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Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading For Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers (Book Lust)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  644 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
With the holidays just around the corner, Nancy Pearl's little gem will please many a traveler (or dreamer) who loves to read about faraway places but doesn't know where to start. With fanciful alliteration, Pearl lists titles under topics arranged from "A is for Adventure" to "Zipping through Zimbabwe." Recommendations are accompanied by brief critiques and insights. In a ...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Sasquatch Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Nancy Pearl aims to offer selections for all reading tastes and topics rather than saying "these are the best of the best and everyone should read them." With that in mind, I don't rate her books based on whether I liked the books she suggests. Instead, I rate them for the feeling of possibility, anticipation, and excitement she creates for me. Her love of books and their authors infuses every page. She always includes interesting personal anecdotes and a sprinkling of humor, so it's not just a ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Negin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, one of America’s top librarians, who appears on NPR’s Morning Edition, has a series of Book Lust books and I look forward to reading more. This one is a travel-based book and helps you choose books based on locations throughout most of the world. I wish that I had time to read all of the books that I want to read!
Lisa Vegan
Apr 24, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers & armchair travelers; those who enjoy reading books containing lists of books
So, I’ve read 3 other “Book Lust” books by Pearl and really liked them, and this one is particularly fun since I always enjoy reading about places where I’m about to visit, places I yearn to visit or plan to visit, and places I have visited/have resided.

What I find most frustrating about these books, though, is that they’re not sufficiently comprehensive. I can always think of books that are missing, and that I wish were included, so I have to wonder about books with which I am not at all famil
This Nancy Pearl book is for armchair and actual travelers alike. Although there are many books I'd add, it provides a plethora of choices of reading - both fiction and non-fiction- about places around the world. Many of us love to do some reading about a place before we visit, and will find great suggestions in this volume. It's a a book to keep around, and dip in and out of. I'd love to see a book about those places that are less written about. Of course, in some cases, for example Paraguay, i ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle for this book is "recommended reading for travelers, vagabonds, and dreamers" - and much as I admire the author, I think this book misses the mark a bit.

Don't get me wrong; there are tons of recommendations in here for just about every place on the planet. Pearl obviously did her homework finding works that work for this book. She has recommendations for countries I've never even heard of. But the style of this book didn't make me long to visit any of those places, let alone pick u
If you are someone who is acutely aware that one's time on earth is limited and, as such, you cannot possibly read everything... well, then Nancy Pearl's wonderful Book Lust series of books might not be for you, unless you're also capable of being ruthlessly selective in the face of multiple fascinating options. If you are, however, like me and constantly add books to your fantasy "to read" list, daydreaming about the many hours spent in delight with a variety of books that might have no bearing ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellaneous
Anyone producing a list of anything is open to criticism but it's just as much fun discovering new books to read in here as it is arguing about why others aren't included. Nancy Pearl welcomes suggestions from her readers and isn't claiming to have produced a definitive list. The only problem with books like this is that I'll end up with far too many books on my 'to read' list but I love a challenge! I had never heard of Nancy Pearl but I'll probably be putting her other books on my 'to read' li ...more
A librarian suggested this to me when I inquired about travel books to places less commonly written about—Eastern Europe, etc. It's a mixed bag: plenty of promising-looking books (although not travel books to the specific places I was looking for) set in places all over the world, but frustrating organisation. I don't really mind the overall organisation, that is—jumping around from country to town to country to region—but within the sections I found it pretty frustrating that, for example, some ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this armchair travel adventure of reading suggestions by Nancy Pearl. Book Lust to Go is an A-Z guide chock full of world-wide destinations as seen through books. Anyone with a zest for a journey should be able to find something to take them away in this collection.

Nancy Pearl is one of the readers' advisory queens. She has aced the art of annotations. Each description of the books she mentions whets the appetite to read the book yourself. She knows how to hook. Take "N" is for
Jan 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful bibliography of fiction and nonfiction set around the world. Want to find some good reads about Hong Kong? Brazil? Even made-up locations? This is the book for you. The entries are organized by country, city, or general geographic area. Nancy Pearl is THE quintessential librarian -- there's even an action figure based off of her! -- and hails from the Seattle Public Library. It's clear that she is a devoted reader; she points readers to thousands of titles in this book. Enjoy!
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Really more of a reference book than something you would read cover to cover, this has the same pros/cons as the other Nancy Pearl Book Lust titles - the lists are not comprehensive, to me there are some obvious picks missing, but it would be a good place to start when wanting to read more about a place, or something set in a place. And I want that all the time when I'm traveling.

