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Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Falling in Honey by Jennifer Barclay | Book Chat

Remember my post in January about the travel memoir books I was going to read this year? Well I have finished the last one and I have to say I have learned a lot about different places in the world and how different types of people travel. Falling in Honey is one of my favourite books I have read this year. It was so well written! The details, the descriptions and the adjectives all made me want to keep reading…

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A Call to Travel by Rumaizah Abu Bakar | Book Chat

A Call to Travel by Rumaizah Abu Bakar | Book Chat

I was in Malaysia and had some time to spend while waiting for a family friend, so I went into a bookstore of course. The bookstore is called Silverfish Books and they advertise as an Indie bookseller and publisher. The bookstore itself is so unique, it has the most interesting collection of books, most of which are by Malaysian or East Asian authors. I really enjoyed walking around and I had several books I wanted to buy. Having only a…

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The Mystical Backpacker by Hannah Papp | Book Chat

The Mystical Backpacker by Hannah Papp | Book Chat

The Mystical Backpacker is about Hannah Papp herself and her journey to discover that missing piece in her life and to gain some inner, spiritual clarity. She starts off the book with an introduction that while this is a recollection of her three month adventure through Europe, it is also a self-guide  book to experiencing your own spiritual, life affirming experience. At the end of each chapter or section she has activities to do in order to reach your own…

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Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Chat

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Chat

This is probably one of the coolest looking book covers I have ever seen. A friend of mine has recently gone on a trip to India to study yoga and it inspired me to pick up a book to read a little more about this country. Sarah travelled to India in her twenties, decided she hated the country and never wanted to return. While waiting at the airport a fortune teller came up and told her that she would in…

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Sand in My Bra by Jennifer L. Leo | Book Chat

Sand in My Bra by Jennifer L. Leo | Book Chat

Sand in My Bra is a collection of short, humorous stories written by a host of women who have gone on various adventures. Journalists, bloggers, authors, and comedians all write about funny, sometimes mishap adventures they have had. There are 28 short stories and the women have travelled to a host of different countries on all continents, except Antarctica. They have encountered nuns, strange men, locals, bad situations and manage to turn them all into short tales to share.

All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

When I saw this book I immediately grabbed it. All it took were the words “Adventures in Arabic in the Arab World” and I was hooked. This was the book I have been waiting for ever since I took that life changing, amazing trip to the heart of the Middle East three years ago. A woman, travelling through Egypt, Morocco, The Gulf States, and Lebanon on her own and learning about the differences in culture and dialect throughout the Middle…

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2017 Travel Reads | Wanderlust Inspiration

2017 Travel Reads | Wanderlust Inspiration

It has been a while since I have posted anything book related, and while I see this blog as primarily a place to promote adventure out in the world I also know that a big part of my inspiration to travel comes from the worlds in the books that I read. I often like to bring along a travel memoir type book when I am on an adventure of my own. It’s really exciting for me to read about a…

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Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

  On the cover, under the title The Lemon Tree, there is a little blurb that states “An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East”. I saw those words and knew that this was a book I had to read. The synopsis on the back explains that this is a novel depicting a separate and a shared history of two individuals.

Book Review: Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing

Book Review: Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing

This book changed the way I thought about the world and is part of the reason I choose to study International Relations and Middle Eastern Politics. Purdah, from what I have read and just googled, is the seclusion of women from public via concealing clothing and staying inside the home. I am sure this can be hard to imagine and I know as a Canadian teenager (I first read this in high school) I really did not understand why.