Welcome to A Suitcase Full of Books!

If you’re a bookworm, traveler, armchair adventurer, or looking for a new way to bring literature to life- grab a mug of tea, kick off your shoes, and stay awhile! I would love for you to join our book-club like community! Here you’ll find literary destination travel logs, book reviews, and travel tips.

Paddington Bear, London

I found Paddington Bear at Paddington Station, London.

Corfe Castle, Dorset, England

Dream come true: Reading The Famous Five at the very castle that inspired the book setting!

Green Gables Heritage Place, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Green Gables Heritage Place, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Hi, I’m Elizabeth!
I’m a librarian. When I’m not browsing the stacks or spending an evening under a blanket with a book, I’m out chasing down real-life literary related destinations. Sometimes these are preserved author’s houses, like those of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. Sometimes it’s statues of fictional characters, like Paddington and Peter Pan. Sometimes it’s settings that inspired authors, like Prince Edward Island inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and Corfe Castle inspired Enid Blyton’s Kirrin Castle in The Famous Five.

 

 

Inspired by the quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest,

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

…and a dash of cynicism that comes from perhaps a few too many Bill Bryson books…

 

 

I hope to provide you with entertaining, insightful, and inspiring travel tales, help you find your next favorite book, and make reading fun by making real and current world connections to the printed pages on all of our bookshelves.

Of course both reading and traveling is more fun when you have someone to converse with, so I hope you’ll join the Suitcase Book Club, ensuring that you’ll get each post directly in your inbox and the occasional exclusive newsletter. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the discussions at the end of each post because I want to hear your views on literature, life, and travel!

 

See extra content and connect with me beyond the blog on social media (see the buttons at the top? Go on- use them!), or find me at:

elizabeth [at] asuitcasefullofbooks [dot] com

If you’re new here, and wondering where to start, here are a couple of my favorite destinations to date:

England

A Time Out from Academics in London

A Time Out from Academics in London

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Plan the Perfect Jane Austen Pilgrimage

Plan the Perfect Jane Austen Pilgrimage

Canada

How to Pack for Summer on Prince Edward Island

How to Pack for Summer on Prince Edward Island

Plan the Perfect Anne of Green Gables Vacation

Plan the Perfect Anne of Green Gables Vacation

The Kindred Spirits of PEI Restore Faith in Humanity

The Kindred Spirits of PEI Restore Faith in Humanity

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


P.S. If you’ve made it this far, I should tell you that my first name is really Sara. The views expressed in this blog are solely mine and do not reflect those of any library at which I am employed. The name change is to help differentiate between my work and blogging life.

Professionally I am an archivist/special collections librarian and if you’d like to learn more about my full time work please visit Old Books and Boxes.

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