Armchair Travel

Travel the world through books!

June 28, 2023

Traveling the world through books is an experience unlike any other!

With every page turn, you are transported to a new destination, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and cultures of far-off lands. You can explore the bustling streets of Tokyo, wander through the rugged countryside of Scotland, or bask in the warm sun of the Caribbean, all from the comfort of your own home. Reading allows you to expand your horizons, gain new perspectives, and discover the beauty and diversity of our world. So why not embark on a literary adventure and explore the world, one book at a time?

Included in this list: Asia | Africa | Europe | South America | Oceania | North America | Antarctica



The Great Reclamation by Rachel Heng

The Great Reclamation

Rachel Heng

A sweeping novel set in Singapore during the years leading up to its independence from British colonial powers, about one young boy from a rural fishing family and the love story that will shape his life and complicate the fate of his larger community.

Interpreter Of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter Of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this stunning debut collection unerring charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

The Mountains Sing

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Years after a family is forced by Vietnam’s Communist Land Reforms to abandon their farm, a granddaughter comes of age as her loved ones depart for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. A first English-language translation.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami

The tragic death of their best friend has a profound influence on the passionate relationship between Toro, a serious young college student in Tokyo, and Naoko, an introspective beauty.

Man Of My Time by Dalia Sofer

Man Of My Time

Dalia Sofer

From the best-selling author of The Septembers of Shiraz comes the story of an Iranian man reckoning with his capacity for love and evil.


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

A classic novel about the confrontation of African tribal life with colonial rule tells the tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society.

The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

The Hundred Wells Of Salaga

Ayesha Harruna Attah

Two women in pre-colonial Ghana live very different lives, as one learns she must go from being a daydreamer to a resilient woman and the other desperately tries to play an important role in the chief’s court.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

Follows ten-year-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom with an aunt in America.

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The Girl With The Louding Voice

Abi Dare

Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who longs for an education, must find a way for her voice to be heard loud and clear in a world where she and other girls like her are taught to believe, through words and deeds, that they are nothing.

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were

Imbolo Mbue

A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.


Honey And Spice by Bolu Babalola

Honey And Spice

Bolu Babalola

A young black British woman with a popular student radio show that dishes out relationship advice finds her show and her reputation on the line after she publicly makes out with a man she publicly denounced.

Four Seasons In Rome by Anthony Doerr

Four Seasons In Rome
On Twins, Insomnia, And The Biggest Funeral In The History Of The World

Anthony Doerr

Documents the award-winning writer’s experiences of living, working, and raising twin sons in Rome during the year following his receipt of a prestigious Rome Prize stipend, a period during which he attended the vigil of the dying John Paul II, brought his children on a snowy visit to the Pantheon, and befriended numerous locals.

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

From Scratch
A Memoir Of Love, Sicily, And Finding Home

Tembi Locke

An African-American actress recounts her romance with a Sicilian chef whose traditional family disapproved of their marriage and how she sought solace in their close-knit community after his death.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows two families–the Joneses and the Iqbals, both outsiders from within the former British empire–as they make their way in modern England.

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

When her neighbor turns up dead, and then other bodies turn up under strange circumstances, Janine, a recluse in a remote Polish village who prefers the company of animals over humans, inserts herself into the investigation.

South America

Violeta by Isabel Allende


Isabel Allende

Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.

How To Order The Universe by Maria Jose Ferrada

How To Order The Universe

Maria Jose Ferrada

A richly imaginative debut, detailing a girl and her father finding their way-and themselves-while they work as traveling hardware salesmen in Pinochet-era Chile, is a rare work of magic and originality.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town.

Ways Of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

Ways Of Going Home

Alejandro Zambra

The writer son of a quiet sympathizer with the Pinochet regime reflects on the progress of his novel, in which an unnamed boy from a Chilean suburb witnesses an earthquake and meets an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle.


Euphoria by Lily King


Lily King

Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Liane Moriarty

Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last 10 years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is 39 years old, a mother of three children and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.

Sharks In The Time Of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

Sharks In The Time Of Saviors

Kawai Strong Washburn

When a child falls overboard and is returned safely to his mother by a shark, his miraculous rescue is hailed as a sign from ancient Hawaiian gods, complicating his family’s troubles amid a collapsing sugarcane industry.

North America

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

When We Were Birds

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

The introduction of a singularly stunning new voice in fiction, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s When We Were Birds is a mythic love story set in contemporary Trinidad & Tobago about two young outsiders brought together by their connection with the dead.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Edwidge Danticat

A young Haitian girl comes of age torn between two cultures–the Haiti of her Tante Atie and Grandmother Ife, and the New York of her mother Martine.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Brief History Of Seven Killings

Marlon James

A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers, and ghosts against a backdrop of social and political turmoil.

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr

The Prophets

Robert Jones, Jr

Two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation find refuge in each other while transforming a quiet shed into a haven for their fellow slaves, before an enslaved preacher declares their bond sinful.


Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor

Lean Fall Stand

Jon McGregor

After a catastrophic Antarctic expedition, Robert Wright is so distressed he becomes unable to communicate the truth and must learn a whole new way to be in the world, in a new novel from the award-winning author of Reservoir 13.

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

South Pole Station

Ashley Shelby

Unexpectedly qualifying for an unusual job at South Pole Station, Cooper Gosling journeys to Antarctica and engages in a comedy of errors with a group of fellow misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own.

Good Dogs Don't Make It To The South Pole by Hans-Olav Thyvold

Good Dogs Don’t Make It To The South Pole

Hans-Olav Thyvold

A heartwarming tale of aging, friendship and death is told from the perspective of a grumpy mutt who bonds with his late master’s widow during walks to the library, before their home is threatened by impatient relatives.