Dreaming of warm sandy beaches this winter??? These books about Hawai'i might help transport you there! (Or at least make you take another look at "paradise"...) Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell - This non-fiction book is a history of the colonization of Hawai'i (and other U.S. territories). You wouldn't know it's non-fiction though, it reads... Continue Reading →
“What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.”
Rather than make my own list, check out this one by T+L! It includes one book for each state plus Washington D.C. The only one I might possibly change is for my home state of Florida, we had to read The Yearling. I would recommend that. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with these classics!!
“A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth ... you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches...inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert; ... use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River; ... wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes; ... you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
“Money matters but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”
“Hawai'i has often been called a melting pot, but I think of it more as a 'mixed plate'... This is also, I believe, what America is at its best---a whole greater than the sum of it's parts.”
“[A] simple question to identify your true home: where do you want to die?”
“For me, a place unvisited is like an unrequited love. A dull ache that- try as you might to think it away, to convince yourself that she really wasn't the right country for you- just won't leave you in peace.”
Part of my job the past few years has been leading book clubs of travel or regional based literature. I thought I would carry some of that over and share it with you in a series of reading lists.
This first list includes books covering world-wide travel – to inspire the wanderlust in all of us.
Click this post to see the list.
I'll only share books I have actually read, but feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments.