Something New: Books and My Backpack

What’s in your backpack?

Get out your drum and give it a roll; my blog has a new name, Books and My Backpack. I offer you spoiler-free reviews of books that will take you on adventures around the world. Selections include the Pacific Crest Trail, Costa Rica, the Silk Road, and Mont Blanc.

If journeys of the mind are your thing, authors include the Dalai Lama, Thoreau, Hesse, and Seneca. See the drop-down menu for a list of book titles (and quick links to each review).

There’s much more coming from the trails and pages ahead, so stay tuned.

Where am I in my wife Sue’s photo? In the Alps, taking a break from the Tour du Mont Blanc, which will be part of my next book. My first book is Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows.

I hope you like my blog’s new name. Have a suggestion for a book or a trail? Please send it along.

Books: Find Your Next Page Turner

Here are links to book reviews I have published:

The Last Season, Eric Blehm

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72, Hunter S. Thompson

Chasing History, Carl Bernstein

Walking Home, Rick Rogers

13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher

Monkeys on the Road, Mary Hollendoner

Toxic Positivity, Whitney Goodman

The Pacific Alone, Dave Shively

Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz

Journeys North, Barney Scout Mann

Backpacking’s Triple Crown, Jim Rahtz

Hitting the Road Without a Map, Fred Rutter

Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail, Inga Aksamit

Okay for Now, GaryD. Schmidt

Rail Trail Hall of Fame

Thunderstruck, Erik Larson

Bicycle Odyssey, Carla Fountain

Another Kind of Madness, Stephen Hinshaw

Making Friends With Anxiety, Sarah Rayner

Chasing Himalayan Dreams, Susan Jagannath

Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam

Oregon Hiking Guides, William L. Sullivan

Chasing Zorba: A Journey of Self-Discovery in a VW Bus, Jerry Steimel

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Bruce Wilson

Over the Top and Back Again: Hiking X the Alps, Brandon Wilson

Two West Highland Way books

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson

Free Country, George Mahood

Walking Thru, Michael Tyler

My Journey Around Mont Blanc, Dan Karmi

Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline

The Boy Between, Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

An Adventurer’s Son, Roman Dial

Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, Jessica Bruder

Gillybean in China, Gill Puckridge

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Escape From the Ordinary, Julie Bradley

The Trail Provides: A Boy’s Memoir of Thru-Hiking the PCT, David Smart

Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse

Henry David Thoreau: A Life, Laura Dassow Walls

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World, Hans Rosling

How to Practice, Dalai Lama

Opiod, Indiana, Brian Allen Carr

Land of Lost Borders, Kate Harris

Trespassing Across America, Ken Ilgunas

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

The Accidental President, A.J. Baime

The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

Way Out There, J. Robert Harris

Beyond Religion, Dalai Lama

Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

Big Little Man, Alex Tizon

Walden on Wheels, Ken Ilgunas

Beyond the Pale, Ken Grossman

On the Shortness of Life, Seneca

The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner

How Not to Get Married, George Mahood

If Cats Disappeared from the World, Genki Kawamura

Sedona Hiking Guide, Greg Stevenson

The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz