Top 7 Travel Reads

I never travel without a good book, great for those long bus trips, airport waits, days lounging around and just to be able to completely switch off! Here I have compiled a list of my top 6 travel reads. Enjoy!

Title - Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom

What I say - My all time favourite read and best holiday read! I remember exactly where I was when I first read this book... planted under a beach on Thailand's picturesque island of Koh Phangan. Mitch Albom has this ability to get under your skin and get you thinking of life and the meaning of life a little differently. If you like this one you will also love Have a Little Faith.

What they say - An old man, a young man and life's great lessons.Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of Mitch and Morrie's time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.



Title - Marching Powder - RustyYoung & Thomas McFadden

What I say - An awesome account of a young backpacker that hears about an English convicted drug trafficker in Bolivia's most notorious jail who is running tours for tourists. The first hand account tells of the bizarre life inside the jail. A great read - apparently now you are no longer able to do tours though so you will have to settle for the book!

What they say - "...Marching Powder is also the tale of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cell. This is cutting-edge travel-writing and a fascinating account of infiltration into the South American drug culture."



Title - When Broken Glass Floats: Growing up under the Khmer Rouge - Chanrithy Him

What I say - Quite a heavy read this book gives Him's first hand account of growing up under the rein of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. A real eye opener and great for if you are traveling in South East Asia. It gives you a new appreciation of Cambodia and her people.

What they say - In the Cambodian proverb, "when broken glass floats" is the time when evil triumphs over good. That time began in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia and the Him family began their trek through the hell of the "killing fields."



Title - The Happiest Refugee - Ahn Do

What I say - One of the funniest books I have read - that kind of laugh out loud so people look strangely at you funny! Ahn gives a hilarious and very candid account of his life fleeing Vietnam for a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually settling in Australia. A great feel good holiday read!

What they say - Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.



Title - Left to Tell - Immaculee Ilibagiza

What I say - Although I am not necessarily religious I love this book for the life lessons taught and triumph in the most horrific conditions. Another great read.

What they say - Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994, her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love -- a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family's killers and forgive them.



Title - The God of Small Things - Arundhati

What I say - A beautiful tale of twins growing up in Kerala in India's south this book is moving, poetic, beautiful and crafty - the perfect holiday read!

What they say - Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.



Title - The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

What I say - An amazing book about a boy traveling the world seeking treasures only to realise that they lie where he started. 

What they say - "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."


I am always looking for my next book and would love to know what your best ever holiday read was???? Hit me up in the comments section and be sure to sign up below for weekly insiration!

Ducky xo


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