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Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers

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Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send yo ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Sasquatch Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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7jane
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first two Book Lust books yet, but decided to read this first because it was more focused in one certain theme. The books include both fiction and non-fiction, for those who travel and those who prefer doing it from their armchair ;) Author is clearly the latter (her daughter the opposite). All books mentioned are not necessarily in print, but that doesn't really matter to me - I got a long list out of reading this book even with my usual mood of being picky.

There's a geograp
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Vegan
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Negin
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Traci
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Barbara
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Fiona
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Bookslut
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
Fabulous and addictive. I stayed up late many nights, reading just one more section, and just one more section. It's like pornography for the person who loves to read about books. My to-read list is now several hundred books heavier, and I feel so happy and excited. And I don't even especially like books about travel! I do wish she had added a wrap-up chapter for me at the end. You just get to books on Zimbabwe and then kaput--the end. It was kind of abrupt, and I wanted a farewell. Oh, and the ...more
Alana
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Carol
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Liralen
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Susan
Apr 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book list leans toward books about war, violence, sports, and the outdoors, so it just wasn't appealing to me. Also, it contains lots of errors and misconceptions about the locations discussed. For example, the author has listed Andorra as a fictional place, on the same list as Earthsea. Ummm, no, Andorra is a real country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. She also gives the wrong dates for events, and dates are generally easy to double check. This sort of glaring error occurs again ...more
Lexy Kelleher
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Finally finished this one! Whew. I know these kinds of books aren't designed to be read cover to cover but instead to be used as a reference. Well, too bad. I read the whole thing anyway.

The Good. I got quite a few solid recommendations from this. Many are in my local library, and I wouldn't have given them a second look if it wasn't for Book Lust to Go. I liked that the sections were (generally) organized by place.

The Bad. The sections are not necessarily in order by place. They are in alphabet
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Jolanta Da
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
So disappointed....with the mistakes again...
Simone
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was an impulse purchase and I regret it.

I listened to an interview with Nancy Pearl on Rick Steves’ Radio Show and I was very intrigued – I love to travel and I love to read so “Book Lust To Go” sounded like it was made for me! I ordered it from Amazon right way! (That was in November 2011)

I finally dug into it properly last night and I am very disappointed.

Basically, it’s a book of recommendations, but honestly I have THIS site for that and Goodreads is so much more complete! Many of the
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
In some ways I find it a good resource on what books are there on this country, that country, but it is sorely lacking. I mean, don't get me wrong, I was glad to learn about Andre Aciman from here, but why didn't she list more significant books on Egypt? For instance, how come Edward william Lane is missing and not mentioned in this book. I myself, while I am an Egyptian, learned more from this British scholar through his book on Egypt, The manners & customs of the modern Egyptians. Yes, I g ...more
Mycala
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Because I love lists and because all of my overseas travel is done via armchair these days, this book caught my attention and I might as well just buy it. I borrowed it from the library and put sticky notes on every page that had interesting books on it. Just envision the book above with lots of those little skinny sticky bookmark notes sticking out in all directions to make it look like somebody slammed the book closed on one of those party horns with the streamers inside. That's what it looked ...more
Storyheart
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nancy Pearl introduced this rather odd guide by admitting she doesn't like to travel. Perhaps the task of recommending fiction and non-fiction for world travellers should have been passed on to a travel enthusiast. While I certainly found some interesting titles to add to my TBR, I have to seriously question a book that offers a larger section on the city of Detroit than the entire countries of Canada and India and offers more titles for Baltimore than the entire history and civilization of Egyp ...more
Olivia
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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? :)

<3
Alisa Kester
I'm a person who loves lists. I love books about lists, and books about travel. I've heard nothing but awesome things about Nancy Pearl.

But. How can you make descriptions of travel books so dead boring? I've read and loved any number of the books she lists, and yet, given her description, I'd never have picked them up.

Maybe it's partly how anxious, twittering, and twee she is in her comments about herself, but no thanks. I won't be picking up more of Pearl's lists.
Amanda
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Kristel
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julie  Durnell
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I always pick up great reading suggestions from her Book Lust books and this one is no exception. It was just a delight to travel via armchair with her around the world@
Donna
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Wonderful trip around the world in books. I'll return to it for recommendations often.
Yaaresse
I guess I don't get it.

This is basically a list of books that are about or set in various places: countries, states, cities, regions, at sea, etc. I think I was expecting a synopsis of each book, something to make me want to read the book or lean more about the place. There's a tiny bit of that, but mostly, it's just lists.
I finished it still not knowing what her criteria was for choosing the books she did or anything about any of them.

I realize when this book was published, Goodreads and Lib
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David Harris
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a useful reference book. Each chapter is 2-5 pages long and consists mainly of book references for background reading about a specific place you might be interested in whether it is a US city or a foreign country. Some of the sections are more detailed than others.

The section for Baltimore lists David Simon's non-fiction books, which have been the inspiration for a couple of popular crime dramas as well as the mystery novels of Laura Lippman which, apparently, contain very detailed descr
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Karen
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Loved this travel-themed collection of book recommendations. For places I had already looked for recommendations, I often found at least one overlap book and my opinions of them generally matched the author's. I've started on some of her suggestions for the trip we're taking to Europe next year already.
Onceinabluemoon
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I sit in my comfy wing back share nestled my the standing globe with pins from prior travels around the world I loved this book! New to the series, plus found on goodreads, I couldn't be happier with a slew of new book ideas! I love lists, books, maps and arm chair traveling these days, I will need a new map to just pin my book locations next ;-)
Sharon
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful tool for refreshing your to be read list and researching for your next vacation or trip
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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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