What does a travel blogger do when they can’t travel? Reading is up there for me, and here are 9 books on my lockdown and summer reading list. Some of them aren’t even about travel.
Dare Not Linger, Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa
I finished this book in April, having loved A Long Walk to Freedom when I read it years ago. Dare Not Linger is a thought-provoking account of the transition and first term of ANC Government in South Africa with Mandela as President, and some of the eye-opening challenges he faced. For example: how do you embed a culture where paying tax is the right thing to do on a population who in the preceding decades had opposed and avoided paying taxes to a Government that had oppressed them?
Walking the Americas, Levison Wood
I saw Levison Wood live a couple of years back and also loved the TV series of this book. So … this one’s here ready and waiting for me to get stuck in.
The Places in Between, Rory Stewart
Remember a year ago in British politics? When the Conservative Party hadn’t yet chosen BoJo as Prime Minister and Rory Stewart was the surprise candidate who started to get some momentum behind him – not least with non-Conservative voters (including me!) who figured that if we had to have the Tories in charge he would be an option we could deal with. Oh my, how times have changed. Anyhoo, this book is about Rory’s travels in Afghanistan in 2002.
Becoming, Michelle Obama
I want to be inspired by Michelle’s humanity and fabulousness and I don’t believe this book will disappoint!
Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
It took me a while to get into this book’s prequel, Wolf Hall, but when I did I loved it. It was incredibly well written and taught me a lot more about Tudor history than I learnt in junior school. I’ve had this on my bookshelf for a good five years – I will get round to reading it this Summer 🙂
To Catch a Rabbit, Helen Cadbury
Set in Doncaster, South Yorkshire (UK), this book won a Northern Crime Award and was the first of the Sean Denton crime series. Sadly Helen, who was a York-based author, passed away in 2017; the year her novel was given away in the city as part of its annual “Big Read” campaign.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
It’s a classic. I haven’t read it. I should. Scratch that. I WILL.
Short Walks from Bogotá, Tom Feiling
I want to go to Colombia and understand more about the place before I (eventually) get there – it’s as simple as that!
Charlie y la Fábrica de Chocolate / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (Spanish language version)
I’ve been reading and listening to a lot more Spanish during lockdown, adding a few online group classes into the mix too. It’s in a bid to improve from level B1 (intermediate) to B2, and children’s literature with its creative vocabulary is a fun way to do it. As I click “publish” on this post, I’m up to page 53.
Have you read these books? What did you think? And what’s on your lockdown/Summer reading list? Leave your comments below.