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15 Books You Don’t Want to Find in a Hostel Book Exchange

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These days, most hostels feature some sort of book swapping, or book exchange. Leave a book behind, take a new one for the road. What’s not to love about this concept? As hostel workers, we actually enjoy browsing the new titles added to the small collection of books available to guests. However, we’ve come across really, really weird books that made us wonder, who the heck leaves these books behind?! Should we be concerned? Should we ask travelers to show the books they’re carrying before checking them in? There is no other way than judging a book by its cover here.

1. ALL THE TWILIGHT BOOKS

TwilightWell, we dare you to find a hostel that DOESN’T have at least 38 of these books.

2. WHAT’S YOUR POO TELLING YOU

Book: What's Your Poo Telling You?We guess some travelers might be interested in this (fecal) matter?

3. GAMES YOU CAN PLAY WITH YOUR PUSSY

Games You Can Play With Your PussyNot what it sounds like… Or is it??

4. AU REVOIR , CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK

Book: Au revoir Crazy European ChickProbably something every backpacker has said at least once.

5. THE NAKED TRAVELER

Book: The Naked Traveler Pray that this isn’t the autobiography of your 60 years old hippie roommate. If so, we weep for you.

6. HOW TO PEE STANDING UP

Book: How to Pee Standing UpWe’re not sure a whole book is necessary for this. But hey, lines for ladies room just got much, much shorter!

7. HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY

Book: How to Drive a Dragon CrazyIn case you are backpacking through medieval England.

8. THE COMPLETE A**HOLE GUIDE TO HANDLING CHICK

Book: The A**Hole's Guide to Handling ChicksCo-written by the pubcrawl leader of every hostel on the planet?

9. THE BED BUG SURVIVAL GUIDE

Book: The Bed Bug Survival GuideUh oh, not the B word!

10. THE BOOK OF USELESS INFORMATION

The Book of Useless InformationTypically read by the traveler who lurks around the front desk all night long, trying to have ‘fun’ conversations with the night receptionist while sharing such information.

11. I HATE PEOPLE

Book: I Hate PeopleThat’s fine, but why stay in a hostel?

12. THE SEX LIVES OF CANNIBALS

Cannibals“Eating her out” just took a whole different meaning.

13. THE TESTICLE COOKBOOK

Book: The Testicle CookbookDid anyone check the credentials of the guy who cooked diner for everyone last night?

14. DO-IT-YOURSELF COFFINS

CoffinWhy would anyone be traveling with this book? We’re dying to know.

15. TOILET PAPER ORIGAMI

Book: Toilet Paper OrigamiIt might look cute and all but, ain’t nobody got time for that!

Tell us, what is the weirdest book you’ve found in a hostel book exchange?

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I once asked a fellow hostel worker if he was still sane after working in hostels for so many years. His response: "Well, sane is another word for boring." Here's to many more hostel years!

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