Better late than never. My bags are packed! Here's my selection for Lesley's The Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge:
True North: Exploring the Great Canadian Wilderness by Bush Plane by George Erickson
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer House by George Howe Colt
A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany by Paul Gervais
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis
The Hills of Tuscany: A New Life in an Old Land by Ferenc Máté
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy by Frances Mayes
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Here are Lesley's guidelines:
- The challenge runs from July 1 through December 31 during which time you must read six books that fall under the ‘armchair traveling’ theme.
- Fiction or non-fiction works are fine, and do not need to be specifically travel related, as long as the location is integral to the book - I’ll leave that to your discretion. Locations must be actual places that you could visit, so no Middle Earths or galaxies far, far away.
- Books may be cross-posted to other challenges, but you cannot count any books read prior to July 1st.
- To join, make a post outlining your six choices and link to that post below. Because I like to have a little wiggle room, you can opt to switch out books throughout the challenge.
- And yes, there will be prizes
There were several other books in my stacks that I could've chosen, but I decided I wanted to stick as close to "Travel Narratives/Essays" as possible. And, even better, these have all been in my stacks FOREVER! The Steinbeck will be a re-read, but I adored it the first time around, and this gives me a great excuse to read it again.
Thanks for hosting the challenge, Lesley. I love to travel almost as much as I love to read, and this gives me great incentive to pick up some of those books that have been languishing in my stacks for several years.
Note: Isn't it interesting that each and every one of these titles has a subtitle?