Traveling the World through Reading



Reading takes you places. As Dr. Suess said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Where in the world will your next book take you?

When I was young, I dreamt of seeing the world. Coming from the back country of the Philippines, I was curious to know what other places look like. I did not get out of Batangas, my home province till I went to college in Manila. I always had that nagging feeling to go abroad and widen my horizon.

When I went to college, I thought of majoring in Foreign Service or Journalism so I could get out of the country. But Dad got a different idea and I ended up in Accounting. He needed an accountant in the family. But that did not thwart my dream of going abroad. I pursued my dream and in 1966. in spite of my fear of flying, I left the Philippines on my first trip abroad when I went to Hongkong and then Japan. There’s an interesting story about that trip which should be an interesting post for later. A year later, in 1967, I left for New York.

While working in the business world, I had no time to read. So fast forward to 2011 when I retired to South Carolina. I started reading in earnest. Here are a few of the books I read which took me to interesting places:

1.      Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd – United Kingdom

2.     Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – 12th Century Feudal England

3.     A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford – England

4.    At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen – Scotland

5.     A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt – Ireland

6.    Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella – Paris and Troy

7.     The Bells by Richard Harvell – Switzerland, Austria, Italy

8.    Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago – Portugal

9.    Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Germany, England, Russia and Washington DC.

10.  The Amber Keeper by Freda Lightfoot – England Lake District and Russia

11.  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Russia Federation, Soviet Union

12. The Archimedes Codex – Constantinople, Greece, England and New York

13. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – England, Africa

14.Through a Glass Darkly – Karleen Koen – England, France

15. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre – England, East Germany

16.Hawaii by James Mitchener – Hawaii, Bora-Bora

17. Day of Infamy by Walter Lord – Pearl Harbor

18.   The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck – China

19.The Fall of Japan by William Craig – Okinawa and Tokyo, Japan

20.   Rescue at Los Baños by Bruce Henderson – WWII Philippines

21. Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder – Peru

22.  The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers – Iraq

23.    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Afghanistan

24.    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – India and New York

25.   Don’t Fall off the Mountain by Shirley Maclaine – Virginia, New York, California Africa, India and the Himalayas.

26.   Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins – New York

27.   Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – New York and Ireland

28.   A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert – Wisconsin, Kansas and New York

29.   The March by E.L. Doctorow – Georgia to the sea and up the Carolinas (Civil War)

30.  The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Liners – From the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2 by John Maxtone-Graham. – Atlantic Ocean Voyage


There you have them – 30 of my most memorable books that I read and travelled worldwide. I hate plane rides and ocean voyages but I have travelled the world through books, experiencing new authors and cultures along the way. I will keep on reading because as Irwin Shaw said, “There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.”


Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.





How many books by Ernest Hemingway do you own and have read?

Ernest Hemingway is considered by some people as one of the greatest writers of all times. My husband and I are avid readers but we don’t see it. I must admit I have not read all his books. Only three of them.

The Sun Also Rises

For Whom the Bell Tolls

A Farewell to Arms

We are of the opinion that there are plenty of writers who are better writers than Ernest Hemingway. However that did not stop us from acquiring some of his books. We own quite a few of them. I started collecting books even before I got married and I acquired those three Hemingway’s books at that time.

From the picture below, you can see the three volumes to your right on the second shelf from the top.


Easton Press published a 20-book collection of Ernest Hemingway books a few years ago and the books are still listed in their catalog. I decided to buy them for my library. Here they are on the top shelf of one of my bookcases. On the second shelf, you’ll see two books with purple or rather blue cover lying flat. Those are the two proofs of my latest book, “The Wentworth Legacy” which is now on pre-order on Kindle.


Here are the names of the books by Ernest Hemingway on the top shelf.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Sun Also Rises

A Farewell to Arms

The Old Man and The Sea

To Have and Have Not

The Dangerous Summer

Across the River and Into The Trees

Islands In The Stream

Winner Take Nothing

A Moveable Feast

The Garden of Eden

True at First Light

In Our Time

The Fifth Column

The Torrents of Spring

Death in the Afternoon

Green Hills of Africa

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

By-Line Ernest Hemingway

Men Without Women


I hope someday I will be able to read them all. Maybe I will change my mind about my opinion of him as a writer. For now, I’m reading books by other authors besides writing some of my own books.


Until next time. Keep on reading.

Rosalinda Morgan

Author and Garden Writer

The Wentworth Legacy

The Iron Butterfly

BAHALA NA (Come What May)