I’ll be the first to admit that I have a questionable taste in books and movies. My love for Sophie Kinsella’s books is something I’d only admit to very few people. I think I’d rather die than letting my David Sedaris loving colleagues know about that. But they don’t read this blog, so phew!
So, it might not come as the greatest compliment to these two people that I like what they write. But hey, I’d still like to share them with you anyway.
Funniest Travel Writer: Bill Bryson
I :heart: Bill Bryson.
Before I discovered his books, my reading repertoire consisted of Japanese Mangas and other authors I’m too embarassed to admit now (*cough* John Grisham *cough*).
During my solo road trip along the US West Coast, I came across a second hand bookstore in Berkeley and decided to hide in there from the rain.
And bought a copy A Walk in The Woods for 99 cents, mostly because:
– it was 99 cents
– and it had a picture of a bear on the cover
Now, I’m not going to claim that reading the book changed my life, but it surely was the start of my appreciation of travel writing. I find Bryson’s self-deprecating style resonates with me. He doesn’t take himself (or even traveling itself) seriously… he doesn’t try to be all philosophical about traveling. He just tells a story… mostly funny ones. I’m sure he embelishes a bit here and there, but who doesn’t?
Here’s an excerpt from A Walk in The Woods about the reason why he’s going to do the Appalachian Trail.
‘When guys in camouflage pants and hunting hats… talking about things out-of-doors, I would no longer feel like a cupcake. I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, “Yeah, I’ve shit in the woods.”‘‘
I’m the kind of person who can’t hear the words ‘s***’ and ‘poop’ without laughing (why do you think we have the word ‘poop’) on our domain name?). Later on I learned that it was only a very tiny example of the kind of laugh I’d get from Bryson’s books.
Even though I enjoy all of Bryson’s books, these two particularly stand out as my all-time favorites:
A Walk in the Woods
Hiilarious account of Bryson’s attempt to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail.
In a Sunburned Country
Bryson’s convinced that the whole country conspires to kill him in ways that only Australia can.
Funniest Travel Blogger: Unbrave Girl
I don’t remember how I came across Sally’s blog, but after reading some of her posts I couldn’t seem to find the ‘subscribe’ button fast enough. It takes a special kind of talent in order to make weeding rice paddies and catching prawns sound appealing and exciting…
Check out this particular excerpt from one of her posts, My New Job Skill:
“While this job is even muddier than weeding rice paddies, it is infinitely more enjoyable. Catching prawn is fast-paced and has a certain “Man versus Beast” feel to it (or in this case “Woman versus Crustacean” feel) that keeps you on your toes (Well, that and the fact that it’s very easy to step on the prawn… which keeps you on your toes as well). From my experience catching prawn, I’m convinced that if weeds had pinchers and the ability to move, they would be much more exciting to catch.”
If you haven’t already, I’d suggest grab a cup of coffee and check her blog out. Each post is just long enough for that cup of coffee to last.