Welcome to My Shared Bookshelf! As you know, I am a massive book worm who is currently backpacking around the world. I have a beautiful collection of books at home, but when your life has to fit into a backpack, suddenly books become too heavy to carry around – and I’m not a kindle kind of girl.
I absolutely love to read. I remember a time when my mum would tuck me in to bed, and we’d take turns reading aloud novels like Harry Potter, Inkheart and the Vinyl Cafe. Usually, I have three to four books on the go, all stacked in a neat pile next to my bed. They range in genre and length, but I always stick to it and finish one before adding a new one to the pile (more than four, that is).
Once a month, I’ll compile a list of the books I’ve found and read from hostel bookshelves. They may be in poor condition and not the typical story or genre I’d choose to read, but this girl can’t afford to be picky. This post is mostly for me to keep track of what I’m reading (something I’ve never done before) but I hope you’ll find something of interest here too! ** Please note, I’m not going to review the novels as I’d never want to ruin it for someone else, but rather tell you why I chose them and how quickly I got through them. I could easily read more, but books of my liking are more difficult to come by on a shared shelf!
Without further ado, I present to you:
Men in Black: Investigating the Truth Behind the Phenomenon
Jenny Randles, 1997
I found ‘Men in Black’ at Grampians Eco YHA, in Victoria. This isn’t my usual type of book (non-fiction, about aliens and UFOs) but I was intrigued when I found a small bookshelf completely dedicated to UFOLOGY and conspiracy theories. The novel was written from some of Randles personal experiences, and goes behind the scenes to explore the real-life cases of the mysterious strangers who have become known to ufologists as ‘Men in Black’. Unfortunately, I could not finish this book. It was not only terribly damaged (water and mould), but also very difficult to follow. I got about 3/4 of the way through before letting it go.
The Lost City
Clive Cussler, 2004
If you don’t already know, I have an obsession with Clive Cussler novels. Growing up, Cussler was always my dad’s favourite author, and my brother and I would get him a new novel for every birthday and Christmas. It was only when I moved to England, and wanted to feel a little closer to home, that I picked up my first Cussler novel, ‘Inca Gold‘. Now, I search every secondhand store, every vintage shop and every hostel bookshelf, hoping to find any one of his many novels. This particular novel was found at Hoey Moey Backpackers, in Coffs Harbour, along with three other Clive Cussler books. Unfortunately, three was too many for me to carry, so I grabbed a smaller, paperback book. The Lost City follows Kurt Austin, and is like any other Cussler novel: full of history, mystery and action packed! Although I prefer the Dirk Pitt series, the story was intriguing and I finished it in 3 days.
Have you read either of these novels? What do you think of UFOs and alien conspiracies? I’d love to know your thoughts!