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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was such a fast read! I loved reading about Kristine's adventures. She gave me more inspiration and encouragement to travel solo, and this was such an entertaining novel that... Read morePublished 10 days ago by MDLamb
The author did not learn anything compelling and the narrative is an excuse for a book.Published 2 months ago by deryck durston
I enjoyed her stories and adventures. I had to go back a lot to make sure I hadn't missed anything. There was a lot that was not explained before she would jump into another tale.Published 3 months ago by Tiff
This book was the perfect tonic in the drink I am mixing up in my life right now. Selling the house, backing out of work, ready for a new life, traveling on our boat Ina in our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago by Jeri Jenkins