May Reading Challenge

Great travel books to take you away. 

Sort by:

The adventures of Tintin the chapter audiobook

The adventures of Tintin the chapter audiobook

Irvine, Alexander (Alexander C.)
2011

After buying a model of the Unicorn, young reporter Tintin discovers a secret message hidden inside the mast of the ship. The clues start to pile up as Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, find themselves sailing, flying, and riding camels around the globe on an epic adventure. Hot on the trail of the story, Tintin meets the hearty seadog Captain Haddock. The captain's ancestor Sir Francis Haddock sailed the Unicorn and fought against the pirate Red Rackham. Did Sir Francis leave behind the clues? Is the secret of the Unicorn the location of Haddock's treasure? Can Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock solve the mystery before the secret lands in the wrong hands?

Show More


The alchemist

The alchemist

Coelho, Paulo, author.
2014

"A special 25th anniversary edition of Paulo Coehlo's extraordinary international bestselling phenomenon--the inspiring spiritual tale of self-discovery that has touched millions of lives around the world.Combing magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. "-- Provided by publisher.

Show More


Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942
1999

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Show More


The geography of bliss one grump's search for the happiest places in the world

The geography of bliss one grump's search for the happiest places in the world

Weiner, Eric, 1963-
2008

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, this book takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Singapore benefit psychologically by having their options limited by the government? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina, so darn happy? NPR correspondent Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.--From publisher description.

Show More


Inside out & back again

Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha
2011

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Show More


Lands of Lost Borders Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

Lands of Lost Borders Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

Harris, Kate.
2018

"Every day on a bike trip is like the one before--but it is also completely different, or perhaps As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved--that of a generalist explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and philosopher--had gone extinct. From her small-town home in Ontario, it seemed as if Marco Polo, Magellan and their like had long ago mapped the whole earth. So she vowed to become a scientist and go to Mars.     To pass the time before she could launch into outer space, Kate set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel Yule, then settled down to study at Oxford and MIT. Eventually the truth dawned on her: an explorer, in any day and age, is by definition the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. And Harris had soared most fully out of bounds right here on Earth, travelling a bygone trading route on her bicycle. So she quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again with Mel, this time determined to bike it from the beginning to end.     Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer before her, Kate Harris offers a travel narrative at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the self and like the stars, can never be fully mapped.

Show More



Medium raw : a bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook

Medium raw : a bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook

Bourdain, Anthony
2010

Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Show More


Moonlight on the magic flute

Moonlight on the magic flute

Osborne, Mary Pope
2009

Jack and Annie travel to Vienna, Austria, in 1762 where they meet the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister and help save the budding genius' life.

Show More


On the road the original scroll

On the road the original scroll

Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969
2007


Paddington: The Junior Novel

Paddington: The Junior Novel

Willis, Jeanne.
2014

When Paddington arrives in London, he's excited to explore the city that he's heard so much about. Thanks to a stroke of luck, he meets Mr. and Mrs. Brown at the train station. They welcome him into their home and agree to help him find the explorer who visited his family in Peru. As Paddington sets out to search for the explorer and discover the many wonders in the city, he catches the eye of an evil taxidermist who would love nothing more than to come between the bear and the Browns. It will take every member of the Brown household to help Paddington learn that finding a home and a family is the greatest adventure of all.PaddingtonPaddington is a film that is sure to capture your heart.

Show More


Shantaram : a novel

Shantaram : a novel

Roberts, Gregory David, author.
2004