July 9, 2015

The Best Books for Arm Chair (or Time) Travel.

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I love curling up with a good book on a lazy summer afternoon or devouring a novel over a restful weekend.

While the world of books offers up an extensive range of genres to be enjoyed, here is a list of books from my two favorite categories: Arm Chair Travel and Historical Fiction.

Some of these I have already loved, while others still sit on my current summer reading list.


Arm Chair Travel

I’ve been known to read great books about a destination before or during a vacation to a new locale, but these are also ideal for traveling through the story to places we never thought we wanted to go.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed {Pacific NorthWest}

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson {U.S. East Coast}

Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux {Asia/Europe/China}

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost {South Pacific}

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver {Africa}

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert {Italy, India & Indonesia}

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert {Hawaii}


Historical Fiction

This is my preferred way to learn a little more about the history of mankind. Through getting wrapped up in a personal journey that’s contextualized by historical moments, I feel so much more connected to historical figures. In read historical fiction we glimpse what life was like for most during eras we did not live.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett {A glimpse into 1950’s segregation in the Southern U.S.}

Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden {A heart-wrenching tale}

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak {A simple story set in World War II Germany}

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier {A tale of a servant and painter Johannes Vermeer}

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant {A portrait inspired by the book of Genesis}

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay {A tragic tale of 1942 France}

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See {A beautiful story of friendship}


Relephant Reads:

5 Books I Think Everyone on Earth Should Read.

26 Books You’ve been too Busy to Read.


Author: Deven Sisler

Editor: Alli Sarazen

Photo: Butz.2013/Flickr

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