"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".
It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.
Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
This week's topic is: Reasons Why I Love Reading
Good question. Do we really need a reason?
As happens so often, I have done several lists before:
Top Ten Tuesday ~ Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover
Top Ten Tuesday ~ Ten Reasons I Love Classic Literature
And last, but not least:
Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader
The main reason I still love reading new books all the time is "I can travel the world". I got to know so many countries that I will never be able to visit due to various reasons. And I sometimes have the feeling that we can get to know them better than many real travellers, especially those who only travel to the hotels that give them the same comfort as at home.
I will try to list some of my favourite books from every continent, books that were written by travellers or (if I didn't find one about that) by someone who knows the country well.
Coelho, Paulo "The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream" (Portuguese: O Alquimista) - 1988
Probably one of the greatest philosophical novels, ot really a travel guide but still, a great book about a tip to yourself but you also get to know some places.
Elliot, Jason "An Unexpected Light. Travels in Afghanistan" - 1999
Get to know Afghanistan through the eyes of this British travel writer who gets together with all kind of people in this fascinating country.
Roberts, Gregory David "Shantaram" - 2003
An Australian in India, not in an ashram or one of those fancy hotels for foreigners, no, in a slum where the poorest of the poor live.
Fatland, Erika "The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage" (Norwegian: Grensen: En reise rundt Russland gjennom Nord-Korea, Kina, Mongolia, Kasakhstan, Aserbajdsjan, Georgia, Ukraina, Hviterussland, Litauen, Polen, Latvia, Estland, Finland og Norge samt Nordøstpassasjen) - 2017
A Norwegian journalist travels all around the Russian border and visits so many countries, definitely a good start to see what other countries of that region one might want to visit.
Orth, Stephan "Couchsurfing in Russia: Friendships and Misadventures Behind Putin’s Curtain" (German: Couchsurfing in Russland. Wie ich fast zum Putin-Versteher wurde) - 2017
An unusual trip by a German journalist through the largest country in the world, visiting ordinary people and getting to know their circumstances.
Pamuk, Orhan "Istanbul - Memories of a City" (Turkish: İstanbul: Hatıralar ve Şehir) - 2003
I put this here because many People say that Turkey doesn't belong to Europe. And they are partly correct. But a part of it does and Istanbul is half in Europe and half in Asia. Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk knows his city like the proverbial back of his hand. He is a great writer and therefore probably best in describing this city that is so unique in many ways.
Hunt, Ken; Taylor, Mike "Xenophobe's Guide to the Aussies" - 1995
A funny book by an Australian and some foreigners who lived there. Makes you want to go and meet these lovely people right away.
Mak, Geert "In Europe. Travels through the twentieth century" (Dutch: In Europa: Reizen door de twintigste eeuw) - 2004
A travel through time and space that gives a good information about the whole continent. The other is a renowned Dutch journalist.
Bryson, Bill "The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island" - 2015
Bill Bryson is one of my favourite authors, he can describe a chair and make everyone laugh but he is at his best when he describes people.
United States of America
Bryson, Bill "Notes from a Big Country" (US: I'm a Stranger Here Myself) - 1999
Who better to tell us about the United States than someone who has lived somewhere else and sees his country with different eyes, notices all the little differences someone who grew up there and never left would never see? Bill Bryson is ideal for this task.
Fry, Stephen "Stephen Fry in America" - 2009
And then there is this, the view of a British guy who travels through the States, just as good, just as hilarious. Stephen Fry is one of the best British comedians, writers, broadcasters, actors and directors.
García Márquez, Gabriel "The General in His Labyrinth" (Spanish: El general en su laberinto) - 1989
I haven't read that many books about South America but this one is about Simón Bolívar and his last journey, written by Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez.
I'm sure there are better ones for this list, I'm open to suggestions.
You can also see my visits to other parts of our world here: The World Reading Challenge