It’s really funny that last Wednesday I was getting inspiration for this post also thanks to Isabelle Broom and her gorgeous Then.Now.Always which I have already reviewed and you can read it here – making me want to just say who needs money just book a flight and see what happens. Well if you are still reading this you will obviously realise that sadly the booking flight and to hell with the consequences hasn’t happened. Not yet anyway.
Talking about Wanderlust books had me googling just that which has ultimately came to this post. I found an interesting post that listed a number of books that every wanderer should read this is said post http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7494362. So now I’m going to speak about a few of the book choices that jumped out on me.
Daphne Du Maurier The Scapegoat – Now I don’t know if I have shared any reviews on here but I love love love Daphne Du Maurier. I have read and loved Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek and I have been looking to read more esp as My Cousin Rachel is now a film. So back to the issue in hand. The Scapegoat appeared on this list and wandering and Daphne now that’s a win win for this blogger.
Frenchman’s Creek Review
I sadly either didn’t review or cannot find my Rebecca review 😦
Blurb: By chance, John and Jean–one English, the other French–meet in a provincial railway station. Their resemblance to each other is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking – until at last John falls into a drunken stupor. It’s to be his last carefree moment, for when he wakes, Jean has stolen his identity and disappeared. So the Englishman steps into the Frenchman’s shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles – as owner of a chateau, director of a failing business, head of a fractious family, and master of nothing.
Gripping and complex, The Scapegoat is a masterful exploration of doubling and identity, and of the dark side of the self.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Now this has been mentioned on the blog a few times.
It’s in my list for the #20BooksofSummer Link and having read and adored Samantha Tonge’s The New Beginnings Coffee Club as the loveable Noah mentions it to Jenny and my interest was piqued so it’s now in my possession and on the list.
New Beginnings Coffee Club
Blurb: Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Blurb: Written after the First World War when he was living in Sicily, sea and Sardinia records Lawrence’s journey to Sardinia and back in January 1921. It reveals his response to a new landscape and people and his ability to transmute the spirit of place into literary art. Like his other travel writings the book is also a shrewd inquiry into the political and social values of an era which saw the rise of communism and fascism. On one level an indictment of contemporary materialism, sea and Sardinia is nethertheless an optimistic book, celebrating the creativity of the human spirit and seeking in the fundamental laws which governed human nature in the past fresh inspiration for the present.
This one intrigues me.
If I read this as a kid it obviously didn’t resonate with me so it’s on the list.
Blurb: For a moment it’s as if they’ve never been apart. They’re still Vixen and Cassandra, summer sisters forever. The rest is a mistake, a crazy joke.’
Vix Leonard is twelve when she meets dazzling, reckless Caitlin Somers. Invited to spend holidays on Martha’s Vineyard with Caitlin and her eccentric, mysterious family, Vix is welcomed into a life totally unlike her own. As days of bold adventure give way to nights of shy discovery, she and Caitlin come together in the complications of growing up; the refuge of belonging; the pact to Never Be Ordinary . . . Until one devastating summer when a local boy changes everything.
Years later life has driven them apart, but the bruise of their friendship remains. When Caitlin begs Vix to return to the Vineyard for her wedding, Vix knows she will go. She wants to understand what happened that last shattering summer – and why her best friend still has the power to break her heart.
An unforgettable story of two women, two families and the friendships that shape a lifetime from Judy Blume, the author who shaped our teenage selves.
This one is on many lists of books that you should read before you die. So it’s now on my list 🙂
Blurb: On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized as a modern classic, its American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than Scott Fitzgerald, and it goes racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion.
Contains an introduction by Ann Charters, as well as suggestions for further reading of acclaimed criticisms and references.
Have you read any of these? Where should I start.
Sorry that today’s post is really late in the day, I hadn’t finished it plus have had a bit of an awful headache once I returned home. But it’s here #WanderingWednesday