5 Books You'll Want to Pack For Your Next Trip

No self-help books here, folks. But nonetheless, these award-winning novels will leave you inspired and empowered. So without further adieu, here's our list of well-written, witty and insightful page-turners, which you will not want to put down.

On Love: A Novel
— Alain de Botton


This is the first book of the swiss-born and London-based author, which he published in 2006.  Have you ever sat on a plane and wondered who the person next to you is? Maybe your future partner? In this novel Botton tells the love story of a couple who first met on a flight from Paris to London. Spoiler: it all starts with a casual conversation. This is a great read when you want to work a little on love and relationships.

If you can’t get enough of Button’s witty and profound style, he has plenty of material to keep you busy. Not only has he published numerous books and TED-talks, but he is also the founder of the so-called "School of Life", a platform devoted to developing emotional intelligence. In a nutshell: this man has something to say!


Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found
— Cheryl Strayed


If you're about to go on a solo-trip (or maybe you are thinking about doing one) and haven't read Wild yet, then this should be at the top of your list. Death, a difficult family situation, a problematic marriage, debt and drugs – Strayed's past had it all. In her autobiographical novel, she tells how she decided to leave it all behind on hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail on her own. 

The story might also sound familiar to you, since the movie “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon as lead character is based on this book. This is truly an empowering, and epic book for all solo-travellers. It was also picked up by Oprah Winfrey and has been on the New York Times bestseller list.


Tuesdays with Morrie
— Mitch Albom


Picture yourself truly relaxed in a hammock after a great day of fun. Maybe you are finally learning to surf or you are on a Yoga retreat in the middle of the rainforest? This – literal – distance to our normal life allows us to step back and see the bigger picture. You get to the point where you ask yourself the bigger questions: Am I living life to its fullest? What do I want to achieve in my life? Am I really happy?  Surely are these not easy questions to answer, and often we want someone wise by our side to help us find the answers. If this is the case, “Tuesdays with Morrie” needs to be on packing list! In his book, Albom recaps his weekly meetings with his former professor Morrie Schwartz, who only has a few months more to live. Albom wrote their conversations down, which turned in a great class of life lessons.


The end of loneliness
— Benedict Wells


In this outstanding book, the young German author Benedict Wells tells the life story of Jules, the protagonist, whose parents died in a fatal car accident when he was a child. Wells takes the reader with him on a journey of the life of Jules – his relationship with his siblings, his struggles and the story of his love of his life.

A moving novel about love, fate and loss. Wells is an author to have an eye on – especially if you trust accolades– as the EU honored him with the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016.


The Chemistry of Death
— Simon Beckett


If you like it a little darker, this book might awake your interest. This is the first of five books of Beckett's series about the forensic expert Dr. David Hunter. Hunter moved after a personal tragedy in an isolated british village, when a corpse of a woman is found close by. The police asks for Hunters help, when a second woman disappears…

A little fun fact on the side: Beckett took his writing very seriously and visited the so-called Body Farm himself out at the University of Tennessee, where the decomposition of corpses are studied. This gives you an idea about how detailed Beckett describes his main characters work. The way Beckett writes in this very detailed and fascinating way make it difficult to put the book down. You better take the second edition, “Written in Bone” with you as well!


INTELJulia Köbel