Going to a place places I’ve never been before and wandering old homes and museums that I feel like I have no attachment and can cause the magic of my travels to die a little. I need stories, people to attach to a place that isn’t behind glass. The best way to do that is through the ever beloved books. Fictional stories that highlight the beauty of states and cities can be love letters to the places you want to visit and give rise to a desire to take in the sites yourself.
A love story to St. Paul and music, this magical story about fae will make you fond of everything Minnesotan. This is also one of the whittier books I’ve ever laid my hands on by the amazing Emma Bull.
In one of the most brutally honest looks into a family’s life and dynamics, this book by Larry Watson.
Instead of subjecting you to “Walden” and it’s twenty pages of the color of a lake, be emerged in the romance of Massachusetts. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a beloved book from my childhood. A bonus plus is if you’re in Massachusetts Lousia May Alcott’s house can be visited. Each room of the house gives insight into the Alcott’s life and the inspiration behind the book.
Personally Huckleberry Finn is prefered over Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Mark Twain’s boyhood home can be visited. It’s a quaint town dedicated now to tourism. There’s also a cave tour where you can go and experience the same cave that Tom Sawyer became lost in.
A novel by Rebecca Wells looks at the relationship between a daughter and a mother and how you’re raised can affect you when you’re an adult. The flashbacks in the story can bring the reader into a sticky hot Louisiana summer night and made me want to dip my feet in a river somewhere.
This heartwarming and sad story captures the essence of South Carolina and the people that live there. This book by Sue Monk Kidd will make you want to create a home down south surrounded by bees.
An oldy, but a goody. This masterpiece of a book by Louis Sacher is the epitome of storytelling. The camp Stanley must go to is set in Texas. So as you drive through the miles and miles of open road, know that it’s not wise to avoid a promise.
Pick up a good book and let your imagination fly. It’s okay to pick a spot to travel to just because it’s in your favorite book. Reading is supposed to help you imagine yourself in places you’ve never been; but some day, you might.