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Read-a-thon update 1

Last night I finished “Gods behaving badly”, thank God. I’m working on the review now. It’s hard, though, because I started reading the book weeks ago and didn’t take a lot of notes. There are so many small, nice ideas in the story that I have forgotten half of them already again.

Going out this afternoon, so “The Sergeant’s Lady” has to wait for a bit. I also need to write up (or rather create) my Weekend Cooking post, which is going to be another Haiku image today.

Already reached about 40% of my goal. I had only 60 odd pages left on Gods behaving badly, there is more to read with the second book.

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Weekly Geeks 2010-25: Name the author – solution

Last week I posted the Author picture quiz for the Weekly Geeks. Today I want to let the cat out of the bag and tell you who the authors were that I showed you.

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann.

2. Annie Proulx (that was easy, you just had to look in the sidebar)

3. This is Axel Scheffler, a very popular illustrator of children’s books with a distinctive style.

4. He illustrates a lot of books by Julia Donaldson, who sings in my video her famous Gruffalo song. She and Mr. Scheffler were at Thalia in 2008 and put up a great show. I love her books.

6. Elizabeth von Arnim whose Enchanted April I reviewed recently.

Thanks everybody for posting your answers. Carin from A Little Bookish got them all right. According to her she found all the answers on this blog so she obviously has considerable detecting skills. Congrats, Carin! Since she didn’t enter the giveaway and there was only one commenter who actually DID enter (was it too hard, I wonder), the lucky winner of a book of her choice from my list is Judith.

Congrats, Judith. You said you wanted “The Smoke Thief”. Please tell me your address and I will send it to you as soon as possible.

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My new bookmarks

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Carin showed us her bookmarks the other day that she got from Zazzle. They were nice but tiny, so I had a look around for something a little bigger. First I was inclined to order the usual bookmark shape, but then I went for business card size, they were cheaper, the shop Overnightprints seemed to be more flexible and with a coupon I found on the net I only paid a few Euros for quite a lot of them. I love the way they turned out. Of course, now I can’t change the look of my blog until they are all used up, but, oh, well.

Anyway, my future giveaway winners will get one of these in their books. I’m thrilled. As you can see I’m easily pleased, :-).

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48 hour TBR Read-a-Thon

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Wallace from Unputdownables is hosting a 48 hour Read-a-Thon this weekend and I decided to join to get some stuff done.

Here are the rules:

If You’re In:

  1. Choose a few books that you will attempt to finish this weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night).
  2. Post your TBR Read-a-Thon books on your blog so your readers can see what you are attempting for the weekend.
  3. Challenge your readers to read along with you! (It’s OK if they don’t, but might be fun if they want to choose at least one book to participate with).
  4. Join the discussion all weekend long at #bookblogchat on Twitter.
  5. Post updates on your blog about what you are reading and what you have finished (full reviews can come later, but this will let your readers know what you are reading so they can either read along or look forward to your reviews!)
  6. Visit other blogs that are doing the read-a-long. Post comments and follow your fellow bloggers.
  7. Make sure you sign up here with Mr. Linky with a link to your first post so we can follow your progress!
  8. *If you don’t have a blog but want to participate: Sign up with Mr. Linky, just don’t add a website (or you can link to your Twitter or GoodReads page).*

 

If You’re Not In, but Want to Support:

  1. Check out the blogs that are participating below in the Mr. Linky list.
  2. Visit those blogs and leave comments and encouragement
  3. Add to your own TBRs as you see what others are reading!

I already know that my reading time will be limited on the weekend, so my list of books is very small. I have two books I would like to finish this weekend. If I am able to do that I will be more than happy. Maybe I’ll even find the time to write a review of them, that would be just the icing on the cake.

Books that need finishing:

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  • Gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips
  • The Sergeant’s Lady by Susanna Fraser

That’s it. Should be do-able.

Meanwhile Wallace has posted an update with a few tips what to do to get ready for tomorrow evening.

On Friday from 3-4 PST there will be a convo on twitter about keeping your blog authentic. More info about this at unputdownables. Too bad I won’t be able to join. That would be midnight for me and I don’t think I’ll be up for it.

