The following books have been read during my travels: 

1. “Mundo al fin del mundo” by Luis Sepulveda (in Spanish)

2. “Jitterbug Perfume” by Tom Robbins

3. “Globalization and its Discontents” by Joesph E. Stiglitz

4. “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush” by Eric Newby

5. “Memoria de mis putas tristes” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Spanish)

6. “Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

7. “Yoga in Ten Lessons” by J.M. Dechanet

8. “Healthy Travel: Central & South America” by Lonely Planet Publications

9. “Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal” by Zachary Karabell

10. “The Yage Letters Redux” by William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg

11. “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

12. “Sailing Around the Room Alone” by Billy Collins

13. “The Glass Bead Game” by Hermann Hesse

14. “Villa Incognito” by Tom Robbins

15. “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” by Jared Diamond

16. “Ciudadana Radio” by José Ignacio López Vigil (in Spanish)

17. “La Esencia de la Permacultura” by David Holmgren (in Spanish)

18. “501 Portuguese Verbs” by John Nitti and Michael Ferreira (An ongoing read)(in Portuguese)

19. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo (in Portuguese)

20. “El cartel de los sapos” by Andrés López López (in Spanish)

21. “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith

22. “El Bosque de Pigmeos” by Isabelle Allende (in Spanish)

23. “La cuarta espada” by Santiago Roncagliolo (in Spanish)

24. “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” by Tom Robbins

25. “Culture Smart! Brazil: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture” by Sandra Branco

26. “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis

27. “Un viejo que leía novelas de amor” by Luis Sepúlveda (in Spanish)

28. “Cuentos completos 2” by Julio Cortázar (in Spanish)

29. “The Gringo Trail” by Mark Mann

30. “Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign” by Stephan Talty

31. “The Shamanic Way of the Heart” by Luis ‘Chamalu’ Espinoza (in Spanish)

32. “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri

33. “The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head” by Raymond Tallis

34. “Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers” – Conversations between A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and Bob Cohen (Peace Corps worker in India)

35. “Brazil” by Lonely Planet Publications 7th Edition (An ongoing read)

36. “One Hundred Days Between Sky” by Amyr Klink (in Portuguese)

37. “The Brief History of Everything” by Ken Wilbur (audiobook)(an ongoing listen)

38. “Bicycle Diaries” by David Byrne (in Portuguese)

39. “The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh! of Homer” by William Irwin & Mark T. Conard (in Portuguese)

40. “Still Life with Woodpecker” by Tom Robbins

41. “Finding a Niche: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Bitch” by Moe Muise, M.A. (eBook)

42. “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss

42. “The Untemplater Manifesto” by Jun Loayza, Monica OʼBrien, Cody McKibben, Adam Baker, Andrew Norcross & Carlos Miceli (eBook)

43. “Colours of Iceland” by Thorsten Henn

44. “18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures” by Corbett Barr (eBook)

45. “The Teachings of Don Juan” by Carlos Castaneda

46. “The American Dream is Dead (Long Live the American Dream!)” by Karol Gajda (eBook)

47. “Thesis SEO for Everyone” by The Mules (eBook)

48. “279 Days” by Chris Guillebeau (eBook)

49. “World Domination” by Chris Guillebeau (eBook)

50. “Non-Verbal Website Intelligence: The 5 Visible Forces Behind Effective Online Marketing” by Derek Halpern (eBook)

51. “How to Live Anywhere” by Karol Gajda (eBook)

52. “Smalltopia” by Tammy Strobel (eBook)

53. “The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself” by Chris Guillebeau (eBook)

54. “SEO School” by Naomi Dunford (eBook)

55. “Another Roadside Attraction” by Tom Robbins (eBook)

56. “Pois não: Brazilian Portuguese Course for Spanish Speakers” by Antônio Roberto Monteiro Simões (An ongoing read)

57. “A Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musahi (eBook)

58. “The Anti-Christ” by Friedrich Nietzsche (eBook)

59. “El Principito” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (in Spanish)

60. “Focus” by Leo Babauta (eBook)

61. “2 B R O 2 B” by Kurt Vonnegut (eBook)

62. “Your Life or Your Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Acheiving Financial Independence” by Joe Dominquez & Vicki Robin

63. “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu (audiobook)

64. “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life” by Anne Lamott (eBook)

65. “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby (eBook)

66. “Poke the Box” by Seth Godin (eBook)

67. “The Heart of Darkness” by Joesph Conrad (eBook)

68. “The Big Trip Up Yonder” by Kurt Vonnegut (eBook)

69. “The Book of Tea” by Kakuzo Okakura (eBook)

70. “Cuentos de Amor de Locura y Muerte” by Horacio Quiroga (eBook)(in Spanish)

71. “The Polygot Project” by Claude Cartaginese (eBook)

72. “DIY Design & Branding Toolkit” by Jonathan Woodward (eBook)

73. “The Autobiography of Malcom X” by Kurt Andersen (audiobook)

74. “The Complete User’s Guide to the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2: Tips, Tricks, & Links to Unlock Cool Features & Save You Hundreds of Kindle Content” by Steven Windwalker (eBook)

75. “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield (eBook)

76. “The Waste Land” by T.S. Elliot (eBook)

77. “The Power of Body Language” by Tonya Reiman (eBook)

78. “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives” by Steven Levy (audiobook)

79. “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts (eBook)

80. “Scar Tissue” by Anthony Keidis (audiobook)

81. “Crowded Land of Liberty: Solving America’s Immigration Crisis” by Dirk Chase Eldredge (eBook)

82. “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau (eBook)

83. “Sour Grapes” by William Carlos Williams (eBook)

84. “The Ant King and Other Short Stories” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (eBook)

85. “Simply Carfree” by Tammy Strobel (eBook)

86. “Una luna” by Martin Capparos (in Spanish)

87. “The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11” by Edward Alden (audiobook)

88. “Larga Distancia” by Martin Capparos (in Spanish)

89. “Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World” by Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu (audiobook)

90. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson (eBook)

91. “Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming” by Peter Gorman (eBook)

92. “Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All” by Staff of Washington Post (audiobook)

93. “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Pressfield Edition)(eBook)

94. “Falcão: Meninos do Tráfico” by Celso Athayde and MV Bill (in Portuguese)(eBook)

95. “You Can’t Win” by Jack Black (eBook)

96. “Manual Del Perfecto Idiota Latinoamericano” by Plinio A. Mendoza, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Alvaro V. Llosa, Mario Vargas Llosa (eBook)(in Spanish)

8/23/11 UPDATE: My South American bike tour is over. I’ll continue to read ecclectic books on any and every subject, but this section will no longer be updated. Happy reading!



  1. Great list. If you are looking for a Tom Robbins, “Fierce Invalids home from Hot Climates” is as good as they come. You might find some commonality with the protagonist having returned from South too-goddamn-vivid America.

    • Thanks Chris, I’ve heard of this Robbins book, something about talking toasters and cannibals. I’m finishing a collection of Hunter S. Thompson interviews now, and try to alternate Spanish and Portuguese language books into my routine, but will definitely get to Fierce Invalids soon. Life is just more interesting when reading a Robbins book, ha. Pura vida.

  2. Great list. If you need another good Tom Robbins, “Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates” is as good as they get. It’s also fitting as you may find commonality with the protagonist coming from South too-goddamn-vivid America. :)

  3. mmm i love tom robbins

    • Megan, what should be my next Tom Robbins read?

  4. Never read that TR book, but heard good things.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas I read back in college, good read.

    • Just got Villa Incognito, another Tom Robbins book. Just read the cover and the first few pages, but I’m already a fan.

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