I've always been an avid reader; as a kid I used to sit in the back seat of the car with a blanket over my head so I could read and not get carsick. In university I studied English Literature as one of my majors simply because I loved the idea of going to classes where I got to read, analyze, and write about books. Obviously it wasn't all fun - try reading Jane Eyre for the fifth time - but my point is, I love reading.
When I travel I usually bring one or two books with me, depending on the length of the trip. I've tried to get on-board with ereaders, but it's just not the same as curling up with a real book. I know it makes sense to bring an ereader if you are trying to travel light, but for me I'll always bring a paper book.
Travel tip: If you're like me and prefer to bring paper books, try bringing only one and swapping at a hostel if you need a new one. The downside with this strategy is that sometimes there are no books available in your language, and sometimes the books that are available are the ones that people have left behind for a reason. But this strategy usually works for me, even if it means I end up reading a crime drama.
Since I knew I would be living in Milan for about three months, I brought four books with me when I came from Canada. I had a lot of time to read when I first arrived, so I finished those books quite quickly and swapped them out for other books at Ostello Bello and Madama Hostel. I also travelled to see some friends in Switzerland, and was able to borrow a few books from them as well. Sometimes I get caught up with reading books on my 'list', which I definitely haven't been doing in the past month. However, I did stumble upon a few good reads. If you are an expat like I have been for the past five years, check out Book Depository - they have free shipping worldwide!
This book has been on my list forever, but unfortunately I was only able to get through about thirty pages before abandoning it. I appreciate the significance of Carson's work, but the writing style and content is just way to heavy for me right now.
This book was...fine. Elenor is an endearing character, and the author definitely does a good job of making the reader feel invested in her well-being. I read it in three days and couldn't put it down, but this book is what I would define as 'fluff', and I don't feel like I gained anything from it. Good for a holiday read, but not if you're looking for something substantial.
This was my favourite book of the month. I stumbled upon this one at a hostel and had never heard of it before, but I'm glad I picked it up. Rifka creates a moving story of love, grief, and unlikely friendship in the face of loneliness, and writes about connections between people in such a poetic and powerful way. It's a sad book, but the kind of sadness that helps us become stronger people. Read this one.
I hate to admit it, but I liked this book. A baby's body discovered, and the story is told from the perspective of the different characters who are involved with this tragedy. The writing was absolute garbage, but the author had me hooked and I totally didn't expect the ending. It's a decent holiday read if you're into crime drama and want something easy.
What was your favourite book this month?
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