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My 8 Favorite Books to Ride Out This Shelter in Place BS With
Well, since it seems like we're all about to be indoors for a while (fuck you, coronavirus), now seemed like as good a time as any to roundup my favorite travel books.
Here it goes.
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

I think – no, I know – I snorted out loud reading this book. Several times. If I could have a new best travel friend (or one stranger to social distance with), it would be this author. Buy on Amazon.
Shantaram

This is another one of those stories that seems a little too insane to be true (I think the author's retelling is a little too idealized), but the story is nonetheless entertaining and an interesting deep dive into life in India's slums and beyond. Buy on Amazon.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

I was determined to not like this book. Why? Who the fuck knows? Probably because I'm an asshole. But clearly, she won this asshole over. I think it was her appreciation for each culture she immersed herself in. #Respect. Buy on Amazon.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was my first introduction to Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and this was the book that got me hooked. Whimsical storytelling meets the bizarre. You'll get wrapped up and transported to another world when you read Murakami, and that's exactly what I always love about his books – they're always filled with the unexpected. Buy on Amazon.
The Shadow of the Wind

As the first in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has managed to find a way to make me fall in love with Barcelona all over again through these books. I'm only halfway through the four-book series, but Zafón's twists and turns always leave me wanting (and reading) more. I can't wait to dive into book number three, The Prisoner of Heaven, and see where Zafón takes this story next. Buy on Amazon.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

You knew I had to include at least one book on Mongolia in here. And while history usually makes my eyes glaze over, I found this book fascinating overall. I'll admit it took me longer than some of the others to get through, but I felt like I walked away with actual knowledge and a better understanding of who Genghis Khan was, and how he ruled. Which I consider a win. Buy on Amazon.
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

The greatest. Period. If somehow, you've never sat down and read Kitchen Confidential cover to cover, now is your chance. You better fucking take it. Buy on Amazon.
Post Office

Charles Bukowski has a way with words – and people. A dirty old man and alcoholic, in other words – a real dick, Post Office is one of those deep, hard looks into real life and the struggles of one man who doesn't deserve for you to root for him, yet you somehow do. Buy on Amazon.
What's Next on My List...
Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

A book on dark tourism? Hell yes. Buy on Amazon.
The Prisoner of Heaven

My next book (number three) in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series I mentioned above. Literally cannot wait to read this. Buy on Amazon.
Tag me on Instagram and show me what you're reading in quarantine – I'm always looking for new recommendations.

I may travel carry-on only, but I will ALWAYS have a paperback on me. Books are life.
You're not dumb, you know that this is a sponsored post and that I make money off of affiliate partnerships. And while that is true, opinions (which I'm in no shortage of) are still all my own. Promise.
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