My to-read list was already bursting at the seams, and now it is going to need its own suitcase.
Jan 14, 2015 Olivia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book inspired me to start blogging again, this time with the purpose of reading and talking about (not reviewing!) books from and set in every corner of the world. Links will be coming as soon as I have a few things up on there!

I love you all and thank you wholeheartedly for all of your roles in me becoming the person I am today. I would not be that person without my retired baby blog Olivia's Opinions. Join me on the next leg of my journey? :)

May 12, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of the author's recommendations were spot on. At other times I felt she just got lazy. She left out what I consider to be relevant contributions: such as Frances Mayes (the bard of Tuscany). How can you include chapters on Italy and buying a house in a foreign country and completely ignore one of the greatest writers of both genres. Ms. Mayes provides evocative and classic books that are filled with descriptive language and details that put you right there with her. I feel like I am smellin ...more
Another great book about more books to read from the lusty librarian, Nancy Pearl. Lots of ideas for reading around the world both fiction and nonfiction.
Feisty Harriet
Jun 17, 2015 Feisty Harriet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
This isn't so much a novel or narrative as it is a reference book to flip through again and again. Nancy Pearl (librarian extraordinaire) has made a book of book recommendations based on your travel plans, or your hopeful travel plans, or your armchair travel plans. She covers dozens of countries, cities, or regions and includes history, non-fiction, and fiction books that discuss that place. The only real problem, of course, is that while published in 2010 this already is missing so many great ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Karry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, books-reading
Books about travel and/or places (to go or otherwise). Another great list of books with little comments and/or suggestions about the books and/or the places. It was a fun read and I again garnered more titles of books that have now been added to my "to read" list...There are 3 books of Pearl's that I've read now and I have found an average of 50 new books per volume that I am interested in reading in the future. Of course at this rate, I'll have to live and be able to read until I'm 300 yrs. old ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second read of this informative book about literary books. This time I was intent on gleaning information on settings for my Goodreads Around the World in 80 Days book club. I took notes and selected quite a few books to read from many countries, foreign and domestic. I enjoyed the way the book is written. It's as if you are chatting about books with a fellow book lover over a coffee. Often witty and definitely well informed, the authors purpose in writing the book is to make sure yo ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wonderful trip around the world in books. I'll return to it for recommendations often.
Feb 20, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I do not think I would.
The difficulty I had with this book is 1. The organization - the table of contents/index look very similar. If one wished to discover what is covered in a book, and the book is a paperback (no front or back flap), the table of contents is a good place to go, but this book's t of c looks like the index - small print, etc. thus, the effort to find out what's in the book becomes laborious. 2. The selection of books - I am not sure why the author chose certain books. Some of them sound as though the ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reading tastes are not always a close fit for Nancy Pearl's but I'm a great fan of her Book Lust series. Her readers' advisory books convey her personality, an element that I sometimes feel is missing from other titles that try to find the perfect book for every reader. I like her format, which clearly identifies categories of interest, then combines a list of titles with an elegant little essay, providing a careful annotation of some titles, just a sentence about what's notable in others, an ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
THE list of travel books, fiction and non-fiction.... comprehensive... now to see if I agree with the author's recommendations..... Available in Kindle

The books I selected to explore:

Book recommendations from Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading For Travelers

The Fragile Edge: Diving and other Adventures in the South Pacific; Julia Whitty

Mysteries set in AZ:
The Blue Hammer; Ross MacDonald
Liar’s Anonymous by louise ure
New River Blues; Elizabeth Gunn

Canada Books:
Bill Brysoneque: Will Ferguson’s: B
This latest book (which I skimmed) by librarian and action-figure model Nancy Pearl focuses on travel books, and books with a strong sense of place. She includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. The book is arranged in short chapters by location (countries, cities, states), or sometimes a type of travel, e.g., adventure travel, Peace Corps chronicles, stories about people buying a house abroad, etc. Pearl doesn't go into a lot of detail about any of the books, but still does a good job of mak ...more
Feb 02, 2011 M— rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The volumes in Pearl's Book Lust series contain wonderful wealths of information, and Book Lust To Go is no exception. But I didn't love this volume as much as I did the previous ones.

