Top 5: School favorites, running and tear jerkers

Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I blog about running, travel, food and books, among other things, at  I’ve loved reading and writing pretty much ever since I could remember. From a very young age, I was the girl who felt like I was returning home each time I stepped foot in the library. I couldn’t wait to browse the shelves and find a new book to jump into. I tend to gravitate toward fiction, but other than that I don’t feel like I have a certain “book type” that takes over the majority of my reading. If the writing is good and the story is compelling, I’ll read just about anything. It was pretty hard to narrow the list of books I’ve read in 29 years of life down to just five all-time favorites. But I did it, and I’m pretty confident that the following five have solid spots at the top of my list.

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Top 5: Travel, thrillers and Voltaire

Tina Travel

As a travel blogger, I write about my adventures near and far. I also like to read books with a travel or adventure related theme. I even use books as part of my research since sometimes, a place I’m visiting, or will be writing a post about, won’t have a lot of information available. When that happens (and even when it doesn’t) I turn to books to fill in the information gaps — books, by authors who are either native to a place or have spent a lot of time in a place. While these types of books probably won’t offer suggestions about where to stay or what to do, they do offer a unique and nuanced insight into a culture that may not be obvious in a guidebook.Read More »