5 books I’m reading right now

28/05/10

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Sometimes I am so inspired, so eager to learn, so excited about everything that I don’t know where to start. I have problems focusing on one thing at the time. Do you ever feel this way? I’ve been thinking so much lately about what I want to achieve in life, where I want to go and how I want to live. You might even go so far as to call it the Quarter Life Crisis that Dream. Delight. Inspire. is talking about. Anyways, at the moment I find myself reading 5 books at a time. So, I thought I’d let you get a peek into my life and share what I’m reading about right now:

1. Travel Writing – Lonely Planet

This is the most exciting book I’m reading at the momebt. . I love travelling and I love writing. I have tons of guidebooks and I always read a lot about the places I’m going. I think this might be it; my passion! So far the book is really interesting with advice, writing examples and exercises. Does anyone share this passion with me? If you are interested in travelling and writing, check it out! I also recommend everyone to check out Travel Photography too.

2. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Over the past years, I have been reading quite a few novels that take place in India. A lot of people has recommended this book (including the girl at the bookshop, so I decided to give it a go).  So far this novel is captivating and interesting. The plot is centered around different people who meet in the turbulent times of 1975-77 in Mumbai.  What I love most about this book is that it is huge! I love novels that don’t end before they start.

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Ok, this book is a true classic. If you want to improve your people skills (I admit that I do), this is the book for you (and me). I only have a few chapters left, and so far I have learned a lot about people. I think this is the kind of book that require some work, one reading is not enough. Re-read a chapter every once in a while, and really try to work on your skills. Soon it will become a habit. If people skill can be learned at all, this is the textbook to use.

4. Invisible – Paul Auster

This is the first book I have read by Paul Auster. Have you read The New York Trilogy? I found this book interesting and a little surprising. I don’t really want to say too much about the plot, but I can say that the main character is a young aspiring poet from New York. The story is about how he looks back at his life, his choices and the twists of fate. Definitely and interesting book!

5. India – Lonely Planet

I don’t know if this counts as a book I’m reading, browsing is a much better word. I love guidebooks! Buying and reading a guidebook when I have decided to go somewhere is part of the journey, in my opinion. I have already started to think about the places I’m going to visit, the hotels I want to stay at and the food I’m going to be eating. I love the sections on culture, food and activites. I’m already dreaming of elephant rides, yoga and tikka masala!

What are you reading at the moment? What are you planning to read this summer?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

PinkBow May 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

isn’t this the most beautiful image! i’m trying to read more to at the moment.

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state of sunday May 31, 2010 at 1:36 am

i just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” about the what it takes to be successful – the nature vs nurture debate. Strongly recommend it if you like non-fiction..

At the moment I am reading Forever by Pete Hamil, great book which is a bit of a fantasy… Young Irish boy travels to New York to seek revenge for the murder of his father.. and becomes immortal as long as he stays on manhattan island..

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Kimberley May 31, 2010 at 6:34 am

Thanks so much for the link Marthe. ‘Travel Writing’ sounds like a great read. I’m definitely going to add it to my reading list. Thanks!I’m also trying to find a really good Marie Antoinette biography. xx

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and flowers pick themselves May 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

i adore anything lonely planet. so inspiring + smart.

xo Alison

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Lenneke June 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hi Marthe,

Thanks for your comment! It really is such a nice place with delicious food!

I am going to check out your link about traveling and writing. We just made a 100 day trip in Asia and I kept a diary but not interesting/ fun for others to read. And I today I received a book by Jhumpa Lahiri about Indian imigrants in the US. Have you heard about it? It must be really good!

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