Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik

Book Review: One Red Paperclip

October 14th, 2009
One Red Paperclip is an amazing and inspiring read.

"One Red Paperclip" is an amazing and inspiring read.

Inspiring! Earlier this year I read the book “One Red Paperclip.” It is the true story of Kyle, a man from Belcarra, BC (near my hometown of Coquitlam, BC), who decided to trade a small, red paper paperclip for a house…Well, not directly.

Getting a house was his ultimate goal. He started with a lonely, red paperclip from his desk, and traded it for something slightly better. Then trading that for something slightly better… and so on, until he traded to a house. He started seeking trades through Craigslist (my favourite classifieds site) then later started his own website so people could see the current trade and make offers. He was also invited to many radio and TV shows to share his story.

This book is simply an amazing read. I remember hearing about this guy several years back. Then while browsing a book store in Sydney, Australia I found his book and HAD to buy it. Not only was the premise of his idea amazing, he was also from my hometown (well, two cities over, but close enough). He also wrote about making a trade at a 7-11 convenience store in Vancouver, and I knew the exact one he was talking about.

I was so hypnotized by his story that I read the entire 2nd half of his book in one sitting. I envied his adventures and felt inspired to start my own trading mission (I never did, but I was still inspired).

Click on the link below to get a listing of bookstores that sell Kyle’s book. This list is straight from his website.
One Red Paperclip: How a Small Piece of Stationery Turned into a Great Big Adventure

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for any kind of inspiration. This book gets 5 stars: District 9: 5/5 Stars

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