I don’t know about you, but I don’t get to travel to all the places I dream of seeing. I often find myself picking up books that take me to the far away places that I hope to visit someday. Destination novels are a way to take a trip without leaving home.
Below you’ll find some suggestions for destination novels that will offer you a new city or an introduction to a culture that is different than your own.
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The cover of Walter’s novel alone takes you to a dreamy destination. A place you can escape to. And the story itself is a favorite read. Set on the coast of Italy, the details of this dreamy far-away locale is something I devoured as I processed each page. Detailed characters and relationships make Beautiful Ruins a must-read if you haven’t picked it up already.
Lise See does an incredible job of transporting the reader to nineteenth century China in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. While not exactly a vacation inspiring adventure, the story of Lily and Snow Flower is a fascinating one. One where we find ourselves interested in learning more about their relationship and friendship, and observe so much about the human connection.
A brand new release that’s been stirring up discussions across the web, P.S. From Paris is Levy’s latest story that brings us on an adventure through Paris and allows us to follow Paul and Mia on their romantic journey. The city of lights set as the backdrop of a developing relationship is bound to be just what you need to transport yourself outside of the mundane day-to-day chores we all deal with.
The glamour, glitz, stealth and intrigue portrayed here in this novel all make me imagine a that life in Moscow is a world outside my grasp. With a story primarily set in the walls of a famous Moscow hotel, where our main character sees what’s happening beyond his reach, leaves me wanting to know more. A Gentleman in Moscow has received rave reviews for many reasons. Let’s have a look at what those reasons are together, shall we?
Me Before You has been one of my favorite novels since I first read it. The story is a powerful and moving one, and the setting is just fabulous. Louisa Clark meets Will Traynor and he’s a bit of an arse, in all honesty. But she does her job and supports him anyway. Their relationship is a moving one and Moyes takes us beyond where you’d expect characters to go with this book. It’s the kind of read you don’t want to see end. Set in a beautiful English town, the world that surrounds these two is one you want to submerge yourself in and will surely find yourself interested in visiting!
Do you have a favorite novel that takes you far from home? Care to share? Or just let me know what you’re reading now in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.
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