It’s About Getting Connected To A World Of Stories

Ever wish you could find a story that would connect you to the trip you were planning?

Maybe you’ve tried to find books and stories about your dream destination, but…

  • You’re looking for a specific type of book, from a specific region, and just can’t find it…
  • You don’t have time in your crazy schedule to sift through book after book after book that isn’t what you’re looking for…
  • You can’t find a resource that lists books by country or region of the world…
  • You want to read small, personal, stories and don’t know where to look to find them…
  • Whenever you search for books about a place all that returns is guidebooks…

Then The Global Bookshelf is for you!


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I had the same problem. I was planning a trip to Japan and wanted to find books and stories about the history, culture, and politics of a place so different than where I’m from. Not a guidebook, but stories; novels, travelogues, memoirs, and personal accounts that would connect me to where I was going.

I couldn’t find a single place where I could search under ‘Japan’ and find an array of books and stories that would teach me what I wanted to learn; nowhere where books are curated with the traveler in mind.

So I created The Global Bookshelf; a place where you can:

  • Book StackSearch for books by country/region, genre, and author.
  • Browse ‘region’ and ‘digital books‘ categories to easily find books in both the area, and format, you’re looking for.
  • Find small, author published, books that tell personal stories by people who have been where you’re going.
  • Read trusted reviews that look at books and stories from a traveler perspective.
  • Join a community of readers who travel, and travelers who read.
  • Receive monthly newsletters featuring books and stories being read by travelers right now.
  • Connect to a world of stories.

Who Am I?

I’m Gillian. The traveler behind The Global Bookshelf.

In 2009/2010 my partner, Jason, and I embarked on a one year, fourteen country, trip around the world. I tried to read books from every country we visited but often couldn’t find what I was looking for or, more often, the hostel free-book exchange had a dearth of good books to choose from. Let’s just say I read a lot more John Grisham than I ever thought I would…and enjoyed them much more than you would imagine!

After returning home to Canada for a couple of years we have set off again to live in the world and experience travel from a much slower perspective. Now, with much more time, I am looking for books of all sorts about the places I’m in. I enjoy history books to give me a sense of how a country came to be and the struggles it endured. I like food books because we travel so much through the food of  a region. I read novels set in the places we visit to learn about culture and storytelling from a local perspective. And I turn to travelogues and memoirs to see how others have traveled in this place before me.

Join Us And Connect To Your World Of Stories

Sign up  below for our free monthly newsletter and connect up on The Global Bookshelf Facebook page.

We’ll look at what books travelers are reading right now, feature books from a particular region or country, start up a book club so we can share our reading, and stay connected. By signing up you’ll also receive The Global Bookshelf blog posts in your inbox too so you won’t miss a post!

I’m looking forward to seeing you around!

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