09 May 2015

ARC Review: The Mystical Backpacker, Hannah Papp

The Mystical Backpacker: How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World

Title: The Mystical Backpacker
Author: Hannah Papp
Published: 05/05/2015, Beyond Words Publishing
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5
"Part memoir, part guidebook, The Mystical Backpacker invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest or walk-about. 
Tired of living a life based on others expectations, Hannah Papp quit her job, bought a Eurorail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town.  Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker.  Along the way her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit; revealing the real self she had long been missing. 
The Mystical Backpacker shows you how to identify the signs along the road that will lead to teachers and experiences that will reorient your own life map.  Ultimately, The Mystical Backpacker offers a solution, a way to break free and find your inner self, rhythms and needs, fulfilling your true destiny.  It's time you hit the road and become a mystical backpacker."

I'm not too sure about The Mystical Backpacker.  This is the first non-fiction book that I'm reviewing so I'm still trying to figure out the best way to review it.

It was okay.  It was more of a how to guide rather than a travel memoir.  I would have preferred to have learned more about Hannah Papp's actual travels.  I liked the little journal excerpts that were dotted throughout the book.

However, The Mytical Backpacker does do what it says on the tin, so to speak.  It is a guide to how to become a "mystic backpacker".  Although it did keep referring to the website of the same name.  So I don't quite understand why someone would buy the book if they could get all the information from a website for free.  Also, it asked you to flick to the back a lot of the time, which is slightly harder when it is an ebook you are reading and not a physical copy.  I also found the tone of the book quite boring in places and I couldn't always be bothered reading it.

I did think the pictures added at around 70% were quite nice and I would have liked to have seen more of them.  Such as the places she visited and not the front covers of her journals.

All in all, I'm still not too sure about The Mystical Backpacker.  Maybe it's because I haven't had the chance to travel yet that I don't quite understand some of the concepts.  I do plan to someday so maybe The Mystical Backpacker will be more use to me then.  Therefore, I would probably recommend this to people that are already planning their travelling and have set the ball into motion for going.

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  1. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one. Some stories, just don't click with us. On to the next, I suppose. :)

    1. Yeah, it's always disappointing when a book is what you expect.

  2. It's so weird that they referred to the website so often... I don't read a lot of non-fiction either! I have found a few I enjoyed though. Maybe the next one will be better!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    1. Yes, I just didn't get it! I didn't even bother to be honest either. Fingers crossed the nest non-fiction will be good.

  3. I like how it includes pictures but I'm not really a non-fiction reader. I think this sounds like it needs a right reader, like you said people who plan to travel.. Hope you enjoy your next read though :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    1. I wish I read more non-fiction but it's never the same as reading fiction really. And yes, this book is definitely aimed for a certain type of person.


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