Books

March Reading List

For the next few months, I’m toning down my travels and focusing more on revamping my lifestyle. The idea of settling down still seems like an alien concept to me, but day by day, it’s becoming more tangible.

I’ve finally found a favorite local coffee shop, I’m slipping into a daily routine, and I’m learning to find fun in the mundane.

Yesterday, I even danced in the middle of a nearby park (cue horror). I looked like a combination of a squawking chicken and Pheobe Buffay during a morning run. I have no shame.

I’m also starting to learn that travel isn’t the only thing in life that makes you richer, that there are little experiences that bring a bright smile to my face. I guess, to some extent, small moments filled with emotions are deep adventures too.

And ever since I came back from my Deep South road trip, I’ve been flipping pages, not just metaphorically but also physically. I’ve become obsessed with reading.

And this spring, I’m cozying up to a few new titles. 

P.S. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know. I’m itching to hear your thoughts.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I want to be a writer. I want to tell stories. I want to share words. I want to play with words. But I know I have a huge limiting factor. Fear very easily traps my body when I reach my arms out to hug creativity. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert introduces creativity as a lifelike force that you can invite into your life. I’ve heard the novel is warm and kind and encouraging. And I’m really hoping (*fingers crossed*) it teaches me how to fight fear and fully embrace creativity with an open mind.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Welch

I actually read Love & Gelato a few years ago, but I remember absolutely nothing about the novel apart from the fact that it was a swoony, romantic story that took place in Italy. So when I recently discovered a copy at Half-Price Books, I grabbed the spine and rushed to purchase it. Even though this is a young adult novel (that occasionally borders middle grade), I secretly adore cutesy romances.

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Hard Times by Charles Dickens

I have the world’s biggest crush on Charles Dickens. His writing is so smooth and layered. His characters are sketched beautifully, surreal but also incredibly real. A few years ago, I binge read several of his novels. And until recently, I thought I had read every book by him. Clearly, I missed one of Dickens’ most popular titles (*buries my face in my hands*). Apparently, this particular story is slightly more commercial fiction than literary fiction, but I’m still so excited to start reading this book.

Thinking, Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I don’t really know how to explain this book, but the premise seems really interesting. Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman discusses two schools of thought: System 1 and System 2. System 1 is almost impulsive, labored in emotion. And System 2 is logic-based, slow and decisive. The text, although dense, focuses on how these two schools of thought drive our everyday lives. And to be honest, I just picked up the title because it reminded me of a more fleshed out version of Daniel H. Pink’s Drive. As much as I enjoyed the content of Drive, the book felt loose and disconnected. I love when nonfiction books are chatty, emotional, or have a compelling storyline. I’ve heard Kahneman’s writing style is warm and inviting and that’s just what I’m looking for this month.

What are you reading this spring? Did you enjoy this March reading list? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you. 

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8 Comments

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    Dee
    March 18, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    I’ve heard great things about Big Magic and how it can really be a life-changing book! I bought it recently and I’m looking forward to digging in..

    As for the others, I loved Hard Times even though I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Dickens – love some of his works, while others I find really dull.

    Thinking, Fast and Slow had an interesting premise, but I couldn’t get through it and abandoned it after a few dozen pages.

    Happy reading! 🙂

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      anshula.varma
      March 21, 2019 at 12:52 PM

      I’m half-way through Big Magic right now and absolutely love it so far! Hope you’re having fun reading it too! 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you liked Hard Times (I’m a Dickens girl through and through, but I can definitely understand how some of works seem dull). I’m having the same experience with Thinking, Fast and Slow though but am hoping to push through it. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Dee! xx – Anshula

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    Sadia
    March 18, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    🙂

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      anshula.varma
      March 21, 2019 at 12:47 PM

      😊Warm wishes going your way, Sadia! xx – Anshula

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    (Hal) On'Untu Senga
    March 18, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    I just enjoyed the way you write. I always enjoyed reading since my childhood. I would be found in a Library reading. That is the way I learned a lot ahead of my age mates at the time. But for the last few decades, I have become an Entrepreneur and my reading has been mostly technical – stuff related to my work. And there is a lot to study constantly as the industry is always changing. So, this is a different type of reading. I love creativity. I do not know another way to live. We are creative beings. That is what our hearts are for. Please embrace it. You cannot fear what you are. It sounds easier than it actually is, but we really have no choice, or do we? I remember reading Charles Dickens maybe more than 30 years ago. I was in school. I never forgot his name. I have not read him since then. I also spend time in coffee houses and the park. Yes, except for the dancing part, which if I tried in such a public place, would create a spectacle. I love the park. It’s open. There is space. It is natural. And the particular park I like to go to in my city is wide and very beautiful. It is a nice place to read. Well, I would like to hear more about your adventures. It sounds interesting.

    I know, I am a writer. I have a lot of stories to tell in my heart. I just need time to do so. I am hoping that by next year, I will start writing. Right now, my Blog is technical stuff. I have not been writing as often as I should, but now, I have started writing every other day. I started this week and it is technical stuff. I take pleasure in knowing that I am sharing knowledge that can help others in their businesses. I work a lot with startup businesses. Thanks for sharing.

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      anshula.varma
      March 21, 2019 at 12:46 PM

      I know the feeling. When I was at University, I only read technical books. Swinging back into fiction and more light non-fiction is a definite change. Best of luck with your writing! xx – Anshula

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    Kate
    March 19, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    I love the book Big Magic! It is definitely very eye opening. For the other books I cannot say that I have read them before. They do seem very interesting though! I hope you enjoy them, thanks for sharing.

    -Kate
    https://daysofkate.com

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      anshula.varma
      March 21, 2019 at 12:45 PM

      Thanks for commenting, Kate! I’m loving Big Magic so far. Hope you have a fantastic day! xx – Anshula

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