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When you make a mistake at work, in a social situation, with parenting, whatever, do you accept it and move on? Or do you beat yourself up about it?
Maybe you don’t even recognise that you’re being hard on yourself. You just think you’re showing self awareness and self-discipline. Maybe you think it’s normal to excessively dwell on mistakes you’ve made, and self-indulgent to go easy on yourself.
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I’m a big reader, a huge reader, and whenever people ask me what kind of books I read, I say I’ll read anything (which is true). However, I do have a super-weakness for a very specific kind of book. After much reading I discovered that my favourite niche is loosely bound by the following constraints:
- Travel memoir
- Written by a woman
- Not just a holiday, but actually moving somewhere
- Non-English speaking destination
- It’s not about buying a house, farm, renovations, etc. (e.g. Under the Tuscan Sun)
- Not taking kids or husband or boyfriend.
- Not too…Eat, Pray, Love
(Let’s not analyse these restrictions too much.)
I scour bookshops, Amazon, and all the libraries of Sydney’s North Shore to find new travel memoirs. I had a bonanza in Hawaii visiting a Barnes and Noble, which had titles I had never seen in Australia. I have also gotten 2 from second hand bookshops that I never saw anywhere else.
I love when I find things like “If you liked When in Rome you’ll love blah blah blah“, so here I’ll keep a collection of the travel memoirs I’ve read.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS: Note that I have linked to the authors websites where possible, rather than to a book shop site, because I personally find it really interesting to read more about the authors, although these can also involve spoilers seeing as the books are about their lives…be warned.
- When in Rome by Penelope Green *
- See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
- Girl by Sea by Penelope Green
- Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard *
- Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
- Fast times in Palestine by Pamela Olson
- To Hellas and Back by Lana Penrose
- Leaning Towards Pisa by Sue Howard
- Wanderlust by Elisabeth Eaves (breaks rule 3)
- Paris in Love by Eloisa James (breaks rule 4) *
- Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
- Salaam Brick Lane by Tarquin Hall (breaks all of the rules) *
- Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh (breaks rule 3)
- The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke.
- Henna for the Broken Hearted – Sharell Cooke *
- Me, Myself and Prague Rachael Weiss
- The Thing about Prague Rachael Weiss
- All Roads Lead to Austen – Amy Elizabeth Smith (Breaks rule 3)
- Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod *
- Single White Female in Hanoi by Carolyn Shine
- Marrying Anita, a Quest for Love in the New India – by Anita Desai
- Radio Shangrila by Lisa Napoli
- Oh Mexico by Lucy Neville *
- Only in Spain by Nellie Bennet *
- Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas
- A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
- Foreign Babes in Beijing by Rachel DeWoskin
- Marcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun (breaks rule 6)
- What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman (breaks rule 3)
- The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
- Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler
- Undress Me in The Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman (breaks rule 3)
- The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget (and others)
- With the Kama Sutra Under My Arm by Trisha Bernard
- Scoop Wallah – Life on a Delhi Daily by Justine Hardy
- The Temporary Bride – Jennifer Klinec
- Ransacking Paris – Patti Miller
- From India with Love – Latika Bourke
- Picnic in Provence – Elizabeth Bard (Author of Lunch in Paris!)
* My favourites, the ones I read again and again.