Journeys, both inward and outward have always fascinated Readers and writers. As a reader I have already liked reading about characters who are at first week and vulnerable but at the end of the story they are strong and resilient. Here is a list of 10 books about journeys that are absolutely wonderful.

Circe by Madeline Miller

10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read - Circe by Madeline Miller
10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read – Circe by Madeline Miller

This is a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, in which the titular character makes his journey back home to Ithaka after the Trojan war. It is full of insights about the war itself, but also includes encounters with fantastical characters on the journey. Either way, through myth and folklore, Miller (and Homer) explore the intricacies of life.

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

As the title of the book suggests, this book follows Coelho’s quasi-fictional account of a pilgrimage along St James. He needs this for his initiation into the Rangus Mundi order. This pilgrimage takes him through vibrant locales both within and without. As much as this book is about the what the external can teach, it is also about the journey we take inward.

The Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read - The Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read – The Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

This is Ghosh’s magnum opus and his first book in the Ibis trilogy. Here, events preceding the Opium wars between China and Britain into which India was pulled in, unfold. A host of eclectic characters such as a former king, a runaway poppy labourer from Bihar, a French botanist’s daughter, a Black second mate and a religious transvestite converse on board the Ibis, a magnificent ship.

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

In this book, a girl sets out for Paris, hoping to be joined by her distant boyfriend. But when he cancels on her, she realizes the fallacy of her relationship and sets out to explore the city of love by herself. On the way, she discovers cafes, rues and, perhaps, love.

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read - A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read – A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

As with many of Murakami’s books, the central theme of this book is a man who has lost something on a journey in search of it. Add a few bits and pieces of magic and adventure like talking sheep, a powerful company, a runaway friend and a girlfriend with magical ears and you have this book.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This is a murder mystery that takes place on a train journey. A man is found murdered with twelve wounds, and because no one can escape from or climb into a moving train, the culprit is among those already present. Now the detective Poirot must figure out who it is.

The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read - The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read – The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

In this retelling of the Indian epic Ramayana, we follow Rama’s wife Sita as she progresses through her tumultuous life. Journeys are a huge motif in her story and she makes three of them – one from her childhood home to Ayodhya after her marriage, one to the forest with her husband, and one again to the forest after her husband abandons her.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

This Spanish classic follows the knight Don Quixote and his friend Sancho as they tour the idyllic landscapes of Spain. On their way, they have numerous adventures with different people, places and things and mould into the people they’re meant to be. This classic has inspired numerous artistic people such as Milan Kundera .

A Room With a View by E M Forster

10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read - A Room With a View by E M Forster
10 Books About Journeys That You Should Read – A Room With a View by E M Forster

In this summery romance, Lucy Hale goes to Italy and meets a host of wild, endearing characters. She also discovers a life of breezy romances and free lifestyles, and when she returns to England she must make a romantic choice. This book is effervescent, with the tinges of a tender summer romance.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

In this book, a divorcee woman travels the world to discover herself and heal her heart. She travels to Italy to eat rapaciously, India to understand spirituality and Bali to fall in love. On the way, she has experiences and encounters people that change her life forever. This is a book about the intimate impacts that journeys have on individuals.

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