I brought my Amazon Kindle on my most recent backpacking trip through the Balkans. There are many reasons for traveling with a Kindle—it’s smaller, lighter, and more versatile than bringing a physical book. Essentially, you can bring every book and magazine in all of human history without adding more than a few ounces to your bag.
As loyal readers of my blog know, I like travel and I like writing. But I don’t like much of the “travel blog” type of writing which dominates the scene these days. “We went to City A, did activities B-D, took these pictures, then moved on to our next destination” doesn’t do much for me. I prefer stories, and moments.
This is where “Wayward: Fetching Tales From a Year on the Road” by Tom Gates excels.
And you thought YOUR childhood was messed up.
“The Glass Castle” is a family memoir by Jeanette Walls, detailing her trauma-racked childhood, growing up with an abusive father and a neglectful mother.
That’s how other people might summarize the story. But it’s not how Walls tells it.
“To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.”
These were the words with which Paulo Coehlo stole my heart.
My world is far too full of I cant’s, but’s, and if only’s. I hear these words all the time from friends, from lovers, and from family. I heard these words from the woman who introduced me to this book: “I wish I could do what you did and travel, but I need to work.”
Essentially, Paulo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist” pivots around this idea of “I can’t.”
This book exists to convince you: “You can.”
With the stunning conclusion to season six of Game of Thrones, an embarrassingly large number of us are now left with nothing to look forward to every Sunday night.
Now that the series has finally, totally and truly eclipsed George R. R. Martin’s books, you can’t even fill the 10-month gap between seasons by reading those. Well, you could, but trust me: at this point, it’s better just to stick with the show. Books 4 and 5 weren’t all that good, and the wait for 6 will just make you angrier than you need to be, really.
Instead, pick up a copy of Patrick Rothfuss’ 2007 novel, “The Name of the Wind.”