Books To Give You Wanderlust

Sunday, 21 May 2017
One of the things that I love about reading is that it can transport you anywhere: to a different city, a different country, even a different galaxy. But sometimes that doesn't quite seem enough. Sometimes after reading a book I feel overpowered with feelings of wanderlust. Sometimes it's not enough to simply read about it: I'm inspired to travel there myself. Here are some books on my shelves that have filled me with wanderlust.

All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is a bit of a weird one to include but stay with me here. This book follows two children during WW2 - one in France and one in Germany. The French girl is blind but has been built a model of Paris by her guardian. The way that things are described in this book is so rich and deep as they are using descriptions rather than sight. Even though this book is set in wartime I found myself daydreaming of long walks through Parisian streets and idyllic French life. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I know this one sounds horrendously cheesy (because it is) but I absolutely love it. It's a YA romance novel about a girl who attends a boarding school in Paris. I didn't necessarily think that I wanted to visit Paris anytime soon but I think this post is telling me otherwise! It is pretty soppy at times but I know that sometimes I just need some soppy, easy romance to read.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
In this book, two teenage students are assigned a project of 'wandering' for their geography class. They are to travel around their home state and write about the places they go to. This is a slightly odd one as it makes you feel a great urge to explore where you live. It makes you feel a bit of wanderlust for where you already are. This book makes me want to pack a suitcase, drive to the highlands and not look back. 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The main characters of this book travel to Amsterdam which is a wonderful city to travel to. I spent a wonderful few days there last year (you can read about my Amsterdam experience here) and this book makes me want to return. They visit the Anne Frank House (a must for anyone visiting the city), ride trams and have a lovely meal by the canals. I love the Netherlands and would love to explore the country more one day, this book makes me want to do just that.

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark 
This book is set on the Isle of Arran. If you've read my blog for a while you'll know it's a place that I love and visit often. I actually read this book whilst I was on the island and it was really nice to read about somewhere whilst actually being there. This book described the book absolutely beautifully and inspired me to get out and visit different parts of the island. 

Have you ever read a book that's inspired you to travel?

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