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Thursday 13: Some words taken from real liff

I’m not a big Douglas Adams fan, in fact, I am probably one of the handful of people on this planet who didn’t like The Hitchhiker’s Guide. However, “The Deeper Meaning of Liff” is one of the cleverest books ever. It is “a dictionary of things that there aren’t any words for yet” and it is brilliant, as you will see in a moment. Astonishingly, they even managed to publish it in German, not as a translation but an adaptation with German place names instead of English ones to act as the new words.

To give you a taste here are 13 examples…

  • Aalst (n.) One who changes his name to be nearer the front
  • Oystermouth (n.) One who can kiss and chew gum at the same time
  • Nazeing (ptcpl. vb.) The rather unconvincing noises of pretended interest which an adult has to make when brought a small dull object for admiration by a child
  • Malibu (n.) The height by which the top of a wave exceeds the height to which you have rolled up your trousers
  • Margate (n.) a margate is a particular kind of commissionaire who sees you every day and is on cheerful Christian-name terms with you, then one day refuses to let you in because you’ve forgotten your identity card.
  • Loberia (n.) Unshakeable belief that your ears stick out
  • Lochranza (n.) The long unaccompanied wail in the middle of a Scottish folk song where the pipers nip round the corner for a couple of drinks
  • Glud (n.) The pinkish mulch found in the bottom of a lady’s handbag
  • Falster (n.) a long-winded, dishonest and completely incredible excuse used when the truth would have been completely acceptable.
  • Dunino (n.) Someone who always wants to do whatever you want to do
  • Bradworthy (n.) One who is skilled in the art of naming loaves
  • Cafu (n.) The frustration of not being able to remember what an acronym stands for
  • Zagreb (n.) A stranger  who suddenly clutches an intimate part of your body and then pretends they did it to prevent themselves falling

Oh, and a German example so you can see that it works just as well…

  • Hilter (n.) Political agitator the masses are not happy with since he always misspeaks

 

To see what other T13ers are writing about please go to Thursday 13.

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Today a Reader…

A few days ago in my T13 post I linked to a print on etsy with the quote “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader” which I totally loved. I decided to make my own print with that quote and the wise owl. This is going to look so nice on the walls of the kids’ room.

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I got the owl template from abc.teach.com where you can download all sorts of animal templates.

Other credits: Background paper and paper curl: DaniB, Other papers, card, foliage and border: “Embrace kit by FeiFei and Paislee Press, Book brush: mine from an image on Stock Exchange, staple: Cinzia Loosemore, Messy brushes: Jason Gaylor, Designfruit, Font: Levi Stubbs Tears

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What’s with Google friend connect?

Lately I have noticed that with lots of giveaways you need to be a “follower” of the blog via Google Friend Connect. Why? What’s so special about Google Friend Connect, apart from the fact that everybody visiting your blog can actually SEE how many followers you have? Is it some self esteem thing? The more followers in your sidebar the more popular you are?

What if I subscribe to a blog in another way? Does that make me a less welcome reader? Why wouldn’t I be eligible to enter a giveaway just because I don’t want to use that Google Connect thing? Can someone enlighten me, please!

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Comparing covers: The heritage of Hastur

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The Heritage of Hastur is the 15th novel in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series. It is definitely one of the best novels, if not THE best in the series. To be honest, I’m not even sure why I chose this novel to compare covers because basically all the covers show some aspect of the story (and series). If you don’t know the Darkover series and like a bit of Science Fiction, paranormal topics and medieval societies you should check this one out. I know it sounds rather contradictory, but strangely enough, Darkover combines it all and works perfectly. The second cover I’m not too keen on, I expect Captain Kirk jumping out of it any second. The fourth one somehow makes me think of Italy.

If you would like to know more about the series you can find a lot of information at Darkover.com

As far as the book title is concerned, is is rather straightforward, just that in German the word “Erbe” means either heritage or heir, so that the German title could mean either “The heritage of Hastur” or “Hastur’s heir”.

What do you think of those covers? If you know the series, do you think they reflect what it is all about?

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Guest post at A Little Bookish

Some time ago I reviewed "The Enchanted April" by Elizabeth von Arnim for the Book read ’round the world event hosted by Carin at A little Bookish. Also I wrote a guest post for Carin’s blog about the experience, what I bought for the next reader on the list and how everything went. Sandie Lee has now received my package and Carin published my post yesterday. If you would like to read it and see what German bookish items I bought for Sandie Lee, please go over to A Little Bookish and have a look!

