They start out as guidebooks to walking the mountains but the detail and anecdotes in there, together with the artistry of the sketchwork throughout, make them a captivating love letter to the fells. You start reading a chapter to plan a walk and get hooked.

8. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 371 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

You start reading a chapter to plan a walk and get hooked.

Those kind of books are always the best! When you open a book to read just a couple of pages and realise hour(s) later that you are well past the middle :)

My kindle are going to be in a plenty of use, I think :) I might try Bill Bryson first, you can always do with a little bit of humor, in this situation particularly :)

9. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1332 posts) 26w 1 Star this if you like it!

One of my favourites is Between Extremes by Brian Keenan and John McCarthy. They're the two journalists who were kept hostage in Beirut together for several years. To pass the time they talked about travelling and dreamed up crazy plans, including starting a llama farm in S America. Once they were released, of course they didn't start the farm, but they did travel to Chile together a few years later and wrote this book about their journey. It's written in alternating chapters by each of them and as they have such different attitudes to travel it makes for fascinating reading. McCarthy is a planner (more like myself), who likes to have a map and make sure he sees the most significant sights. Keenan is ore of a 'wing it' traveller and would often rather sit in a bar and watch the activity in a town rather than hurry off to see the sights - and I get that too, of course. Together they give a great perspective on the places they visit.

10. Posted by Marc06C (First Time Poster 1 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Great to read all of your comments :)