If you missed last week’s #TravelBookChat on Twitter, don’t worry. Because Jayne has put together a great summary of her Girl Tweets World.
#TravelBookChat Australia summary and reading list
The book I read in February was “Tracks” by Robin Davidson, an autobiographical book about Robin’s time walking through the Australian outback with only camels. It was interesting to see some very different opinions about this book. Personally, I found Robin to be tough, closed off, and unempathetic, while others loved her blunt language and candor.
I found this book amazingly inspirational. She set herself her goals and struggled through some of the most difficult situations imaginable to achieve them.
My favorite part is actually in the afterword where Robin says:
“If there’s a message in Tracks, it’s that we can wake up to demands for obedience that seem natural simply because we’re familiar. Where there’s peer pressure, we need to resist. Of course, I doesn’t mean people should quit what they’re doing and head into the wilderness, or that they should copy what I did. It means that people can choose adventure even in the most ordinary of circumstances: an adventure of the mind, or to use the old-fashioned term, an adventure of the spirit.”
Moving on to March and next month’s books in Travel Book Chat…
#TravelBookChat in March
Book: “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent
Date: March 24th 20:00 GMT
Contributors: @JayneyTravels and @TheTravelHack
The theme for March is Iceland, and we will be reading “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with Iceland. So I’m looking forward to your description of the desolate yet beautiful landscape.
Burial Rites is set in 1829 and is based on a true story. This is the story of a woman who is convicted of involvement in the brutal murder of her lover and sentenced to death. She was sent to a rural farm to await her punishment, but here her truth is revealed.
The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award.
“Hannah Kent depicts the terrifying landscape of Iceland, where every day is a fight for survival, and how one woman can endure when her life depends on the stories told by others. I’m asking, can I do it?”
See you on March 24th!