Saturday Snapshot: Travel Books

I got back last week from my trip to London and Paris 🙂 and still need to do a lot of sorting through my nearly 800 photos!  So rest assured, you’ll be seeing many travel photos in weeks to come…

This week, because I haven’t figured out yet which shot of Admiral Nelson or which angle of the Peter Pan Statue is best, I have something travel-related but different.  I asked blog readers for advice on books for while I traveled, so I thought I ought to share what I ended up reading!

It is SO much fun to sit in Kensington Gardens reading the last chapter of J. M. Barrie’s The Little White Bird or Adventures in Kensington Gardens, or to sit in the lower level of the Paris Opera House reading Susan Kay’s Phantom (while waiting for a tour, I wasn’t just prowling…)

I always try to bring books that will connect me to the cities I’m visiting.  My trips tend to turn into literary pilgrimages to places I’ve read about, so it makes sense to read about the places while I’m there.  Not everything in the stack is set in London or Paris, but Susan Kay’s Phantom was brilliant for setting me in Paris, and all the others are at least British–except The Poetry of Lucy Maud Montgomery which has nothing to do with anything.  But L. M. Montgomery falls into the “don’t leave home without it” category.

And I had a nice time reading Montgomery’s nature poetry while on a boat on the Thames.  So it all worked out.

And these were all good books, most of which I plan to review.  Besides sorting photos, I have lots of book reviews to write…

Come back soon for book reviews and more photos!  In the meantime, check out At Home with Books for more Saturday Snapshots.

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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15 Responses to Saturday Snapshot: Travel Books

  1. Louise says:

    I always love picking holiday reading, and like to match it to my destination. You got through quite a stack.

  2. Burgandy Ice says:

    Pix of books are the BEST!! Reading the right book in the right setting… love it!

  3. joyweesemoll says:

    Having just finished posting my Ireland photos, I can now look forward to your travel posts!

    I’m planning a trip to England in about a year, so I’m also taking a good look at these books. Thanks!

  4. Jackie/Jake says:

    We’re just back from Paris and like you I love finding books about the cities we visit.
    Thanks for dropping by and visiting.

  5. Susan says:

    Love that idea of choosing the reading matter to be linked with the touring destination! Did you sit near the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens? That’s such a neat statue!

  6. Carl V. says:

    It all sounds very wonderful, I’m so glad you had a good time and got a lot of good reading in. Agatha Christie, on audio, has been a staple for our yearly vacation trips for a while now. Always good stuff. And I really want to read that Montgomery poetry collection. May have to make that my go-to book next April for National Poetry Month.

  7. Leslie says:

    I never thought about choosing my reading to coincide with the places I was visiting… but I like the idea.

  8. Wonderful photographs!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

  9. Mary Poppins, Witches, and Murder on the Orient Express are all brilliant, and the others look interesting. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/W9O2Z

  10. What a wonderful way to experience your travels with books!

  11. trish says:

    How fun! I was in Paris last year and stopped by Shakespeare and Co. to pick up a *few* books. I’ve read them all by now and have them on my shelf as reminders of my what a wonderful place that whole city is. I’m looking forward to your pictures!

  12. Ginny Sturdy says:

    That looks like a great selection.

  13. These all look like great books to read while traveling. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  14. I’m glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. I have not long got back off my trip either, and like you have been going through all my photos!

  15. dianem57 says:

    That’s cool that you bring books relating to your trips along with you. Folks bring travel books, but your idea of bringing books connected to your sight-seeing places is a good one.

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