Hitchhiking with Douglas Adams / Summer Reading

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I often find that the Summer time is a great time to read. No school, so there is nothing more serious that you should be reading.

And you can put aside hours to disappear into the universe of a book, maybe even outside while enjoying the sun (this has not been an option in Denmark this summer).

I’ve already read a couple of books since finishing my last exam at uni at the end of June. But all the books are in one books so does it really count?
Last Christmas I got a wonderful gift from my big brother: The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam. It is a collection of all the books in the series.

If I had to describe these books with one word, it would be weird. And I LOVE it.

As many of the less positive reviews on Goodreads points out, there isn?t that much of a plot in the stories. I can?t deny that. Sometimes a book ends and you have no idea how to describe what just happened. But I love the (british) humor. All the fun little details is what makes these books special, the references to earlier stories, the language and all the impossible paradoxes.

Here is just a few things that I’ve learned:

  • I will never be able to use the word Belgium seriously again.
  • I have a new found respect for dolphins and mice.
  • 42
  • Always bring a towel
  • The universe is a joke, nothing makes sense and everything is impossible
  • The guide is never wrong but sometimes the real world is
  • Even if the world is ending: DON’T PANIC

Your turn

  • Have you ever read The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy? If so, what did you think of it?
  • What is on your summer reading list?