Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Awesome Travel Books

Every Tuesday, The Broke & the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. Technically, this week’s post is supposed to be all about beach literature or summer reads.

However, I’m not a beach bum and probably into more heavy-duty stuff than Sun, Sea & Romance chick lit. So I decided to post my Top 10 Travel Books instead. It’s still summer holiday related, right?

If you’ve never read a travel book before you have missed out! But if you’d like to try some, I recommend the following: For lighter, witty yet authentic accounts I’d start with Bill Bryson. Then move on to Paul Theroux for some of the best (and vivid) armchair travelling you’ll ever do. And then pick your way around the world. After all, travel reading is just as addictive as actually travelling.

Here’s my Top 10 of Awesome Travel Books (in no particular order):

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Sad ROW80 Update

Hello ROWers,

once again, it’s the end of the week and that means it’s time for the ROW80 Sunday Check-In.

I received some sad news from New Zealand yesterday.

Denise, the mother of the host mum I stayed with back when I was an exchange student in 2003, passed away yesterday aged 66. She was a loving, kind lady with a fighter spirit, enduring many ailments and setbacks with good humour and optimism. A fighter to her last breath, she sadly succumbed to complications from cancer in her sleep. I hold many fond memories of time spent with Denise, and I will always cherish them and remember her the way she was.  Here she is with her husband, on New Year’s Day 2004, the way I knew her:

Denise and her husband, my host grandparents when I was living in New Zealand 2003 / 2004
Denise and her husband, my host grandparents when I was living in New Zealand 2003 / 2004

I hope she is now at peace, and my thoughts are with my New Zealand family.

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