Three amazing Books to read on the beach


Amazing Books

Attention all my fellow Bookworms….are you looking for more amazing books to read?  Summer is approaching, and lazier days and travel give us all more opportunities to 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 amazing books?  Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite books that inspire Travel!

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Books that Inspire Travel

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.

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.



The Widow of the South Historical Fiction Novel set 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 just love books inspiring travel or books about travel!

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 FREE copy of my list!


List of Books that will Inspire Travel


Oldies But Goodies

Want a sneak peak of amazing books I have selected for my list?  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!  Or, if you are planning any Fall leaf-peeping!

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


Amazing Books…and One I Forgot to List

Now that I’m thinking about it….I left a GREAT book off of 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!


Book List for Summer Reading