Good road trip books, #TravelTuesday

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve written about books here on HeidiTown, which is odd because I read a lot of books… but perhaps I should rephrase that – I listen to a lot of books. Ryan and I are both Audible addicts.

I listen when I’m exercising and of course, I listen any time I’m in my car. It’s especially fun to listen on road trips because then Ryan and I can enjoy a story together.

I thought I’d share some of my recent favorite road trip books with you. These also happen to be books about traveling, making this the perfect #TravelTuesday post.

Good road trip books The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry

By Rachel Joyce

This is the story of a pensioner (American’s say retiree) who decides to walk across England to visit an old friend. This book is laugh out loud funny, but also thoughtful and even brought me to tears at some points.

I enjoyed listening to this one as I walked my three miles each day; it made me feel that much closer to Henry Fry.

Ryan and I both liked “The Unlikely Pilgrimage” so much that we downloaded Joyce’s follow-up novel, “The Love Song of Miss Qeenie Hennessy.” While it was a good read, I didn’t like it quite as much as the first book.

Good road trip books The River of DoubtThe River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Days

By Candice Millard

This is an absolutely fascinating book about Theodore Roosevelt’s unbelievable adventure exploring an uncharted area of the Amazon. I have always loved books about exploration and this is one of the best I’ve read (or in this case, listened to).

I love how Millard focuses not only on Roosevelt’s journey, but also on the natural world around him. Her detailed descriptions of the Amazonian rain forest are some of my favorite parts of the book.

Good road trip books Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

By Mark Adams

Reading “The River of Doubt” refueled my interest in South America. After all, one of my favorite books of all time is “The Lost City of Z“ by David Grann, who is an outstanding writer.

I don’t have an obsession with Machu Picchu and while it’s on my lists of places I’d like to visit one day, there are lot of destinations higher on the list. While I enjoyed “Turn Right at Machu Picchu” it didn’t really inspired me to move Machu Picchu up the list.

If you’re one of those folks infatuated with Machu Picchu, this is a must-read.

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