31 Days of Great Nonfiction: It’s Not About the Tapas by Polly Evans

It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels by Polly Evans. Day 2 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderIt’s Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two WheelsIt's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels by Polly Evans. Day 2 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Polly Evans

I love biking-across-some-large-area stories so I was anxious to see how I liked this account of a trek across Spain. Happily, it did not disappoint.

Throughout the book Evans mentions that she’s tired. And sore. And biking is hard work. If I ever managed to go on a biking trek, I’m sure that’s what I’d be noting every day too, so I felt like I could relate to her experiences. And like Evans, I’d be thrilled that all the physical work was paying off with smaller pants size.

I enjoyed the bits of history interspersed through the account, and I found Evans’ sometimes snarky tone amusing. But then again I can be snarky. The book made me laugh, and almost made me wish I could take a bike ride around Spain.

Publisher’s Desciption:
Single, stressed, and living amid the hustle and hurry of modern Hong Kong, Polly Evans had a vision: of mountains and orange groves, matadors and promenades–and of a glorious, hassle-free journey across Spain by bicycle. But like any decent dream, Polly’s came with its own reality: of thighs screaming with pain and goats trying to derail her, of strange local delicacies and overzealous suitors. In fact, like any great traveler, Polly had bitten off more than she could chew–and would delight in every last taste of it.

Exploring the country that gave the world flamenco, chocolate, sherry, Franco, and Picasso, Polly takes us from the towering Pyrenees to the vineyards of Jerez de la Frontera, spinning tales of conquistadors and kings, vibrant history and mouthwatering cuisine. In the end, this hilarious, irreverent, always engaging memoir of a journey on two wheels unveils a lot about one modern woman, even more about an utterly fascinating nation, and countless reasons why it’s better when you do it on a bike.

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Comments

  1. Now this sounds interesting! I love hiking stories, so why not biking ones as well?
    I have a feeling my “to read” list is going to grow exponentially this month… thanks…. 🙂

  2. ooh. i love travel books. i’ll have to track this one down. I can’t wait to see what else is on your list!

    • IMCPL has all of her books (or they did at least). It’s where I got them. I’m just linking to Amazon since I don’t know where everyone who reads the blog lives to link to the local library. 🙂

  3. Here for the 31 days link up! I am finally in a season of life where I can read whatever I want, whenever I make time to do it. 🙂 So, I am excited to join you to see what you have to recommend!

    I’ve just started checking out booksales and used book stores for truly classic books. I’ve made my way into falling in love with F. Scott Fitzgerald and even found some great books from authors who only have a few books to their names.

  4. Sheila – thank you for another great recommendation! I love how you have described the books and now – I want to read both. I guess I’ll have a mighty long reading list by the time November rolls around. Thank goodness for Holidays coming after that!

    • Well I’m sure I’ll have some during the month that won’t sound as interesting to you. Either that or you really will have a lot added to your reading list. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  5. This really sounds interesting! And some of her other titles too. I love learning about places through people’s stories like this!

    • I loved the story, but if you’re looking to learn a *lot* about Spain (or the other locations she tackles in her other books), I don’t think her books are as good as some other travelogues. I didn’t mind that, and enjoyed the story being more about her experiences in those locations, if that makes sense. I preferred that to some books where I feel like the author is doing a research dump into the narrative.

  6. I love travel stories–thanks for sharing these!

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