The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

I've had this book on my shelf for years, bought probably eight or nine years ago in one of the second-hand bookshops. I think it must have been the £1 one because there's no price penciled in the book. Given my black heart and lack of patience for overly involved self-exploration, you could ask why …

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Wanderlust: A History of Walking – Rebecca Solnit

I got this book from my mum for Christmas I think, or my birthday. In Polish edition, it has a beautiful cover, so I was tempted to read it, but at the same time deterred by its size. Finally roaming my shelves during lockdown in April I got to it. It is an odd choice …

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design – Charles Montgomery

It is one of the four books on city planning I got from my mum last Christmas. I have Polish editions, but where I can identify the English version I'll refer to it for convenience (it saves me re-translating the title). My mum is a civil engineer and I am an art historian by education. …

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The Trouble with Mirrors – Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins

I think that was the last one in the series that I owned. Apparently number four, but I didn't read them in order anyway, they're very loosely connected. Some characters repeat, but they always get reintroduced. I'll borrow the synopsis from Goodreads, as it gives a good summary of the plot. Alix London, the art …

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Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures – Stephen Fry

I read various pieces of advice on what to read or not read during the lockdown. I actually gave a few myself (happy, depressing, wise, grieving, the long ones and moving). One advice I didn't take seriously at the beginning was that to read 'books that you know, genres that are comfortable, nothing too challenging'. …

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