5 books for those not writing a novel this month

November is National Novel Writing month and while I’m full of ideas I barely have time to read a book, let alone write one! As I begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel for grad school I can hear my bookcase calling my name. Over the past two years I have collected nearly 40 physical books (not all novels) that are waiting to be read and hundreds more on my wish list.

For me, books have been a means of escape from things going on in my life. An adventure to somewhere I have yet to visit. A window into something or someone I want to be and sometimes even a glimpse into my own inner spirit. Growing up I never physically traveled to faraway places, but each day I visited places that I dreamed of seeing one day. Even though I have been lucky enough to see many of the places I read about as a child, books continue to feed my wanderlust, curiosity, and knowledge.

So here are five books that are at the top of my list post-graduation . . .

big magicBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I loved Eat Pray Love (the book, not the movie) and she fascinates me as an author and a woman who is willing to put herself out there, flaws and all, and empower others. This book is all about embracing our own curiosity and facing down the things we fear. It just sounds right up my alley.




ghost storyGhost Story by Peter Straub

I am a sucker for a good scary story and this book has shown up on lists of best horror books time and again, and I haven’t read it yet!






tastyTasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat by John McQuaid

A perfect mix of science, journalism, literature, and myths, this book is supposed to explain one of our most basic senses in a fascinating and engaging way. The study of taste is huge business right now and is only supposed to become even more important . . . I’m just getting a head start.

And if you like this type of stuff I highly recommend Gastropod podcast on SoundCloud.



500 things500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them by Jane Stern and Michael Stern

This goes along with my desire to overcome fears (there are foods I am afraid to eat) and, of course, feeds my wanderlust. I have enjoyed many other projects from the James Beard Award-winning Sterns and I’m sure this will be no different. Besides, I really want to introduce Olivia to as many places and foods as possible while she is still young . . . especially if they might not be around for when she is older.



mfk fisherThe Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

I started this in undergrad and never got around to finishing it. I feel like finishing grad school is sort of the beginning of taking care of things I said I wanted to do in life and this book has been on that list for a LONG time!





What books are enjoying? I’m always looking to add to my list 🙂

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