I don’t know about you, but I have been doing a tremendous amount of reading since the holidays. For Christmas, my parents surprised me with several new books, which I have been thoroughly enjoying over the past couple of weeks. One of the books I received was Booked: A Traveler’s Guide to Literary Locations Around the World, by Richard Kreitner.
Booked is a travel guide which focuses on destinations that have a connection to well-known books and authors, ranging from locations that inspired iconic literary settings and moments, to museums and monuments, to the former (and even current) homes of popular writers.
Each section of the book discusses the relevance of the location to the work and/or author, makes suggestions of places to visit, and includes beautiful, full-color photographs.
The first half of the book focuses on the Americas, and is divided into regions that include: the northeastern, southern, central, and western portions of the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, and South America. The second half focuses on the regions of Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.
Some of the books that are represented in Booked include: Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
One of the things I really like about this particular book is the fact that Kreitner includes both physical and website addresses for each featured destination, something which would be a big help if you are planning a trip of your own. He also makes note of locations which are privately owned.
I do think it’s worth noting that while this book includes a significant number of destinations that would be ideal for literature-loving tourists, it is certainly not a comprehensive list. I did notice that quite a few well-known destinations and authors were omitted from Booked, some of which really surprised me.
However, when you consider the wide variety of literary locations that are included, Booked is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in literature and travel. There were several destinations included in this guide that I had not heard of before, but would definitely be interested in visiting in the future.
If you are considering a literary-themed vacation during 2021 (assuming that travel can be done safely at some point this year), I definitely recommend reading Booked. But even if you’re not planning on traveling this year, I still recommend giving it a try. I think you’ll find it a very enjoyable read!