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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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Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad is one of my favourite authors and one of my favourite people. I have never met her but her life is fascinating to me and I have read three of her books now and have really enjoyed them all. I wrote posts on the other two books: With Their Backs to the World and The Bookseller of Kabul. When I saw this one about Baghdad I got so excited (you know me and the Middle East)!

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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Book Chat | Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

Book Chat | Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

I have been interested in Iran, its politics, its culture, and its history since high school. Iran is a country that is in my top 3 places I want to visit and I spend a significant amount of time scrolling through instagram pictures of places to see in Iran. I have read a few books about real accounts of people who live in Iran and experienced the revolution. I was so excited to read this book.

Book Chat | In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai

Book Chat | In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai

I think it is important to read about the world. To read about places, cultures, religions, histories and people. I also think that if you want to really know more about a place you should go there and talk to someone. Sometimes though we can’t just jump on a plane and fly to places like Afghanistan or Somalia and talk to people there. Which is why books are a great alternative and source of knowledge. I enjoy picking up books…

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Book Chat | The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji

Book Chat | The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji

I bought this book for two reasons: one the cover and two because the main character is named Jo March and since Little Women is my favourite book I thought no book with the main character called such a name can be terrible. To my surprise I fell in love with this book. I never expected to hate it but I felt like I would enjoy it and it would be a one time read sort of book. I read…

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Book Chat | Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

Book Chat | Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. Zainab Salbi has been someone who sparks inspiration and I have wanted to know more about her and how she came to construct the organisation Women for Women International. I had known previously. because of interviews and articles I had read, that she grew up in Iraq and was part of Saddam Hussein’s close circle. Her father was his personal airplane pilot.