A quick summary of what I’m reading this month:

The Namesake

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is my first book from the Shelterbox Book Club, a curated subscription box that distributes a book every six weeks, with proceeds going to Shelterbox’s disaster relief efforts. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I’m enjoying it. The story tells of a family caught between two cultures in 60’s and 70’s America, and explains enough about the two whilst remaining accessible. The characters are well-drawn and relatable, and I’m enjoying what I’m learning about Bengali culture.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing

I’ve been reading Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing by Don George for a long time but in my defence: it’s in a room that I don’t spend a lot of time (cough, cough, ensuite bathroom). Lots of practical advice so far, though the first batch of interviews got repetitive. I’m about halfway through.

Note: This book was superseded in 2017 by a 4th edition, retitled How to be a Travel Writer. I’m reading the 3rd edition.

Academ’s Fury

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher sits on my Kindle for my commute as a lighter alternative to doorstop paperback fantasy books. This is the second book in the Codex Alera series. I read the first one YEARS ago and, whilst it took me a little while to get back up to speed, I’m enjoying this sequel. I’m about 40 % complete.


I’m listening to the audiobook of Drive by Daniel H. Pink to support my studies (masters in business leadership), and am picking up some useful tips on motivating people. I’m about finished with just the appendices left. I haven’t listened in a couple of weeks, though whilst I catch up with some podcasts.