The first book that began my reading & Life journey – BEYOND THE SKY AND THE EARTH: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa #bhutan

The first book that began my reading & Life journey – BEYOND THE SKY AND THE EARTH: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa #bhutan

Books – I truly believe that they changed my perspective on Life, People and things.
While I have been reading since I was a child, between Enid Blyton, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew – I grew up on the typical reading lists of the 80’s and 90’s – and boy am I glad I did – When I look back at the books I read growing up, I truly believe that I had an excellent selection of books and writing to choose from.
Perhaps, not such a popular opinion, but I feel that books then were just a class above!

The First book that REALLY changed how I read and journey through books and stories.
The book introduced me the wonders of Bhutan, teaching in another land, and traveling and living solo, especially as a woman.
Her personal journey has been a source of strength for me, and her resilience and spirit and humor in the face of the challenges she faced has inspired me, and to some part, even shaped who I am, how I handle some things, and some of the dreams I dream!

Her writing really brings alive the place and people. So much so, that I seriously contemplated following in her footsteps, and moving to Bhutan and teaching full time. I wonder what my life would have been like, and who I would have been today, if i’d taken this leap back when I read this book for the first time.

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~ Jamie Zeppa

Check it out on Amazon HERE and Goodreads HERE.

This was a very different cover from what I’d seen – and the cover itself, actually did not intrigue me. It was the name of the book, and the blurb that called to me!
There are now TWO versions of the book cover – and I like the new cover even less, and actually now, appreciate the original cover.

“Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan” by Jamie Zeppa offers a captivating glimpse into the heart of Bhutan, a remote Himalayan kingdom. Zeppa’s memoir is a poignant account of her transformative journey from a disillusioned Canadian graduate to an English teacher in Bhutan, immersing readers in the enchanting landscapes, vibrant culture, and profound spirituality of the region. ( I LOVED the imagery and descriptions).

Through vivid prose, Zeppa shares her personal experiences of navigating the challenges of adapting to a vastly different way of life while uncovering the profound beauty and wisdom embedded within Bhutanese society. She skillfully weaves together anecdotes of her encounters with locals, explorations of ancient monasteries, and reflections on the universal themes of identity, belonging, and the pursuit of inner peace.

What sets “Beyond the Sky and the Earth” apart is Zeppa’s ability to capture the essence of Bhutan through her sensitive observations and deep empathy for its people. Her narrative is both informative and deeply moving, offering readers a rich tapestry of cultural insights and spiritual wisdom that transcends geographical boundaries.

Overall, I found Jamie Zeppa’s “Beyond the Sky and the Earth” to be a compelling memoir that not only transports readers (ME!!!) to the breathtaking landscapes of Bhutan, but also invites them on a profound journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.
It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to explore the hidden treasures of the human spirit and the transformative power of travel.
This is one of my favorite books, and on my re-read list always!

Fell in love with BHUTAN & Solo Traveling & Solo Living!

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Have you read this book? or something similar? Please leave me a recommendation of books set in Bhutan, or the Mountains and a Journey – through experiences and places.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘BookishCafeBloghop2024’ hosted by Rakhi and Samata Dey Bose.
This post is part of the Bookish League blog hop hosted by Bohemian Bibliophile

28 comments found

  1. Loved reading about your life journey and the book that inspired you so much and how the authors personal journey has been a source of strength to you. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post.

  2. This sounds like an excellent book. I love reading about places and getting lost there, and I haven’t been to Bhutan. I think this would be a great way to know the beautiful neighboring country. I am already inspired to move there!

  3. Not Bhutan but I have read Ruskin Bond a lot and he talks a lot about Massoorie and Dehra so they are the mountains I have read about. I have heard that Bhutan is the happiest country. It is so peaceful. I would definitely want to read more about it. Thank you for recommending the book.

  4. I have not read a book based on life in Bhutan, so I would like to pick up for my next read ” Beyond the Sky and Earth- A Journey into Bhutan” Moreover your high praise and rating are quite compelling.

