My current reads are a mix of e-books and paperbacks, inspired by the season and the theme of travel:
A Christmas Carol
I finally read Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Actually it was a recent read that made me curious for the original: in November, I read "Noel" - a graphic novel inspired by Dickens' tale. So now, the original, in the shape of a free e-book (here's the link). It felt like stepping back in time in a digital way. And reading it, it felt like I once saw a film version after all, some of the scenes seemed like deja-vu. The story itself and the moral is touching - this question that is more present at the ending season of the year: what will remain of our life in the end? What memory or imprint do we leave in this world, a warm or a cold one?
PS: i looked for a pdf-version, here's a neat one with illustrations: A Christmas Carol – online text version
The Kindness of Strangers
A chance find, and it was the subtitle that made me pick it up: "One man's journey from coast to coast. No promises. No guarantees. An no money." Could that work, to travel, and to mostly depend on the kindness of the people you meet while passing through? And what experiences come from it? The focus of Mike McIntyre's book is on the people he meets, and on the stories they share. A different kind of tavel book. One that puts a road realization into words: that the richest experiences in life mostly haven't much to do with money.
Travels with Charley, continued
John Steinbeck's travelogue on exploring rural America: i started to read it on an island, and during the transit back home - and from there, it accompanied me through the week. This week I looked for a map of his trip, and found one, it's from the National Steinbeck Centre:
|photo by Jill Clardy (Flickr)
Journeys... into Words
One of the book joys of this week was: browsing books and planning the starting reads for the 2013 reading challenges. The first books are on the way now.. January will bring: A Journey From India (India/America) + The Elegance of the Hedgehog (France). Looking forward.
More about the Reading Challenges, here: reading challenges 2013 & sorting books by continents & finding books by place ... and the direct link to the challenge i host in 2013 is:
7 Continents, 7 Billion People, 7 Books (Link)
The idea of this reading challenge is to explore the world by books from different continents and countries, and by visiting various world lists while planning the reads, to encounter the one or other unknown angle and fact about our world.
It's Monday! What are you reading? This blog post is inspired by the blog series "It's Monday! What are you reading?" which is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. participating blogs are listed in this Linky Book List
Previous reading blog entries are collected here: bookshelf: currently reading... there also is a visual bookshelf, just click it to get there: