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Your Coronavirus Reading List

March 18 2020

No time like a quarantine to hunker down and get some reading in. Here at Matador we’re all about books that help inspire our next adventure, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite travel books. Get reading, and get dreaming about that next trip.
In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
In this book, Bill Bryson travels across Australia coming across some of the nicest people, most dangerous wildlife, and most off-the-beaten path gems of places. If you’ve had Australia on your bucket list and need that extra push, here it is.
Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey recounts living in Utah for a year, exploring the vast desert. This book will teach you about the nature of the desert, the impact of mankind, and make you want to get in your car and head to Moab (but not until social distancing season has passed). Perfectly described as “an adventure from your chair”.
Secret Knowledge of Water – Craig Childs
If you didn’t get your desert fix from the last book, here’s another chance. Craig Childs details his treks through the dry American West in search of water. An experienced explorer, Craig shows us just how unforgiving yet captivating the nature of the desert is.
Sixty Meters to Anywhere - Brendan Leonard
Brendan Leonard’s memoir is a story of using travel and the outdoors to get on the right path. Going from a life of unhealthy, dangerous decisions, to a life of climbing the Rocky Mountains and learning what it means to experience the world. It’s a story of redemption and adventure.
American Serengeti - Dan Flores
The Midwest USA used to be packed with some of the most beautiful animals in the world, packs rivaled only by the Serengeti. Dan Flores goes through each of the species and tells the story of their history that they can’t tell for themselves.
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
This novel is nothing short of epic. Set in Bombay, Shantaram explores the entire human experience through the journey of Lin, an escaped convict searching for meaning. This book has it all: adventure, murder, love, betrayal, and so much more.
Mark Adams follows the steps of Hiram Bingham III, who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. Hiram is regarded as both a hero and a villain depending who you ask. This book goes through the history of the place and the person who discovered it.
No Touch Monkey! – Ayun Halliday
Ayun Halliday shares some of her most hilarious travel stories which reveal differences, similarities, and cultural protocols across the world. Not all of us fit in perfectly wherever we travel and it makes for great stories, this self-depricating account of Ayun’s travels will have you laughing from country to country.
Here’s a practical one. When it’s time to travel again, we’re going to have a lot to see. This book gives helpful tips and experiences on how to travel Southeast Asia on a budget. It’s an honest breath of fresh air on what to see and what to skip.
The Secret Lives of Color – Kassia St. Clair
This book dives into 75 different colors, shades and hues and tells a fascinating global history behind each one. The Secret Lives of Color covers politics, art, war, and humanity.
Naked Money – Charles Wheelen
This one may not give you wanderlust, but it will teach you quite a bit on a global scale about what money means, the history of money, and how Central Banks control the economy during financial crisis. It’s a timely topic to read up on now, unfortunately.


1 comment

  • Adrianne Kartachak : June 30, 2020

    This is an incredible book list. Just read secret lives of color and now reading desert solitaire thanks to this list! I love them both. I hope you all continue to curate book lists — I for one am a huge fan of your taste!

    Thank you :)

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