As we’ve traveled, we’ve tried to find books to read that were relevant to the region or country we were in. For those of you who like to do the same, here’s a list of the books we’ve been reading.
Japan – Shogun – This got off to a bit of a slow start, but about a chapter in, I really started to enjoy it. I would love to know how much of the culture that was described in the book is still common in Japan today.
For the kids – I remember reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes when I was younger. I downloaded the book on my Kindle for the kids, but it’s a sad story, and I decided they might not be ready for it. It’s probably more appropriate for kids who are at least 9.
Hong Kong – The Joy Luck Club – I’m 90% sure I read this book before, but I couldn’t remember the end and enjoyed reading it again.
Budapest – The Bridge at Andau – Unlike the other books, which are all historical fiction, the book is a compilation of true stories about Hungary based on interviews. It’s a bit slow, and there’s a decent amount of pro-democracy propoganda, but it’s an interesting account of a country’s history that I hadn’t learned about in school.
Austria/Hungary/general region – The Accidental Empress – Fun historical fiction about the Hapsburgs toward the end of their rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Athens – The Last of the Wine – Slightly less fun historical fiction (I’m not enjoying this author’s style as much), but an interesting account of Ancient Greek life that adds a bit more colour than you would have had in 10th grade history.