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.
Las Vegas was the first stop in mine and my sister’s tour of the West Coast. We stopped off in Vegas first, before flying to LA, and finally San Francisco before travelling home again. Vegas is a very commercial city, and I never quite got used to the casinos which were more like mini cities than any hotel I’ve stayed in before. My sister and I were at the centre of the strip but we didn’t stick to our own hotel; we saw the fountain show at the Bellagio, Grand Canal in The Venetian, and rode the Big Apple Coaster at the New York New York. We even travelled into the desert to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, a sight that cannot be missed.
When it comes to books set in Las Vegas there aren’t many, but like my sister and I visited the city there are a couple of books that stop off in Vegas as well. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan takes Percy, Annabeth and Grover to the Lotus Casino in Vegas (unfortunately, or fortunately, I didn’t spot that one along the strip) as they try to find the entrance to Hades Underworld.
While the majority of Invictus by Ryan Graudin takes place in Rome (and this was a book I featured in my Reading Around the World: Rome post) Farway and his crew stop off in Vegas to celebrate a successful heist before their world is turned upside down. While this is a time travel book the Vegas Invictus visits is the modern day Vegas, so it gives a good overall feel of the city.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas, or America, that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.