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Complete reedit completed December 2020. This is not a travel book, but it has many travel stories. This is not a mystery book, but it may have evidence of a murder. This is not a tragic book, but it contains a multitude of disasters. This is not a book of answers, but it does pose the question, when does a person truly know if they have their shit together? Simon Williams h Complete reedit completed December 2020. This is not a travel book, but it has many travel stories. This is not a mystery book, but it may have evidence of a murder. This is not a tragic book, but it contains a multitude of disasters. This is not a book of answers, but it does pose the question, when does a person truly know if they have their shit together? Simon Williams has a recurring nightmare, where he goes on a hike. But no matter how much attention and planning he makes, he always arrives to the wrong destination. As he approaches 50, Simon looks back on times of learning, growth, and adventure that have taken him to Japan, Thailand, South America, Greece, and Africa. He has been to many of the right places, but always at the wrong times. A unique memoir from a unique life that is intriguing, hilarious, and yet deeply thought provoking of what happens to a man who carries around the burden of pain. Simon never knew joy till he could laugh at his own misfortune. While eventually our past catches up to all of us.


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Complete reedit completed December 2020. This is not a travel book, but it has many travel stories. This is not a mystery book, but it may have evidence of a murder. This is not a tragic book, but it contains a multitude of disasters. This is not a book of answers, but it does pose the question, when does a person truly know if they have their shit together? Simon Williams h Complete reedit completed December 2020. This is not a travel book, but it has many travel stories. This is not a mystery book, but it may have evidence of a murder. This is not a tragic book, but it contains a multitude of disasters. This is not a book of answers, but it does pose the question, when does a person truly know if they have their shit together? Simon Williams has a recurring nightmare, where he goes on a hike. But no matter how much attention and planning he makes, he always arrives to the wrong destination. As he approaches 50, Simon looks back on times of learning, growth, and adventure that have taken him to Japan, Thailand, South America, Greece, and Africa. He has been to many of the right places, but always at the wrong times. A unique memoir from a unique life that is intriguing, hilarious, and yet deeply thought provoking of what happens to a man who carries around the burden of pain. Simon never knew joy till he could laugh at his own misfortune. While eventually our past catches up to all of us.

