Destination Reads is a collection of the best fiction and narrative non-fiction set in popular cities around the world. Curated by literary nomads, with new books and places added every day.

Find Books That Immerse You In Your Destination

Skip The Guidebook, Read A Story

Guidebooks are great for logistics, but they don't always help us get in touch with the local character. What events shaped its past? Who inhabits the streets beyond the tourist zone? What is it like to live there?

Fiction, Non-Fiction, And More

Destination Reads are stories -- fiction and creative non-fiction -- that help you get to know a city. We curate great books across genre, and each shows a unique side of the places we go.

Curated By Literary Nomads

Each city collection is curated by literary travelers and local authors, with final selections approved by our editorial team. Your lead editor has traveled to 40+ countries and written a novel of his own.

Discover Books From These Cities

Click on a city below to find a list of our favorite novels, essays, biographies and histories set in that place, along with notes and reviews.
Don't see your city here? Help us add it by nominating a book.

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Become A Curator

Destination Reads is a community project. Use the brief form below to nominate a book and help us curate the best fiction and creative non-fiction set in cities around the world. If your nomination is selected, we'll publish your review with full attribution.

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