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Weekly Geeks 2010-25: Author Picture Quiz

This was one of my favorites, so I thought it was time to do it again, especially since I’m sure there are tons of new Geeksters out there that haven’t done it. Anyway, that week, she posted this author meme of sorts. She suggested we post pictures of authors that answer the questions listed below, but without saying who they were. Then Weekly Geek visitors should guess, by leaving a comment, who they think those authors are. So it’s best if you post at the beginning of the week, because at the end of the week you’ll need to post the answers. You can even award prizes to the winning guessers if you want!
Here’s Dewey’s list (and feel free to add to this if you can think of other author picture categories that would be fun):
1. Photos of your favorite author(s).
2. Photo(s) of the author(s) of the book(s) you’re currently reading.
3. Photo(s) of any author(s) you’ve met in person (even very briefly).
4. A Youtube of (an) author(s) you’ve heard speak.
5. Any photo(s) you may have of yourself with an author.
6. A photo of the author of the book you’ve most recently finished.
7. Photos of the hottest author(s)!

I don’t think I’ll have a picture for all categories, but will come up with some. I’ll make a little contest out of this with a (used) book as prize for a random commenter.

1. Photos of your favourite authors. These are two authors I really like, not my favs, but I am having a hard time pinning down favourite authors. So here we go:

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2. Photo of the author of the book I am currently reading.

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3. Photo(s) of any author(s) you’ve met in person (even very briefly).

This might be a bit hard…not sure. Not so much an author, but artist and illustrator of books.

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4. A Youtube of (an) author(s) you’ve heard speak (or sing in this case)

I’m not very familiar with uploading videos and don’t want to put it on youtube, since this is my own video I took in 2008. Somehow I couldn’t embed it here, but the URL seems to work, so, please, click the link below for the Quicktime video.

Who is singing here?

6. A photo of the author of the book you’ve most recently finished.

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Do you know any of these authors? Please comment and let me know. All commenters can mention which (used) book of the following list they would like to have and The Hat will select a random winner who will get their choice at the end of the week. You don’t have to have any answer correct, but you do need to give it a go! No comments without trying to guess, ok? Open to everybody. In the same post I will name all the authors I’ve shown you here, too.

  • From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
  • Alexander by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
  • Zadig / L’Ingenu by Voltaire
  • Answered Prayers by Truman Capote
  • Demian by Hermann Hesse
  • The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

Why don’t you join this week’s Weekly Geeks and show us some pictures of your favourite authors?

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Weekend cooking: The Amish Homestead Cookbook

I’m not sure where I picked up “The Amish Homestead Cookbook”. I’ve never been to an Amish community or homestead. I think I must have seen it somewhere in Virginia and thought this might be a nice addition to my small collection of cookbooks.

It’s funny. On the inside it says “Dutchland Pennsylvania” and I was wondering about this because a lot of the words in the book remind me of German. It is explained then that the German-speaking people were originally known as the “Pennsylvania Deutsch”, but later that changed to “Pennsylvania Dutch”. The recipes are all very short and have only a small number of ingredients, just like the recipes from the Raleigh Tavern bake shop.

I chose to share a vegetable dish which sounds rather sweet. amish

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples 

  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced apples
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. mace

Boil sweet potatoes until tender. Slice in 1/4 inch pieces. Butter baking dish and put a layer of sweet potatoes in bottom, then a layer of apples. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and mace, and dot with butter. Repeat until dish is filled, having the top layer of apples. Bake in moderate oven (350-f) for 50 minutes.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

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Book locations: Our book shelves

Our book shelves are in a state of perpetual transition. We sort them out, arrange everything and by the time we are finished we need to re-arrange again. Unfortunately the space for books does not grow proportionally to the acquisition of books.

So this is the current state of some of our shelves. There are more opposite and in other rooms, but this is a large part. As you can see from the boxes and the general disorder we will never be done.

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The books are three or four rows deep which makes it hard to find any specific book. This is the reason why I said in a former Weekly Geeks post that sometimes I can’t find a book I want to read. The books simply get sucked up in the maelstrom only to turn up again by chance. So far we haven’t found a solution to the problem. Just. Not. Enough. Space.

