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Carsick by John Waters

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge 8: Read a travel memoir

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

razor girl

Swamp Justice, Florida-Style

Carl Hiaasen Read-A-Likes

Eco-terrorists are not your average dedicated environmentalists.  In Carl Hiaasen’s novels, they can be downright dangerous and emotionally unstable. They say “write what you know” and Hiaasen knows Florida and the politics of the Sunshine State’s real estate developments. As a longtime investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen spent most of his career in journalism ranting against real estate moguls and politicians responsible for altering the unique landscape of Southern Florida. 

Ghost Train

The Boys on the Trains

Adventures On and Off the Rails

Like many residents in the Washington DC metro area, I take the commuter train line almost every day to work from my home in Baltimore. There is something rhythmically relaxing about boarding a train and listening to the sound of the rail cars as you depart from the station. You can read, sleep, meditate or work on your computer all without the stress of driving in rush hour mayhem. It’s a different experience. You see and witness things from a perspective that you would otherwise miss by driving.

Egypt-omania

From the Banks of the Nile

Egypt Revisited

It doesn’t take a riddle of the Sphinx to understand why the world has been so fascinated with Egypt - the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, King Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, the Library of Alexandria, and the the mighty Nile just to name a few things. There is something epic about this country in the northeast corner of Africa. Here, for your perusal, is a taste of a few things Egyptian.  

A Room of One's Own Book Cover

Texts That Explore Writing

Reading about writers

As the DC area prepares for National Novel Writing month, the library is getting ready to engage readers and writers alike with a series of exciting programs and drop in events.  NaNoWriMo, as it's known, takes place each November. Participants can sign up online to track their progress as they aim to write the next hit novel in a month! Check out DC Library's NaNoWriMo page for more system-wide events.

Cover for Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet

Graphic Novels About Travel

If you’re looking at the pile of papers on your desk and wishing you were still on vacation, try curling up with a travel themed graphic novel. Ink and pen drawings and snappy dialogue will make you feel you’re on the plane again, instead of in another Monday meeting.Tokyo On Foot: Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet 

Mosquitoland

Let's Take a Road Trip!

YA Books to Inspire You to Hit the Road

Summer time and road trips go hand in hand. There is something about the warm weather that draws us out and makes us want to look for adventure. The magic of the open road and the wide variety of sights, sounds, and smells has made for many great stories. The collection of characters, the big moments, and the quiet in between the miles set the stage for fun, reflection, and the unexpected. 

homage to catalonia

Your Friday Five

Adventure in a foreign land

The summer is almost officially upon us and there is traveling to be done! Being a stranger in a foreign land is always exciting, but needless to say, it does come with its challenges. If you don't have travel plans anytime soon, let one of these books whisk you away. And if you are taking off soon, these books will keep you entertained on the journey. Bon voyage!

"No reservations: around the world on an empty stomach" by Anthony Bourdain

Around the World in Ten Books

A summer reading list

If you’ve spent time on the Mall recently, you know: The summer tourist season has begun. Hopefully, your summer reading has, too.  

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy

Armchair Travel Books

Soul-searching travel memoirs

Itching for a vacation after that cold winter? Save some money and travel via armchair to places like Paris, India and Casablanca with only your library card. These travelogue books feature transformational experiences the authors have had away from home.Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy