There’s nothing like a good book to make you want to visit a place, even if it’s a fictional one. It’s easy to fall for travel narratives, but sometimes works of fiction can dive further into a destination.
Whether you’re a Kindle lover or prefer the classic paperbacks, there’s something for every preference. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started, organized by destinations. Leave your own in the comments below!
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Russia– One of the most celebrated novels of all time is about an unhappily married woman in turn of the century Russia who falls for a young count. Their passion isolates them from the rest of well-to-do society. Grab on Amazon.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, France– This novel is the dramatized version of the lives of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley Richardson. They mingle with the “Lost Generation” members like the Fitzgeralds and Gertrude Stein. Grab on Amazon.
The Beach by Alex Garland, Thailand– A backpacker named Richard visits Thailand and is repulsed by the facade of Bangkok and Khao San Road. He hears about a secret paradise, where he soon meets fellow travelers who have formed their own society. Grab on Amazon.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, India– Set around India’s independence, a number of children are born around midnight who all develop special powers. But one child’s gift comes at a cost. Grab on Amazon.
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, Shanghai– A man dedicates his life to solving mysteries after his parents go missing when they move from England to China. Even years later, he hits walls when trying to unravel the details. Grab on Amazon.
Africa and the Middle East
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Egypt– A must-read for travelers for its metaphors, this story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels to the pyramids of Egypt to find a treasure, meeting characters along the way. Grab on Amazon.
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin, Turkey– A high society Turkish family in Ankara is shocked when their daughter falls for a Jewish man, runs off and marries him. They flee to Paris, but soon the Nazis invade. Grab on Amazon.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, New York– Set in suburban New York during the Jazz Age, a young man meets his neighbor, a secretive man who throws lavish parties. There his worlds collide between his neighbor and his distant cousin and her husband. Grab on Amazon.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac, USA– This is the ultimate road trip book and an icon of the beat generation. Based on Kerouac’s experiences, the characters of Sal and Dean travel the country. Grab on Amazon.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Canada– A family dog named Buck in California is kidnapped to be sold as a sled dog in the harsh Yukon Territory. Buck must do what he can to survive when he’s passed from owner to owner. Grab on Amazon.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia– Set in a fictional town, one family sees the highs and lows over time of their home, including war and revolution. Grab on Amazon.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Mexico– Based on a folk tale, a man named Kino is a pearl diver struggling to get by until the day he finds the largest and most perfect specimen he’s ever seen. Grab on Amazon.
Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery– Much more than a children’s book, a young boy leaves the safety of his planet to learn about the rest of the universe, which brings him to Earth. Grab on Amazon.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– In a future world, a man is saved from the destruction of earth before it becomes an intergalactic highway. He later travels the galaxy with new friends. Grab on Amazon.
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