After a day of driving, or swimming, or walking, or shopping, or any combination of activites, you’ll be exhausted. Nobody would blame you for wanting to sit in a chair, or by a fire, and crack open a good book. Having alright compiled a list of music for you, we now have a list of five books, in no particular order, that we’d highly recommend. We’d also love to know what books you would recommend. Summer is right around the corner, and we always need a reason to visit the bookstore.
Jack Kerouc - On The Road
The story of Will Paradise and Dean Moriarty traveling through the United States. Packed with music, cars, friendship, love, wine and poetry. Although be warned, after reading this, severe wanderlust may incur.
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road”
Jack Kerouac, “On The Road”
John Krakauer - Into The Wild
This book follows Chris McCandless. He is a graduate student who decides to leave it all behind him, and withdraw into the wilderness. You may have seen the film, but we really liked the booked. Being a true story, we believe it sometimes may give the book more power. In this instance, we certainly think it’s the case.
"Happiness is only real when shared"
- Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Again, this book has recently been made into film. However, we’d also again really advise reading the paper version! A 26-year-old Cheryl has had a lot of setbacks, and determindely decides to walk the Pacific Trail untrained, as part of a journey of self-discovery. A walk of 4000 kilometers, or 2,700 miles.
"I did not feel sad or happy. I did not feel proud or ashamed. I only felt that in spite of all the things I'd done wrong, in getting myself here, I'd done right. "
- Cheryl Strayed, Wild
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
It might not have any motorhomes, trains or planes, but it shows beautifully what can happen during a trip. A sheep shepherd from Santiago has but one wish: to see al the corners of the world. By chance (or not?) he befriends an Egyptian alchemist who teaches him not only of the world, but live.
"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own."
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Willaim Sutcliffe - Are You Experienced?
A book we found hilarious, about Liza and Dave who journey around India. For Liz, it’s about spirituality - the find of herself. For Dave? Well, it’s about Liz. He’s in love with her. He travels with Liz, but soon finds India has nothing for him
"In the end, I was glad I'd done it, but I had to admit that the having done it was more fun than the doing it. Crapping your pants, for example, is a dire and miserable experience; but having crapped your Pants-I mean, that's a pretty good conversational party-piece.
- William Sutcliffe, Are You Experienced?