Saturday, September 21, 2013

K-Town Saturday Ramblings

So, as you can see from all the below posts, I have been travelling like a mad woman the last few months. As fall approaches and the weather turns colder, darker and rainier, I have slowed down quite a bit. The next trip won’t be until the beginning of October when we head to Munich for Octoberfest. Which, now thinking about it doesn’t seem that far away.

So I thought I muse on my, for now, sedentary lifestyle.

I still have yet to find a job, but have been keeping busy with my travel-writing course through Matador U. I am also taking a free History course online through Coursera. Dan is a history major and loves that shit. I never took a history class in college, so I pretty much know zero about world history. So now, we’re able to have real conversations about it. Now, that may all sound really impressive to you, but I also do things like youtube-ing “how to twerk”, watching Kid President videos and going on massive Pinterest binges.

Back to being impressive- I’m getting a lot of reading done!!

In 2012 I read a total of 6 books. Not my best, so I vowed in 2013 to read 1 book a month. I am happy to report that I have already surpassed that goal. Below are some of the books on my shelf/e-reader.

Hunger Games Mockingbird by Suzanne Collins- finally finished the series!
Mirage by Matt Ruff- it’s a very interesting alternate history novel about 9/11
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath- I fell in love with this book, especially the main character 
In the City of Bikes by Pete Jordan- it’s a fascinating read about how Amsterdam has come to have such a huge bike culture
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- wanted to revisit this before watching the movie
Sloppy Seconds by Tucker Max- Tucker is a widely offensive author coining the literary book genre “fratire”. When we travel, I read to Dan and Max’s books are hilarious for road trips.
Shit my Dad Says by Justin Halpern- yet another hilarious book for road tripping
Little Bee by Chris Cleave- I would definitely recommend this amazing, yet heartbreaking book
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- I was hooked from the first page
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda- took some time to get into, but once I did, I was hooked
Beautiful Ruins- a quick read placed in Hollywood and Italy- good beach read
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- recommended to me by Kelly. Just started but catches you right away as it’s narrated by Death. 
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain- It’s for my travel class, and it’s an old example of the first type of travel writing
The Fault in our Stars by John Green- an easy read as it is a YA book, but I loved it, couldn’t put it down
The Art of Racing in the Rain- another quick read, interesting as it’s narrated by a dog

Beyond writing, reading, history, and twerking Dan and I are vowing to explore more of our town. Today we went to De Belgium Bistro, a Belgium restaurant in the next village. As you remember, I fell in love with Belgium beer, and the owner of the restaurant drives to Belgium once a week to fill his car with all the beer it will hold to bring it back to his restaurant. I was able to drink my favorite today- Kriek!

Next up this week: Ruti Ruttger Winery and hiking the Palatinate Forest!

Shock, out.

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  1. I like your reading list! I'll be adding Little Bee and Gone Girl to my goodreads :)

    1. Thanks! They're both fantastic- enjoy!


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