Tag: Memoir

Book Birthday Blitz: Book Review: Solo by Aaron Hodges

Today I am helping to celebrate the book birthday of SOLO by Aaron Hodges.  If you are debating on traveling  the world solo, this is the book for you! 

Book Description:

Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?
Time for an adventure!

The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Discover the world of solo travel.
Go Solo!

SOLO: A Down to Earth Guide to Travelling the World Alone
Author:
Aaron Hodges

Published:  December 11, 2019
129 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 15-16,2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This is an A+, 5 star memoir by Aaron Hodges about traveling solo.  He has traveled solo for over 5 years and gives many pointers for the new and yet-to-travel solo traveler. Hodges talks directly to the reader and yes, DO heed his plethora of advice! If I was still at this part of my life to travel solo, I would have been taking notes! Yes, I would have taken Hodges advice as he makes solo travel seem possible for everyone. I also looked back at my time when I turned 30 and traveled the Northern US and Canada with a tour group. In some ways I was solo, and in some ways I wasn’t. Traveling solo does NOT mean you are always alone! But I was solo in New York City alone for several days and had a great time! 

Hodges talks directly to the reader giving his first hand insight and experience. He comes off like a really good friend conversing with you.  He gives you a starting point to plan your solo trip.   He gives suggestions on where to go (or not go) for some countries and a variety of traveling tips including where to sleep which tends to be hostels for a variety of reasons that he goes into.

This is a very entertaining and informative memoir definitely recommended for the solo traveler of the past, present and future.  Take a chance and travel solo! 

Purchase Links:
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About the Author:

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…

Contact Aaron:
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Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Author:
Anne Bogel

Published: September 4, 2018
156 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

Kim’s Review:

What a great little book!

Sometimes I have so many thoughts and feelings running around inside, I have a hard time identifying and organizing them. Anne did all that for me. Ideas that hadn’t even really occurred to me shone through the pages of this book! My only real issue is that there were whole chapters that were just lists of quotes from books. They weren’t bad by any means, it just got a little monotonous. But all the warms feels made up for the short bits of monotony.

I learned some things about myself and came to the conclusion, with Anne’s help, that I’m different and in no way inadequate. I’m a shopper, she’s a borrower. She visits the library multiple times a week; I don’t remember the last time I went to the library. And it’s all ok!! Readers are readers and we are united, especially because of our differences!

So overall, I loved this book! It was short, easy, and to the point! Everyone who loves books should read this book … and yes, I’m book bossy and not ashamed!!

Purchase Links:
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Today is Star Trek Day! We Bring You a Video Review of Shatner’s Memoir “Memories”

Kim told me that today is Star Trek Day!  I had to be honest that I had to look up what exactly that was.  So you are also most likely asking, “What is Star Trek Day?”

Answer: On September 8th, CBS All Access is holding an all-day streaming event to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek television show.  https://www.startrek.com

So today is the perfect day for Kim’s video review of William Shatner’s memoir Memories:

Memories
Author: William Shatner
Published: April 21, 2009
320 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A living pop culture legend and one of American film and television’s most enduring stars, William Shatner will forever be associated with the role of James T. Kirk, captain of the starship Enterprise. Star Trek Memories is Shatner’s classic behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series that continues to put forth movies, books, and series spin-offs decades after the last episode aired. A television phenomenon that suffered from shaky ratings from its first broadcast in 1966 through its entire run, Star Trek nevertheless exploded into a worldwide, billion-dollar industry. Avid Trekkers who were onboard at the launch, as well as fans of the later Trek incarnations, will be delighted with this eye-opening, eminently fascinating “captain’s log” from James Kirk himself.

Kim’s Video Review:

Purchase Links:
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