For my Independent Reading Book Project, I read "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne. The novel is about an English man named Phileas Fogg, his servant, Jean Passepartout, and their journey in hopes of circumnavigating the world in a mere eighty days. His motivation? Winning a bet of twenty-thousand pounds. Well, that and bragging rights. Immediately after the bet was made, Mr. Fogg and Passepartout depart the continent. In this very suspenseful plot line, the travelers jump from steamer to railway, all the while being trailed by a sneaky detective. With several twists and turns woven into the book, you are on edge from cover to cover. Moreover, in the back of your mind you are always thinking: Will they finish the journey in time?I appreciated how geographically educational this book was (although some chapters were a bit ‘school-syllabus’ type). In addition, there was always something arising—never a dull moment in this fast-paced book. Even though the character development was lacking, Verne wrote it in such a way that you felt as if you were tagging alongside the main characters, experiencing the great enterprise with them. Overall, this great read is a classic adventure story that has stood the test of time. If you want to have a laugh while reading a well-written book, "Around the World in Eighty Days" is for you!