About me

I like going places.

I was born in Austria, spent four years in the States and then lived in Germany until I was ten.  My family traveled all over western Europe during that time.  When we moved to Virginia, I felt more German than American.  But we stayed put and I quickly adapted to fast food and TV.  I left for college on the other side of the state and after graduation kept moving west: Texas, Utah, Montana.  Missoula has been my home for nine years now – the longest I’ve ever lived in one place.

Being firmly rooted doesn’t mean I haven’t branched out.  I’ve seen a lot of America, a little of Canada and a snippet of Mexico.  And last year, two weeks worth of Italy.

But most of the time, I’m at home reading.

-Holly Kuehlwein

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  1. Holly, this is such an exciting idea. I really need to stretch a bit and you have provided an excellent way. What will your Sept. book be? Do you generally purchase your books, rent from library? I am eager to begin. Donna

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  2. What a wonderful idea! It would make for great book club discussions as well.

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    • These books have definitely left me with new impressions of each country and my own. Although I don’t include this in my blog, I’ve been jotting down how America and Americans are perceived by the characters in the novels.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your adventures! I came across your blog by way of Ode. Fun stuff! My big question: what will you be reading for the Democratic Republic of the Congo? It’s incredible how there is little actual literature about this fascinating country. (Oh, but lots of non-fiction: biased, horrendous, and semi-responsible journalism [with ulterior motives, by and large].) I’ll be tuned in (and try to read with you!) Happy trails!

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    • Good question – I’m not sure. Do you have any recommendations (by Congolese authors in particular)?

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      • Though not by a Congolese author and set during the time of Belgian Congo, Barbara Kingsolver’s, “The Poisonwood Bible” is a great page-turner.

        Thank you for your inspiration!

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      • I agree. My mother-in-law recommended that book to me a few years ago and I really enjoyed it.

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  4. Great to read about the project in Ode Magazine! I love the concept and if you want to brainstorm, stop by Fact & Fiction anytime…

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    • Thanks Barbara! I’m honored that you read my blog. Fact & Fiction is a great indie bookstore.

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  5. […] From her blog: […]

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    • Thanks to Daily Chica for the pingback! Check out http://dailychica.com/ for “daily inspiration for women.”

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  6. Hi I have just stumbled on your blog and I love the idea. so i have bookmarked it so that I can read your reviews if not the books. Keep it up. Incase you need to verify Africa facts you could check out http://www.craneconusltinghouse.com for The AfriGuide. (and yes it is mine)
    Meanwhile you can read any book by Ngugi wa Thiongo, he is a renowned Kenyan author.
    Awesome project at list now I have a read list.

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    • Great suggestion! I just looked up Ngugi wa Thiongo and plan on choosing Dreams in a Time of War to represent Kenya. Thanks also for sharing your link to The AfriGuide.

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  7. You welcome. Happy reading

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  8. Hi Holly, I have followed all the journeys and love that you are still reading and blogging about the world. Lots of great infomation for active and arm-chair travellers alkie! Barbara

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    • Hi Barbara, I plan on visiting Fact & Fiction soon. There are some books that I am having trouble finding and I bet you can special order them for me! Thanks so much for continuing to follow my blog and especially for posting about World Lit Up on your Facebook page!

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  9. Hi Holly,

    I want to let you know that I am tagging you for The Lucky 7 MeMe in which you have a chance to show off some of your latest work, should you choose to participate. I post about it here: http://danieladragas.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/the-lucky-7-memeexcerpt-from-pavel-kovac-is-going-to-america/

    All the Best
    Daniela

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    • Thanks…it seems kind of like an old-fashioned chain letter to me. But who knows? Maybe it does boost readership.

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  10. Hey! I would like to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Awards!
    http://litbear.com/2014/07/16/very-inspiring-blogger-award-nomination/

    You have such a wonderful blog. =3

    Thanks for being awesome,
    Sarah

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    • Very kind of you, thanks!

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  11. You’re welcome. =3 Happy reading!

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  12. Muy bien, señorita, que tengas muchísima suerte, y gracias!!

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    • Thank you for your kind words! I am sorry that I have been busy and did not see your comment sooner. Best of luck to you as well, Señor Avila Laurel! I look forward to reading more of your work.

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