The Best Books I Read in 2015

It’s that time again.

I typically read about 100 books a year. Everything from travel literature to poetry, history, psychology, fiction and memoir. I love reading lists and recommendations, and I bet a few of you do, too.

So at year’s end, I like to take a moment to share my top reads of the past twelve months.

Take an Armchair Journey to the Deep South

Deep South

Our greatest living travel writer does it again.

I think this may be Paul Theroux’s best travel book in years. It’s more considered and introspective than some of his previous (all thoroughly excellent) books. Perhaps because it’s based on repeated journeys through the same places over the course of four seasons, rather than a journey through a place wth an end goal in mind.

The Story Behind the Cover

I’ve always gotten a lot of comments about the book cover of Vagabond Dreams.

It really jumps off the shelf, and I loved it the first time I saw it. I thought you might like to know some of the symbolism behind it.

Vagabond Dreams

And the Winners Are…

I read something like 100 books a year. All sorts of stuff, from travel literature, history, fiction, classics, philosophy and memoir. And I like to end each year with a quick wrap up of what I liked best.

This Simple Trick Will Set Your Writing Free

It might surprise you to learn that I changed my name when I wrote Vagabond Dreams.

No, I didn’t trudge down to the courthouse and get myself a new legal alias.

I changed my name in the manuscript.

Time Like A Running Grave

 

I found a quote in my notebook that I want to share with you:

“Studies are pointed to indicating that of all the professions medicine is the one most likely to attract people with high personal anxieties about dying.” How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

The 10 Best Books I Read Last Year

I typically read about 100 books each year (… and yes, I count them). Everything from travel literature to poetry, history, psychology, fiction and memoir. I’d like to take a moment to share my top reads of the past year—ten great books that earned my Road Wisdom Stamp of Approval, from one book lover to another.

Writing Celluloid Dreams

Writing well is a lot like photography. It involves staying in a place and opening your aperture wide for a long exposure, so that you can gather the most light. The longer you sit at that cafe table or mosque or mountain peak, the more grain and detail will begin to come clear.

Cool Interview With Your Favourite Travel Scribe

The Australian adventure lifestyle magazine Bare Essentials ran an 8-page interview with me back in November/December 2010. Their questions were fun and original, and I thought you might enjoy reading the full spread.

The Imagination Won’t Stop Until It Has Swallowed Everything…

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