Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I have bookshelves full of nothing to read ...

University starts again in October. So right now, I am on a break and would have enough time to read and relax. I also have enough new books to read but they do not appeal to me.  
Did you ever experience this?

Last week I found a blog post at a German blog I am reading, where the author writes that she has the same problem. She would love to read but cannot pull herself together and start a new book or continue with the book she is now reading.

I was so happy when I read this because I felt the same. After I came back from London I was so enthusiastic. I bought many new books which all sounded so interesting. I had a crime novel and Tina Fey’s biography to finish back at home and after I did so I couldn’t get myself together. I was absolutely unable to find a new book. I started some but I always put them back on the shelf after about 10 pages because they didn’t feel right. It was so strange.

But yesterday everything changed. I was so relieved. In the morning our postman brought my Amazon order. I bought Kerstin Gier’s book “Rubinrot – Liebe gehtdurch alle Zeiten”, which could roughly be translated “Ruby red – Love follows you through time”. Kerstin Gier is a German author who is widely known for her chick-lit books. But some years ago she started writing young adult books which are known as the “Gemstone Trilogy”. Unfortunately they can only be purchased in German right now. 

So, back to my story: I get my package shortly before I had to leave for work. I never leave the house without a book and because I read so many good reviews about this particular book I put it in my bag and went to work. I started it on my tube ride to work and was immediately blown away. It tells the story of Gwendolyn, a young British girl and her life. The only problem is that there runs a time travelers gen within her family and everyone thinks that her cousin is the one who inherited this gen. So she was brought up learning all the important stuff about time travelling and what to do or not to do when time travelling and all the information was kept secret in front if the family. But somehow something was miscalculated and Gwendolyn inherited this gen and starts to time travel without any knowledge of what to do or not to do in the past.

I haven’t read to much till now because yesterday was a pretty hectic day and I only had time to read on my tube ride to and from work and my tram ride from a friends surprise farewell party (which went really well by the way) but I am eager to start reading on my way to work today. I really want to know what will happen with Gwen and her family, especially when they find out that she inherited the gen and not her precious cousin.

So, I will now pack my bag and head to work!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Someting old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Yes, I have something for every category mentioned above.

As you can see, I updated my blog a bit.
A renewed my design, created a new header and put some new sites up (including one about myself with some information about me). I am pretty sure, this counts as something new.

The something blue category is also easy to fill because I started reading Kate Morton’s “The Distant Hours” and as you can see its cover is blue. 

The book itself is extremely cool and so captivating. I only read about 40 pages but I am soooo into it. On the other hand I am pretty sure it is not the kind of novel I want to read before bed or in the middle of the night when driving home. After I finished reading it I will tell you if it kept its promise to be a wonderful and enjoyable book.

Something borrowed … well … oh, got something. I found the following pictures somewhere on the internet (and I have to say, I am not sure where exactly) and I really want to share them with you because they are so funny. 

The first one is just really hilarious especially in my case. I am a student of English at the University of Vienna and in our literature courses we often need to interpret poems, novels, short stories, etc., basically everything that was ever written by a famous or not so famous author, and I suck at this. I can’t come up with a good interpretation of things because I kind of have this image in my mind that the author sits at his/her desk while writing the story and thinking: “What the heck will all the literature professors and book clubs interpret into this?” I really think they enjoy this part of writing a book the most.

The second picture is just such a wonderful quote by Richard Steele. 

 So and now only the something old part is missing … well, I could tell you that I went to London last week and as always (which mean as in the last 7 years) I bought so many books there because I just needed them. After 4 days I came back with 23 new books and no shelf space for them. I think I will never learn to control my book buying habits.

The good news is, a rearranged my book shelves during this week and found enough space for my new purchases but now there are just two options if I continue buying books.
Option 1: Move out!
Option 2: Move my books to an apartment for themselves!

We’ll see which one will happen or if I will just keep buying more books and trying to put them all onto my shelves until they collapse, which I think is the most likely option.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Something to think about and something to laugh about

Today I want to share some really good links with you.

The first article is from the blog “The Broke and the Bookish” and is about differentways of reading books. The author of this post is Julia and she talks about the fun of rereading a book. During rereading Philip Pullmann’s “His Dark Material” series she discovers the different approach to reading between her and her sister. She said something that in my opinion really sums it up. She said that her sister savors a book like good wine while she devours a book like cake. That is why she can read a book more than once.
I am so like Julia. I can and I do reread a good book with joy. I love visiting the characters again and to relive the moment when I first read it. It always brings back good memories.

The second blog I can really recommend is “The Perpetual Page-turner” by Jamie. She writes wonderful and funny posts and entertains me so often because I can often identify myself with her entries. I want to share her super funny “I thinkAmazon is spying on me….” post with you. I feel like a member of her “Big Ass Purse club” – which I think is a super idea. My purses are so big that my friends often laugh about me and my luggage. Well actually, because I live in Austria, they call it “Reiseschwein” which can freely be translated as a travel pig. This is a quote from an Austria children book “Gretchen Sackmeier” by Christine Nöstlinger in which the main character goes on a trip with the neighbors’ boy and his mother packed so much into his bags that they are as big as fat pigs.

And because I think they are hilarious and sooooooooooo funny … the recent Kindle ads.