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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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