A little over a month as passed since my last update on WordPress—quite a long period for me to go without blogging!
This is not to say that I haven’t been writing, of course. Over at Medium, I am working on figuring out how I want to write differently, somehow in a more inspired way.
If you follow me on my social networks, you’ll already know that I have been traveling quite a bit these past few weeks, spending a majority of my time so far in the Bay Area.
Now that I’m back from my travels to Boston, Northern California, Seattle, and New York—and with two months before my next big trip to Europe and Japan (that is, unless I decide to escape somewhere sooner), I’m going to return my focus on developing my writing, while working on my 2017 resolution to read 26 books!
By the first week of February, I am on track to finish my third book, and I’m feeling bittersweet to see that my stock of unread China books is depleting. While I have been really enjoying reading short stories on China’s migrants, I suppose it’s about time I move on to the odd assortment of other books I’ve gotten on Amazon.
- Eating Bitterness by Michelle Loyalka — 4.5/5
Essentially nothing bad to say about this fascinating collection of stories. Only thing keeping me from a full 5 is my unfulfilled curiosity throughout the book on how such characters interacted with the writer herself. I suppose having read so much of Hessler’s works, and being a writer myself, I simply wanted to know her own thoughts and roles during these periods of such intimate research. Thanks to my former study abroad director for the recommendation!
- Strange Stones by Peter Hessler — 5/5
Although a few stories included are repeats (with revisions) of those I’ve read elsewhere, either in his other books or online, I find that reading them a second time is just as enjoyable as the first, if not more. Unlike other readers, I don’t like comparing his works to each other, because they’ve all just been thoroughly interesting. The last Hessler one I need to read is Oracle Bones.
- Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday — 4/5
A tentative yet almost conclusive rating, as I’m half-way done with this book so far. This book seriously throws into question my entire college career, and at many times made me feel depressingly existential—in a good, eye-opening way. The stories revealed here about the (lying) media (sorry, felt natural to add “lying,” not that I support Trump, but this just happens to come at a time when the media seems particularly unfavorable to many) remind me of my days working at AOL Patch. In hindsight, that experience was horrible. I’m glad I’m transitioning out of media. Anyway, moral of the book: life is basically unreal.
Next up: Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Anyway, how are you guys doing? I’m feeling weird about not blogging my travels. After all, I have already done so much exploring these past few weeks alone, and the only solace for not writing about them is that I have still been religiously checking in to every place.
But since I have more time now, I’m going to try to think of ways to reflect on my travels and adventures for this year forward, because despite not wanting to stick to what I have been doing previously (summaries with tons of photos), I need to summarize somehow.
Video? I have already been working on the one-second-a-day challenge, using an app recommended by a friend, and so far I am loving it. Maybe it won’t be that much harder to add a few more seconds and minutes when I’m traveling and then just VLOG!
Hah, what a thought. Exciting, though, no?