20 Best Books About Jordan: Travel Tips, Mysteries & Wanderlust

Jordan and Petra have not been popular settings for fiction. But that does not mean that there are no good books about Jordan to read before your visit to the Kingdom. One of my favorite things to do is to get a sense of the place I am planning to visit before I actually step foot into the country. If you are like me and getting started on planning a visit to Jordan, you are in the right place for some inspiration.

Below is a list of the 10 best books about Jordan and books about Petra that you should read before you visit or to re-ignite the memories from your visit to the country.

20 Best Books about Jordan

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Further Reading Books based on the Middle East:

Burned Alive by Souad

The Source by James A Michener

The Haj by Leon Uris

Last of the Bedu

The Language of Baklava

More Jordan Travel Resources

In order to help make your visit to Jordan as memorable as possible, I have created a number of resources from planning guides to local eats.

Rental Cars are very popular in Jordan, get a quote on renting a car before you arrive. This 7 day Jordan itinerary is perfect for self driving

If you are working on a self-drive itinerary or plan to see the country independently, there is a guide on getting around in Jordan.

If you are thinking of booking a tour, or wondering how much hassle a self drive itinerary can be, check out this post I have on the best Jordan tours to book. If you want to meet a local and get a taste of food culture in Amman, consider a tour with Amman Food Tours!

For your time in Amman, check out top things to do in Amman and where to eat.

For your time in Petra, check out our guide to Petra and what to eat in Wadi Musa.

If you are visiting Aqaba, check out the best restaurants in Aqaba as well as popular day trips.

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