Which genre of books to pack when you’re moving overseas

If you were to live overseas for a year or two,
which book(s) would you take with you?

The Overseas Magazine asked readers to contribute a few book ideas for the #favtravelbook campaign on Facebook and a few readers participated. So instead of listing all the books, here are some guiding points:

Books that remind you of home or your childhood can be very special when you are homesick.

Examples: Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was suggested for our readers from Eastern India moving to the US. It’s a book that captures the essence of rural Bengal and is considered a classic. The Hobbit was another great suggestion!

Pick a book that inspires you when the going gets tough.

Examples: A religious book or something fun like The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, can make you feel better and renew inspiration. If you enjoy inspirational biographies, those can be inspiring. Books related to your purpose of living overseas -business, missions or career can get you back on track even on rainy days!

Living Overseas
Why Learning History is essential when living overseas

Books about the history of the place you are moving to are essential. 

Unless you have read everything there is to read about your overseas city, books on the historical and geographical facts about your destination will help you understand the culture and context of conversations.

Examples: The Ocean of Churn by Sanjeev Sanyal explains a lot about India. A People’s History of the United States explains a lot about the US.

Pick a book written by an author of the country you are moving to.

It’s not only interesting to read stories set in a different context, these books could serve as a great conversation starters!

If you’re wondering if you really need to pack some books when moving overseas, remember this quote:

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

~Charles William Eliot

Are there books that made your transition overseas smoother? Share them with us on The Overseas Magazine’s Facebook page.


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