Book Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari is a book that I keep revisiting over conversations with friends. Ansari addresses the pleasures and perils of modern romance in an honest, humorous, insightful and quintessentially millennial manner. His references expand from celebrities and Reddit threads to social scientists like Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer; as a result the book feels like a lighthearted read that has done its research.

Book Review: Modern Romance

 

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How To Read More Books

I read books like my life depended on it. Reading is something between my favorite past-time and my refuge from everyday life. [Even if she loves London, a girl might often need to escape to New York in the 30s.] In 2017, I promised myself to read 24 books, i.e. 2 books per month. I wanted a goal that would be doable but not stressful. By the end of December, I had managed these and a handful more. For 2018, I decided to raise the bar higher and aim at an ambitious 35! Let’s see how this works out.

One question that I’m always asked is how I get so much reading done. I’ve been a speedy reader since I remember myself, walking around with my nose stuck in a book at all times. However, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that could do wonders, if your 2018 resolution was to read more:

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Two Book Recommendations for August

Summer’s already halfway gone and you’re behind with your 2017 Reading Challenge? Read my recommendations below about two books that will help you get back on track again!

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“Strong Is The New Pretty” – The Best Photo Series I’ve Seen In A While

Strong. Independent. Confident. Unbreakable. These are the first words that come to mind when I look at this photo series taken by Kate T. Parker, an Atlanta based photographer specializing in family & children’s portraiture. 
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Book Recommendations: 2016 Favorites

Goals, unlike resolutions, have a finite end. It is ‘I will run a marathon’ vs. ‘I will exercise more often’; ‘I will save enough to take a trip to New Zealand’ vs. ‘I will be more careful with my spending’; ‘I’ll graduate with distinctions’ vs. ‘I will study every day and not only the week before the exams’.

One of my 2016 goals was to read 40 books in a year. 

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The One About The Happiness Project: January Resolutions

To adopt a resolution you have to decide what you want from life.

Well, in 2017, I wish to be … happy.

Happier, to be precise.

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Discovering London: This Week’s Favorites

Living in London presents one with an abundance of opportunities. Here are this week’s suggestions so that you know where to begin.

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Book Review: The Royal We

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Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Summary:

Sporty, carefree American college exchange Rebecca, aka Bex, lands in Oxford, UK, living across the hall from the royal heir, aka Nick. Even though they start out as pals, they cannot help falling in love with each other (surprise, surprise) whilst bonding over trashy TV and Twinkies,  but decide to keep their romance a secret from the royal family and the hungry – almost carnivore – public eye.  Continue Reading

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Jane Austen: Modern Relationship Advice 101*

I’m currently reading Jane Austen’s Emma and yesterday I stumbled upon the following excerpt:

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Do Men Hurt More?

Do you ever replay in your mind a conversation that you’ve already had and consider all ideas and notions that could have been excellent responses if only you had uttered them in the right moment, namely – sometimes – up to a week or a month ago? Well, it happens to me all the time because I generally tend to overthink situations. Or to simply go over discussions just to experience the joy or the lightheartedness of the moment once again.*

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Anyway, about a week ago I was discussing 500 Days of Summer with a guy who happens to be an equally devoted fan of the film. After the quintessential talk about who’s fault it was (and why Summer might not be such a terrible person after all, if you ask me), he categorically stated that:

When men go through a breakup, they hurt more [than women].

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