By: Niña Bermio
Sometimes, the spark you’re looking for is nestled between a few crisp pages.

Did you ever want to go on an adventure? Sometimes you find yourself stuck in a rut, going through the daily routines and not feeling inspired. You want to get out of your comfort zone, but you are not really sure how to. Other times, you get caught up with your work and need that extra motivation to just go ahead and book that flight for a new experience.

Whether you need to be inspired or need that extra motivation, a book is a perfect cure! Here are our 5 picks to awaken your sense of adventure:

1. Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Best known for his fiction book The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote this autobiography to chronicle his profession as a pilot and his search for the meaning of life. Saint-Exupery tells stories of his flights as a mail delivery pilot, which demands him to fly over the African Sahara and the South American Andes. He tells the stories of the amazing co-pilots whom he flew with, the people in each city that he met, and how all of this made his life worth living.

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Another book about finding the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, this fictional radio series was adapted into the “increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy,” as the series actually consists of five books. The first book in the “trilogy” starts off by introducing the main protagonist, Arthur Dent, right before the Earth is destroyed by the Vogons, an alien species. Through this first installment, Arthur discovers that the Earth was a supercomputer that was designed to discover what the Question to the Answer of the Meaning of Life is.

3. Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Aron Ralston

This autobiography is written in a non-linear manner, jumping from Aron Ralston’s childhood to his experience of being trapped in Bluejohn Canyon in Utah. Ralston talks about how he fell in love with the outdoors early in his childhood, quitting his engineering career to be outdoors as much as possible, and making the decision to amputate his own arm off to escape the canyon.

4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This fictional journey follows Tristan Thorn as he attempts to retrieve a star for the woman that he loves, Victoria Forrester. Meanwhile, The Lord of Stormhold is about to die and his sons wonder who will be the next Lord. The Lord throws the topaz which symbolizes the Power of Stormhold out the window and tells them that whoever retrieves it will be the next Lord. This topaz is what knocks the star out of the sky. Tristan soon finds out that stars are actually women, and as much as he wants to return her to Victoria, the star must keep the topaz safe until the rightful owner claims it. As if that was not enough, three witch sisters also hunt the star for her heart, which they need to regain their powers.

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Without giving too much away, this fiction book imagines the conflict between electronics and books in the context of decoding clues and a 500-year-old secret society. Clay Jannon gets hired by Mr. Penumbra at his bookstore and, as a web designer, can’t help but want to upgrade the bookstore for better business. As he observes the customers in the bookstore, he starts to notice patterns and this gets him into a lot of trouble.

These books don’t even hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the selection of books that can inspire you for your next adventure. Even as you read this article, more authors are going through journeys in their imaginations or traveling the world to write their next novel. So go ahead, choose your next book, because everyone deserves a beautiful and exciting adventure!


The COHO Living Team.