I was walking around the bookstore at the weekend trying to pick out my reading for Africa and it suddenly dawned on me (like the metaphorical lightbulb) that there is something terribly romantic about the written word. About putting pen to paper and allowing your thoughts and emotions to spill out on to the page.
We now live in a generation that doesn’t seem to appreciate the art anymore. Letters are sent as emails, memos are text to each other and books are typed instead of written. Personally, despite the fact that I can type quicker than write, (as archaic as it may sound) still hand write all of my posts before I type them. It’s my process. I write out ideas for posts, the layout and even when a link or photo is appropriate.
There’s just something about seeing your hard work written down…you hand wrote those words, that masterpiece, that travel blogging award acceptance speech! (I’d like to thank…myself!)
I love the idea of the old fashioned book on my travels. Granted, I wouldn’t say no to a Kindle simply for the fact its so handy but there’s something about seeing a battered old book on a shelf that makes me fall in love with the art of writing all over again.
I re-awakened my love of reading when I backpacked around Asia and when I spent just over two weeks on Koh Tao, Thailand I ended up reading 10 books from the exchange shop (beach lover and quick reader). Knowing that someone had spent time and consideration on their chosen book before lovingly reading it and passing it on to someone else to enjoy was a great feeling. It’s like the movie ‘Pay it Forward’ but with books instead =)
I wrote a note in each and every one of them; something inspirational to keep the next person reading the book whilst travelling and thinking about life.
After my bookstore visit I have finally decided on the 5 that I’ll be taking with me:
(I’m also taking my Rough Guide – ‘First Time Around Africa’ just as a reference for each place)
How about you? What books do YOU read on the road?