Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Nonfiction November | Ask The Expert (Journeys)

Last year one of my favourite bookish events here in the blogging community was Nonfiction November; it was my first time taking part but I quickly fell in love with it, for many reasons. Concluding the month, I just knew I had to take part again next year... And here we are!

This year I will be taking part in the weekly prompts (on a Wednesday), as well as posting reading record posts each week (on a Monday). My intention for the month of November is to work through some of the unread nonfiction titles currently sitting on my shelves, and to read more nonfiction books within the month than fiction.

For those unfamiliar, the weekly post prompts are linky style, and hosted by one of the five hosts of the event. You can see the host of this week's prompt written below, and all five hosts linked at the end of this post.

Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you'd like to read (become the expert).

This week I'm opting to ask the expert, and am looking to you all for recommendations... Please! 

Something I've come to learn that I quite enjoy reading is books about journeys, in three different ways.

Firstly, I enjoy books about journeys that are quite fact based & informative.

Secondly, I enjoy books about journeys that are of a person's experience journeying but still knowledgeable.

Lastly, I enjoy books that are memoirs with people on a journey, but also a path of self discovery.

I feel like the topic of journeys is quite broad, but hopefully by sharing specifics & examples of books I've enjoyed there will be a few new to me recommendations coming my way.


  1. Well you already selected my two favourites in the category of memoirs with people on a journey!


    1. Both good reads; happy to hear you enjoyed them also.

  2. I like your theme here! The 80 Trains book sounds really interesting.

    1. Thanks, Monika.

      The author of Around the World in 80 Trains also has a book specific to travelling India by train which I'm keen to read also.

  3. I noticed this book, The Way to the Sea by Caroline Crampton, on a blogger's NonficNov post last week and added it to my own wishlist. Link to book on Goodreads

  4. How To Be Married combines a literal journey as the author travels around the world with also a kind of spiritual/self-discovery journey as she learns about marriage in different cultures and how to apply it to her own.

    1. Ooo.. Interesting! Thank you for the recommendation!

  5. I also love books about journeys, but I rarely make time to read them. I need to change that.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. What a fun theme you have chosen for your expert post!

    "The Lost City of the Monkey God" by Douglas Preston was an interesting journey story to me. It was about a journalist who traveled to the Honduran interior to help uncover a lost city.

  7. Good topic! Have you read Paul Theroux's books? Riding the Iron Rooster? Or others.

    Lisa @

    1. I haven't, no... But I've heard good things. Thank you!

  8. A great subject choice! You might enjoy Tracks by Robyn Davidson about her trek across the Australian outback and Listening To Country by Ros Moriarty.

  9. I have some books for you!

    Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
    Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
    My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir
    The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
    How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America
    Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa
    Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia
    Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
    Dancing with the Witchdoctor: One Woman's Stories of Mystery and Adventure in Africa
    The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
    Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
    The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
    The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan (5 stars)
    Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
    Life is a Wheel: A Passage Across America by Bicycle
    The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World
    The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
    The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
    Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
    The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village
    The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France
    Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

  10. Here are a few more:

    Any book by Michael Palin
    Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
    The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes
    Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages
    Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
    Looking for Lovedu: A Woman's Journey Through Africa
    A Journey North: One Woman's Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail
    Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
    The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
    Any book by Paul Theroux
    Travels in Siberia
    The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's Caribbean Adventure
    Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America
    The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World... via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
    A lot of Bill Bryson books
    One for the Road: An Outback Adventure
    Baghdad Without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
    River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
    Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
    Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
    Spain...A Culinary Road Trip
    Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India
    Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto
    Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food
    Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico
    An Evening Among the Headhunters: And Other Reports from Roads Less Taken
    Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own
    Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin
    Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
    Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure, and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago
    Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
    A Parrot in the Pepper Tree
    Spanish Lessons: Beginning a New Life in Spain
    Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
    Granny D: Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year
    McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
    A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow': An American Hitchhiking Odyssey
    Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo (a personal favorite)
    Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria
    Faintheart: An Englishman Ventures North of the Border
    The Spiritual Tourist: A Personal Odyssey Through the Outer Reaches of Belief
    The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto
    A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman's Journey
    Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages
    The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
    Shadow of the Silk Road
    Zaatar Days, Henna Nights: Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East
    The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca
    Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel
    36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
    Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
    Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa
    Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own
    Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
    Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith
    Around the World in 80 Dinners: The Ultimate Culinary Adventure
    The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
    Blue Highways
    Lois on the Loose: One Woman, One Motorcycle, 20,000 Miles Across the Americas

    1. Deb, you are a SUPERSTAR! Thank you for the recommendations.

  11. I really liked Simon Armitage's two books, Walking Home and Walking Away: he's a poet, which adds a nice dimension.

    1. I will look in to these - he was actually mentioned in The Salt Path which I read & loved. Thank you for the recommendations!

  12. Ooo good topics! I love a good journey combined with personal journey as well. :) I have nothing new to add but I will keep thinking about it. :)

  13. I love the way you analyzed and divided the journey books into different categories -- very astute!

    1. It was interesting to look at the topic of journeys as having such a wide scope - thank you!


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