Some Books 1/2


About a year ago whilst traveling in Ukraine I read a little book called “The Favourite Game” by Leonard Cohen, I haven’t stopped since. To say I didn’t read before would be a gross understatement, I spent time with the occasional novel, and satisfied my curiosities in non-fiction. However, ever since those few weeks in Ukraine I have always had a book by my side, usually more. I set out to Europe with two books in my backpack Vegabonding” by Rold Potts and “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger.

I flew through Vegabonding” while on the plane (only a little bit of a pun intended). The subtitle of the book is : An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, and that is exactly what it is. It takes you through preparing for your trip, what to do once you start traveling, and even how to deal with life back home once your trip is over. There are tons of little tips in each section and collections of books and website to help and inspire you. All of this is delivered with a slight bit of humor woven in, for example;

“In Israel, I did away with transport altogether and walked across Galilee, Jesus-style.”

– Rolf Potts, Vegabonding

The only problem was that I didn’t read “Vegabonding” before my trip, I’ll be sure to correct that when going on my next adventure.

“The Catcher in the Rye” was something I had wanted to read for a long time and totally caught me off guard when I actually did. The book revolves around what most would now call teenage-angst. I wont to go into further detail as I think part of the books success is it’s uniqueness, but I will definitely be reading this again. Here is a taste;

“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you half fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”

– J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

In the interest of keeping things a reasonable length I’ll be writing about the other two books tomorrow.



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