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Going camping

This weekend will be a real adventure. I’ll be going camping for the first time, it’ll be an all girls’ weekend and the weather forecast sucks. Still we are determined to enjoy ourselves. So, now the big question is, what books to take. I will have plenty of time to read after all.

My plan so far:

We’ll see how far I’ll get with those or whether we will be forced to continuously dry up our tent.

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Thursday 13: Book items I want

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Image by firexbrat on flickr

Today I’ll show you some lovely book items I found on Etsy and other similar shops…

 

That’s it for today, but I could have continued this list for quite some time….

See what other T13ers blog about today!

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Comparing covers: The people’s act of love

I bought The People’s Act of Love by James Meek (German hardcover version) when it was on sale on Amazon for only 5 EUR. The cover caught my eye and the blurb sounded interesting, the reviews were great. However, it never kept my interest up and I abandoned it for the time being. Guess I’m still waiting for the right mood to read it. Possibly in winter. Anyway, I love all three covers. Even though I don’t judge a book by its cover (for more on that topic see Carin’s Friday coffee chat from last week at A little bookish) this one sold me the book.

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Again I think the original title would have been hard to translate, so they came up with their own German one. Roughly “The lonesome fears [or possibly “horrors”] of love” gives the whole book a somewhat different spin. Whether justified or not I can’t say (yet).

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Touch of a Wolf by Jez Morrow

Blurb:

On a rebound from his cheating lover, Matt Winter has sex in a Philadelphia alley with a man packing a gun and sniffing like a coke addict. When Matt’s stranger from the alley lets himself into Matt’s apartment through the window, Matt learns that the man has a badge to go with that gun. Detective John Channing of the Philly PD has been passing as a dirty cop.
Channing needs a safe place to get himself clean and sober so he can be a credible witness in court against a murderer. And he wants sex. The anonymous encounter was not enough for either of them. As Channing goes into withdrawal the hallucinations start, but it’s Matt who wakes up in bed with a wolf. Matt doesn’t believe in werewolves. But then, he doesn’t believe in love at first sight either…

My thoughts: 

I hate anonymous sex scenes. Whenever I come across one I get bored and skip it. Anonymous sex just does not do it for me. This is what I thought anyway. After reading the first few pages of Touch of a Wolf I have to re-consider my last statements though. I was impressed. That scene with two strangers in some dark alley in Philadelphia was more intimate and intense than a lot of “conventional” ones and drew me right into the story.

And then I just couldn’t stop reading. I totally loved Touch of a Wolf. Matt and John (even though he is mostly referred to as Channing) were great characters. The plot just flowed, turning slightly improbable towards the end in my eyes, but that didn’t matter in the least.

The wolf angle was done slightly differently than usual. Not only was it not an issue between the two men, the wolf existence was introduced somehow like in passing as if it was no big deal. There were problems being a wolf, especially being one that’s been around for a while, but nothing a smart computer savvy man couldn’t fix. Which brings me to the only question about this story. How did Matt turn from a researcher who hated tampering with files into such an accomplished forger? Looking at his considerate counterfeiting skills you would think he’s never done anything else. But I didn’t want to let this trifle spoil the overall enjoyment and accepted it in stride. Touch of a Wolf is a love-at-first-sight story, road movie and wolf-man wrapped up in one great package.

One drawback was the editing, however. I noticed punctuation marks at the wrong place, sentences that should have been negative were positive etc. The book deserves better than that.

Even so. This was a great read. Jez Morrow has some more were stories out, I MUST go and check them out.  Highly recommended.

 

Title Touch of a Wolf
Author Jez Morrow
Publisher Torquere Books
ISBN 978-1-61040-457-1
Buy link Buy Touch of a Wolf
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In my mailbox


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Hosted by The Story Siren

 

In the last two weeks I got in my mailbox:

  • Spoils of War by Aleksandr Voinov, a gay erotica short story about Ares and Achilleus, sounds different. To be reviewed for Three Dollar Bill reviews.
  • Touch of a Wolf by Jez Morrow. A paranormal gay romance. To be reviewed for Torquere Books.
  • The Sergeant’s Lady by Susanna Fraser. A historical romance from Carina Press, to be released 23rd of August.
  • Stone Hotel by Reagan Butcher. A book with poems about his time in prison. I read about it on Erotic Horizon’s blog and got it right away. It is available for free at the moment.
  • “Desiree” which I swapped for the unspeakable “Mr. Darcy takes a wife”. I’m not going to re-read it anytime soon.  However, it’s nice to know that I now own it again.
  • “Ein Tor würde dem Spiel gut tun” Just a fun book that I got because the soccer world cup got me interested in soccer again. A collection of small snippets and quotes from soccer players, managers, announcers and such. Mostly funny and sometimes downright embarrassing. 

