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History Comes Alive in Franklin, Tennessee

History Comes Alive in Franklin, Tennessee

In 2005, I read a wonderful work of historical and biographical fiction, “The Widow of the South”, by Robert Hicks.  I was not aware of the sad reality of The Battle of Franklin.  Fast forward to 2019, and I finally had the chance to see those sites in Franklin for myself. 

Books That Inspire Travel:  My Favorites

Books That Inspire Travel: My Favorites

Attention all my fellow Bookworms….are you looking for your next great read?  Regardless of the pile of books I know you have on your bed-side table (me too….no judgement) are you always looking for a book recommendation?  Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite books that inspire Travel!

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Books That Inspire Travel:  My Favorites

Books That Inspire Travel: My Favorites

Attention all my fellow Bookworms….are you looking for your next great read?  Regardless of the pile of books I know you have on your bed-side table (me too….no judgement) are you always looking for a book recommendation?  Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite books that inspire Travel!

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In this post, I shared with y’all my New Year’s Resolutions.  One of those resolutions was to read a new book every month.  I love to read, but wanted to formalize my love of reading by asking y’all to hold me accountable by making a public Resolution.

 

stack of books by the beach

 

How have I done so far?  GREAT!  I finished Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton, which I thoroughly enjoyed!  Doubtless, I will make a point of visiting the Chelsea Hotel in NYC on my next trip.

This month, I’m reading The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks.  If you saw my recent post about my trip to Franklin, Tennessee, inspired by his earlier novel, The Widow of the South, you will understand my continued fascination with these real-life characters from the years during and following The Civil War.

 

Carnton Confederate Cemetery in Franklin Tennessee

 

You can probably tell that I tend to read books that inspire travel.  Fiction or non-fiction does not matter to me.  Either genre can easily plant that tiny seed in my imagination to travel and see the sites I’ve been reading about.

I’ve actually compiled a list of over 15 books I’ve read that absolutely inspire travel.  Click on the button below to get your copy of my list!

 

 

Want a sneak peak….have you read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Brendt?  It’s an oldie, but it’s a goodie…and Savannah, Georgia is a town I have never visited, but really want to soon!

 

angel statue in front of Spanish moss covered trees

 

If you like to “kick it old school”….try re-reading a classic!  For example, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorne.  It’s really good, and the house is a real house!  You can visit it if ever you find yourself in Salem, Massachusetts.  Heck….while you are at it, go ahead and read The Crucible by Arthur Miller.  That would REALLY get you in the mood to visit Salem!

My list of books that inspire travel includes titles I’ve actually read.  As I compiled it, I rediscovered several books I have not read.  Like, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.  I think I’d enjoy this book more by reading it from a lounge chair on a beautiful beach somewhere in South Carolina, where the novel is set!

 

Sunset over the beach

 

Now that I’m thinking about it….I left a GREAT book off my list.  Have you read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova?  It’s SOOO good!  It’s a Vampire book, and the characters travel all over the world, but the majority of the book is set in Eastern Europe.  I just set up a Pinterest Board for Eastern Europe, as I’m thinking an extended trip there is making its way to the top of my travel list.

 

Castle in Eastern Europe

 

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea!  Books that inspire travel are my favorites!  Somehow, the stories, characters and settings within books stay with me so much longer than TV or film.  Maybe it’s because I stay with a book longer to finish reading it.  I’m immersed in the story and setting for longer periods of time.  Who knows?

What I do know is there’s a BUNCH of y’all who love to read as much as I do!  So, click on the button below to get your copy of my suggested reading list for books that inspire travel.

And, by all means, leave me a comment with YOUR suggested books!  We can call it our Curious Cowgirl Book Club!  Who’s in?

Happy reading (and traveling) y’all!

 

 

 

History Comes Alive in Franklin, Tennessee

History Comes Alive in Franklin, Tennessee

In 2005, I read a wonderful work of historical and biographical fiction, “The Widow of the South”, by Robert Hicks.  I was not aware of the sad reality of The Battle of Franklin.  Fast forward to 2019, and I finally had the chance to see those sites in Franklin for myself. 

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Take Another Bite Out of the Big Apple

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Oh New York City….how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  I love your museums.  I love your skyscrapers.  I love your East Side, your West Side, your Midtown, your Central Park.  Yup…I love pretty much every single thing about you.  And you know what?  Enjoying the Big Apple makes me HUNGRY!  Want to know where I love to refuel?  Read on, friends!

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About Mary Meier, The Curious Cowgirl

About Mary

Hey ya’ll! Hi, I’m Mary Meier-Evans, a Dallasite, travel addict, lifestyle blogger, closet novelist, and nonprofit consultant who lets my curiosity chart my path. I’m also a wife and mom of four amazing people, and I gratefully embrace the twists and turns of life, because really….LIFE is an amazing gift!

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