17 December 2020
Five Books, One Journey 

It is said that each journey is special. We sometimes set out on a journey to get away from where we are, or to find our way back to ourselves. Journeys offer us a great chance to listen to our bodies and explore internally. No matter what our goal is at the beginning, a journey changes us for the better; we take a break from the rush of daily live. Selecting the correct book is crucial to make the journey more meaningful. It will be harder to pick if you only mean to take one with you. At the airport, in a plane, while waiting in line or in a hotel room to rest... we selected the five page-turner books to inspire you, comfort you, and make you fall in love with travelling. Enjoy your trip and books!

The Catcher in the Rye

The first pick is of course a legendary one. Accepted as one of the classics of modern American literature, “The Catcher in the Rye” is heart-wrenching but joyful at the same time. If you haven’t met the mysterious writer J. D. Salinger yet, we suggest starting your next journey with this novel. Telling the story of a search for innocence in the adults’ world, this book will surprise you and turn your journey into an unforgettable one. 

The Art of Travel

Having a wide audience in Turkey as well as the rest of the world, Alain de Botton is a writer that writes about the concepts we don’t focus much on in our daily lives. The author’s book “The Art of Travel” explores travelling not only for going from one place to another or as a vacation, but also an art of discovering ourselves and the world. The book shows us how the lands far away can make us artistic among our daily rush.

Havuz Başı

As one of the princes of Turkish storytelling, Sait Faik Abasıyanık is one of those writers you can read on a train, at an airport or on the beach during your journeys. The truthfullness in his storytelling and the simplicity of how he describes events and people may surprise you as a reader. You can start from any of the short stories from Sait Faik. If you must ask, I recommend “Havuz Başı”.

The Mosquito Coast

Paul Thereoux is one of the latest prodigies of the American literature as well as a travel writer. His “The Mosquito Coast” is a page-turner that will enrich your journey with the deep observations into one’s soul. The novel was turned into a screenplay by the famous Australian director Peter Weir. It is an adventure novel as much as it is a torch on the Western history and modern day. If you prefer to read this book in your home, you will hear waves in every sentence depicting the incredible beaches and coasts in the Central American country of Honduras.

Adventures of Tintin

Finally, let us recommend the Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) series for comic book fans. The famous main character of Hergé’s comic world created in 1929 has met over hundreds of millions of readers in over 50 languages since then. Telling the adventures from Tibet to Congo, Egypt, and even the bluest of seas, the series managed to impress everyone from sci-fi lovers to police drama lovers. As a Tintin fan who reads at least one adventure in every journey, I can say that these books will transform your journeys into an adventure and feed into your dream world.