30 review for Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Navigating life, in many ways, is like trying to fight a kangaroo you are seven. Simon Williams has always had a desire to see the world. And, as time goes on, this desire has bloomed into a full-fledged "problem". Travel is the most exciting and worst decision a person can make, not unlike experimenting with smoking crack. It is extremely addicting. In this novel, he reflects on his early childhood and some of his more memorable adventures, all the while sprinkling in life advic Navigating life, in many ways, is like trying to fight a kangaroo you are seven. Simon Williams has always had a desire to see the world. And, as time goes on, this desire has bloomed into a full-fledged "problem". Travel is the most exciting and worst decision a person can make, not unlike experimenting with smoking crack. It is extremely addicting. In this novel, he reflects on his early childhood and some of his more memorable adventures, all the while sprinkling in life advice from his many, many travels. Abject stupidity is the catalyst of unforgettable experiences for the fool. This novel was interesting, to say the least! There were several aspects that I liked - for example, I loved his take on childhood: What a great time. I loved being emotionally and physiologically undeveloped. No sense of accountability. and early-adulthood in general: They say if you haven't grown up by the time you reach 50 you don't have to. He was so enthusiastically in favor of "being a kid" as long as possible. However, the book (in general) felt rather disjointed and under-connected. Without a clear timeline or sense of a plot, it literally felt like random shots of tequila. Which is good? (At least the accuracy of choosing a title) It's not that I didn't like it, it just felt (at times) a bit abrasive, a bit off-putting and all-around odd. For example, there were several times where his random bits of advice would fall flat for me: If I took all the unfortunate mistakes I have made in life and rolled them up in a flour tortilla, I could make a burrito filled with some bloody dumb shit. (I get what he's going for, but I'm left with the mental picture of bloody diarrhea wrapped in a soft shell). And other areas of the book just rubbed me the wrong way. For example, there's his philosophy: Going 'full dickhead' is an ethereal state of being where one empties their mind of rational thought and behaves in a manner of such opposed nature to the conventions of society that both citizens and law enforcement realize it is in their best interests to just let you go on your way. Which is boils down to the author acting like a jerk to local law enforcement until he gets his way. Since this book is just shots and snippets, we don't get a whole view of the situation and perhaps there were more events that would trigger such a reaction, but as a reader, it doesn't seem too justified - both his actions and the inclusion of that moment in the novel. In addition, there were several areas that were worded oddly and really made me wonder why they were in the book at all. For example, there is this quote: (Is a stewardess still the politically correct term for someone who is a stewardess? I don't know, and I know I should probably be concerned about that, but I really don't care. This will be the first and only warning to any who is overly sensitive to things like 'words.' Since he is the writer, I will make the leap that he had ample time to look up A) whether this was the politically correct term, B) he would actually know whether or not to be concerned with his words and C) if he really wanted to warn about PC, it would have come sooner than 20% of the way through the novel. (Also for the record, stewardess is about the most "un-PC" thing he says, which really confused me - why even include the warning in the first place?). Maybe it's humor? At any rate, this book did have quite a few merits - and had several quotes that I did connect with, especially his description about what it felt like to begin his travels. As a shy, introverted young man for me to venture out into the world was the most challenging thing that I could do, but I absolutely loved it. And reading this book really did make me want to go out there and spontaneously travel! I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. Return to the hilarious, sarcastic humor of author Simon Williams with his latest novel, Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul. Here’s the synopsis: Take a FREE shot of Tequila and make some poor choices in your life.  When was the last time you laughed your f#cking arse off?  Do you feel bored, listless, and trapped? Want to take off from your life for awhile? Ever tried taki I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. Return to the hilarious, sarcastic humor of author Simon Williams with his latest novel, Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul. Here’s the synopsis: Take a FREE shot of Tequila and make some poor choices in your life.  When was the last time you laughed your f#cking arse off?  Do you feel bored, listless, and trapped? Want to take off from your life for awhile? Ever tried taking a walk in someone else's shoes… when their choice of footwear is a pair of flippers?  Three things in this world are certain. Life can be repetitive and boring. Having more money would solve 99% of our problems. Pissing ourselves laughing will make 99% of our problems not seem quite as bad, while uplifting our spirits as we wait for our lotto numbers to come in.  Soak in the literary intoxication of the Wanderlost series while you roar with laughter. On the bus, at school, or at work. The next best thing to drinking at work and your boss will never find a bottle.  The first in a new series by the author of the nonfiction, humor/memoir series Torn, Wanderlost #1 captures the humor and sarcastic wit of author Simon Williams. Already this series of books has captured my attention, leaving me laughing out loud (literally) as I read the stories the author experienced. From drunken fights about overpriced cab fares in Hong Kong that draws the attention of local police, to issues of personal space from the moment you exit your plane into New Delhi, the author uses humor to make light of otherwise frustrating struggles many travelers endure in the world. Being from another country makes world travel difficult, and only be leaning into the absurd and mind-blowing circumstances of travel can one hope to survive with their sanity intact. This is a wonderful first book in what promises to be a hilarious, laugh riot of a travel book series. The honesty and personal experience of the author blend well with the sarcasm used by the author throughout the novel. This book showcases the various struggles of going to other nations around the world, as this lone Australian citizen treks the countries of the United States, China and more. If you enjoy funny, well written and quick reads about travel, then author Simon William’s novel Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul is the book for you. Grab your copy today!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    A very entertaining read and maybe because the author is from north Queensland (like me), found it quite relatable and funny. There were some editing errors but for a free book, can't complain. A very entertaining read and maybe because the author is from north Queensland (like me), found it quite relatable and funny. There were some editing errors but for a free book, can't complain.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Flinx

    This is the kind of book that makes me want to meet the author and have a beer with him. Williams seems to have had a lot of experiences, both on the road and in certain places, and so, he presents different chapters of his own life in a funny, engaging way. The humour (or, maybe sarcasm) of the situations he finds himself in is very pleasurable. Some stories become a little to convoluted, the author rambles, and the chapter loses its main direction, only to come back to the problem at hand in th This is the kind of book that makes me want to meet the author and have a beer with him. Williams seems to have had a lot of experiences, both on the road and in certain places, and so, he presents different chapters of his own life in a funny, engaging way. The humour (or, maybe sarcasm) of the situations he finds himself in is very pleasurable. Some stories become a little to convoluted, the author rambles, and the chapter loses its main direction, only to come back to the problem at hand in the end. This can be sometimes interesting, but sometimes quite frustrating, especially if that particular chapter is less than laugh-out-loud funny.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Spink

