When I travel, I always bring more books than I'll could possibly read because there's nothing as enjoyable as being in a strange place with a captivating novel. I enjoy reading in bars with a glass of red wine, and in hotel rooms far from home — not to mention reading on trains or boats as the world zips by.

Clearly, I'm not the only one who associates travel with reading. There are literary-themed accommodations, restaurants and hotels the world over, but here's a list of places that caught my eye. These places are clearly book-friendly — but that probably won't keep me from packing extras.

The JK Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach HotelThe J.K. Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel has plenty of Harry Potter details, including a Hedwig-the-owl lookalike. (Photo: Sylvia Beach Hotel)

The Sylvia Beach Hotel on the Oregon coast is a large, rambling house, with each bedroom decorated with a well-known author in mind. There are "Classics" like Agatha Christie, Colette and Mark Twain; "Best Sellers" like Amy Tan, Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling; and "Novels" like Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde. Perusing the images on the hotel's site, you'll notice the attention to detail in each room. The decorators are more than just passingly familiar with the celebrated author's works — these spaces celebrate the authors they are dedicated to.

The Library Bar at the NoMad hotel.The dark and dreamy Library Bar at the NoMad Hotel has a special spiral staircase imported from the South of France. (Photo: NoMad hotel)

As you might expect from the city that's the center of publishing in the United States, New York boasts three library-themed venues in which to enjoy libations. The Library Bar at the NoMad Hotel offers high-style with old-school bookish charm: "Guests can lounge on custom-made furnishings and enjoy light fare and finger foods, which are served alongside coffee, tea, wine, and cocktails. An eclectic literary collection is available, featuring extensive volumes on such wide-ranging topics as the history of New York, music, and cocktails and spirits." But time your visit well if you want to pop in; the bar is open only to hotel guests after 4 p.m.

Interior of Battery Park Book Exchange.Bibliophiles and oenophiles can get their fix at this dog-friendly spot in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo: Battery Park Book Exchange)

The Battery Park Book Exchange's motto is "Trading books by the thousands and wine by the glass" — and that includes champagne in this Asheville haunt. "Our store offers you the marriage of two of Earth’s finest pleasures, books and wine, side by side. Or should we say page by glass?" This is the kind of bar where you really can curl up in with a good book and a nice glass of red.

The Alice bedroom in the Wonderland Hotel. The bright blue detail echoes the Disney movie 'Alice in Wonderland,' while the multiple hand mirrors on the wall remind visitors of the era in which the book was written. (Photo: The Wonderland House)

The Wonderland House in Brighton, England, has allegiance to only one book, and that is, as you may have guessed from the picture above, "Alice in Wonderland." Bedrooms include fun and creative decor, with themes like Flamingo Dreams, The Queen of Hearts, The Mirror Mirror room, Alice's Bedroom, The Tweedles room, and The Curious and Curioser Bedroom. And of course, the Mad Hatter's Dining Room for tea!

The Library at Bourbon and BranchThe Library at Bourbon & Branch is just one of the rooms at the speakeasy that has existed as a bar since the 1860s. (Photo: Bourbon & Branch)

Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco is a speakeasy-style bar, which means you need to know the password to get in, a reminder of its Prohibition roots. It has a real connection to this time period: "In 1923, an industrious young man by the name of John J. Russell purchased the business as a 'going concern' with its solid base of customers. With his connections to the most notorious bootleggers from Vancouver, BC., he operated his bar under the guise of 'JJ Russell's Cigar Shop.' He did not sell many cigars." In addition to a main bar space (where you'll need reservations), there's a less formal library, where you can drop by if you know the password, which is mentioned on the bar's website.

Reading room in the Library Hotel, NYC. Not surprisingly, there are books everywhere in The Library Hotel, including in the Reading Room, shown here. In total, there are more than 6,000 books in this NYC hotel. (Photo: The Library Hotel)

The Library Hotel in New York City is a celebration of books, libraries and the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 floors has a different theme (honoring the 10 categories of the Dewey system) and the rooms contain books and art that emphasize the floor's topic. So, for example, the ninth floor is all about history, with one room focused on Asian history while another is focused on 20th century history. On the religion floor, there's a new age room and another on ancient religions. There's also a writer's den and poetry garden on the rooftop, as well as a reading room.

A table setting featuring a book at The FableThe Fable offers lunch, dinner, cocktails and coffee and desserts — all with delightful table settings like this. (Photo: The Fable)

The Fable is a bar and restaurant in London that's "Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales, the fabulous fables of Aesop & influences from around the globe..." While this venue isn't super serious about its bookish background, it's a place where any bibliophile would definitely feel at home.

The Library at The Commons Hotel This dream of a library must be especially cozy on subzero Minnesota winter nights. (Photo: The Commons Hotel)

The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis boasts not just a beautiful, cozy library (love that circular fireplace!) with plenty of classics and best sellers, but they also have a "book butler" who will bring titles to your room — so you can order breakfast (and books) in bed.

The Library at the Warwick Hotel. If you're in need of the perfect spot for a date, apparently The Library at the Warwick Hotel is the place to bring a new flame. (Photo: Warwick Hotel, Dallas)

The Library at the Warwick Hotel in Dallas is a one of the city's most iconic bars. It's not just a place to peruse books and sip cocktails; there's also a piano so you can enjoy music while you sip, chat or dive into a book.

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

9 library-themed hotels and bars
Because few things go together as well as books and drinks.