What I’m Reading…

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ~ 4/5

Selected Stories by Alice Munro ~ 5/5

Faust by Johann Wolfgang Can Goethe ~ 4/5

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ~ 5/5

Noctures: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro ~ 4/5

Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach by Michael McKeon ~ 4/5

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence ~ 4/5

Florence: Just Add Water by Monica Fintoni 4/5

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ~ 3/5

New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver ~ 5/5

Dali by Robert Decharnes ~ 3/5

Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ 4/5

Bossypants by Tina Fey ~ 4/5

The Uffizi: The Official Guide by Gloria Fossi ~ 3/5

Party Going by Henry Green ~ 3/5

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson ~ 4/5

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin ~ 4/5

Stardust by Neil Gaiman ~ 4/5

Divergent by Veronica Roth ~ 2/5

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho ~ 3/5

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture by G. Zygmunt Baranski ~ 3/5

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin ~ 4/5

The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys by Various ~ 4/5

Looking for Alaska by John Green ~ 3/5

Fools by Joan Silber ~ 5/5

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin ~ 3/5

Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike ~ 3/5

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney ~ 4/5

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino ~ 4/5

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo ~ 4/5

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard’s Unknown Travels by Richard Paul Roe ~ 3/5

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin ~ 3/5

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paternini ~ 5/5

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne ~ 3/4

Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Trip Across America by Brian Benson ~ 3/5

The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by Sinead Murphy 3/5

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham ~ 4/5

The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road by Paul Theroux ~ 5/5

Independent People by Hallodar Laxness ~ 4/5

The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux ~ 4/5

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson ~ 4/5

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You Never Know Where Your Journey Will Take You…

I head back to Montana in a little more than a week, and I am so surprised to see how quickly these six months in Italy have gone by. I learned so much about myself and who I really want to be over the course of this period.

I discovered that I shouldn’t give up a dream just because it’s not coming to me easily, and started really pursuing a career doing what I love, which is writing and traveling the world. I have seen success doing it, and I know I am headed on the right track–it feels like this is the path I am supposed to take.

I discovered that there is nothing wrong with me as a person. To accept Alex for who she is, not how she is viewed by others (this will be an ongoing challenge).

I discovered that being lonely is not a bad thing, that everyone is, and that it can help you take some time for you.

I discovered that anything you truly put your mind to is possible, but it might take time.

And I discovered that not all people are meant to be in your life, no matter how much you want them there.

I’ve learned limits, extended some, dreamed and hoped and learned that to turn down a life of adventure would be what I would regret the most. No one said it was easy.

But it does make a good story.

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Barcelona, Round Two…

I must admit, Barcelona was not my favorite destination the first time I was there. Part of it might have been the fact that I was saying goodbye to some amazing friends and I had been traveling nonstop for a month. However, this time I went to Barcelona with no agenda, and found that I loved the vibe of the city–my view on it definitely changed.

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What places have you been to that your perspective has changed?

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What I’m Reading…

Raise High the Roofbeam by J.D. Salinger ~ 4/5

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda ~ 5/5

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~ 4/5

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks ~ 3/5

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie ~ 4/5

The Humbling by Philip Roth ~ 3/5

Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) by Jack Kerouac ~ 4/5

Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav ~ 5/5

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 2 by Joseph Gordon Levitt ~ 4/5

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed ~ 3/5

A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler by Stephanie Yoder ~ 3/5

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert ~ 3/5

Without Feathers by Woody Allen ~ 3/5

Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell ~ 4/5

Whiteout by Ken Follett ~ 2/5

Purple Moon by Tessa Emily Hall ~ 5/5

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin ~ 3/5

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ 5/5

The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski ~ 4/5

Satori in Paris and Pic by Jack Kerouac ~ 4/5

The Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche ~ 4/5

The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari ~ 4/5

Dear Life by Alice Munro ~ 4/5

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce ~ 3/5

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ 3/5

What have you been reading?

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