  5. Loved reading your thoughts on the book. The book sounds dreamy for every travel lover. There are many beautiful places out there we re yet to explore. I have heard so much about Bhutan and it’s beauty. Makes me wanna visit Bhutan soon. Will add this book to my list ♥️

  6. I loved Bhutan though I visited it with 20 other women. After my solo trip this year, I’m sure I wouldv’e explored Bhutan differently. I should get this one.

  7. Bhutab is on my bucket list and your review about this book making my knees week to pick this book before going on there

  8. Thank you for sharing here about the book that influenced you to live by it and prepare to visit where the story was set.

  9. This is such a refreshing post! I had not heard of this book before but always had Bhutan on my travel list. Now, I am sure I will pick the book first for all the reasons you have cited, and also, its been long since I read anything on self-journey.

  10. The book that introduced you to the wonders of Bhutan rejuvenated the travelholic attitude inside me. I really devour th concept of traveling extensively. And, getting to know about a place I have never visited through this book you mentioned is a treat

  11. Bhutan has been on my travel list and a book that speaks about the beauty of the place is intriguing. I like the way you have put forth your thoughts. I’m adding this to my tbr

  12. an interesting take indeed! Travelogues are really great books and very informative too. There used to be those little information guides about places before google came in and we could search everything on the go in hand on the mobile. Also yet to visit Bhutan, definitely on my list.

  13. Interesting recommendations..!!!
    Asian countries are always picturesque and mesmerising.. I wish to visit countries like Nepal, Bhutan and many other and yes your book recommendation is teasing me to plan a vacation.

    Thanks for writing and recommending the book which I havent heard till now. I will definitely consider this as my next pick

  14. What a beauty of a book. While neither have I read or visited Bhutan, I can for sure say that Bhutan is a beautiful country. I know that it’s the country with the highest happiness ratio. Now this makes me wanna travel to Bhutan. I am going to check out more about this book and add to my TBR

  15. This looks like such a lovely book! That picture of Tiger’s nest. The beauty of this group is that I got introduced to many wonderful titles which I should start reading!

  16. You have rightly captured the essence of Jamie Zeppa’s Beyond the Sky and Earth. It is interesting to know how Zeppa’s journey in Bhutan transcends a mere travelogue, delving deep into personal transformation influenced by a strikingly different culture.

  17. In “A Journey into Bhutan: Beyond The Sky and The Earth,” the author embarks on a captivating expedition through the mesmerizing landscapes of Bhutan. With vivid descriptions and evocative storytelling, the book transports readers to the heart of this enchanting Himalayan kingdom, offering a glimpse into its rich culture, mystical traditions, and breathtaking scenery. Through the author’s lens, Bhutan emerges as a land of profound beauty and spiritual depth, where ancient traditions coexist harmoniously with modernity. This immersive journey invites readers to embark on an adventure of discovery, inspiring a deeper appreciation for the wonders of Bhutan and the transformative power of travel.

  18. All I can say after reading this post Ishita is that you started your reading journey with a very good and unique book, Bhutan is my bucket list for long but I am yet to explore it. Will pick this book to experience what this nation can offer me as a tourist.

  19. It’s a wonderful feeling when you love a book so much. And books that transforms your life are something else. Sadly, I can’t say this about any novel.

    A lovely review.

  20. Bhutan is an amazing place. Jamie zeppie seems to have presented a good account of her events in Bhutan. I love personal travelogues and I’m sure this will definitely interest me.

  21. My first book was The Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and even I still list it among my favorite reads of all time. Firsts are always special, aren’t they? With your high praise you’ve compelled me to check out this one as well. Thanks for the recommendation.

  22. Personal travelogues interest me. This looks to be a good one to pick . Thanks for sharing this read. I’ve added to my TBR

  23. I have never visited Bhutan but would like to experience the visit through this book. If it has changed your perspective to life, then it will definitely guide others something that enhances their wisdom. Will like to read it once. Thanks for sharing.

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