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10 INSPIRING TRAVEL COFFEE TABLE BOOKS

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I have a great love of books and cozy spaces. I take great comfort in lounging on the couch near my bookshelves and indulging in some hard earned me time. When I’m not traveling of love perusing images and books for inspiration. Once my imagination gets going my creativity really begins to flow.

These books are truly beautiful to look at.

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Follow Me To

The Follow Me project was created in 2012 based on the concept of showing the beauty and uniqueness of different locations around the world. It is a story told through the eyes of two ordinary travelers who attempt to portray local lifestyles and narratives by means of photography. 

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The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World 

From Lonely Planet The world’s leading travel guide publisher.  Take a journey through every country in the world.

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Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips

Pack your suitcase, load up the car, and head for the open road! In the tradition of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s award-winning annual feature showcasing the world’s best auto trips, National Geographic presents Drives of a Lifetime: Where to Go, Why to Go, When to Go. This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner and gift book gives you every bit of information you’ll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world’s most fascinating locales.

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Beaches 

Gray Malin is the artist of the moment for the Hollywood and fashion elite. His awe-inspiring aerial photographs of beaches around the world are shot from doorless helicopters, creating playful and stunning celebrations of light, shape, and perspective, as well as summer bliss. Combining the spirit of travel, adventure, luxury, and artistry, Malin built his eponymous lifestyle brand from a deep passion for photography and interior design.

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Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country 

From Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel guide publisher, Wine Trails, the first book in Lonely Planet’s “Perfect Weekends” series, introduces the secret gems in well-known regions such as Napa and Sonoma, Tuscany, Burgundy and Rioja, and also explores off-the-beaten-path regions in Georgia, Greece and beyond.

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Paris in Color 

Take a journey through the world’s most romantic city, traveling from color to magnificent color with this beguiling book. An orange café chair, bright blue bicycles against a fence, a weathered white door—Nichole Robertson’s sumptuous photographs of the distinctive details of Paris, all arranged by color, evoke a sense of serendipitous discovery and celebrate the city as never before. At once a work of art and a window into the heart of the city, Paris in Color will surprise and delight those who love art, design, color, and, of course, Paris!

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The Seasons of New York

New York is one of the most ever-changing and photogenic places in the world. Featuring full-color photographs of well-known landmarks from all five boroughs—from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to South Street Seaport, as well as secret treasures throughout the city—this visual celebration of New York in all of its seasonal splendor is a perfect take-home souvenir for a tourist or a treasured gift for a resident New Yorker. 

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See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay

From internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives readers an insider’s tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith’s unique lens. Organized by neighborhood, each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hot spots, revealing why so many people, Victoria included, fall head over heels for this amazing city. Brimming with original, dreamy photography and packaged as a gorgeous jacketed hardcover, this lovely book makes a perfect gift for photography fans, San Francisco dwellers, visitors to the city, or those who have left their hearts in San Francisco.

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The New York Times: 36 Hours

To travel in North America is to face a delicious quandary: over these vast spaces with so many riches, from glittering cities to eccentric small towns and heart-stoppingly beautiful mountains and plains, how to experience as much as possible in limited time? The New York Times has the answer, and has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column for over a decade. 

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Great Escapes Italy 

To travel through Italy is as close as one gets to being in paradise. For centuries, writers, artists, architects and merchants have been drawn here, inspired by the beauty of Venice, Florence, Naples and Rome. Countless books, paintings, poems and sculptures are evidence of its undying appeal, and over the past 60 years, the country has become one of the world’s top travel and holiday destinations. The loveliness of Italy—its architecture, landscapes, culture and food (some of the world’s finest!) — if not eternal, is certainly enduring, and the easy-going and relaxed Italian lifestyle, il dolce far niente, is still unrivaled.

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Books that Will Make You Want to Travel

My daily reading habits include news and social media but in addition I try to always have some fiction and non-fiction to read. I particularly love books that inspire me to imagine and create.   Just like reading travel expands our minds, our horizons and limits. Reading fills us with knowledge, mental stimulation and of course entertainment. The wonderful thing about books is you can take them anywhere. You can stash a whole library on your phone.

Here a few books that will inspire you to travel:

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The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 

— Paulo Coelho 

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” 

— Paulo Coelho 

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” 
— Paulo Coelho 

 

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On the Road

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” 

— Jack Kerouac 

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” 

― Jack Kerouac

 

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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

“Everything in the world was in precarious balance, pure risk, and those who didn’t agree to take the risk wasted away in a corner, without getting to know life.” Elena Ferrante

“Nowhere is it written that you can’t do it.”  Elena Ferrante

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”  Yann Martel 

1000 Places to see before you die

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

It’s the journey of a lifetime, every month—and the perfect gift for the traveler and anyone who dreams of traveling. Written by Patricia Schultz, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, and illustrated with full-color photographs, each month is a to-die-for itinerary. Discover exotic and culturally rich Uzbekistan. Cruise America’s “favorite drive” in autumn, the winding Blue Ridge Parkway. And experience the light that captivated so many Impressionist painters in Normandy. Each month features a large photograph, smaller images throughout the grid, a map, must-see attractions, and local history.

