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Top Borrowbox Wanderlust Titles

By Ciara, Maynooth Library

Even as we remain indoors we can still experience the joy and trepidation of adventure. Explore the catalogue on the BorrowBox app today and travel with these memoirs and tales of wanderlust and adventure – all available in either eAudiobook or eBook formats.  

Non-Fiction Titles

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Feeling that she had nothing to lose and without a clear path forward, Cheryl Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone. This memoir of her time along the Pacific Crest Trail tells not just the journey of the walk she took but of the life that had lead her there. 

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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book first published in 1963.

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Neither Here nor there by Bill Bryson
Misadventures abound as, fluent in at least one language, Bill Bryson attempts to recapture his student days and retrace his travels from twenty years previous. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

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Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
An adventure that spans 45,000miles, coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Accompanied by her rucksack and fiancé, Rajesh sets out on an incomparable journey offering a vivid account of life, history and culture all while making you laugh out loud and bask in the brilliance of train travel.

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The Journey Matters by Jonathon Glancey
Through twenty journeys Clancey takes the reader from the early 1930s to the turn of the century as he details some of the most glamorous voyages ever embarked on. From the LNER’s Art Deco Coronation streamliner, to sleeping aboard the Graf Zeppelin, Glancey explores the history of routes taken, and the events both social and political that surrounded them.

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Fiction Titles

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
What can be more in the spirit of wanderlust then having a wizard show up at your doorstep with a band of Dwarves and being invited to journey with them to steal a dragons treasure? The prequel novel to The Lord of the Rings, finds Bilbo Baggins face to face with trolls, goblins, elves and many more creatures as he crossing the vastness of Middle Earth.

Available on Bolinda Borrowbox in e-book format

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Take a break from the planet completely and follow Ford Perfect and Arthur Dent as they tour the universe. Carrying only a towel and a trusted copy of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, the two must navigate their way through bizarre interactions, picking up friends along the way and, perhaps even learning the Answer to the Meaning of Life along the away.

Available on Bolinda Borrowbox in e-book & audiobook format

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