5 Books to Read on Vacation: Travel Memoirs, Beach Reads, and More!

Best Books to Read on Vacation_ Travel Memoirs, Beach Reads, and More!

Most of the time, choosing the best books to read on vacation is just as important as choosing the destination of your vacation. I mean, after all, a good book can change your life!   Finding the right books at your preferred location – whether it’s on a beach, plane, long train ride, or in … Read more

Destination Russia: A Delightful Travel Memoir about the Voyage East

Russia - Moscow - Destination Russia Memoir

Of the things that I’m completely obsessed with, communist monuments, signage in Cyrillic, and rusted Soviet cars are high atop my list.   That’s pretty much how I ended up living in Eastern Europe-the draw of a beautifully faded Cyrillic sign.   Can’t Read Now? Pin for later!       I’m Obsessed with Eastern … Read more

10 Books that Made My Life Better Written in the Last Decade

Note: this post originally came out in October, 2016 and has been updated with additional recommendations as of July, 2018.   I want to hit the pause button on the travel talk for just a second. The National Authors Day is coming up, and that has gotten me thinking about all the working authors and … Read more

5 Books about Gettysburg to Inspire Your Civil War Travels

The Virginia Memorial at Gettysburg

I wrote yesterday about my visit to Gettysburg over the weekend.  While browsing the gift shop at the Visitor’s center, I stopped to check out their extensive selection of Civil War inspired nonfiction and novels.  Between visiting Gettysburg and seeing Margaret Mitchell’s house in May, I’ve spent a lot of time this year thinking about the Civil War and … Read more

17 Fantastic Books about Italy to Inspire Your Next Italian Adventure

Village of Manarola, on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy with flowers

There’s something especially dreamy about an Italian vacation, but you don’t have to actually be in Italy to get a small taste of this wonderful country. Here are some of the best books about Italy to add to your reading list, whether you’re planning to read them on an Italian vacation or want something to … Read more