Books' Section

Life is revolving and offering presents; Summer is closer; work-outs are fun; racing will start next month.
I travel, create, think, read, spend great time with my brother David and my girlfriend Stephanie, either with one or the other or all together.

I decided that I will soon include a 'Books' section somewhere, probably as sub page in the 'Read Me' one.
It'll be a space where I might write a review, or thoughts, or opinion on a book, or connect to more philosophical, or practical, topics after being spurred by reading something.

The book I am currently reading is called Voyage: A Novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden and first published in 1976.

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Never Enough Books

I love books. I love reading.
They make me dream, spur my creativity, travel with my imagination - or give inputs for actual travels.

Books have been part of my life since I was born. The first adult book I've read by myself was 'The Tigers of Mompracem', from Italian writer Emilio Salgari. I will never forget it. The protagonist, Sandokan, is a pirate-hero, gentleman, adventurous, with solid moral principles but a rebellious heart.
What a better way to start my independent reading life than this?

My brother has a list of all the books he has ever read. that would have been a good idea, I would have done it too, thinking about it now.
But, I read a lot nevertheless.

I currently just finished By Night Under the Stone Bridge (1952 in German) by writer Leo Perutz.
The book is a collection of stories, set in Prague in the 16th century. They are bound together by common characters, active or just mentioned in the different stories, but also by both magical and actual historic events, also either just mentioned or actively happening.
The book, a suggestion from my brother David, who reads even more than me, became one of my favorite and I discovered the theme of the historic Mitteleuropa.

I am not catching up with the last few National Geographic issues (which I had in the US and finally got here with girlfriend Stephanie), but I am always reading a book and a magazine at the same time, therefore I am going to start another book tonight or tomorrow night.

What book have you last read? What books do you suggest me?

Due Facce della Stessa Medaglia

Traveling and reading are two sides of the same coin, as we say in Italy (due facce della stessa medaglia).
One action specifically makes your body travel, the other one your mind. They are completely different things, yet linked in the strongest way.
Not long ago I've written about how writing and literature can be deeply similar and connected.
Both require will, passion, interest, time.

Reading can be traveling, with your mind, heart and dreams - traveling can correspond to reading people, places, landscapes.
Both need direct experience, but it doesn't matter how that happens.
Paying attention helps, but it's not definitive. Natural is always better. Sometimes I want to but can't quite do it; other times it just happens, everything flows through my senses and I don't even notice until later.
The highest emotions and deepest experiences happen when they are unexpected.

These happen when you travel, and when you read.
Your mind is the most powerful element for your dreams, either through traveling or reading.

You are never alone with a book.