 

So what did you get in your mailbox this week?

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Weekend cooking: Popcorn Italian style

I love Italian cuisine, so it’s not surprising that we have a lot of Italian cookbooks at home. Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis is a very pretty book with lots of delicious recipes. The recipes are mostly simple with not too many ingredients – just like everyday cooking is supposed to be, at least to most of us.

Instead of the typical Italian pasta or risotto dish a typical American snack (if it is even considered a snack, I’m not sure) caught my attention – popcorn. Here it is given a simple Italian spin. This will encourage me to try out making popcorn on the stove instead of the popcorn in a bag to be put in the microwave.

Popcorn with rosemary-infused oil

You have to do a little preparatory work, unless you manage to find the oil ready-made.ei

Rosemary-infused oil:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs (each 5 inches long)

In a small, heavy saucepan combine the oil and rosemary. Cook over low heat until a thermometer inserted into the oil registered 180 degrees F, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Transfer the sprigs to a container and add the oil. Seal the lid and refrigerate up to 1 month.

Popcorn:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp rosemary-infused oil
  • salt

In a large, heavy pot, stir the popcorn kernels and 3 tablespoons of the oil. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until the kernels have popped, shaking the pot halfway through cooking, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a large bowl. Toss the popcorn with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve.

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Weekly Geeks 2010 – 24: Shiny Book Syndrome

In case you don’t know me, I like to make up medical sounding names for my book obsessions. For example: P.A.B.D.. I’d now like to introduce Shiny Book Syndrome. This is usually accompanied by a book hording problem yet to be named.
So what is Shiny Book Syndrome? It is when a person only wants to read their newest book and leave piles of poor unread books on their shelves to collect dust.
What can you do to alleviate the symptoms?
My first suggestion would be to make a list of all the books you own. I use GoogleDocs. I start by creating a form and then can organize the spreadsheet to see what I have and if I’ve read it yet or not. (For more info on how to do this,
go here).
After you know what you have, I’d suggest jumping in on some reading challenges to motivate you to read the books you already own. Read more…

It’s strange, but it seems I’m an untypical reader – or at least not as avid as the rest of us. I don’t particularly suffer from P.A.B.D., don’t hoard excessively and my wishlist is manageable. And now I realize that the Shiny Book Syndrome isn’t my thing either. Yes, I often do read the new book first and leave the older books on the shelf, but this is simply because I got the new book since it suited my current mood. If I all of a sudden feel like reading that specific book that has been waiting to be read for months, then I’ll read it. I had “Gods behaving badly” next to my bed for a long time and the other day I felt drawn to it and started to read.

To me it’s not about new or old, but totally about my mood and whether a certain book fits in or not.

 

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Book locations: The bookstore

At Leeswamme’s blog I put up a picture of our local (or rather one of our local) bookstores for the Book bloggers abroad event. Today I want to share some more pictures that didn’t appear in that blog post. Just because I love that shop.

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Thalia storefront

The bookstore belongs to a chain called Thalia that runs over 230 bookstores in Germany and also has an online shop. It has 4 stories, a huge section of English books, tons of audio books and also sells all those nifty accessories around books, like pillows to place your book in your lap on, cook book holders, book stands, bookmarks, book covers with book quotes on them etc. When they have a theme week, like a specific country or topic, they put up lovely decorations revolving around that theme.

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Main floor with some oriental decoration

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Kids books and YA

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Audio books for kids and playground in the back

In the esoteric book section they sell incense sticks, there is a little fountain in the middle of the area, you can sit on nice chairs looking outside, it’s all very cosy and makes it hard to leave the shop without buying anything.

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Esoteric section

In the audio book department there are comfy leather sofas and a lot of devices to listen to the books. If you feel like having something to drink you can go to the coffee shop on the third floor and get yourself a drink to either take away or enjoy right there.

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Audio book section

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Nonfiction

As you probably can imagine, going there is never boring.

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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

enchanted april Blurb:

A discreet advertisement in ‘The Times’, addressed to ‘Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine…’ is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known.