I found To Go downright difficult to navigate. As with previous Book Lust volumes, the contents list was descriptive and sorted alphabetically, but the descriptions were slated to cutesy at a significant decrease of helpfulness. The section on Chile wasn't filed under C but under I – as, ‘It's Chile Today’. The del
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Mar 18, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Released: October 2010

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers is renowned librarian Nancy Pearl's third installment of book recommendations for adults.

Book Lust to Go is a large compilation of book- and novel-titles dedicated solely to the subject of traveling and specific geographical locations. In her introduction, Pearl explains that despite being an armchair traveler, she has learned and experienced culture mostly through literary means, those of which are
Oct 06, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Pearl is back! In case her name doesn’t ring a bell, she’s probably just about the coolest librarian you can imagine. If you tell her you want something adventurous, she won’t simply hand you a Jon Kraukeur book, she’ll ask you to be more specific. She could probably ask you half a dozen questions and then suggest the perfect title for you. She did this for the world when she wrote Book Lust a few years ago. In it, she compiled lists of authors and book titles (often with a synopsis) that ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
When I heard the Nancy Pearl was releasing a new Book Lust volume devoted to travel I was beyond thrilled. One of my favorite genres is travel memoirs; good ones, the kind that describe the locale and the author’s experience, not the kind that just whine about life. I love reading both fiction and nonfiction set in areas I’m about to travel to or reading about an exotic city and vicariously visiting it through the book.

I’m also attempting to read one fiction and nonfiction book set in each of o
Rachel Rogers
Feb 04, 2012 Rachel Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first introduction to Nancy Pearl and I'm a convert. I've often longed for a source for a little more objective information about books (which I've found, in part, on Goodreads). Pearl, as a seriously book-loving Librarian, is a wonderful source. I flew through this book full of recommendations to read before visiting (in reality or from your armchair) countries, regions, cities all over the world and closer to home. Barely half of the books listed are actual travel books, I'd guess. She focu ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Well, my to-read shelf just got a lot bigger after reading this book. Lots of great suggestions, although I was surprised by how often the books she recommended had terrible GoodReads ratings. Maybe this is because she already put out two bibliographies, and in trying not to duplicate entries from them she ended up selecting quite a few mediocre books for 'Book Lust To Go'. Since she suggests anywhere between 4 and 20 books for every single category, the presence of some mediocre books isn't a d ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Pearl, a librarian in Seattle, has two prior books in this "series" - Book Lust and More Book Lust. All three are filled with her recommendations of books to read in various categories. Book Lust To Go focuses on travel - with Pearl breaking up the book into sections based on countries, cities, or type of travel (long train rides, for example). Pearl acknowledges in her introduction that she is not much of an actual traveler, but that she enjoys seeing new places through the pages of books ...more
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“memoir A Ride in the Neon Sun. Here’s what she says about traveling: Some people travel with firm ideas for a journey, following in the footsteps of an intrepid ancestor whose exotic exploits were happened upon in a dusty, cobweb-laced attic containing immovable trunks full of sepia-curled daguerreotypes and age-discoloured letters redolent of bygone days. Others travel for anthropological, botanical, archaeological, geological, and other logical reasons. Some are smitten by a specific country brewed from childhood dreams. For others, travel is a challenge, a release, an escape, a shaking off of the shackles, and even if they don’t know where they will end up they usually know where they will begin. The very hardest part of writing this book was that I was unable to stop working on it. I kept reading even after the initial manuscript was turned in, discovering new titles and authors whose works I just couldn’t bear to leave out. I even envisioned myself watching the book being printed and shouting periodically, “Stop the presses!” so that I could add yet another section or title. But of course the day actually came when I knew I had to stop or there would never be an end to the project.And here is the result, in your hands right now. So, before your next trip—either virtual or actual—grab a pen and begin making notes about the titles that sound good to you. And enjoy the journeys. I’d love to hear from you. My email address is nancy@nancypearl .com.” 0 likes
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