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Nomad

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I apologize for not getting to my review for this book sooner. I absolutely loved this book and really enjoyed flipping through it. I loved getting to know the different people they featured, and the bios were well-written and engaging. I actually got so invested in learning about these people that I went over to Instagram and followed them afterwards. The book itself is photographed well and has a sunny timeless vibe to it. I loved this book so much when I read the ARC last year that I ordered a copy for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who have been looking for the right van to move into for ages. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is. 5 stars!
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As someone who really likes to daydream about like, fixing up a van and living out of it for months at a time while I travel wherever my heart desires, but who in reality would probably totally hate that, this kind of book is really appealing. I get to live vicariously though the people who actually go through with it without having to do all the fixing up and driving. I'm fascinated by the concept and I admire those who can do it, and it's so interesting to see what a huge range of experiences the subjects have, from the surfers who live out of a super basic cargo van for half the year to the couple who builds a tiny house that mostly stays in one place, and the different ways they go about making money - working on a farm, doing web design and photography, fabrication that can be done in their tiny home. Beautiful photography too.
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Thanks to Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I requested this book because I have always been interested in the nomadic lifestyle. I honestly didn't read anything about it beforehand, I just really liked the cover. I requested 2 others at the same time as this one and this is the only one I gave four stars to. My complaint about the other two books was that there were no pictures to go along with what they were describing. This book was the best of the three for many reasons. First off, it was separated into sections about the different kinds of nomadic lifestyles. The van lifers, the skoolies, the tiny house, the RV and so on. Secondly, it introduced us to several people/couples that were already living this lifestyle and what drove them to do it. I loved reading their stories of how it all got started. But, most importantly, there were SO many awesome pictures that went along with the stories. If I am being honest, it totally made me want to ditch everything and head off to do my own nomadic living. If my husband and I were younger, we probably would have considered doing this and had a great time doing it. I recommend this book to anyone that is also drawn to this sort of lifestyle.
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This was an intriguing book, and the accompanying photos were gorgeous. The title- Nomad- refers to people who have rejected the traditional "3 bed, 2bath, 2800 sq foot" homes of western society in search of a different type of life-style. The nomads featured in this book are making their homes in vans, boats, RVs, skoolies, airstreams, and other tiny homes. Some are primarily stationary, most are more transitory. Many were from the US, though others were from Australia or Europe.

I had just finished reading and reviewing a different book about skoolies, and that book was more of a step by step guide to building and creating a home out of a school bus. This book, by contrast, was short on instruction and long on inspiration- which is perfectly necessary as well, of course.

The first 80% of the book features short overviews (8 or so pages each) of each of the "nomads"- the stories of their lives, their relationships, what lead them to choose this life, the evolution of their homes and journeys, etc. Their stories were varied, and held my interest to differing degrees. The embedded photos added significantly to the presentation (side note: in my opinion, the photos were the most compelling feature in this book). 

The final 20% of the book moved in a sharply different from the first portion. There was a section on bathrooms, a section on storage solutions, and then small segments on useful little gadgets, small details you should know before adopting this lifestyle, etc.  This last fifth of the book felt a bit disjointed, in my opinion, and seemed to have a purpose that was not in keeping with the purpose of the larger part of the book. I wonder if it would have made more sense to include some of these details in the individual chapters- perhaps one page of specs and advice from each nomad? In any case, if you are curious about the tiny lifestyle, this book would be a great way to gather information. 

I received an ARC of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My thanks to the author and publisher for this opportunity. #Nomad
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Each entry of the people feels like a magazine article. The book itself in the entirely feels like a large magazine. While there are some specific aspects discussed, nothing is very concrete. The last chapters provide more information on some storage solutions or how some of the nomads tackled the bathroom problem. The table for pricing of different options is nice, except the ranges are so far apart that it actually doesn't mean much. 

Then we have a section where very specific information would be nice, but instead is more like a jumping off point, referrals of where to go find more details. Products that one might like, or find useful in small living is provided as well, which I found to odd in a book, but a magazine features this aspect all the time, all that was missing was the pricing. All in all it left me with the feeling of lack of substance, just surface information.

The text formatting of the book is awful! A sentence is broken with page breaks and photographs. When reading a section mid-sentence you have to turn the page, then you have images to look at with captions and it's very disorientating. You loose the sentence. This aspect does not make the book fell well designed. 

Despite all of this I feel like the book is a good place to start if you're curious about downsizing or nomadic living. It isn't anything new, people have lived on their sail boats, or house boats, tiny spaces for a very long time. Yet here you find how some people have made it work. 

This would make a good coffee-table book. One to browse through and read one or two stories and put down, glance through at another time.
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Fun, creative, informative read that proves that not all who wander are lost but might just happen to have an adventure up their sleeves. 5/5 stars for the adventure of a lifetime.
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4 1/2 stars -
What a fun and interesting book! I'm fascinated by this type of lifestyle, and seeing all the clever and creative ways these people use to accomplish their dreams is a real inspiration. This is a lush, lovely book, with beautiful photographs throughout. I particularly enjoyed reading about the lives of the nomads in this book, and how they managed to go from more typical lifestyles to one that would better align with their desires. The practical advise was also excellent, providing a nice road map for others who want to pursue their own nomadic ambitions. Great read!
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I loved this book!  So neat to see how people have taken small places and made them seem cozy but yet spacious.  I also loved how the couple from Squamish also has a laboratory for soaps, etc.  I live in BC and will have to look into their products.  So many of the people I read about in the book...I went and looked further at their social media pages
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I'll be using this in an upcoming review. It a beautiful book, and it really hits on the nomad-style that's so popular right now.
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I love that this book was mostly about the people and their chosen pared down lifestyles, how they came to live in tiny dwellings and some of the choices made in choosing or designing their small spaces. People come to living tiny for a variety of reasons and Emma Reddington has done a wonderful job of curating the stories and homes of a wide range of people from different parts of the world on these pages. 

The dwellings range from what many think of when they hear tiny house (a tiny house on wheels) to converted buses and vans, boats, RVs and travel trailers and yes, tiny homes on (and off) wheels. Tiny home dwellers are grouped into categories that best suit their reasons for going tiny - adventure seekers, dreamers, minimalists and escapists - though as expected, there's a lot of crossover. After the stories comes a detail section on types of bathrooms and storage systems and the pros and cons of each. 

This is followed by a section on things to ponder. Why do you want to go small? Where do you start looking for a tiny space to make your own? How much should you expect to pay? Realities of living in such small spaces are discussed - is not all rainbows and sunshine! References are given for some handy products, fixtures, textiles, heating and cooling methods and more. There's even a list of sites to check out for rentals so you can give this lifestyle a try before jumping in with both feet. 

The photography throughout is well done, showing not only the details of the various tiny dwellings, but also the picturesque parking spots many have chosen either permanently, semi-permanently or be it ever so briefly. This book would be great for anyone dreaming of ditching a more traditional lifestyle and going tiny. Lots of great food for thought here along with practical advice. 

Thank you to Artisan Books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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