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World is a Book Quote

The World is a Book

Chances are you’ve heard this travel quote before. It’s at the top of nearly every travel quote list. Heck, it may even be your all-time favorite travel quote!

But while it’s often attributed to St. Augustine (AKA Augustine of Hippo), scholars have never located this quote in St. Augustine’s writings. Instead, they believe the phrase was written in the mid-1700s by Louis-Charles Fougeret de Monbron in Le Cosmopolite ou le Citoyen du Monde, a book that translates to The Cosmopolitan or the Citizen of the World. But Fougeret de Monbron’s quote is, “The universe is a sort of book whose first page one has read when one has seen only one’s own country.”

Whichever quote speaks to you, no matter how far you roam and regardless of the number of countries you visit, most explorers believe that books and travel go together like an on-time departure and a contented traveler. Whether a true story or fiction, whether set in the past, present, or future, books add new context and perspective to your travels.

And when you purchase any audiobook, audio CD, Kindle, hardcover, or paperback book here or through any of the links below, I’ll match 100% of the proceeds in support of ALS research. (Here’s why…)

What I'm Reading Right Now

Setting: This February 2022 pick by Reese’s Book Club is set in England in 1926 and is a fictional work based on the real-life unexplained eleven-day disappearance of famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.

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Setting: For decades, J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, supervised every activity in the White House. This New York Times bestseller shares the experiences he had serving six consecutive presidents and first ladies at the White House in Washington, DC.

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What I Recently Finished

Setting: Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, from the 1970s to present day. And if you’ve watched the Netflix version, there are a LOT of interesting differences in the book that inspired the series!

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Setting: This New York Times bestseller is set in England, especially Bletchley Park, during World War II

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Setting: Trenton, NJ

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Setting: Houston, TX about 20 years ago

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Fun Fact: I started reading the Dixie Flannigan series after meeting the author’s daughter in Montana. (She’s my sister-in-law’s neighbor!)

Setting: Houston, TX about 20 years ago

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Fun Fact: I started reading the Dixie Flannigan series after meeting the author’s daughter in Montana. (She’s my sister-in-law’s neighbor!)

Setting: Houston, TX about 20 years ago

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Fun Fact: I started reading the Dixie Flannigan series after meeting the author’s daughter in Montana. (She’s my sister-in-law’s neighbor!)

Setting: Mostly New York City over the past 150 years

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Sage Advice: Here are six Vanderbilt estates you can visit in the US

Setting: Mexico

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Setting: Mostly San Francisco in the present time

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Setting: This New York Times bestseller takes place in a small Swedish town in the present time

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Setting: Mostly Dublin, Ireland

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Setting: Washington State

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Setting: Trenton, NJ

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Setting: Shaker Heights, OH (Yes, it’s a real place about 20 minutes east of Cleveland!)

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Setting: Europe, bouncing between World War I and World War II

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Setting: Predominantly MIT, Cambridge, and the surrounding area

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Setting: New York, mostly in the Roaring 20s before the Great Depression

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