All Over The Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft review


I'm trying desperately to play catch-up with my book reviews, and I have one for you today which has probably made Netgalley ponder whether it's worth granting books to me. I believe that I am the world's worst Netgalley-er, even though my intentions are good and I'm always super excited to read the books I request. But, I'll stop with the self-flagellation and get to the good stuff.

All Over The Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter has to be, hands down, one of the most quotable books I've ever read. And I'm talking, Sarah Knight sarcastic...had me laughing out loud in my bed at midnight trying not to wake up my husband level laughably quotable. Because I was reading this on my Kindle, I kept highlighting and sharing on Twitter from my bed. OH, and then there was my sharing of the butthole quote on Instagram, because it really needed to be seen immediately by a bunch of  people who were going to question following me.

The book is labeled a travel book, but I'd say it's more anecdotal essays with travel thrown in. After being laid off, Geraldine starts following her husband on his business trips and writing about her adventures. She is directionally challenged, and most of her adventures would be better categorized as misadventures, but throughout the entire book you're entertained with wit and wisdom from a woman who feels no shame writing about her poop clogging the low-flow toilet in an environmentally conscious hotel or how dealing with the aftermath of a brain tumor can throw a chink in your best-laid plans.

DeRuiter is quirky and intelligent, and the writing definitely shows that off. As someone who has done her fair share of travelling outside of the United States, I feel her assessment of certain places was spot on and I could relate to a lot of her shenanigans. For years I'd have the theme song for the old National Lampoons movies going through my head anytime our family left for a trip because if it could happen, it inevitably would happen. So this book was right up my alley and totally fit my travel experiences.

I would definitely recommend giving this one a read if you're into traveling, sassy women, nonfiction memoirs and laughs. It's not going to help you find a great hotel the next time you travel to New York or London, but it will definitely make you laugh over the mistakes we've all made when we've gone on those trips. But what she really does best is ponder and assess family and upbringing, and how the place one originates can forever impact their lives.

OH, and I almost forgot!! There are entire chapters of this book that center around Ashland, Oregon...which is actually the city I was born in!! I'm not sure how I could've possibly written a review without commenting on this. DeRuiter visited Ashland with her husband and loved it so much, it's where they got married! AND she visits Crater Lake!! So, bonus points go to any book that centers around a locale that I hold dear to my heart. And Ashland has always been an incredibly cool place...and one that I would definitely like to visit again as a fully grown woman.

So, many thanks to Netgalley, Geraldine DeRuiter and PublicAffairs for sending me a copy of this book to procrastinate over. I really enjoyed it, and wanted to make graphics of a crap load of the quotes I saved because they were so share-worthy.

Okay, sorry...had to throw this one in for good measure!! LOL I've basically decided I'm going to make a quote graphic for every Vegan joke I stumble across...mainly to give one of my favorite people in the world a hard time. I love you Aja.

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