Backpacking Europe? Read These Books Before You Go.

Planning to backpack Europe for Spring Break, or backpack Europe this Summer? Here’s a list of the top reads guaranteed to get you stoked for your very own grand tour around the continent.

The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan

Follow Phoebe through free-spirited, 1970s Europe, where she’s searching for answers about the death of her older sister. Not short on romantic description and atmosphere, the Euro-hippie backdrop serves as a tried-and-true place to come of age and have questionable sex.

Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

This fatalistic and oh-so-French novella is not so much about the trip, but more the destination. Narrated by precocious seventeen-year-old Cécile, the story captures that languid, carefree mood of a long, hot summer spent in a holiday home (in this case it’s a secluded white villa in the French Riviera) rife with sun, sea, sex, and symbolism.

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