A curious person who is interested in the great wide world out there but who is not ridiculously wealthy is, by necessity, a voracious reader. At least, that’s how I explain my Amazon Prime account.
I don’t read very much fiction, mostly because it is too much work to gain a comparatively tiny nugget of truth. If that makes me intellectually lazy, so be it, but I prefer to think that I am intellectually efficient. That is, I like to read non-fiction, where there is a higher ratio of information to pages read.
Travel literature–books written about an author’s travels, but crafted in such a way as to have literary value–are a luxury for me. They are both full of information and pleasurable to read. Often times, they read like an excellent piece of journalism, extended from article to book length and depth. Needless to say, I love reading travel literature, and it is that genre of books that I plan to blog about most here.
I challenged myself to read 25 books about foreign places in 2009, and am using this blog to keep me honest and on track. Not to mention (hopefully) being able to dialogue with other people interested in books about far away lands. 25 books works out to approximately a new book every other week, so I plan to write about each book I read for approximately two weeks and then move on to the next book.
My interests tend to lean towards Europe (both Western and Eastern), the Middle East, and Eastern Asia, so you will most likely find my posts about books covering those areas. I realize that this leaves out most of the planet, and reveals my Western-educated bias. Maybe if I read more books about Central and South America, Africa, South East Asia and Oceania, I would be more interested (talk about catch 22!), so I might try out a few books from those regions and see if they light a spark in me. If you have recommendations on that front, I’d love to hear them.