Reading Around the World is a feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.
Amsterdam is one of my favourite places in the world. When I travelled there with my family five years I had no expectations, I hadn’t heard anything about the city but I ended up falling in love. Everything about Amsterdam was beautiful; the canals where you would expect to see roads and the bikes where you would expect to see cars, the flower markets selling the tulips that the Netherlands are famous for and the culture the city plays host to. While there I visited Anne Frank’s House, saw Van Gogh’s Museum and the Rijksmuseum; basically I tried to take in all Amsterdam had to offer.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green follows Hazel and Gus as they travel to Amsterdam, and John Green explores the city incredibly well in the story. I read this book for the first time after I’d already been to Amsterdam but following Hazel and Gus through Amsterdam and through Anne Frank’s house made me want to go back.
I haven’t read Wanderlost by Jen Malone, but I know this book is at least partially set in Amsterdam so of course it’s been added to my to-read list. There are some good reviews out there so I’m sure this book will have more to offer than just incredible descriptions of one of my favourite places.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam before; what was your favourite part of the city to see and explore? Also what are some of the amazing books you’ve read set in Amsterdam, or the Netherlands, that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.