“If you’re waiting for a special occasion to make your next trip happen, then consider this: The day you get off the couch and head for the airport, that’s the special occasion.” 

— Patricia Schultz 

“As Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick, I had “an everlasting itch for things remote.” 

— Patricia Schultz

 

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Pay It Forward

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I just finished reading, “Looptail How One Company Changed the World” by Bruce Poon Tip.  I picked it up because it was on one of those best business books of 2013 lists and more specifically because it was a travel company.  I’ve been wanting to travel more and trying to find creative ways to do so.

The book is a great read for those interested in leadership and testing out different business models especially for company’s going through growth looking for new strategies.

I found the book inspiring because it’s an example of a company who has incredible growth and did so without comprising on their ideals.  If you think success means you’ll have to sell out one day here’s a real example of that not being true.  This company was able to thrive while paying it forward and helping local communities to grow and prosper.  Because of the prejudice he encountered as a child he celebrated the uniqueness of people who collectively could achieve the extraordinary.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“It’s about paying it forward, finding purpose and infusing your work and life with it, you create the conditions for your own success.”

“How you view the world is linked to your influences and the world is a reflection of your consciousness.”

 

What are you reading?  Do you have any recommendations for me?

 

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Benefits of Reading With a Purpose

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As an avid reader I devour articles, magazines and books on a daily basis.  I guess that’s why I’ve never made any formal reading goals.  It’s something I already do, but seeing others create reading goals for the new year made me want to take my reading to another level which is reading with the purpose to acquire and use information.

Reading to Learn

Writing better will always be a goal of mine.  The first two books I’m reading this year are about writing.  I’m re-reading Syd Field’s, Foundations of Screenwriting.  It helps me to look at the plot of the story I’m working on and strengthen it.

The second book I’m reading is Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole.  If you are writing for young adults or middle grade I highly recommend it.  This is one of the best books on writing I’ve read.

Reading to Acquire New Information

There are things I want to learn like how to best handle my finances, business and marketing.  I’ll be reading books on these topics and I’ll share them here and on Goodreads.  Please share your recommendations in the comments.

Reading for fun

I also like to read for pure entertainment especially fiction.  Next on my to read list is one I picked up at the Miami Book Fair.  It’s a book of short stories called: The  Vintage Book of Latin American Stories.  There are some classics stories in there like Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph but also many other great gems I hope to discover.

Some of my favorite books are:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories by Women Celebrating Women by Sue Thomas
  • The Dragon Tattoo Series by Stieg Larsson
  • The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature by Ilan Stavans
  • The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
  • Puerto Rican Obituary by Pedro Pietri
  • The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

 Benefits of Reading

10 Benefits of Reading

Mental Stimulation

Improve Memory

Acquire Vocabulary

Boosts Analytical Thinking

Improves Empathy

Improve Writing Skills

Increase Emotional Intelligence

Expands Your World View

Makes You Look Sexy

Entertainment

If you’re on Goodreads you can check out what I read in 2013.

Your turn, tell me what you’re reading?

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”  Gustave Flaubert

“We read to know that we are not alone.”  William Nicholson

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”  Fran Lebowitz

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”  Mortimer J. Adler

Update: I found an old Vine video with some books from my shelf.

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I’m Searching For Latino Literature Sources #Latinolit #Books

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” 
Fernando Pessoa (The Book of Disquiet)
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Stuff on my bookshelf.

I am compiling a list of Latino literature sources.  If you have a website or page please list them in the comments and I will add them here for now.

Here are a few resources I know of already:

On twitter you can search the tag: #LatinoLit

I have a long list of books I’ve read on GoodReads.

FaceBook Pages:

Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase

Las Comadres
Las Comadres website with book club selection listing.

Libro Traficante

Websites:

Literary Latino
Latino literature and particularly Latino fiction.

Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani Latino Books Examiner

The Hispanic Reader

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“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” George Washington


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Writing a Young Adult Fantasy Serial Story ~ Letters to the 5th Direction

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I’ve been working on a Fantasy Saturday Serial titled Letters to the 5th Direction, with award winning author J.R. Turner. The story is the fantasy adventure of 12 year old Julie who inherits the 5th Dimension from her grandmother.

It has been a great experience collaborating with someone so talented who allows me to run away with my imagination. Jenny has also contributed the most fantastic illustrations to go with the story.

If you haven’t already you can catch up with the series at the following links.

I hope you enjoy reading them.

Episode 1: Fairy Flight North
Episode 2: The Rolling Trolls
Episode 3: Waves, Caves & Warriors
Episode 4: Merciless Dreams
Episode 5: Battle at Sky Bridge
Episode 6: A Royal Journey
Episode 7: Off to Grandma’s Castle

Episode 8: Coming Soon

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