Picking The Perfect Travel Book…
Are you looking for a travel book to take on your next adventure? At The Thirsty Tourist we are avid readers and always in search of the next best read. We read year-long; The summer warmth entices us to find something we can enjoy at the beach with a backdrop of lapping waves, and in the winter we are searching for a book to enjoy while cuddled up on the couch with a blanket and hot chocolate with a roaring fire in the background.
Finding the right book can be a challenge! We have a process for finding the best reads. Here are our top 5 tips we think are the best screening process to make sure you are satisfied with your next purchase.
Top 5 Travel Book Selection Tips
1. Location, Location, Location – Determine where you are going to pick up your book. Are you going to travel to your local bookstore? How about digging through the bins at a thrift store? Do you have a couple of minutes before you next flight? Often stores in airports have a selection of books. Have you considered E-books or ordering books online? In this process, set the mood for how you are going to acquire your next travel book. Now that you have mentally prepared yourself, next determine the…
2. Book Genre – What type of book gets your imagination flowing? Is it a travel book? Perhaps a murder-mystery or a call-to-arms historic novel. Chris enjoys a good science fiction or horror novel whereas Carolynne is more partial to romance or the latest “chick-lit” for her beach read. Find out what type of book currently interests you as we progress on our search.
3. Price Point – How much money are you going to spend on this novel? This item may influence the book location item as well. Typically we are on a budget! Any book we purchase is typically $10 or less. For this price point, we sure have found some good finds in the past. A more expensive book does not always guarantee better book quality.
4. Screening Process – They say not to “judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, we are going to admit that we do just that. We also suggest reading the back cover to make sure you can tolerate and enjoy the author’s writing style.
5. Read Book Reviews – Are you pressed for time? If so, GoodReads.com provides free book reviews from the general public who have also read the selection. A word of caution though, like anything, people are unique and there will always be a couple bad reviews about any book. The rating system is a quick way to determine the book quality. Any book with a 4/5 or higher rating would indicate a good read.
Ready to buy that next book? We hope we have helped you with your book selection process. Be sure to check back periodically as we will be providing book reviews in our “Read It or Leave It” section on amazing travel novels.
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