Brilliant Books

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine

Travel is life changing. It opens your mind to new perspectives and destroys barriers that you didn’t even know existed in you. Books also have this same effect and when a truly excellent book is read then it needs to be passed on to others.

Throughout Jen Can Jump I write about books that have inspired me and make me hunger for a passionate life. Below is a list of every book mentioned in this blog that has impacted my life and my hope is that you will find the time to read at least one of these and see where it takes you.


The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week
The 4-Hour Work Week

A New York Times Bestseller, which promotes minimal work with maximum output so that you have the time to do those things that you are passionate about. 4HWW is a book about lifestyle design. It is a revolutionary way of seeing the world and utilising today’s technology to give you more freedom of time and place.

Mentioned in: What Gives You Life?

Check out: The Blog of Timothy Ferriss

Also read: The 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss


La Bella Lingua – Dianne Hales

La Bella Lingua
La Bella Lingua


A delightful non-fiction love story of a woman and the Italian language.

Amazon Synopsis: A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman s personal quest to speak fluent Italian.

Mentioned in: A Tale of Tenuous Links

Check out: Becoming Italian Word by Word – The blog of Dianne Hales


The Little Book of Confidence – Susan Jeffers

The Little Book of Confidence
The Little Book of Confidence

Amazon Synopsis: Susan Jeffers, internationally renowned author of Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, workshop leader and media personality offers practical advice and thought provoking tips on how to transform your fears into confidence, energy – and love.

Mentioned in: Home

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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term Travel by Rolf Potts

Vagabonding: The Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term Travel
Vagabonding: The Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term Travel

Vagabonding has a real philosophical and spiritual approach to travel whilst also offering gems of advice on every page. Rolf Potts suggests a lifestyle of simplicity; let travel be the centre of your life; work is travel and travel becomes your work. If you only read one book here then I can’t recommend this enough.

Amazon Synopsis: Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:

• financing your travel time
• determining your destination
• adjusting to life on the road
• working and volunteering overseas
• handling travel adversity
• re-assimilating back into ordinary life

Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit.

Mentioned in: What Gives You Life?

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