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 

Rome, Italy

 

In The City of Bikes - Pete Jordan

My 'Dam Life: Three Years in Holland - Sean Condon

Amsterdam, Netherlands 

 

Angels and Demons - Dan Brown 

Vatican City

 

The Dinosaur Feather - Sissel - Jo Gazan

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

The Hundred-year-Old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Stockholm, Sweden

 

The lady and the unicorn - Tracy Chevalier

Brussels, Belgium 

 

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - Jose Saramago

Lisbon, Portugal

 

We're Flying - Peter Stamm 

Interlaken, Switzerland

 

The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman

The History of Love - Nicole Krauss

Warsaw, Poland

 

We'll Always Have Paris - Jennifer Coburn 

All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Paris, France 

 

Along the Enchanted Way: A Romanian Story - William Blacker

Huneduora County, Romania 

 

The Weather Fifteen Years Ago - Wolf Haas

Innsbruck, Austria 

 

The Luck of the Weissensteiners - Christoph Fischer

Bratislava, Slovakia 

 

Budapest - Chico Buarque

The Book of Summers - Emylia Hall 

Budapest, Hungary

 

The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht

The Sound of Blue - Holly Payne 

Dubrovnik, Croatia 


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. 

Game on. 

 

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