A new year, new resolutions. So, I'm a little late to the game, but only because I was researching and debating the list below. This year, I'll skip the normal resolutions and go for something exciting. I'll be spending more time in Europe over the next year and I can't wait to see more of this amazing continent. But I also want to take the extra time I have to do something that's good for my mind and soul. So, I'll challenge myself to enjoy a whole lot more of two things I dearly love.
Reading and traveling.
Below is a list of cities I want to visit in Europe by the end of the summer. For added value, for each city, I've chosen a book or two that in one way or another has something to do with said city. I've read a few books on the list; however I'm challenging myself to reread them before the trip to that particular European city. A disclaimer for anyone who might scrutinize my literary choices - these books are in no way meant to completely represent the city's or country's entire literary contribution. They are simply books that I think I will enjoy reading while I start thinking about visiting each city. There's Scandinavian noir, contemporary fiction and memoirs about authors doing exactly what I'm doing - searching for themselves through travel.
Regardless, the goal is to enjoy my life even a little more this year - one book and one city at a time.
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
In The City of Bikes - Pete Jordan
My 'Dam Life: Three Years in Holland - Sean Condon
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
The Dinosaur Feather - Sissel - Jo Gazan
The Hundred-year-Old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The lady and the unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - Jose Saramago
We're Flying - Peter Stamm
The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
We'll Always Have Paris - Jennifer Coburn
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Along the Enchanted Way: A Romanian Story - William Blacker
Huneduora County, Romania
The Weather Fifteen Years Ago - Wolf Haas
The Luck of the Weissensteiners - Christoph Fischer
Budapest - Chico Buarque
The Book of Summers - Emylia Hall
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne
So, what's first on the list?
Bratislava, Slovakia. I have exactly 5 days to read the book before we head there for a weekend trip.