5 Books to Read in Solitude

Some of the best books I have read were during times of solitude, usually while living overseas, isolated from those who shared my language and my culture, and sometimes during some of the loneliest days of my life. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about reading literature in solitude, separated from everything and everyone familiar to you, that makes the experience so different compared to reading in the comfort of your home, close to loved ones, and within minutes from someone who speaks your language and knows your customs.

So in no particular order, based off my traveling days living in a variety of countries (Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Slovakia, and South Africa to name a few), here are my top five books to read in solitude, for it is only in solitude that you can truly appreciate the power of these authors and their words: Continue reading