What does an author and adventurer read while she travels?
I tend to read a lot of in flight magazines, but I also have at least 2 books in my carry-on and 1 in my checked bag.
In fact, I'm just returning home after a month long journey from Hawaii to Florida to Missouri, New England, and the Midwest. I wanted to share with you my latest read,The Turk Who Loved Apples. This a a travelogue by Matt Gross, former writer for the New York Times column, The Frugal Traveler.
What did I think?
Read my review below.
As a well-traveled author and blogger, I enjoyed the fact that a lot of his travels were not sugar-coated. Let's face it; travel is not always glamorous, exotic, or fun. However, it is always a lesson.
I had hoped for more description of places, food, and unique characters along the way. To be completely honest, I was disappointed, slightly bored, and almost didn't finish. However, as an author myself, I wanted to see if he could connect with me. And, finally he did on the second to last page with, "All I know is that I want to live somewhere I'll have to relearn everything: how to cross the street, how to order coffee....I want to figure it out all over again, to savor the small good moments..."
I believe that this quote highlights why I and others travel: to constantly learn, shift our perspective, and appreciate the small moments that sometimes are lost in a normal routine at home. I keep travel and adventure in my life as it is my form of meditation. I write about it in my books and blogs.
As I mentioned in my review, I have a couple of outstanding memoirs that are not only inspirational but also full of a good dose of humor. If you haven't read my debut book, When All Balls Drop, please get a copy here. The film version is on its way. So get it before the movie or the next one. Yes, the sequel, With New Eyes, will be officially released this September. You can get a free, pre-release excerpt by signing up here.
Here's to looking up!