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
Well, we dare you to find a hostel that DOESN’T have at least 38 of these books.
2. 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
Not what it sounds like… Or is it??
4. AU REVOIR , CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK
Probably something every backpacker has said at least once.
5. 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
We’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
In case you are backpacking through medieval England.
8. THE COMPLETE A**HOLE GUIDE TO HANDLING CHICK
Co-written by the pubcrawl leader of every hostel on the planet?
9. THE BED BUG SURVIVAL GUIDE
Uh oh, not the B word!
10. THE BOOK OF USELESS INFORMATION
Typically 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
That’s fine, but why stay in a hostel?
12. THE SEX LIVES OF CANNIBALS
“Eating her out” just took a whole different meaning.
13. THE TESTICLE COOKBOOK
Did anyone check the credentials of the guy who cooked diner for everyone last night?
14. DO-IT-YOURSELF COFFINS
Why would anyone be traveling with this book? We’re dying to know.
15. TOILET PAPER ORIGAMI
It 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?