If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World Kindle Edition
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As I read the first 4 chapters, I kept longing to have photos to go along with the stories. Mostly I wanted to see pictures of the people Kristine encountered rather than places. But after I discovered the picture gallery on Kristine's blog site ([...] I decided to finish the book without looking at the photos (ok, ok, I absolutely had to see what The Handsome Man looked like). I made that decision because Kristine's words and story telling style was creating images in my mind like a film unreeling with narration. The photos of people enhanced the experience but her words themselves drew pictures that were more evocative than any photo. I suppose that makes sense because this book is not about the places that she visited but about the journey that she made and the lessons she learned. Even more compelling is that she is able to share those lessons in such a way that the reader learns too.
If I have one criticism it is of the publisher or copy editor not the author. There were several places where an article or pronoun was left out of a sentence. I was so engrossed in what was unfolding that each time I felt catapulted out of the story.Read more ›
Stevens does much more than accurately describe the places she visited and people she encountered: she tells the reader how they made her feel, and whether or not her experiences taught her anything. This book is equal parts adventure story, guidebook, and road map to self-fulfillment. Seeing zebras and polar bears on the same trip is extraordinary, but not nearly as impressive as a writer capturing a true sense of adventure on the page.
This book would be perfect for anyone looking for the perfect beach-read, or seeking a gripping example of travel literature. I heartily recommend it.
My enjoyment of this book is all in the details. Kristine's writing style is anything but boring. She's funny, she's frank, and she clearly cares about using her writing skills in a manner that flows like great speaking.
I liked feeling as though I was walking, and trekking, and paddling, and waiting by her side from place to place.
But I particularly liked the palpable sensations of wonder, fear, comfort and more that Kristine experienced and put into words. It's not enough for me, as I mentioned, to read descriptions of time and place and people. I only care about all that if the author can transmit how all those things make her feel, and hopefully also reflect upon where she thinks those reactions come from.
Kristine has great stories to tell, and she knows how to tell her stories in a great way.
I wanted to know more, learn more and keep on traveling and meeting new friends along the way.
This book made me feel a little braver than when I began.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the most part I enjoyed descriptions of a solo lady's ventures in strange lands and the difficulties as well as the benefits those travels revealed. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Alan H
The author went to countries that I have traveled so I could identify with her experiences and adventures. An entertaining and inspiring book! Loved it! Thanks, Kristine!Published 11 days ago by , Vero Beach, FL
I got this book as a Christmas present and absolutely loved it . I lived vicariously through this book and it is making me want to make my travel dreams come true. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't love this book. She does a decent job of describing where she visits. Sort of lacking in 'something' but not entirely sure what...Published 2 months ago by Jeri Jenkins
I wonder if one would feel particularly inspired to travel to exotic destinations after this read.Published 3 months ago by Aprime
I enjoyed the story as I am planning a trip around the world.Published 3 months ago by Teresa R Nystrom
I enjoy travel books, and I am a traveller myself, but I must admit this book disappointed me a little. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ieva Kun
I liked the detail of the book, the interactions with the people she met, the learning along the way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ankenoid