Read Around the World: Travel Reading Challenge 2023
Welcome to our second year of the travel reading challenge. Want to travel the world from your favorite reading chair? Let’s go travel through the pages of a book with this read-around-the-world challenge!
I spent last year reading my way around the world, tackling my first travel reading challenge, and traveling the globe through literature. After an overwhelming response, many readers even joined me in this challenge too!
And so, after having several requests for an updated one for 2023, I now present to you the new and updated read around the world challenge so I can continue my travels through books and literature this year.
This list includes 12 prompts for the 12 months that will allow you to read your way around the globe. The prompts are all new from last year, including a mix across continents, and cover those requested by you!
Below you will find each month’s prompts, as well as book suggestions. You’ll also find links below to lists of books to help you find the right book for you!
I hope you’ll find something here to inspire your reading or travels, or perhaps you’re simply looking for a reading goal that isn’t too difficult to complete.
Wishing you a wonderful year of adventures and stories ahead!
Bookmark this post so you can revisit it throughout the year and have easy access to all the book lists.
January: A book set in a Bookshop
January may be cold, but bookstores are inviting, and as readers, we spend a lot of time inside bookstores when we can! Kick off the first month of the Read Around the World Challenge with a book set in a bookshop.
- The Little Paris Bookshop By Nina George
- The Bookshop On The Corner By Jenny Colgan
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore By Robin Sloan
More Book Suggestions: Best Books Set in Bookshops
February: A Book Set in India
Moving on to February, the next stop on the Read Around the World Challenge takes us to India.
- The Henna Artist By Alka Joshi
- Murder In Old Bombay By Nev March
Reading Suggestions: Best Books Set in India
March: A Book set on an island
In March, we travel to an island through the pages.
- A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)
- Simmer Down By Sarah Smith (Maui)
- The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren (Hawaii)
April: A Book Set In Canada
Canada’s beautiful landscape and years of history have inspired novels and nonfiction by authors from around the world.
- Lives Of Girls And Women By Alice Munro
- The Call Of The Wild By Jack London
Reading Suggestions: Must-Read Books Set In Canada
May: A book set on a train
Next up is a book set aboard a train! If you love to travel by train, you won’t want to miss these train thrillers, mysteries, and train novels.
- Strangers On A Train By Patricia Highsmith
- 4:50 From Paddington By Agatha Christie
Reading Suggestions: Best Books Set On Trains
June: A book set In Bangkok
Moving on and visiting Bangkok, the capital of Thailand!
- The Blind Earthworm In The Labyrinth By Veeraporn Nitiprapha
- Many Lives By Kukrit Pramoj
- Bangkok Wakes To Rain By Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Reading Suggestions: Best Books Set in Bangkok
July: A book with a destination in the title
Find a book with a destination in the title, perhaps even somewhere you would like to visit.
- The Last Watchman Of Old Cairo By Michael David Lukas
- Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
August: A Book Set in Scotland
August takes us to Scotland. Known for its stunning natural landscapes ranging from mountains and highlands to lochs and rugged coastlines.
- Outlander By Diana Gabaldon
- To The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman
Reading Suggestions: Best Books Set in Scotland
September: A book set at the beach
In September, the goal is to read a book set at the beach.
- The Beach by Alex Garland
- Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
October: A Fantasy book set in another world
Fantasy is a fun genre to escape into. Last year we covered fantasy based on real places but this year read a fantasy that takes place in another world.
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
- The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes
November: A book that has been Made Into A Series Or Movie
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
December: A book with a season in the title
On to the last month of the year. Finally, for the month of December, your goal is to read a book with a season in the title, and you choose which season you like.
- Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin
- Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
Travel Reading Challenge
That’s all for the Read Around the World Challenge prompts! Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to participate and which month you’re most anticipating.
And please do just jump into the current month if you found this challenge after the start of the new year, don’t wait until next year to start.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose my own book?
Yes! Choose any book that meets the challenge prompt for that month. In fact, if you really enjoy a book, we’d love to hear about it.
Can I recommend a book for a future month?
We always love book recommendations! If there’s a book you think we should know about for one of the upcoming months, tell us about it. But please only recommend books that you’ve read.
Can I join the Challenge after January?
You can join our year-long reading challenge at any time. Simply jump into the current month, or start at the beginning. How you choose to participate is up to you, any month is a great time to start!
These prompts sound great, I will be joining this challenge for the first time! I think I can get to all of them though I may not get to it in the right month. I’m really looking to read more books set in other countries this year.
Please keep us updated on how you get on. We would love to know what books you choose.