Welcome to A Suitcase Full of Books!

If you’re a literary loving traveler, a parent or teacher trying to find ways to make literature relevant to today, or just a bookworm who loves armchair adventuring- grab a mug of tea, kick off your shoes, and stay awhile! I would love for you to join our little book-club like community! Here you’ll find literary destination travel logs & tips, book reviews, and DIY armchair adventure ideas.



Hi, I’m Elizabeth!
I’m an Alaskan archivist/librarian & freelance writer/blogger. I’m a lifelong bookworm with a weakness for medieval history. I started traveling with my parents long before I have any memory of it, but with too-long a break for school and building a career, I’ve decided it’s time to dust off the ol’ suitcase, pack a journal, pen, and my next read (leaving room to pick up new ones along the way, of course!) and see those places and things that have inspired or been inspired by the novels that fill my bookcase.

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

~Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Inspired by this quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and a dash of cynicism that comes from perhaps a few too many Bill Bryson books…

I hope to help you find your next favorite read, inspire an interest and provide understanding in the places, people, and cultures these stories are products of, and overall do my part to create a more cohesive world.

If you’re just stopping by for a good book suggestion, advice for visiting Alaska, or simply need a reference librarian or even just want ideas for archiving your family history, drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you! I do hope, however, that you’ll stay and join the discussions at the end of posts! Let’s discuss books, travel, and life!

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If you’re new, I suggest starting with my favorite literary destinations:

England – where among the copious literary, historical, and cultural experiences to be had, I finally visited Corfe Castle, the inspiration for Kirrin Castle of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five, my favorite childhood mystery series.

Prince Edward Island – where I went in search of “Kindred Spirits” and a new eternally optimistic and positive perspective of life. Or at least to visit all the Anne of Green Gables tourist sites and find out if PEI is really as beautiful as Lucy Maud Montgomery described it. It is.

Chincoteague, Virginia- made famous by the book Misty of Chincoteague, the annual July Pony Penning Week draws a large crowd each summer.

So, can I interest you in a mug of tea?