Travel Reads - Spring 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

With the spring weather still slow to arrive in Vilnius I've been spending my time snuggled up reading at home rather than out exploring (so much rain!). Because of this, I've read some really wonderful novels that I wanted to have a little chat about my favorites. What have you been reading recently? If you have anything to recommend let me know in the comments below!




Shy Feet by Frances M. Thompson. Each short story that I read from Thompson catches me off-gaurd with her beautiful writing style, her use of words, and the surprise endings. I also love that her stories always seem to incorporate travel in some way making each story perfectly wanderlust inducing. Thompson is currently working on one new short story each month that you can get (for free!) by subscribing to her newsletter. I recently signed up for this newsletter myself and really enjoyed the short story, Balloons.

Excuse the personal plug, but for more newsletter goodness you can sign up for my Vilnius Expat Newsletter on the left side of this page.


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. I had been longing for this book since I first started seeing it pop up all over blogs and social media back in the fall. Luckily, #GirlBoss did not disappoint. I found this book incredibly motivating, clearly written, and would highly recommend it to girl (and boy) bosses of any age. I'm even thinking of using pieces of this book in one of my classes.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. This book turned out to be such a wonderful surprise when J picked it up randomly from the wonderful Pocket Shop book store in the Frankfurt Airport. He finished the book in a few days and I finished it shortly after. A Darker Shade of Magic is a thrilling fantasy novel that takes the reader through different, parallel Londons that have varying levels of magic.


For more of my recommended reads check out: Books that Temporarily Satiate Wanderlust and Books to Travel With. For what I'm currently reading check out Goodreads.

What have you been reading? What should I add to my reading list?

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    1. Me too! You should sign up for her newsletter so you get more short stories :)

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  2. This winter in DC was cold, and I read a lot, but now that spring is here, my reading has definitely slowed down. For anyone interested in Baltic history, I highly recommend "The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution". Written by an academic, Guntis Smidchens who heads up the Baltic Studies program at the University of Washington (in Seattle), the book is accessible and full of fascinating historical anecdotes, as well as dozens of translated songs.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that book recommendation! I'd love to read it! I really would like to learn more about the history of this area.

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  3. I wish I had more time for reading at the moment. I've got three books on the go, but never any time to read them. It's all going to change as soon as I have uni out of the way!

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    1. Yeah for school being almost done! I always find that I read the most in the summer because it naturally feels like vacation.

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  4. I'm so behind, but #GirlBoss is on my to read list, everyone says it's great!

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    1. #GirlBoss was on my list for so long too, and I'm glad I finally read it because it was great! I hope you like it!

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