Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is: Books That Awakened the Travel Bug in Me
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Strayed’s popular and beautifully written memoir gave me the (very) short-lived itch to hike one of the country’s famous trails. Don’t worry, I was over it as soon as I turned the last page.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
This charming read gave me the urge to leave behind rainy spring weather for the hot Italian sun, and a gorgeous villa setting.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
I’m not the biggest Hemingway fan, but A Moveable Feast is vivid and engrossing. Not only did it make me long for Paris, it also made me want to experience the Paris of the 1920’s.
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
I talk a lot about Mary Stewart’s books awakening the travel bug in me, and none have done so more than This Rough Magic. It has definitely placed the island of Corfu very high on my travel bucket list.
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Markham’s exquisite prose sparked in me the strong desire to go on safari in Kenya.
A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes
Frances Mayes’ travel memoir gave me an extreme case of wanderlust. I wanted to cover my passport in stamps after reading about her year-long adventures.
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Forster’s classic made me want to run away to Florence immediately; Baedeker or no Baedeker, view or no view.
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
It’s not as if I needed another reason to want to return to Paris, but this book gave me several. It also made my mouth water and my stomach growl.
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
This is part travelogue and part art history book. It’s interesting and informative, and made me want to travel to exotic locales as well as wander through the world’s best museums.
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
Many of Daphne du Maurier’s novels make me want to visit Cornwall, but Frenchman’s Creek also made me want to go on a sailing adventure along the coast.