Read the Future

Read the Future

I am an English and History major in school, so it will come as no surprise that I love reading. I’m constantly immersed in a book, and some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling and Fredrik Backman. Just for reference, my favorite books are: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. While I love all of these books and could definitely re-read them on a loop forever, I think it would be good to read some other books. Who knows, maybe the next book I read will be added to my list of favorites. Below I am writing my upcoming reading list, so that if any of you are interested you can check out these titles as well- click on the affiliate link to find these books on Amazon (the affiliate link means I get a part of the commission if you end up buying the book. If you don’t want to use my link, no worries I just want you to enjoy the books for yourself!).

I try to read at least one pleasure book a month, and while that may not seem like a lot to some people, I have a full school load with lots of reading and writing so there is a limited time frame for me to read. But I love reading, and the moments of the day that I can sit on my bed with a cup of tea and pull out my book is my way of relaxing from the stressors of life. So, here is my reading list that hopefully I will complete sometime soon. I hope one of these titles grabs your attention too! (If not, try one of my favorites because they’re all beautiful books!!)

Those are the ten books on my list for now, but I’m sure I’ll find more to add the next time I pop into a bookstore. If you’re interested in even more titles, here are some books that I’ve recently finished that I think would be worth checking out: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

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If you have any favorite books, I’d love to hear what they are! Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Ciao for now!

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Venice Day 4: La Salute, Splitting Up, and Sunny Skies

Venice Day 4: La Salute, Splitting Up, and Sunny Skies

June 7, 2017 Wednesday

I started the day with class, per usual, and we discussed Henry James’s “The Grand Canal.” After the academic part of the day ended at 12 pm, my whole class, including the professor, took the 12:50 vaporetto to the San Zaccaria stop to begin a sort of field trip. Now, the weather report predicted that it would rain, but so far the sky was sunny with only some clouds in the sky.

So, we traversed the calle of Venice until we found the restaurant we had reserved for lunch. There were about 15 or 16 of us and the restaurant was pretty small, so we took up a significant portion. We were separated into two tables, and I was sitting at the table the did not include my professor. The food we ate was delicious! Each table got 2 plates of meats and cheeses and bread along with some pickles and olives. To drink we had different kinds of water: fizzy water or mineral water. Overall, the meal was one of my favorites.

After we ate, we all took a traghetto to cross the canal. Unfortunately, the boat was only allowed to sit 14, so our professor had to wait for the next one before he could join us. As we landed on the other side, it began to rain and we still had to walk to La Salute, a famous old Church that houses the painting Le Nozze di Cana by Tintoretto. We all went to see it because this painting was referenced by Henry James in “Grand Canal.” It was beautifully painted and the information about it was very interesting to read.

When we had spent some time seeing the painting, our class split up to have our own adventures. A group of us stayed at La Salute to attend the 4 pm mass. That was a cool experience because obviously it was in Italian, but it was also in a church that visitors were passing through and some would stop to watch the mass. It was almost like being in a zoo. Anyways, mass was only a half an hour, so after, we continued on our way traveling around Venice. The rain had stopped and it was a beautiful sunny sky, the kind that only happens after a rainstorm.

We were pretty tired at this point, so we grabbed the 7:10 vaporetto and headed back to San Servolo to have dinner. After dinner, we congregated because one of our friends hadn’t been in touch with us since we left her in the church around 4 with a guy she befriended talking about art. It was 9 pm and we were worried so we emailed our professor, but then about 20 minutes later our friend finally texted us back that she had been out of wifi range so she could not send or receive text messages. We were relieved to hear from her so we split off to go to our respective rooms. I got ready for bed and then went to sleep.

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La Salute

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I just thought this was beautiful. It’s some kind of stain for art that was in the window of a nice little shop.

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Ciao for now!

Book Some Time Each Day to Read

Book Some Time Each Day to Read

I. Love. Books. I love reading them, I love looking at them, and I love opening them for the first time. Books. They are a beautiful thing. Many people nowadays seem to think that they just don’t have the time to read, or they say that they “don’t read.” What they really mean is that they don’t make the time to open a book and maybe peruse a few pages each day. Because it seems like so many people can find time in their busy schedules to watch the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or Quantico, but they just don’t have the time to read a book. This is an unfortunate state of being.

What I love most about books is that there is something for everyone. Whether you love romance or action or mystery or biography etc., there is a genre and there is a book for you. The moment I open a book my mind is instantly more engaged than it was a second before. I have something to focus on and something to enlighten me to a whole new world. Books make you smarter because they open your imagination and expand your knowledge of the world (even if it’s fictional). I learn new words each time I open a book because there are just too many for me to ever learn. That’s the great thing: each new book is a new experience waiting to happen.

When I was younger, I had an obsession with biographies. You know, the kinds that are made for kids that come in a small paperback. From these, I learned so much about some of the greatest people this country has had and about some of the world’s most fascinating humans. To name a few of the people I read about: Helen Keller (she was an especial favorite of mine), Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, etc. I especially liked the fictional journals of historical princesses like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Antoinette, and Cleopatra. Even as a child, I had a voracious appetite for words and stories.

This childhood hobby has now progressed into a passion for books. I am an English major in college because of all the books I’ve read and the impact they have had on me. Reading has shaped my life. Whether it is fictional novels or historical books, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on. At the moment, I’m reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and enjoying it very much. Next up, I think I’m going to read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. While there are occasions where I do not enjoy the book I’ve picked up, these only highlight my delight when I find ones that I truly love.

At this point in my life, I find myself reading novels that are beautifully written because I feel like I can appreciate the writing now more than when I was younger. I also like to read books that are just fun and entertaining because I do feel the stress of college life. Between class and homework and papers, I barely have time to read, so when I do I want it to take me away. That is the beauty of reading: it can transport you to a whole new world, a whole new time. Books are so magical. Take the time to read and take the time to love it because you won’t regret one minute of it.

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite books in case this post has inspired you to pick one up!

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Chinese Cinderella (autobiography) by Adeline Yen Mah
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
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Ciao for now!