Travelling light is always a challenge, especially when it means compromising your portable library. However, it is important to have your downtime and individual space and reading is a great non-electrical way of achieving that. As you know, our evenings in the tent were filled with the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings audio books. But we also gathered books along the way! Here is a list of all the books we read whilst on the road:
All 7 Harry Potter books, J.K.Rowling – audiobook read by Stephen Fry, it took us 7 months to complete!
Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (Beth) – Gifted to us in Georgia by a backpacker
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami (Beth) – Gifted to us by Dave in Dushanbe
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Beth) – Acquired from a hostel in Kashgar, China. Highly recommended!!
The Time Machine, H.G.Wells (Julia & Beth) – Kashgar, China. Highly recommended!!
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (Julia & Beth) – Xining, China. This was particularly interesting to read after having cycled along the border of Afghanistan. Julia cried a lot!
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz (Julia & Beth) – Xining, China. Funny and on David Bowie’s top 75 books to read (RIP)
1984, George Orwell (Julia & Beth) – audiobook, listened to more than once!
Animal Farm (Julia) – Chengdu, China
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard Feynman (Beth) – audio book. gifted by Richard the cyclist.
Lots of podcasts!
Sadly we only got half way through The Fellowship of the Ring audio book before Beth’s MP3 player broke. This is probably the reason we read most of our books in China!