London's best bookshop + the 'SLK book club'

I love traveling. Is that something I had to state outright? Probably not, huh? It's something I've done my whole life and something that keeps me continually inspired. Something that may not be as obvious is my love of books. 

But it's real. 

Especially travel memoirs and destination guides. Which is why Daunt Books is basically my own little heaven tucked away in Marylebone, London. A two-level haven of my favourite travel prose written by some of my favourite authors: Cheryl Strayed, Tim Parks, Ewan McGregor, Ernest Hemingway, Andrew McCarthy, and {of course, my love} Anthony Bourdain. 

Daunt Books has every title filed away by geographic location. I know. Perfection, right? It's paradise for any traveler who loves hardback inspiration. There are even SECONDHAND BOOKS! Yesssssss! 

I realized at the We Are Travel Girls meet-up in London that part of what I love about travel writing is the exchange. Telling your friends or people you encounter about a great read and them letting you in on a paperback secret. 

That's why I want to try something new and create a 'Silly Little Kiwi book club.' Of sorts. Nothing too crazy. I'm not Oprah.

This is something I've drafted up a few times and then scraped. But, I recently found a book totally worthy of being the 'kick off' book. 

A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East hit home for me on a deep af level. As some {most, all?} of you know, I've had my fortune told to me three different times. And each time the reading was the same. It was also not paid for, meaning I didn't exchange money for some generic bullshit. I got some scary, detailed stuff said to me...and it's come true on exact dates.

Which has turned me from a hard-hearted skeptic to someone who understands how a reading {or three} can change {or empower you to change} your life. 

Warned by a Hong Kong fortune-teller not to risk flying for an entire year, Tiziano Terzani—a vastly experienced Asia correspondent—took what he called “the first step into an unknown world. . . . It turned out to be one of the most extraordinary years I have ever spent: I was marked for death, and instead I was reborn.”

I sat down in Daunt Books on a rainy London evening and finished the book as a man came to tell me the store was closing. Yeah, it's that good. Not only does the storyline feel familiar to me, my love for Southeast Asia is reflected on every page of Terzani's book. It's seriously worth a read. 

So, if you read Terzani's book, give me a shout! We can be a little gang of traveling bibliophiles, yeah?

Flick me a message or an e-mail or a DM...whatever you feel comfortable with. And let's talk! About the book. Or it's themes. Or we can just chat about one of my favourite regions of the world! And if you have any recommendations for travel reads {since I'll be continuing on the road}, leave them for me, pretty please!