Books to Read on a Trip to Slovenia: Slovenia Books
Slovenia still feels a little bit undiscovered. This summer, I was lucky enough to spend a week reading in Slovenian coffee shops, hiking around Lake Bled, and lounging on the banks of Lake Bohinj.
For a country you can literally drive across in an afternoon, Slovenia packs a punch. It is a small little country tucked in between timeless Austria and trendy Croatia to the North and South and underrated Hungary and well-known Italy to the East and West.
Slovenia’s cities have all of the amenities and infrastructure that modern travelers expect like green spaces, easy transportation, boutique accommodations, and walkability. If possible, Slovenia’s natural elements are even better.
For more about my time in Slovenia, take a look at the Where in the World Wednesday post.
Best Books Set in Slovenia
If you are lucky enough to be packing your bags to Slovenia soon, let me suggest that you make space for these books set in Slovenia.
A Day in Spring by Ciril Kosmač This novel set between the first and second world war is a love song to Slovenia and its people. It feels like an family epic in a shortened form (thank you, ma’am).
Forbidden Bread by Erica Johnson Debeljak This love story is anything but typical. It follows the author as she migrates from New York City to Slovenia and adapts to life there during the 10 days war and the following Yugoslavian wars. A great read to get a better understanding of Slovenian history.
The Land Between: A History of Slovenia The small country of Slovenia has been home to many different people with many different stories. This book is a succinct way to educate yourself on them before you go.
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coehlo I’d read the phone book written by Coehlo after reading The Alchemist. This is a redemption story, but the title alone makes it a depressing pick for a book to bring on vacation.
Best Modern Fairy Tales to Read on Your Vacation in Slovenia
As great books set in Slovenia and written in English are still few and far between, I thought I would also recommend some modern fairytales that would pair perfectly with darkly dreamy Slovenian vistas.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas This inky series is action-packed and hard to put down. Start it on a road trip through Slovenia and you’ll have a hard time putting it down when you reach your destination.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson This story will weave a spell over anyone who decides to spiral into this subtle and dark world.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman These are classics in modern fairytale circles. Pullman’s detailed and complex world is captivating enough for adults and children alike.
Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn A princess who longs for an ordinary life and an ordinary teen longing to be a princess meet at a boarding school. I’m sure you can imagine the rest, but let Connie Glynn imagine it for you.
A bonus recommendation for the movie watchers, some scenes in the Narnia movies were filmed in the Soca valley of Slovenia. Give it a watch on the flight if you want to get in the mood for a Slovenian adventure.
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