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If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World by [Stevens, Kristine K.]
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"... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read ... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places." - Kirkus Book Reviews

About the Author

Vacations in Costa Rica, Japan and France ignited Kristine K. Stevens' passion for travel. Exploring new places freed her from the expectations of her culture and showed her how intriguing and diverse life can be. Although she thrives in Savannah, Georgia -- despite its monstrous palmetto bugs, she is plotting another adventure.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Manta Ray Books (formerly Subtext Publishing LLC); 1 edition (July 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6S4PL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That's a relief. I now know what I'm buying several family members for Christmas. I wish that this book had been around when I was in my 20s or 30s. If it had been, I know that my life would have gone in a different direction. I'm sure that I would have still made mistakes, but I think they would have been better ones. I have been a voracious reader all my life with a fairly eclectic taste in books. The difference between this book and others that I have read is the difference between saying "I understand how you feel" and "I feel what you feel".

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.
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I lived vicariously through this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. Kristine included enough details to really give the flavor of the places she visited and her experience without it becoming wordy. She is a good writer and her adventures were fun to ride along on through her book. I also appreciate her point of view and sense of humor.
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This book, which is Kristine Stevens' first effort, contains plenty of trials, tribulation, and triumph. In one sense the work is about a solo journey around the world, which in and of itself is a breathtakingly audacious undertaking, so if this were all the book was about it would still be worth reading. Yet amidst the wonderfully-described details (the intriguing sights, sounds, and tastes of her adventure), we are quite cognizant of the human element, namely the insecurities and fears of a solo woman as she attempts to discover herself on her journey. There are things she can (and does) control, like being swindled by dishonest merchants and ticket sellers, but then there are those out-of-one's-control events which are so surreal that they almost defy description (I literally laughed aloud as our intrepid author learned that her plane landed at the wrong African airport).

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.
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I don't really read travel books, but I love a memoir or a biography. If there's travel to other lands and cultures included, with descriptions to engage and enlighten me as opposed to drowning me in adjectives, all the better.

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.
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If you're a traveler at any level, you will enjoy taking this journey with Kristine. She's an articulate writer and must have taken copious notes during this trip because it was fascinating to read even small details about meals, scenery, natives she encountered and so much more along with her personal observations. She ventured out as many of us dream to do and wrote a wonderful memoir of this trip-of-a-lifetime to share with those of us who still can't 'clear the universe' to make it happen. Lucky us that she shared the good and bad portions that are bound to travel along with you on this kind of a journey. Kudos to Kristine for having the courage to take the leap and sharing the entire experience.
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