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Six of my favourite travel books of the past 12 months

I just love reading. It calms my crazy mind and it is my way of travelling for times when I can’t actually travel. My mum always made sure that I was surrounded by books. Fiction, guides, travel books, atlases, coffee table books and many more. A habit, I have certainly kept up (on a recent trip to London I just bought 10 more). I have read a lot of travel books during the past couple of months and so I wanted share some of my favourites with you. Gloria Steinem – My life on the road This book first came to my...

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Luke Brown’s “My Biggest Lie”

How often have you read a book eight times? There are a couple of books I’ve read more than once but there’s no book I’ve read this often. Except „My biggest lie“ by Luke Brown. I guess that already says a lot about how much this book speaks to me. Literally, by the way, whenever I read the book, I can actually hear the characters speak, as if I am listening to an audio book. Also, whenever I read the book, I can smell the streets of Buenos Aires, hear the electronic Tango music and I can feel Liam’s...

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Tim Winton’s “Breath”

Just started reading Breath by Tim Winton and now I'm craving the sea, sand and surfers #kindle #ebook #travelblogger #bookblogger #findinspirationeverywhere #iwanttobebesidetheseaside A photo posted by Ulrike (@travelreadexplore) on Aug 3, 2015 at 1:52am PDT   I have just finished reading “Breath” by Tim Winton and while the impressions are still fresh, I thought I’d write about it. The book can best be described in one word: intense. The characters are intense and the reading experience certainly is, too. You will find yourself hyperventilation with the characters while they are caught tumbling through an unrelenting sea and you will start anticipating their successes as well as their failures. “How strange it was to see men do something beautiful. Something pointless and elegant, as though nobody saw or cared.” If you don’t like surfing, then you will probably not like this book. Planning routes, the anticipation of waiting for the perfect wave and the shop talk involved in choosing the right board are all an important part of this book and for understanding the inner workings of the characters involved. “Even now, nearly forty years later, every time I see a kid pop to her feet, arms flailing, all milk-teeth and shining skin, I’m there; I know her, and some spark of early promise returns to me like a moment of grace.” However, even if you don’t like surfing, but have an...

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Bill Bryson’s “Down Under”

Just imagine the American president, British prime minister or German chancellor stepping into the sea and disappearing, never to be seen again, and no one own, outside their home countries, is writing about it. Well, that’s what happened to Harold Holt, Australian Prime Minister in 1967. He stepped into the surf near Melbourne and drowned. How can a country lose its prime minister you might wonder? Bill Bryson asked himself the very same question and thus set out to discover Australia and its people in four separate trips. The first journey leads the author to step into the perilous...

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Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island”

“My first sight of England was on a foggy March night in 1973 when I arrived on the midnight ferry from Calais.” I read Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island for the first time when I was 12 or 13, having never been in England before. And I loved it! Bryson has the inherent ability to take you with him on his adventures and to make you feel like you are there with him, standing in the rain in Blaenau, tripping over a step in Dover, visiting the set of Coronation Street, or standing in the splendor of...

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