Nothing goes together like travel and a good book. Whether you’re reading a new find to spark inspiration for your next journey, or rereading an old favorite to reignite memories of a past trip, the perfect novel can transport you to your favorite destination unlike any guidebook could ever dream of doing. Brownell’s Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Haisley Smith, shares her review of her top 10 must read books for travel to her favorite destinations.
Out of Africa
Chances are you’ve seen the movie, but I urge you to read the book. One glimpse of the book jacket and I can hear the grasses of the Mara and feel Denys Finch Hatton’s hands on my scalp.
I still remember when my mom checked it out of the library in the 1980’s. During the five days it took her to finish it, I was left to fend for myself with a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter. Bygones, Mama! Now that I have read the book and have children of my own, I get it.
A really inventive novel that’s also a hilarious peek into Irish culture and literature. The main character is a lazy, very often drunk, college student in Dublin. I’ve read this one twice and laugh-snorted on for the duration of my flight.
The Century Trilogy
This series helps put the people and the atrocities of WWI and WWII in perspective to answer the timeless question, “how the hell did that happen?”.
Tricked you! It¹s non-fiction, but 100% still entertaining, thought-provoking and life changing.
Pillars of the Earth
You¹ll be lagging behind to take in every cornerstone, arch and column instead of looking for the next Starbucks.
100 Years of Solitude
This should truly be required reading for everyone with a heartbeat. I highly recommend reading before going
to Colombia anywhere.
True Story: I read the book 10 years before the Starz series came out. It¹s legit. Guaranteed to make your trip to Scotland that much more exiting… even if it doesn’t involve time travel.