Books to Read in Quarantine: For the Traveling Soul

2020 is a strange time for everyone. Businesses are closed. Hugs are banned. Travel is a no-go. These past few months have been a big bummer, to say the least.

Whether you are used to traveling being a constant part of your life, or whether you are just stuck at home and want to transport your mind elsewhere – check out these books to help keep you occupied.

BOOKS
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

 

As a reader, you will feel wholly a part of this incredible story in just a few pages which is why it is one of my favorite novels of all time.

Into Thin Air is an intimate first-hand account of the events that unfolded during the infamous Mt. Everest disaster of 1996.

Be prepared to feel everything from the excitement of arriving at base camp, to the pain from experiencing the great losses that happened on the mountain that day.

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

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Truly any book by Paul Theroux will take you on an incredibly detailed journey through foreign lands. I keep multiple Theroux books on my shelf for moments when I just need to take a little vacay from the comfort of my own couch.

Dark Star Safari takes readers from top to bottom of the continent of Africa. This book is masterfully written and is an absolutely transportive experience.

After just a few pages in Cairo, Egypt I felt personally exhausted from the heat and could feel the grit between my toes. If you are getting antsy from staying home, pick this up for a quick read and I promise you will feel relief.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

This recommendation is a slightly more politically based book in which the author depicts the day to day differences of living in Scandinavia vs. the United States.

I had originally picked this up prior to a trip to Norway to learn more about the culture, yet it ended up changing my entire world-view.

Regardless of political affiliation, this book really sheds light on the role that government can play in creating a healthy society. 

Side-note: If you are more interested in Nordic history, check out “The Almost Nearly Perfect People,” by Micheal Booth, which is a more historical narrative of how each nordic country came to be politically, economically, and culturally.

Lion by Saroo Brierley

This is an EPIC story that everyone should read.

Not only does this focus on adoption and cultural identity (two topics rarely discussed in media), it is a great depiction of how technology and globalization continue to change the way we live.

At the age of 30 Saroo Brierley, a young man living in upper-class Australia, takes on the journey to find his family on the streets of Calcutta using only what little memory he has of home and Google Maps.

I have read this book twice and seen the movie at least three times and am still in awe of this real-life story.  You will not regret reading this book.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Ok.. another by Jon Krakauer, but I can’t help it! Every book this man writes contains such beautiful, inspiring stories.

This one takes an interesting look at the vagabond lifestyle via the life of Chris “Alex” McCandless, a young many that left his cushy family life to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

While it does make me want to hop in a van, drive to Alaska, and live in the woods – it also shows a darker side of the “care-free” lifestyle we see depicted in entertainment and social media.

People have many opinions on Alex’s choices, but Mr. Krakauer leaves it up to the reader to make the final decision.

“You must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life, you will see it’s full meaning and it’s incredible beaty.”

– Christopher “Alex” McCandless

I hope you have enjoyed this nerdy recap of book recommendations!

Great for quarantine, or any time you’re feeling the need to explore.

Leave a comment with your favorite travel books!

Love always x

Jess

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