I posted 10 books that are “mostly” set in one location that are a mix of claustrophobic and isolating because we’re all stuck in some form of lockdown or quarantine. But on second thought, I realized it may have been counterproductive to people who just want to get out! So here’s 10 books that take you on journeys, while we’re stuck here….
Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I think most of us know this book, it may have been extremely overexposed and made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, but it’s still very much relevant. Gilbert also wrote a book called Big Magic that is a great book for creatives that need some inspiration!
The Alchemist by Paulo Choelo
This might be the ultimate travel book, in that Santiago travels to find his treasure. Nobody knows what that treasure is, but Santiago travels far and wide to find it. If you’ve read and loved this book, you already know the genius behind it!
On the road by Jack Kerouac
I think the title says it all. It’s the road trip book of all road trips books. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s dreamt about doing a raw cross country American road trip. And Kerouac describes it so beautifully.
The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
It may be a little further that most of us want to go, but it sure takes you places. This is a series so there’s enough to really sink your teeth into if you enjoy sci-fi and the galactic freeway more than dirt roads.
Travels with Charley : in search of America by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck is one of my favorite writers. In this book he goes cross country with his dog – Charley to rediscover the country he has been writing about through the years. You just can’t go wrong with Steinbeck, if it’s this one, of mice and men or grapes of wrath. Highly recommend them all!
Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is a hilarious travel writer and he manages to build the existing love greater with his observations. I’ve only read this one, but he’s also written travelogues from all the continents. So take a seat and let him bring you along. You won’t regret it.
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I don’t know why but I could never really forget this book after I read it. Harold is retired and when his old colleague at her deathbed reaches out, Harold sets off an unplanned pilgrimage to see her and give her a message in person. You’ll want to tag along with Harold, you just do.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
You might already know this one, the true story about Cheryl taking on the pacific crest trail on her own. It’s also a great movie with Reese Witherspoon and featured in Gilmore Girls. Now you who are you going to be – book or movie? Would you ever go on a big hike like that alone?
Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne
I haven’t read this one yet, but I had to put it on my list because I’ve been eyeing it now that I’m stuck at home. This one is a classic, and what better motivation is there than winning a bet? Crazily enough, Jackie Chan made a movie version of this one.
My life on the road by Gloria Steinem
If you don’t already know Gloria Steinem, then you should definitely read this one. Steinem is a journalist, a feminist and a social and political activist. In fact, pick up any of her books, they are all that is good and will tell you your worth, to the point that you might start believing it. How liberating is that?