The Five Books I Brought to Peru

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My well seasoned traveling friends warned me not to take too many books down to Peru. They said that I’d be too busy exploring and immersing myself in the local culture that I’d never have time to read.

Well, going without good books for a month for me is like cutting out coffee for a month. (It’s not a pretty scene folks)

Here are the five books I brought down to Peru with me. This short list is a combination of audiobooks, kindle and and hard copy versions. ( Tip: audiobooks keep you entertained on long plane/train/bus rides)

1) On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I watched the trailer for the movie that is coming out soon and I was intrigued. This book is a fantastic story about a young man traveling through the United States in the 40s. I finished half the book between leaving the airport and arriving in Lima.

2) The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I’ve talked about this book before. I figured I needed a refresher, so what better way to spend a few free hours each week studying how to unleash my inner creative. Cameron’s classic book is a 12 week course in exploring your inner creative. Packed with useful exercises and thought provoking questions, this book is perfect for a bit of self exploration.

3)The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

I haven’t started this book yet but I was eager to pick it up before leaving because of the reviews. And also because I think Seth Godin is pretty awesome. I’ll add a book review later once I finish reading it.

4) Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

I’ve read plenty of books about how to improve your memory. What I like about Moonwalking with Einstein is the plethora of interesting stories and historical references that Foer makes. Packed full of great tips and ideas, this book was my go to for trying to quickly learn Spanish both before and during my trip.

5) ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

I figured I’d have a bit of free time in between sight seeing and enjoying the local cuisine. What better way to spend my idle hours than a little professional development? I’m about half way through Problogger and I’m dying to implement some of the ideas and tips that this book offers. I’ve learned a lot already and I’m definitely going to be giving the blog a little TLC when I return.

And finally, there is a book 6! Consider it a bonus. Book 6 makes the other 5 books even more useful and interesting.

6) A Moleskine Journal

I’ve written about the effectiveness of journaling many times and I really can’t emphasize how important it is. Especially when your traveling. Each day I’ve captured amazing ideas, thoughts and reflections on my time down here. Taking the time to write while you travel is an essential part of your experience.

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4 comments

  1. Hmmm…I was thinking of getting back into the Artist’s Way as well. Let’s keep in touch about it. It’ll be a good way to motivate each other!

  2. I recently read Moonwalking with Einstein and I found it absolutely fascinating! Those little tricks actually work. I’m one of those people that never remembers a phone number because they’re all in my phone. I’ve often thought, what if I was out without my phone and there was an emergency where I needed to contact someone. Now I’ve memorised (sorry for the spelling America, I’m currently in Britain) some important phone numbers using those techniques. I’ll never forget them because of images like TinTin standing in my girlfriend’s kitchen holding Quiches. It sounds silly, but it really works! I also enjoyed how objective he remained even while participating at the extent he did.

    1. That’s awesome Aaron!! I didn’t get to finish the book while I was down in Peru but I’m working on it now.

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