Life of a Bookworm: December Picks

“Creativity does not happen when we withdraw from the material world, but rather, when we engage with that world, and all of its messiness.” – Eric Weiner

Fiction has always been my favorite (and always will be) but lately I’ve been reading a string of non-fiction novels and I’ve really enjoyed the change! It’s mind blowing how many fantastic novels exist out there regarding every topic imaginable. I’ve developed a new love of travelogues (why I didn’t read this genre before since I love traveling is beyond me) and it has also been really fun to expand my knowledge on a variety of other topics – nutrition, the food industry, philosophy, yoga, horseback riding…the list goes on! Both of the books I am sharing with you in this post are non-fiction and involve travel. I hope one or the other catches your eye!

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11 Foods To Try in Romania

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Over the past six or so years I have become quite familiar with Romanian cuisine. Dan and his parentsĀ are from Romania so every meal we have is laden with dishes that were once foreign to me but are now, after many nights of pronunciation lessons, staples of family dinner. That being said, I did try a few new types of food during my recent trip to the country. Check out my list below for 11 foods to try in Romania!

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Thai Coconut Green Curry + Zoodles

I’m all for sneaking extra veggies into my diet, which is why I love substituting zucchini noodles for regular ones in recipes. If you’ve never tried zoodles before, buy yourself a spiralizer ASAP! It’s definitely a must-have kitchen accessory for me now. Many different kinds of vegetables can be spiralized but my favorite is zucchini, especially in dishes like the following Thai coconut green curry. Warm, flavorful, and a little spicy, this curry is full of good-for-you ingredients and makes for a great lunch or dinner!

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Life of a Bookworm: November Picks

“A man without a book is blind.” – Icelandic proverb

Another November come and gone! The books I am sharing with you this month are set in two of my favorite countries, Iceland and India. Both novels gave me new insight into these wonderful places and a better idea of what it would be like to live there.Ā Names for the SeaĀ is a modern day memoir whileĀ A Passage To IndiaĀ is a fictional classic. If you have any interest for either Iceland or India then I recommend giving these books a read!

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Life of a Bookworm: October Picks

“our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry” – Rupi Kaur

October’s book picks are two complete opposites; one is a collection of poems, the other an autobiography. Both are great reads! Enjoy!

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Life of a Bookworm: September Picks

“We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.” – Robert M Pirsig

Two fantastic novels for you this month. One was recommended to me by a friend, the other by her husband. I learned quite a bit from both of these books and they are ones I will most likely read again. It definitely pays to have literary-minded friends! šŸ˜‰

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Steirereck, #9 Best Restaurant in the World 2016, Vienna

While in Vienna Dan and I went to Steirereck for lunch and it was without a doubt the best meal I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The food was fantastic, everything you would expect from international fine dining, and the service impeccable. The restaurant itself is a beautiful, modern cube building in Stadtpark, meaning City Park, located in the heart of Vienna. The restaurant has been family owned for generations, holds two Michelin stars, and was awarded 9th place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016.

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Life of a Bookworm: August Picks

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

I know, I know, not a whole lot happening on the blog lately other than these book posts. I’ve been quite busy recently, what with our trip to Europe happening in two weeks (yay!!), a few school courses to finish, horseback riding lessons, attempting to write my own novel, and an increase in yoga classes to teach as we gear towards fall. Not to mention all the fun summer activities to do. However, no matter how busy I am I always find time to read. The following two books are extremely different; one is a great addition to any book shelf, the other especially so if you are a Harry Potter fan!

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Life of a Bookworm: July Picks

“To be creative means to connect. It’s to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.” – Nawal El Saadawi

Happy July! Isn’t summer just fantastic? I can’t get enough of this weather and all the wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventures to be had. That doesn’t mean you have to give up reading, though – it’s the perfect timeĀ to grab a great book, head to a park, and lounge around while reading in the sun!

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Life of a Bookworm: June Picks

For June I am sharing two very different novels with you: one is a non-fiction account of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, one of the most terrible attacks in the world’s history; the other novel is a fictional story of a mythical town called Macondo. I thought the former far more interesting than the latter but they are both definitely worth a read!

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