I love to read, and I love to travel. Nothing is better than to read a great book and realize that “you have been there.” Or read a great book and “know you want to go there.” I just ran across a list sent to me from Azamara Club Cruises that is about books and wanderlust. I have read several of them, but I plan on reading all of them. I will add more as the week goes on.
Books to Inspire “Wanderlust”
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Last year, it won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The novel is set in occupied France during World War II and tells the story of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths eventually cross.
“Wanderlust” – World War II buffs will appreciate an Azamara 9 night voyage to Normandy, Holland, and Germany. Or you might want to try a river cruise on the Seine to Normandy. Or you might want to stay in Chateau La Cheneviere and have a private guide take you around all the historic sites and towns.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a light read, perfect for lounging by the pool. It was published in 2013. If your guilty pleasure is soap operas or romantic comedies, this book is for you. The novel is set in Singapore and gives readers a satirical inside look at the melodramatic lives of Singapore’s wealthiest families.
“Wanderlust” – The book perfectly depicts Singapore as flashy, worldly and high energy. It is the busiest port in the world, a foodie paradise, and a shopping mecca. To experience Singapore, you might want to try the 13 Night Spice Route voyage on Azamara. Or you might want to go independently to Singapore and Hong Kong where you can stay in the fabulous Raffles Singapore and the Peninsula in Hong Kong.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This novel, published in 2008, is set during World War II when the Channel Islands were the only British territories occupied by German soldiers. Written as a series of letters, it paints a beautiful picture of the windswept cliffs, fields of wildflowers and panoramic coastal views. (I loved it!!)
“Wanderlust” – Today on the island of Guernsey, you’ll find plenty of reminders of the German occupation in museums, memorials, and fortifications. Cunard offers a 14 night cruise which ports in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. Or try this fabulous Southampton to Montreal on Azamara.
If I have inspired any wanderlust – let me know. And if you have any books that you want to add to my list – e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ” – James Michener