“The world is a book…

… and those who do not travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo.

To me this is as true as it could be. But books are not only a metafor for the world if you ask me. They are also a very important to bring whenever you travel. I wish I read at least 1 or 2 books each month in my daily life but that is just not happening – unfortunately. But when I’m travelling I read and I read and I read. And I love it. To me, books and travelling go together like bacon and egg – you can have them seperaterly but bringing them together is twice as good!

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Me, captivated by ‘Beirut, I love you – a Memoir’ (Zena El Khalil) in a cosy tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain

I always underestimate my own reading abilities and the pace in which I devour the books I bring when I travel. So I always end up buying more books. But I’m also very guilty in buying too many books. I just cant help it. Whenever I enter at small, cosy bookstore in the streets of Amsterdam, or a huge, 3-floor Barnes&Noble in Edinburgh, I spent hours and hours browsing around and I always end up buying way more than I should.

Now that you know my little side-addiction (travelling being my main addiction, obviously), I’ll tell you about the books I plan to bring on my next trip. Since I will be going to Bali for 2.5 months I try to bring a lot of English books – it opens up for the oppotunity to ‘trade’ books with other travellers I meet.

EAT, PRAY, LOVE, ELIZABETH GILBERT

This book is a cliché, and I think that almost every woman has seen the movie at least once and dreamt of doing the same as the main character in it. The book is about a woman travelling to Italy, India and – surprise surprise – Bali. I have seen the movie a coupple of times and know everything that happens in it. But since 1/3 of the book is taking place in Ubud in Bali, which is the exact city I’ll live in for the main part of my stay, I thought it would be fun to read the book.

TRACKS: A WOMAN’S SOLO TREK ACROSS 1700 MILES OF AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK, ROBYN DAVIDSON

I first heard the story about Robyn Davidson (oh yes, it’s a true story – how crazy is that) when I went to Australia in Autumn 2014. I was so impressed by the story and my wanderlust hit me imediately, even though I was travelling at the time. I knew I had to know more about her and her story! But the trip in Australia continued, I experienced a lot of amazing things and when I went back to Denmark, I’d forgotten all about Robyn Daivdson and her journey. But then a few weeks ago I stumbled upon her book ‘Tracks’, which is her own memoir of the journey and I just knew right there that I had to bring it on my next trip. So that’s what I’m going to do, and I can’t wait to start reading!

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, KHALED HOSSEINI

I must admit that I’ve already begun reading this one. But I’ve been so busy the past few days with all my planning and packing for Bali that I haven’t got the chance to really sit down and immerse myself into the book – so to say. I think I’ve read 20 or 25 pages and so far it’s veeery promising!

THE RISE AND FALL OF GREAT POWERS, TOM RACHMAN

I read Tom Rachman’s first book ‘The Imperfectionists’ a few years ago and I just loved it. It was a real page-turner! So when ‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers’ came out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Unfortunately I’m not rich and I rarely buy books at their full price. So when I found his second book as a pocket book I bought it right away. I’m really looking forward to read this and just to give you an apetizer of how great this book is (or how great I suppose it will be…) I’ve found an extract from Goodreads.com about the book:

“The Rise & Fall of Great Powers begins in a dusty bookshop. What follows is an abduction, heated political debate, glimpses into strangers’ homes, and travel around the globe. It’s a novel of curious personalities, mystery, and lots of books: volumes that the characters collect, covet, steal.”

Now my only problem is which one of the book I’ll start out with 😉