Mystery        ★ 

Good structure of the book
Easy to read
Easy to follow
A must read!


Language: English
Genre: Non-fiction, 
ISBN-10: 1582704869
ISBN-13: 9781582704869
Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books/ Beyond Words

All opinions generated in this review are purely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
There is something about the title The Mystical Backpacker that is quite intriguing and calls for attention. It is based on that premise that I requested early access to this book, titillated mostly by curiosity and the desire to escape far away...

"Tired of living a life based on other’s 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, Haynal 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 serves as part memoir and part a guidebook. Throughout its pages, Hannah Papp takes us on her journey and self-discovery. She invites us to embrace our inner Mystical Backpacker and to dive into self-exploration through the myriad of self-reflective exercises she has spread-out. I really enjoyed reading her experiences and then get the opportunity to practice and reflect too, through the pages of the book, as if I was on the adventure myself. The Mystical Backpacker is everything it promises to be: a guide, an inspiration, a story of a journey.

I did not find much flaws to the book. It was well structured, the wording and the imageries used were beautiful. Mrs. Papp does a good job at drawing us to her past through her journal excerpts to show us how she got to the place of happiness she is now living. She invites us to practice along the art of journaling and reflection that should lead us to discover one's self. I found the book to be a very inspiring read, especially coming back from a short escapade in the South of Texas. There were so many passages that spoke to me, and which I have highlighted and made notes of. Unfortunately, since the book has not yet been released, I cannot share with you my favorite passages. But maybe I will later on, after May 5th!

Overall, I have to say that The Mystical Backpacker does justice to its genre/type of books. After-all it is mostly a self-help, how-to book. Reading it was very easy and interesting, and reminded me of the great writing and telling skills of Elizabeth Gilbert. The book really gave me good feelings, and reinforced my desire to live a fuller, happier and intentional life. For her first book, I think Hannah Papp did a wonderful job and I cannot wait to read more of her work in the future. Until then, I will be referring back to the exercise-pages of The Mystical Backpacker and reflect on my life and on my aspirations, because the journey is yet to be over for me!

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