If you’re like me, going on a trip means more time to read. On buses, planes, beaches, trains and quiet corner cafes. One of my favourite aspects of hostels, apart from saving pennies and meeting new people, are the hostel book exchanges. Almost every hostel I have visited has a system where you can take a new book for one you have finished.
I stumbled across ‘Us’ by David Nicholls while backpacking through Croatia and Italy. It is magnificent. It tells the story of a dysfunctional family travelling through Europe, attempting to find their way back to each other. Nicholls created quiet joy and delightful descriptions of European cities. It is perhaps painfully realistic in its depiction of characters, there is no archetype hero or villain. Just real human people, travelling through life. I recommend to read ‘Us” while travelling Europe, you will feel aligned with the story.
While in Vietnam, my sister thrusted this book to me, told me to drop everything and read it immediately. I loved it so much, I read it three times without stopping before thrusting it at my friend in Bangkok, telling her to drop everything and read it immediately. Barnett has created a story so poignant, you cannot help but pass it on.
‘The versions of us’ tells the story of Eva and Jim, two 19 year old Cambridge students and the three separate versions of their life. An enlightening to novel to read while travelling, highlighting the significance of chance encounters and seemingly unimportant details in everyday life that can change the course of your own timeline.
Thank you so much for reading! Please comment with any good travelling book suggestions!