Litera-Trip | Vietnam 2018 Reading List

Litera-Trip is a new meme that I created for Words of Mystery that combines two of the things I love: books and travel. Here I will be sharing the books that I’ll be taking with me when I travel. The books will then be later reviewed in a future Midweek Mini Reviews post.

I’ll also be bringing along whatever review books I happen to still be reading by the time I have to leave. How about you guys? Have you read either of these books? Do you have any tips and reccomendations for Vietnam for me? Let me know in the comments below.

Vi by Kim Thúy

Kim Thúy is one of my favourite authours because of her lyrical and poetic prose. There still are not that many well-known Vietnamese authours and she definitely gets bonus points for being Canadian as well! It’s such a lucky coincidence that the English translation of her latest book Vi is out the same year I am going to Vietnam as it will be the perfect airplane read for me!

Lands of Lost Borders Out of Bounds on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

I was intrigued by this book because not only is it by a Canadian but the authour herself is one of Canada’s top ten adventurers. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road  is the story of the journey she took with her friend along the fabled ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road which links Asia with the Middle East and Europe. Since I’ll be doing some traveling in Asia I thought this would be the perfect read to get me inspired to embark on a little exploration and adventuring on my own as well as with my family. 

Midweek Mini Reviews #4 (Travel Edition)

All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter


Down to earth and written in an easy to relate manner like Geraldine DeRuiter‘s blog The Everywhereist, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft isn’t your typical travel memoir. While travel is a major theme, the book is more about the role that travel has played in the DeRuiter‘s life and not a tell all about the various travel adventures she’s had one her own and with her husband. This makes the book more of a memoir than a travelogue.

With a gift for telling stories of simple, albeit messy life moments DeRuiter manages to turn these moments into something remarkable leaving a poignant message for the reader. In particular, I loved the chapter where she describes how she slowly “fall in love” with the city of Ashland, Oregon comparing it to how she fell for her husband. And for all those who are not “pros” at travelling, you’ll definitely appreciate the chapter where she comes to the conclusion that getting lost isn’t the end of the world, and that you may not be an expert on travelling but at least you are the “expert” on your own travel experiences which can be just as valuable.

A sweet, comforting, and quick read I love how the common thread among all chapters in Geraldine DeRuiter‘s All Over the Place is that it forms one big love letter to her husband to whom the book is dedicated to.

Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke: Completely Revised and Updated by Off Track Planet


I love travelling and have a serious case of wanderlust. And while I have been fortunate enough to have visited a handful of countries it’s definitely not enough! This year I’m hoping to get the opportunity to solo travel to a place that I’ve been dying to go to since I was little. Anyways to prep for my second (potential) solo trip I’ve decided to read more travel guides starting with Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke: Completely Revised and Updated.

With it’s aesthetically pleasing layouts and photographs Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke definitely caters to who its intended audience. The photos and colourful fonts and titles definitely scream “fun”. However, I felt that there was a great deal of information that wasn’t relevant to me as I’m not an American nor am I someone who has never travelled before. Still there was some useful information in the planning and research section of the book that I will definitely be taking advantage of.

Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke is a well-organized guide for those less “seasoned”/”experienced” travellers that provides a general overview making it a good starting point for those who want to travel but aren’t sure how to go about it or even where to travel to.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.