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How I Read 40 Books in 2017

I know that for many people reading 40 books in one year is nothing special, but, well, for me it is.   I love reading. But like many, I often find it hard to find the time. I consider myself a reader – I have a list longer than my arm of books to read – yet somehow I… Read more »

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The Year of The Book: 2016 Reading Review

Last year marked my first ever “Year of The Book.“ Entirely made up by myself, it was my way to bring myself back to my love of reading, to allow myself to “waste” time in the lovely, fulfilling, necessary pursuit. The year before I had read a staggering (for me, at the time) 24 books… Read more »

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2016: The Year of The Book

I’ve always loved reading. I constantly read under the covers past my bedtime or under my desk during the boring lessons at school. Every time I was sent to my room as a punishment I’d open a book. Every night before bed, on rainy days, or days without plans you could find me reading. As a… Read more »

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The Innocents Abroad

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

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[Insert Catchy, Concise, Emotional Memoir Title Here]

I’ve been in Italy over a year. So, if I was following societal constraints I should be shortly releasing my first memoir. Either that or a glass-shattering HBO television show/screenplay about four girlfriends living in New York City… Since I don’t live in NYC and I don’t have four girlfriends, it follows that a witty,… Read more »

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Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino – A Travel Book Review

What do you do when the setting of a story is no setting at all? What about when it is multiple settings at once? In Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino I explored cities through the descriptions and imagination of Marco Polo. The Venetian tells emperor Kublai Khan about each land of his empire. Since the… Read more »

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The Case For Using a Guidebook

Everybody travels differently. Some vacation, others shudder at the word. Some plan extensively, others show up. Until our recent trip to Budapest, I was a part of the latter group. I planned enough for my first international trip to Accra, Ghana to have a place to stay and a flight, which my mom’s travel agent… Read more »