No, I’m not writing a road trip book. Not yet anyway.
I tried to, a few years ago during National Novel Writing Month. I was going to cook up a zany madcap road trip adventure. I wrestled through possible plot lines, all the while trying to hush up that voice that kept asking, “Could that even happen? Is that plausible?” The project didn’t get far.
Then come to find out John Green had already written the book I wanted to write. And executed it beautifully, I might add. It’s called Paper Towns, and it’s about a teen who ropes in her neighbor (who has secret crush on her) for a night of twisted revenge pranks. Then she disappears, leaving a series of clues to lead our hero and his friends on that zany madcap road trip I was talking about.
Thanks, John Green, for taking that task off my hands! Whew!
So guess what? I’m in the mood to read!
What’s new? I’m always in the mood to read.
Specifically, I’m looking for travel books to read so I can psych myself up about my own family’s summer vacation.
This summer we are going to Virginia and North Carolina for ten days of hanging out and seeing people. We’ll take a mini road trip around the region. We’ll see grandparents, in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins. We’ll eat together and sit on the porch slapping mosquitoes. We’ll get on each other’s nerves. You know the drill!
Then the kids, husband, and I will fly to Ecuador for two weeks.
There we will be gawking tourists. And I expect we’ll do the see-people thing too. My husband lived in Quito as a kid and maintains some connections via his parents and Facebook.
Attitude is everything
So in my reading, I am mainly looking for inspiration on attitudes. Specifically, attitudes different people adopt toward new experiences (I’m including fictional characters in my definition of “people” here). I’ve found that attitude informs everything when it comes to travel. From the planning to execution, to what you bring away from the trip, attitude is the key.
Thus far my to-read list includes:
Julia and the Art of Practical Travel, by Lesley M. M. Blume
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, by Rachel Friedman
The Art of Stillness, by Pico Iyer (an anti-travel book? But not really?)
Send me your book ideas, or your actual book
I’ll be reading travel books across the genres over the next few months. Oh, let’s be honest, I’ll be reading travel books forever. So if you have something you’d like me to review, please contact me or comment on this post and let me know! Even though writing them is time consuming, book reviews are fun. I’ve been wanting to write more book reviews, both here and over at my editing blog.
Just to be clear, I am looking for narratives—fiction, nonfiction, and memoir included. No guidebooks or anything with star ratings and/or lists. I will consider self-published books but do not guarantee a review.
Thanks! And, if you are traveling this summer, tell me where you’re going.