Bon voyage book list


Here’s a little glimpse at what’s currently on my book shelf, soon-to-be book bag. Holiday reading is the absolute best and although a tablet would be much more practical to travel with, I love the texture of pages too much to trade it in for my kindle.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I primarily chose this novel for nostalgic and sentimental reasons. The majority of the story takes place in the city of Bath where we’ll be staying for a few days. The nerd in me couldn’t help but go with reading a novel set in the place I’ll be vacationing by one of my all-time favorite authors. Did I mention The Jane Austen Centre is located in Bath? Just thinking about it makes me giddy!

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier 

This is one from my 2016 Reading Challenge list. It’s from the category “A book you’ve read at least once.” I remember all the feelings I had while reading this for the first time a few years ago. Du Maurier is a genius at creating suspense and doubt around characters. You never know who to believe or trust. There is a bit of traveling that takes place in the novel and it’s a page turner which necessary while flying and waiting in airports.

Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti

I’m currently reading this for my book club. Whether you’re a fan of nonfiction essays or not, there will be something in this collection for you. I’ve only read the first handful of essays and I have never been more intrigued or captivated by nonfiction before. Paterniti’s sentences are gorgeous to read and each essay reveals something about human nature in a really light way.

What do you like to read while on vacation and traveling? I have been storing of Serial podcasts to listen to as well. Do you prefer podcasts or books? Au revoir, dear friends.


2016 Reading Challenge

For the first time in over 3 years, I have time and energy to read novels like I used to. Inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge, I’ve assembled my list. Here’s to being (overly) ambitious! And hopefully, reading some good literature this year. Now, I have to decide which one to do first. What’s on your reading list this year?

  • A book published this year: What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi


  • A book you can finish in a day: See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid


  • A book you’ve been meaning to read: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


  • A book recommended by local book seller: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


  • A book you should have read in school: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf


  • A book chosen by a sibling: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


  • A book published before I was born: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


  • A book that was banned at some point: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


  • A book you previously abandoned: Dead Souls by Gogol


  • A book you own but never read: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


  • A book that intimidates you: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A book you’ve read at least once: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier