Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I really thought when I heard about Just One Day that this would be the book that would push me over the edge and demand that N and I immediately visit Paris. And while I would still love to visit Paris (especially as I've never ever been!) I found that the book made me equally desperate to vist Amsterdam as well. In fact, I'd like to explore all over Europe after reading this book. Allyson really embraces a more spontaneous and adventurous attitude when it comes to travelling and I feel inspired by that!
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
It's been awhile since I read this book or the previous book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but I remember that feeling that I got while reading the book (and something vague about canals). It's much the same as when I read Just One Day, I wanted to explore and have an adventure and see new things, meet new people. Let loose a bit and just see what happens. And perhaps I'll fall in love or solve some mystery or track down some expensive artwork. Or something more ordinary but no less amazing...
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Oh, this book. I really love it. I wanted to reread TFiOS after attending the John Green event in February for the publication of the paperback of The Fault in Our Stars but I don't feel brave enough to risk my heart in that way again. What I might do though, is pull out my copy of this book and re-read the passages that have to do with Amsterdam. Hazel and Augustus visit Amsterdam on their mission to track down their favourite author and see what happens at the end of a favourite book. I remember reading what it said about Amsterdam and having this sense that I could close my eyes and picture the city there in front of me.
Have you ever read a book that inspired you to want to visit another place? A book that made you want to visit Amsterdam?