Our Trip Reading List
Here is our reading list for this trip (in case you were wondering):
“Getting Stoned With Savages” - A good look into the daily lives and culture of Pacific Islanders (particularly in Fiji and Vanuatu), even if the title is a bit crude.
”In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson - A hilarious book about Bill’s travels in Australia. Definitely a recommended title.
“First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung - A heart-wrenching story of a girl and her family during the Khymer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. A must-read for anyone visiting Cambodia or looking for a good cry.
“Lucky Child” by Loung Ung - The sequel to “First They Killed My Father”, it is a story of a family torn apart by war, the very different that they must lead as a result of this tear.
“The Girl in the Picture” by Denise Chong - The story of a girl injured by the war in Vietnam (the Vietnam War or the American War, depending on where you are from) and the story of how she persevered and helped to change the fate of a nation.
“The Bourne Sanction” by Robert Ludlum - Another classic novel in the Jason Bourne series. Not a travel book, just needed a break from reading those…
“Eat.Pray.Love.” by Elizabeth Gilbert - About a woman’s travel through Italy, India, and Indonesia concerning her search for Pleasure, God and Love. Not a bad read though the India/Religion section was a bit hard to deal with as a Christian.
“The Bible” by God (yes, THE God) - We read much of the Bible while touring around Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. There really is no book that can put things in perspective the way that the Bible does when read on top of Mt. Sinai or alongsaide the Sea of Galilee or standing on the spot where Jesus was crucified.
“Mythology” by Edith Hamilton - Since we are heading into the Greek and Roman world of old (and new), this book will be our constant companion in order to understand a bit of the mythology that originated here.
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini - Great insight into the trying times of Afghan recent history. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs or if you just need a good read.
“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Piccoult - Great read! Real tear jerker…
“Brethren” by Robyn Young - First of this trilogy concerning the Crusades. Absolutely amazing writing from this new author. Thrillingly intense!
”Crusade” by Robyn Young - The second book in the Brethren trilogy. How could she top the first one? She just did!
“Notes from a Big Country” by Bill Bryson - Classic Bryson commentary but with too much anti-American sentiment, if you ask me. Written for European readers obviously.
“A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson - Hilarious book by Bryson describing his unsuccesfully successful jaunt along the Appalachian Trail.