Readers, on today’s episode we’re talking about travel reading. Well I have my own travel coming up and I want to make sure you’re in the loop. My book tour for Don’t Overthink It is booked. Don’t Overthink It is out March 3rd and in-person events start that week. Get the details at modernmrsdarcy.com/events. I hope to see you live and in person at one of these book tour stops this spring!
Last week when Anna Mitler talked about her goal to read her way around the world, I mentioned a resource I thought might help her find books from or about different countries. We record months ahead of time, and out of order… so little did I know when I recorded with her that we’d have this episode ready for your ears the very next week.
You might remember way back in Ep 60, guest Mel Joulwan and I talked about her love for books with a “strong sense of place.” Mel realized she loves to travel in her literary life, and in the years since we chatted on WSIRN she’s made that the priority in big, delightful ways, along with her husband Dave Humphreys. Mel and Dave are joining us today to chat about their reading journey together, fulfilling their long-time dream to move across the Atlantic, and their new destination-reading podcast aptly named Strong Sense of Place. Plus, they’re recommending 3 books with great atmosphere they think I’ll enjoy.
Let’s get to it!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
● Well-Fed Weeknights: Complete Palea Meals in 45 Minutes or Less, by Mel Joulwan
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading, by Leah Price
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Iliad, by Homer
The Song of Roland, by Doroth L. Sayers
A Street in Marrakech, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
Death Is Hard Work, by Khaled Khalifa
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brönte
♥ The Orphan of Salt Winds, by Elizabeth Brooks
♥ Sea Wife, by Amity Gaige
♥ Gold, by Chris Cleave
44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Unquiet Dead, by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
The Governesses, by Anne Serre
The Crofter and the Laird, by John McPhee
The Black House, by Peter May
Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber
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What books with a strong sense of place do YOU recommend?