Ten Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that awaken the travel bug in you. I found this list particularly tricky for some reason. I guess I just haven’t read many books that do that to me!

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

I absolutely adore the setting of Italy in this book. I’ve only ever been to Sicily, but I’d love to go to Italy. I really would!

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer

I love the idea of touring with my best friends! 🙂 We love a road trip now even if we’re not particularly going anywhere exciting.

Anna and The French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I need to get to actual Paris one day. I’ve only been to Disneyland!



I pretty much think this book is perfect for anyone that’s interested in travelling!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

I love the travel element to this story. It’s so adorable! 🙂

Books that are on my TBR that might awaken the travel bug in me

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

I have heard great things about this book and can’t believe I’m still yet to read it!

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

I have heard so many mixed reviews about this book that I’m cautious to read it, but it still remains on my TBR!



This is one I’ve heard lots about. I think I’d love it.

Meant To Be

Meant to Be

I know this includes a trip to London which isn’t far from me, but I’m not fussy. A trip to London is a good day for me!

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This book has been on my TBR forever. I should really attempt to read it soon! I love the concept of it!

Nobody’s Girl

Nobody's Girl

I enjoy Sarra’s writing, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

What are the books that awaken the travel bug in you? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!


Bookish Bingo Wrap Up


I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!



How did I get it?:
It was a gift!


It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.


Wanderlove has been on my TBR list for so long now. I decided to check it out this month, as I kept on seeing it pop up on favourite or top ten lists! I thought it was an incredibly readable book, with loads of statements that, if I highlighted my real books, would be covered in highlighter. It’s certainly a perfect read for an armchair adventure. I particularly think those with an interest in travelling will really devour this book.

In Wanderlove we follow Bria as she joins a backpacking group to travel. It comes after Bria has had a horrible break up with her boyfriend. She was supposed to be travelling with her friends, but they let her down. Somewhat out of character for Bria, she decides to travel on her own. She just feels the need to get away. The trip doesn’t go exactly to plan though, Bria meets some interesting people along the way.

I thought Wanderlove was a good read. It wasn’t quite as amazing as I wanted it to be, but it was still a decent read. I definitely wouldn’t have the courage to travel on my own like Bria did, so it was nice to experience it through her eyes. It sounds like a really cliché sentence, but Bria goes on a personal journey as well as a physical journey. She learns a lot about herself and accepts that her ex-boyfriend really was a complete idiot!

I really liked the characters of Starling and Rowan. I felt like the book really picked up pace when she met them. I think they gave Bria encouragement to break away from what was safe and explore the environment in which she was in.

I thought the pictures of Bria’s artwork included in the story were simply beautiful. I love books that include illustrations. I think it was even more significant in Wanderlove because Bria’s art is often referred to, so it was nice to visualise Bria’s masterpieces.

All in all, I think Wanderlove is an engaging, quick read which will appeal to the traveller within you!

Would I recommend it?:

WWW Wednesday #69

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?


I’m reading this book for my ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister, Beth. We’re a bit behind on our list of books to read, so we’re trying to catch up. I’m not overly sure that Longbourn is my sort of thing, but I’m looking forward to trying it. I finished my book late last night, so I’m literally just starting this book today.

What did you recently finish reading?


I had been really anticipating reading Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I’d heard so many good things about it. I thought it was a wonderful book with some very quotable passages.  It’s a great book for an armchair adventure.

What do you think you’ll read next?


I didn’t like Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour as much as I had hoped I would, so I’m kind of nervous about starting this book. I’ve heard good things about it though. It’s not as light-hearted as it might seem though!

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to leave me your link to your WWW Wednesday post and I’ll stop by your blog! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #51

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared! As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page! This is the last Stacking The Shelves post of 2013. This year has flown by. I’m celebrating my blogoversary tomorrow! Chrissi Reads has been around for a whole year! Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

Christmas presents:

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I’m loving this selection of books. My sister got me Dead Girls Don’t Lie, Belle Époque and After Eden! I received Wanderlove and Anna And The French Kiss from my Secret Santa. I’m so excited to own these books!

Have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite?

Feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul!

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me. Now, this could easily be a very, very long list. I have far too many books on my TBR list. Here are a selection of the books I’d love (and I’m probably going to buy very soon if I don’t get them 😉 )

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Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher– This has been on my TBR pile for so long, I think it’s time I get around to reading it! I’ve seen it on loads of Top Ten lists and I’m intrigued!

Anna and The French KissStephanie Perkins- Another one that I’ve seen on numerous lists every Tuesday. It’s got to be so widely blogged about for a reason?

EverneathBrodi Ashton- I have to admit, the initial reason to being drawn to this series were the beautiful covers. I’ve heard great things about them too. So I’m looking forward to starting this series.

WanderloveKirsten Hubbard-  Again, another book I’ve found through Top Ten lists!

My Life Next DoorHuntley Fitzpatrick- A lot of bloggers like this book! So it was another book to add to my TBR list.

This Is What Happy Looks LikeJennifer E.Smith- I’m intrigued to read another book from Jennifer E.Smith after enjoying The Statistical Probability…

Truly Madly Deadly- Hannah Jayne- Intrigued by this book. I want to read it myself and form my opinion!

Picture Me Gone- Meg Rosoff- I’ve been after this book for a while now.. Please, Santa?

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I’ve read and loved this book, but I want my own paperback copy. I read it on my Kindle.

BittersweetSarah Ockler- I loved Twenty Boy Summer and want to read more from this author!

What are you asking Santa for? Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by your blogs! Happy Christmas everyone!