Book Review: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

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Usually, I read travel memoirs or stories about what it was like to live in a country during a certain time period. For some reason, all of the books on my list didn't appeal. I stumbled across A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout on a blog listing the best female travel memoirs, though this story only starts out as a travel memoir. I recently talked to another woman about how easy it is to relax too much when traveling. You hear horror story after horror story of all the...

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Book Review: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

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I like to think of life as a highway. You drive along and when everything is going okay, you pass mile markers. Early in life they consist of things like learning to use a toilet and losing all of your baby teeth. Soon after, it’s going to prom and graduating high school. Up until that point, it seems like there is only one logical decision in front of you at a time, and it’s pretty easy to follow. Your GPS demanding you go straight ahead for 10,000 miles. Until it doesn’t....

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Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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As some of you know, I have a never-ending list of books I’d like to read. Usually a friend recommends one, or I read about one on a travel blog. Whenever I see something interesting, I add it to the list. However, I often skip over the same book repeatedly because the small blurb on Amazon doesn’t sound appealing. That’s what happened to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A shepherd goes in search of his dreams. Hmmm. Sounds kind of boring.

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Book Review: Buddha by Deepak Chopra

On my quest to learn about other cultures, I’ve become truly fascinated by Buddhism. The principles are simple and at the same time are so difficult to follow. Personally, working towards being less attached to physical items has been extremely challenging for me. After living out of a backpack for almost three months, I’m starting to get the hang of it. My belongings mean so much less to me than they used to and it’s kind of liberating.

I met a fellow backpacker in Kochi, India...

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Book Review: Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald

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I’ve had Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald on my mile long list of books to read for what feels like forever. For some reason, every time I read the blurb about it, I felt disinterested. A girl goes to India, hates it, and is forced to move there with her boyfriend. Frankly, it sounded like a couple hundred pages of “I hate this, and this, and this, and India sucks.” I’m glad I finally put my initial impression aside and gave it a go because this book...

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Book Review: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

I was googling things to do in Cambodia when I came across a webpage featuring a description of what it was like to visit the killing fields while backpacking through the country. My curiosity kicked in, and I began researching the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, and the genocide in Cambodia. It's a subject I'm embarrassed to say I knew almost nothing about. It wasn't until I began reading First They Killed My Father that I realized, a majority of young...

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Book Review: My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Last month, I was visiting upstate and made plans to catch up with my childhood bestie. We grabbed coffee and walked around New Paltz while chatting about life. The topic of travel came up and the fact that I plan to hike to base camp of Everest. My friend, Danielle, mentioned a book she loved about a girl who decided to climb a mountain as an attempt to do one thing that scared her every day. Immediately, I felt intrigued. She texted me the name of the book, and I downloaded it on...

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Book Review: Shanghai Girls & Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Last weekend I had a schedule full of big plans, but sometimes things don't work out the way we think they will. Due to a pretty awful case of food poisoning, I'll be posting a book review in lieu of two posts about adventuring around NYC.

Growing up I was a super picky reader so when I finally find a good book, I have to share it. One day I'm hoping these book reviews will become a more regular post, but for now I'll keep posting them somewhat...

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Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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One of the reasons I read memoirs is because I love seeing regular people do extraordinary things. Whether it’s taking photos of wars, saving orphans from child trafficking, or hiking a trail for months completely alone. When I first came up with the idea of traveling, I referred to it as my “shit hit the fan plan.” Much like it sounds; I figured that when everything in my life fell apart, I’d simply take off and travel the world. It seemed like a good alternative to sitting in...

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Book Review- Little Princes by Conor Grennan

When I was younger I hated to read. Every time someone put a book in front of me, I would turn up my nose with disinterest. Little did I know, I loved autobiographies about regular people living in unfamiliar worlds. Before reading Little Princes, I had no intention of going to Nepal. The thought had never crossed my mind. Now it’s one of ten countries I’ll be visiting next year.

Little Princes is about a young man named Conor who decides to spend a year...

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