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Books That Flew Me Everywhere

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Papa geek used to tell me that book is the window to the world and I couldn’t agree more. I like nothing more than reading a book in my room and be transferred to the places I never dreamt of, magical places, like a certain magic school for instance. At the same time I love how some books bring me back to the places I have travelled to or wish to visit someday. These are the books that took me everywhere:

1. Strange weather in Tokyo

Strange Weather in Tokyo

First, a stupid confession, I took this book while rushing to board the plane thinking it was Haruki Murakami’s. After the first chapter, I felt something was not quite right with the writing and I checked the cover, then only I found out it wasn’t his. Set in Tokyo, the book will take you to a small bar with a unique Japanese ambiance. You will be walking on a crowded market, go on a picnic in a schoolyard and mushroom picking in an island. Beautifully written, I finished it off before the plane landed.

2. A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

I picked this book only because I like cats. There is a lot of critiques about the book being not well written and I am here to defend the author. He had no prior experience of being a writer, he befriended a cat, turned over a new leaf in life and wrote about it. Cut him some slack people. This book will take you to streets in London; Piccadilly to be specific, and London tube. There will be days of people watching at Covent Garden and Tottenham. I have never been to London before, but when I do, I will visit these places in honor of the book. And if I am lucky, there will be a selfie with Bob and James on Instagram.

3. Wild

Wild-Cheryl-Strayed

I think a book has the power to change someone’s view. Before I read Wild, I would never ever consider hiking. Not without any reason, I am lazy. Lazy enough to almost not climb the Great Wall after taking the 5 hour train ride from Shanghai to Beijing. But Cheryl book changed me, she made me a better person, the one who puts hiking in her Life List. You will be taken through an awakening journey through the Pacific Crest Trail, California and Oregon. I love this book so much that I almost gifted it to my boss, but I decided against it as she wouldn’t appreciate the gesture at all (the book didn’t change me into a better person that much).

4. The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars

I won’t rave about the book as the whole world has done it already. I enjoyed their story and cried in the movie theater. The part I loved it the most is when they were in Amsterdam. Thanks Gus! For taking us to my most favorite city in Europe. I don’t think there is anything more romantic than kissing by the canals, not even the Eiffel Tower. Also, the Anne Frank house was an added bonus.

5. Tokyo On The Foot

Tokyo on Foot

My favorite from this list. I put up buying it for the longest time because it’s quite expensive for a sketch book with no story. I was taught by my mama to buy a book based on the thickness of it (!”). When I finally bought it, I ended up sleeping hugging it at night. The drawing was a labor of love you guys! If you have been to Tokyo and loved it, get the book. You get to relive it every time you opened a page, any page.

6. Humans of New York

Human of New York

This was a just because gift from Hulk, because he is nice and I am spoiled. He thought I’d like it. It’s colorful, filled with people and their thoughts. A portable people watching window, of course I loved it! It introduced me to the streets in New York beyond TV dramas. Maybe my subconscious wish to travel to NYC was fueled by this book.

7. Negeri van Oranje

negeri-van-oranje

I got it from Gramedia, the local bookstore, a couple days ago. It’s about the lives of Indonesian students in Netherland. Students life and Netherlands packed in 500+ pages (remember my mom’s philosophy in buying books based on thickness)? I was sold in an instant. I haven’t read it though so I’ll give you the update later.

What’s your favorite book that takes you to another part of the world? I am participating in #BlogEverydayinSept. Connect with me? I am buzzing on TwitterInstagramBlogLovin’ and occasionally on Google+. Thanks for reading.

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  • I totally agree with you that the most amazing thing about books is they transplant you to another world with their stories. I’ve always found comfort in that. I’m excited to see Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” on your list because I just picked it up from the library to read before the movie comes out! Seeing that someone else loved it and the book inspired them makes me curious what I will get out of it even more.

    • Foreign Geek

      That’s great Kati. I would love to hear what you think about the book. Happy reading!

    • Foreign Geek

      Also, let me know if you can think of other books to add to the list. Thank you.

  • Rima Sagala

    I know I finished the Hunger Games series when I was doing my missionary in Honduras. Then coming back from Swiss, I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain… such a good book. I cried before I landed, it was ridiculous. hahaha…

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