What We’re Reading in Paris

May 11, 2017

If you read my last post about how to sell everything you own in less than three weeks, you know that our books were one of the toughest items to let go of (for Zack in particular since he’s a bigger reader than myself). In order to be okay with letting them go we made a couple promises to ourselves. 1. We would each pick a couple books from our collection that we hadn’t read for this first leg of our journey. 2. Once we had each finished our books we would donate them somewhere in Paris and pick up two new books for our next destination. 3. When it came to Owen we would be more lenient – 4 books total. 3 fun, longer story time books and Goodnight Moon (which we won’t be leaving behind as it’s part of our bedtime routine). 4. Whenever possible we will take Owen to a library and let him explore with the children’s books there. 5. Eventually we will make the switch to a Kindle (baby steps guys, baby steps). Find out a little more about the books we brought below.

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1. “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris. It’s safe to say this book was a HUGE inspiration for Zack to make the jump to leave his corporate job. He just finished it and I can’t wait to pick it up. Here’s a little info from The Four Hour Workweek site, “Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan—there is no need to wait and every reason not to. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.” Enough said.

2. “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown. I’ve listened to so many of her Ted Talks and podcasts she’s been featured on, I’m obsessed with any quote I read of hers, but this is honestly the first book of hers I’ve read and I’m loving it so far. Here’s a little something from the back, “Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.”

3. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. This is the novel Zack is reading right now and he’s really enjoying it. “Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?”

4. “The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion” by Tracy Daughtery. Who doesn’t LOVE Joan Didion? I’ve read a few of her books and I’ve honestly had this one in my stack to read since Christmas. Joan Didion is such a self-aware writer that I’m interested to see how someone else tells her story and if there’s different information she hasn’t revealed before. I’m also really going to push myself to finish this one before we leave Paris so I can leave it for the owner of our Airbnb, most of his books are in French, but he has a couple Joan Didion books and I thought he might like this one too!

What are you guys reading right now? Is there anything we should add to our list?

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