What better day to post my first ever book review than #worldbookday! I LOVE my roles as business owner, mom, and wife, but I’ve been trying to make room in my life for what makes me, me... and I am a big bookworm. So I just wanna use some space here to share my thoughts on my favorite books!
“Books are the plane, the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey...” Jedediah Jenkins adds “bike” to this list, as he chronicles his self-discovery cycling journey from Portland to Patagonia in best-seller 𝘛𝘰 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧.
I was wandering around Barnes & Noble on a date night looking for my next read when I came upon this book. I do this thing when deciding whether a book is worth reading or not: I read the first three pages. If you can’t hook me at least a little bit in the first three pages then it’s a hard pass. Well, Jed passed the test. When talking about his 30 years of life up until then, he described it as something that “wasn’t really mine... it was happening to me.” Hence his radical decision to embark on a 14,000 mile biking journey. I don’t know why that statement resonated with me the way it did. At the time (just a few months ago), my anxiety was at an all-time high and I had just decided to make some better health choices and start going to counseling. I was intrigued to read about Jed’s journey.
I swallowed this book whole. Jed is an excellent storyteller. He flips back-and-forth between describing the physical world around him and his own inner thoughts so effortlessly. He describes the countries he cycles through in a way that makes you want to book a flight there ASAP, fully knowing that part of the reason he sees things the way he does is because of the nature of the trip itself - when you’re cycling 50-60 miles a day your perspective shifts monumentally.
While we know it’s all about the journey itself - the destination this book takes you to is well worth it. Comment below if you’ve read this book!! 👇🏽 I wanna hear your thoughts!