Links I love around the internet and beyond

by Kim on May 15, 2013 · 16 comments

A compilation of stuff I love around the Internet and beyond.

Books on writing

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. Simply the best book about writing that I have ever read.

birdbybirdBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. A book to help you find your passion and your voice when writing.

On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King. A memoir of Stephen King’s experience as a writer. Filled with tips and advice on writing.

Good books I’ve read recently 

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue. A book about Jack who lives in an 11-by-11-foot garden shed while his mother is held against her will.

The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy. A haunting and memorable story about the childhood of twins in Kerala, India.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The chronicles of an Olympic runner turned World War II airman whose bomber crashes in the South Pacific

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. A story of life and death in a Mumbai slum.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. A classic, bestselling guide to financial success.

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche. The true story of a girl who confronted her fears for love by sailing the ocean with a handsome man she met in a bar.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. A riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine and the woman behind the HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain. The passionate and poignant love story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson.

Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss. A tragic novel of personal stories linked by a powerful desk.

Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi. A collection of stories about Indians living in America.

The Odyssey: A Dramatic Retelling of Homer’s Epic by Simon Armitage. Homer’s epic as adapted by BBC radio. An enjoyable read.

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace. A short but powerful story based on the author’s commencement speech given at Kenyon College.

Blogs

Danielle LaPort | Almost Fearless | The Fearful Adventurer | Edenland | Bridges and Balloons | The Great Affair | The Art of Nonconformity | Alexis Grant | and travel blogs I follow

Good advice and inspiration

Do not do shit just to please your parents. A sermon on life by Danielle LaPorte

I’m going crazy in my job. A salon.com advice piece I’ve read at least five times

The fringe benefits of failure. A commencement speech by J.K. Rowling

You’ve got to find what you love. A commencement speech by Steve Jobs

How to be hopeful. A commencement speech by Barbara Kingsolver

Your elusive creative genius. A TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Carmel May 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

Well I know where to go if I need something to read when I’m bored. Thanks for all the great links!! And for the mention on your fabulous blog! <3
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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:33 am

I bet you’ll have a few long days at work before September ;)

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Thomas Dembie May 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for the links! I’ve been looking for a good book for my next trip and you’ve given me a few great options!
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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:33 am

I’m so glad! Enjoy the reading!

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Caitlin May 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

Oh – I just picked up The Paris Wife the other day – now I’m even more excited to start it!

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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:34 am

It is SO GOOD. You’ll love it Cait.

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Penny Mercier May 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Kim- Love the list of reads. Here’s one that might speak too: http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/
Available in book form as well. All the best in your travels.

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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:34 am

Thank you, I’ll make sure to take a look.

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Sam May 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love The God of Small Things! I need to read that book again.
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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

It’s beautiful, isn’t it. Quite stirring reading it while in India.

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Sarah Somewhere May 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thanks for the great list Kim, I love your recommendations, Liz Gilbert’s Ted talk was amazing!! I was just wondering the other day if you had read ‘The God of Small Things,’ and thought, ‘oh no, she hated it!’ So I’m glad it made the list! Now I have to read some of those writing books, stat!
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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

No, no, I loved it. Except I keep thinking of my age now as a “viable, dieable age.”

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Judy Weber May 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

Was intrigued by The Paris Wife, so I immediately placed a hold on it at my local library and picked it up yesterday afternoon. I LOVE IT! Thanks for the suggestion.

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Kim May 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

It’s so good. I’m glad you love it!

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Trish Moratto May 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

I just read Beyond the Beautiful Forevers too. Very eyeopening about all the bribes. I guess that’s normal in many developing countries.
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Kim May 31, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Great book, isn’t it? And sad and scary and frustrating to know that so many governments work that way.

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