I pick a book from the country I am visiting - whether it's a history, literature, travelogue, or a combination of both - to provide with more background on the upcoming destination. I take the highlighted kindle notes and turn it into a one page book report. On occasion I branch out to subject matters that relate to a country of travel and I can tie back to an issue in the U.S. i.e. I read a few books on the American education system when traveling through South Korea which has a strong education system. This helped me to gain a greater understanding of the U.S. which I knew relatively little about other than my personal experience.
LAOS - Another Quiet American - Brett Dankin
The author graduates from Princeton and takes a job with the Laos Tourism Bureau in Vientiane in 1998. The book recounts his interactions with co-workers and personal experience with other Laotians.
MYANMAR - Where China Meets India - Thant Myint-U
The author travels throughout Burma and adjacent regions of China (Yunnan) and India (Assam) presenting the unique position of a country that shares borders with both emerging world powers. He also provides an historical context and future considerations for the relationship between these three countries as Burma loosens isolation policies while China and India increase their economic and military might.