    This was so bad that I really don't know why I finished it. I only started it because it was free. It was not worth it. This was so bad that I really don't know why I finished it. I only started it because it was free. It was not worth it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Veronika Smith

    Thank you for the free read. This book should be renamed “Greetings from Redneck Island.” Simon Williams is exactly the kind of Aussie that makes you cringe when you hear them at Check-in. It means you are going to have to pretend to be Canadian for the next nineteen hours. Some funny moments, but could use an editor and a proof reader.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This was such an enjoyable read. I love the author's humor and witty "down under" philosophies. It was so entertaining, and I felt as if he was telling each story in person. I will definitely read all of his other books in this series. If you need a break from the hum-drum occurrences in day to day life, or if you want to experience a totally all expenses paid getaway to who knows where from the comfort of your own favorite chair, or if you just need an excuse to laugh, then this book is just th This was such an enjoyable read. I love the author's humor and witty "down under" philosophies. It was so entertaining, and I felt as if he was telling each story in person. I will definitely read all of his other books in this series. If you need a break from the hum-drum occurrences in day to day life, or if you want to experience a totally all expenses paid getaway to who knows where from the comfort of your own favorite chair, or if you just need an excuse to laugh, then this book is just the ticket for you too!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elise Ravenclaw

    Not politically correct but somehow enticing At times irreverent at times funny. You will not find yourself wondering what the author is thinking. He will express his opinion loudly and clearly. I was prepared to hate this book from the preface, but the candor of Simon kept me engaged. I was also sure I would not want to continue with the series, but he is astute and knows how to keep you coming back for more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendell Hennan

    I skimmed to 48% but every time I stopped skimming, it was just a ramble on and on, usually totally unrelated. Reminded me of a weak student trying their utmost to fill a requirement of a certain number of words or pages. The sense of humor failed me as well, perhaps because we are in Covid-19 isolation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Buddy Draper

    I couldn’t even get past the preface. The writing was poor and rambling, previewing what was to come by numerous alcoholic references. I went looking on my Kindle for something to read before going to sleep and was deeply disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Laugh out loud moments Traveling builds a life of tales. In this book some of the tales will make you smile others will make you laugh out loud! Fun easy read for adults with wonderlust.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    Good essays Good essays about travelling by a native of Australia. Great way of looking at travel as more than just a destination.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Clements

    I found the stories entertaining, and it's a quick and easy read. I found the stories entertaining, and it's a quick and easy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connie Bredernitz

    Amusing Amusing,and very well written. Once started it is very difficult to put down. Buying the next book. Hope it is just as entertaining.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I read about 25% of the book and I just couldn't continue. There is so much rambling that I'd get confused. I read about 25% of the book and I just couldn't continue. There is so much rambling that I'd get confused.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    He needs to do the world a favor and stay home.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Mutters

    I loved this book, it has me laughing out loud on the train today! Great read for a journey! Not too long and blinking hilarious

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    It needs an editor. But entertaining.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Valkyrie

    DNF at 10%. From the second page, this book didn't have a chance with me. I really enjoy the genre but I found the narrative tone to be incredibly off-putting. DNF at 10%. From the second page, this book didn't have a chance with me. I really enjoy the genre but I found the narrative tone to be incredibly off-putting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gregory L. Ellis

    No hangovers here! Such a fun read. A slightly different viewpoint that is all too familiar. Just read it. You will be glad you did!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ani

    Cocky and disrespectful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Pelletier

    Edit, edit and then edit again This book needs an editor. It was hard to read due to some awkward sentences. The story is good. Just edit.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I finished this book but it was not what I expected - lots of sarcasm, rambles a lot, worst book I have read in a long time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Myra L Rice

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Toleos

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula Hannaby

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea G

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eaon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Silver_Neurotic

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Harrison

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