The traveling bookworm

Hi there! Welcome to this bookish page! If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re a bookwurm just like me! Besides traveling, I love books because books let you travel anywhere in the comfort of your own home. When I’m planning a trip, I’m always looking for books that are set in the area that I’m visiting, or books that are written by authors from that area or country. It seemed like fun to incorporate this into this blog, by means of a ‘traveling bookworm’ page.

I read a lot and lots of different books. I studied comparative literature and children’s literature and I’m interested in children’s books, young adults, fantasy, literature and lately I’ve also developed an interest in thrillers. The books on this list are my own recommendations.

Books to read if you love to travel

  • Sarah Mlynowski – I see London, I see France (young adult)
  • Paulo Coelho – The alchemist (philosophy, literature)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love (autobiography, romance, spiritual)
  • Sarah Baxter – Literary places (nonfiction)
  • Brooke Saward – World of Wanderlust (nonfiction)
  • Paolo Cognetti – Eight mountains (literature)

Travel books for children

  • Lara Hawthorne – Hidden adventures (picture book)
  • Cornet Guillaume – Elephants on tour (picture book)
  • Charlotte Dematons – The yellow balloon (picture book)
  • Anette Langen – Letters from Felix (picture book)
  • Around the world in 80 ways (non-fiction)
  • L.D. Lapinsky – The strangeworlds travel agency (middle grade)
  • Trudi Trueit – Explorer Academy (middle grade)


Chzech Republic

  • Franz Kafka – The trial (literature)
  • Milan Kundera – The unbearable lightness of being (literature, philosophy)


  • Christine Féret-Fleury – The girl who reads on the metro (contemporary fiction)
  • Gaston Leroux – The phantom of the opera (literature)
  • A.G. Howard – Roseblood (young adult retelling)
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince (children’s literature)
  • Catherine Sanderson – Petite Anglaise (chicklit)
  • Perrault’s fairy tales (fairy tales)
  • Baudelaire – Les fleurs du mal (poetry)

The French Riviera

  • Virginia Johnson – Travels through the French Riviera (non-fiction)
  • Ted Jones – The French Riviera (non-fiction)
  • Peter Mayle – A year in Provence (travel memoir)
  • Paulo Coelho – The winner stands alone (literature)
  • Françoise Sagan – Bonjour Tristesse (literature)
  • Ernest Hemingway – The garden of Eden (literature)
  • Patricia Sands – Drawing lessons (romance novel)
  • Deborah Lawrenson – The Lantern (historical fiction)
  • Jo Thomas – Escape to the French Farmhouse (romance novel)
  • Emma Donoghue – Akin (literature)


  • Michael Ende – The neverending story (children’s literature)
  • Markus Zusak – The book thief (historical fiction)
  • Grimm – Complete fairy tales (fairy tales)


  • The Edda (literature, myths)
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites (literature, history)
  • Halldór Laxness – Independent people (literature)
  • Luke Pearson – Hilda and the hidden people (children’s literature)


  • Bram Stoker – Dracula (literature)
  • Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s travels (literature)
  • Oscar Wilde – The picture of Dorian Gray (literature)
  • Jenna Evans Welch – Love & Luck (young adult contemporary)


  • Carlo Collodi – The adventures of Pinnocchio (children’s literature)
  • Luigi Pirandello – One, No one and one hundred thousand (literature, philosophy)
  • Thomas Mann – Death in Venice (literature)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love (travel memoir, biography)
  • Virgil – Aeneid (classic literature, myths)
  • Jenna Evans Welch – Love & Gelato (young adult)
  • Matteo Strukul – Medici (Historical fiction)
  • Dino Buzzati – The bears’ famous invasion of Sicily


  • Philip Reeve – Pugs of the frozen north (children’s literature)
  • Carole Matthews – Calling Mrs Christmas (romance)
  • Philip Pullman – The Northern Lights trilogy (young adult fantasy)


The best bookstores in the Netherlands

  • Anne Frank – Diary of a young girl (nonfiction, history)
  • J. Bernlef – Out of mind (literature)
  • Charlotte Dematons – Nederland (wordless picture book)
  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt – Hex (thriller)
  • Annie M.G. Schmidt – The cat who came in off the roof (children’s literature)
  • Jan Terlouw – How to become king (children’s literature)
  • Tonke Dragt – Letter for the king (children’s literature)
  • Greg Shapiro – How to be orange (non-fiction, humor)
  • Jessie Burton – The miniaturist (historical fiction)


  • José Saramago – Blindness (literature)
  • Fernando Pessoa – The book of the disquiet (literature)
  • Luís de Camões – The lusiads (poetry, literature)


  • Bram Stoker – Dracula (literature)


  • Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita (literature)


  • Ernest Hemingway – The sun also rises (literature)
  • Guillermo del Toro – Pan’s Labyrinth (young adult fantasy)
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The shadow of the wind (historical fiction)


  • Astrid Lindgren – Ronia, the robber’s daughter (children’s literature)
  • Astrid Lindgren – Pippi Longstocking (children’s literature)


  • Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (literature)
  • Marcus Sedgewick – The monsters we deserve (historical fiction, horror)


  • Jonathan Safran Foer – Everything is Illuminated (historical fiction, magical realism)

United Kingdom

  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s adventures in wonderland (children’s literature)
  • Melissa Daley – Molly and the Cat Café (romance, books about cats)
  • Laura Amy Schlitz – Fire Spell (young adult, historical fiction)
  • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (contemporary fiction)
  • Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (literature)
  • Frances Hardinge – The Lie tree (young adult literature)
  • A. A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh (children’s literature)


  • Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Blood and Bone (young adult fantasy)



  • Genki Kawamura – If cats disappeared from the world (literature)
  • Hiro Arikawa – The traveling cat chronicles (literature)


  • Pierre Jarawan – The storyteller (literature)

North America


  • Stephen King – It (horror)


  • Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl (thriller)

New York

  • J.D. Sallinger – The catcher in the rye (literature)
  • Melissa Albert – The Hazel Wood (young adult fantasy)
  • Ben Marcus – The flame alphabet (science fiction)
  • Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely loud and Incredibly Close (literature)


  • Patrick Ness – Release (young adult)


  • L. M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables (children’s literature)
  • Anything (or rather everything) by Margaret Atwood (literature)
  • Dénis Theriault – The peculiar life of a lonely postman (poetry)

South America


  • Tom Michell – The penguin lessons (nonfiction)