Some of my most vivid impressions I’ve experienced while reading books have been for books I’ve read that take place in the location I’m visiting.
I wrote about my penchant for context reading in an earlier post.
This summer, I’m headed to Asia and I look forward to reading the books I’ve set aside to read in my destinations.
This book was just released. I’m not sure I would have otherwise read a work by this critically acclaimed young author, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read a book set in Taipei. Lin himself, born in America of Taiwanese parents, described the book’s style as a mixture between Lorrie Moore and Bret Easton Ellis, which seems intriguing.
“Hipster lit” is not likely to become my new favorite genre, nor am I generally drawn to a protagonist who seems to dedicate his life to reading e-mails and ingesting drugs, but I still look forward to reading Tao Lin when travelling in Taiwan. Like the cool cover, too!
I read an author interview when this book was released, and I’ve always meant to read Sussman’s work. The book blurb describes it as: A riveting and poignant novel of one woman’s journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home.
Sounds like a perfect holiday read, maybe with the slight danger that I might want to stay myself. Although, since I’ll be with my kids, the real danger is that they might refuse to leave.
Other suggestions for Bali books? I don’t really enjoy books like Eat, Pray, Love and I’ve already read Claire Messud’s debut novel, When the World Was Steady, but I welcome any other suggestions.
And speaking about novels set in your destinations, I just discovered a useful web site if you’re looking for books to read on your next holiday. Take a look at the Trip Fiction web site.
And you, readers (and reading travelers)?
Do you have favorite books you read about a destination when you were there? Books you’d love to reread in a particular place? I’d love to hear your thoughts.