Pack Light. Planning to return stateside sometime in 2020 and I would really rather start the process of downsizing my collection of books sooner rather than later. We arrived in Dubai in August of 2000 with the allotted baggage allowance – 2 checked bags + 1 carry on per person (those were the days). Books weren’t on my essential items list. When we moved to Dubai we started from scratch. In the 18 years that I’ve lived abroad, I have amassed a few IKEA bookcases groaning with books. My goal over the next 2, 3, 4, 5 years-reread the books I have, donate the books I like and keep only the books I love.
The Bonesetter’s Daughter | Amy Tan
Found this book at my favorite second-hand bookstore in Dubai – House of Prose. This was on my reading list, but….life got in the way and I never got a chance to read it. I did enjoy Amy Tan’s first book The Joy Luck Club and look forward to rereading it again.
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals | Dave Fox
I ordered this book on Amazon 4 years ago while I was stateside. I have only read a few chapters here and there. Ten years ago I thought about becoming a travel writer. Fifteen books later, I realized organizing my travel photos and writing a few memories will make me very happy. Traveling to Spain and Italy this summer; I am very motivated to finish this book.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | Rebecca Skloot
This will be my third time rereading this book. I heard the buzz stateside and my local bookshop Macgrudy’s had a copy of the bestseller. I wish I had thought to write the purchase date on the cover of my books. I recently saw the movie on Netflix and just recently reread this book for the second time. Looking forward to close reading a third time.
Third Culture Kids | David C. Pollack and Ruth E. Van Rekan
Grabbed this book in Macgrudy’s 8 years ago. As a military brat, I identified with so much in this book. This is the story of my son and daughter’s life growing up in Dubai. I’ve referenced this book throughout my Montessori course.