Book a Week 2015

The idea has been stewing since December 2014 - read more, watch TV less. TV meaning Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon because does anyone watch broadcast anymore?

So I'm reading a somewhat travel related book each week this year.  General guidelines are (subject to change based on the whims of the rule maker, me)

  1. Must be able to say why it is a travel book in one sentence or less
  2. Re-reading books from more than 1 year ago is ok. If read less than a year ago then the book isn't eligible for the list
  3. Book week starts on Monday (roughly)
  4. Start date is January 1 and end date is Dec 31
  5. Don't have to read the book in Monday to Sunday period, but do have to finish at least one book by each Sunday
  6. No travel guides like Fodors or Lonely Planet
  7. Audio books are ok (debatable, I'm thinking I want to do the honorable thing and hold the actual paper book in my hands)

And the book list (also subject to change based on the whims of the list's curator, also me). There's more than 52 books here so I can cull some of them if I get to them and just can't stomach the idea of reading them in about a week. And also the list below isn't in order since I couldn't come up with a structure to decide what to read.

  1. Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Mark Adams
  2. The Rings of Saturn, WG Sebald
  3. Kon Tiki Expedition by Raft Across the South Seas, Thor Heyerdahl
  4. The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Che Guevara
  5. The River of Doubt: Roosevelts Darkest Journey, Candice Millard
  6. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. The innocents Abroad, Mark Twain
  8. Short Walk from Bogota, Tom Feiling
  9. My African Journey, Winston Churchill
  10. The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness, Clay S Jenkinson
  11. Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
  12. Fearless, Freya Hoffmeister
  13. Sex Lives of Cannibals, J Maarten Troost
  14. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  15. The Beach, Alex Garland
  16. The Thousand Nights and One Night, Anonymous
  17. Inca Kola, Matthew Parris
  18. Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux
  19. Tschiffely's Ride, Aime Tschiffely
  20. I see by my Outfit, Peter Beagle
  21. Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain
  22. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  23. Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano
  24. The Places in Between, Rory Stewart
  25. The Road to Oxiana, Robert Byron
  26. Pillars of Hercules, Paul Theroux
  27. Robbery Under Law: The Mexican Object Lesson, Evelyn Waugh
  28. House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
  29. Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway
  30. Mad White Giant, Benedict Allen
  31. Provence 1970, MFK Fisher
  32. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  33. The Histories, Herodotus
  34. In the Land of Oz, Howard Jacobson
  35. The Zanzibar Chest, Aidan Hartley
  36. Mornings in Mexico, DH Lawrence
  37. The Journals of Captain Cook, James Cook
  38. Neither Here Nor There, Bill Byrson
  39. Burmese Days, George Orwell
  40. Great Plains, Ian Frazier
  41. In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin
  42. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  43. Into thin Air, Jon Krakauer
  44. Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer
  45. Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick
  46. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby
  47. Endurance, Shackleton's Increidble Voyage, Alfred Lansig
  48. In a Sunburned Country, Bill Byrson
  49. West with the Night, Beryl Markham
  50. Out of Africa, Isak Denison
  51. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  52. An Area of Darkness, VS Naipaul
  53. Sahara, Clive Cussler
  54. Mimi and TouTou Go Forth, Giles Foden
  55. Around Africa on my Bike and Around Madagascar on my Kayak, Riaan Maner
  56. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  57. As I walked Out one Midsummer Morning, Laurie Lee
  58. Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela
  59. No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
  60. Among the Russians, Colin Thubron


  1. What travel books are missing?
  2. Audiobooks, should they count or not?
  3. What other guidelines should be considered or stricken?