Books I Have Read in the First 3 Months of Travel
And why you should too
I've always been a huge reader, but studying English Literature at University turned that love into a chore. Only recently, over a year since graduating, have I picked up a book just for the fun of it. It did take me a while to get through my first book since (Girl on the Train); and after sporadically picking it up every few months, toward the last few chapters, I just couldn't put it down.
I knew that while travelling, reading as much as I could was definitely on my "To Do" list. Little did I know that I would be getting through about a book a month! So here are the books I read during the first three months of travelling.
1. 'Everything Everything'—Nicola Yoon
I started reading this one in the last week before we left the UK and it was finished around mid-September. If I'd had the time to just sit in a comfy chair all day and read this, I would have raced through this. It was such an easy read and it really set off the past few months of reading for me.
I wanted to read this because I saw the trailers for the film version everywhere, and wanted to read it before I watched it, just so the film wouldn't spoil it for me. I'm so glad I did, as all throughout the novel I was wondering just how it was going to end. Would it be this way, or that way? I'm normally very good at predicting endings, and I did contemplate the ending in my many theories, but I still wasn't 100% sure. That made it all the more enjoyable for me, as I didn't find the storyline super predictable—some others my not find this, but still worth a read!
2. 'Miss You'—Kate Eberlen
This is one that I picked up from the shelf in our shared apartment from what others have left. Honestly, it looked like the best out of a bad bunch, so I decided to give it a go.
All in all, I loved the concept of this plot—the two protagonists find themselves narrowly missing meeting each other. We know the two are meant to be, but their paths never fully cross.
Maybe this was my degree coming out, and I am critically analysing too much, but some of the language and techniques used in this novel truly made me cringe. At some points, it reminded me of the novels I would read as a teenager—and this worked when the characters were in there teens. However, as you see both Tess and Gus age, they reach their 30s and the language hasn't matured with them. You can see why this would make me wince at certain points in the book.
Overall though, I really loved this book and found myself zipping through, wanting to know whether they finally met each other at the end. A great holiday, by-the-pool read.
3. 'Eat Pray Love'—Elizabeth Gilbert
While packing up our apartment in Manchester, I found it again and promised myself that I would read it. It was the first thing I packed when the time finally came around to it. I have started this book once before. I'm not exactly sure when, it was either during the Summer between years at university or once I'd graduated, but the love from reading just hadn't come back yet, so I stopped at Chapter 5.
This is one of the many books where I have watched the film before reading. Normally, this spoils the plot for me, and either makes me not want to read it at all, or gives me preconceived ideas about what a character looks like, or where the setting is—which I hate. However, the way this book is written isn't like this at all. More like an autobiography than anything else, I don't imagine the character as Julia Roberts. Rather than scenes, you get a zoomed in situation or a vague flashback. Never really sure if you are in the past, the present, or in the future at any given moment, you listen along to what Gilbert has to say, and the relevant information you need about her are given at the correct moments of the narrative.
I'm glad I saved this one to read after the last two, as sometimes the discourse can be challenging to get through, and some chapters remind me more of a first person magazine article than a piece of storytelling. This may be due to Gilbert's journalistic background. However, it is refreshing to read a book in this format.
What should I read next? I have a few ideas on my list, and also a very cute community book exchange on my street here in Cairns!