 My thoughts:  I read “The Enchanted April” as one of the books of the “Book Read ‘Round the World” event hosted by Carin B. If you would like to know more about the event and the experience hop on over to Carin’s blog and read all about it.

I suggested it to Carin because it perfectly fit the travel theme and sounded just like the right book for a summer read.

“The Enchanted April” is a wonderful, uplifting book. People get transformed in it in such a light hearted manner that can leave nobody untouched.

This book will be reviewed a few more times by my fellow participants and I’m sure everybody will talk about it from a different angle. As a starting point I just want to point out a few things.

I love the way Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot arrive at San Salvatore. It is dark, it is raining, yet they can smell that there must be hundreds of flowers around. However, not all is well, since they both are convinced they will die any minute from the hands of the men they are following to the suppose castle. Mrs. Wilkins is worried and not sure whether to pay the driver or not.

Ought they to pay him? Not, they thought, if they were going to be robbed and perhaps murdered. Surely on such an occasion one did not pay.

The next morning another surprise awaits them. Instead of preparing everything for the arrival of their two fellow guests they find them already present and having taken over the organization of the stay. Mrs. Fisher and Lady Caroline have taken the nicest rooms, have arranged meal times with the cook and refuse to act like the guests they were supposed to be. After all, Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot were the ones who found the ad and agreed to take the other two on board and not vice versa.

“What time would you like to have lunch?”Mrs. Arbuthnot asked her, trying to keep her head as at least a non-guest, if not precisely a hostess, above water.

Lunch,” said Mrs. Fisher, “is at half past twelve.”

The same afternoon Mrs. Wilkins, Lotty, has already come to a most important conclusion.

It’s only love that’s any good. At home I wouldn’t love Mellersh [her husband] unless he loved me back, exactly as much, absolute fairness. Did you ever. And as he didn’t, neither did I, and the aridity of that house! The aridity…”

Rose said nothing. She was bewildered by Lotty.

The days go by and nothing happens, at least not on the outside. The women don’t go on trips, they don’t visit sights, nothing. All the adventures are happening inside of everybody. Gradually the women change and a lot of the behaviour that they slid into during their lives just slips away to leave them unburdened, free and happy. Even the stern Mrs. Fisher eventually finds herself again. This is all done in such a clever way that the reader never realizes a change takes place, it happens by and by. At the end of the book everybody leaves San Salvatore happy, with a definite positive outlook on their future and with a few friends they would never have expected to find.

Read this story if you are down and you will feel happy when you finish it. Read it when you’re happy and you will be happier still.

I am going to send this book together with some goodies to Canada to Sandie Lee now. I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did.

My questions to Sandie Lee and following participants:

1. Mrs. Arbuthnot is thinking the following early on in the book. Do you agree with her statement?

To be missed, to be needed, from whatever motive, was, she thought, better than the complete loneliness of not being missed or needed at all.

2. Do you think that a mere change of location, beautiful as it may be, can cause such a profound change in people that they come back home transformed in a way as in the book?

 

Title The Enchanted April
Author Elizabeth von Arnim
Publisher Virago Press
ISBN 9780860685173
Buy link Buy "The Enchanted April"

 

Want to know what others thought of this book? Have a look at:

A Good Stopping Point 

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Between Us Two by AKM Miles

Blurb:

In this follow up to Between Us, Matt is back from Gatlinburg and Jason is thrilled that they can be together now. He’s ready to see if they can become a couple for the long haul. It seems that Matt feels the same way, so things should be fine. Well, until the police think that Matt has kidnapped a child from the school where he works.
It hits the fan and there are many things to be sorted out before they can get down to building a life. Matt falls for Jason’s two dogs, Jock and Audrey, and the photo shoot takes place, as promised. It’s autumn and the area around Nashville is beautiful. Matt and Jason’s love is a beautiful thing, too. Their love is strong, but can they work everything out?

My thoughts: 

I liked "Between Us", so when its sequel "Between us two" came out there was no question about reading it right away.

Jason and Matt were a nice couple, in the first story and they were just as nice here. However, two of my least favourite components were way too prominent in this story for me to really love it. When it comes to children and pets my eyes glaze over and I lose interest pretty quickly.

In the blurb it is mentioned that Matt is in trouble as suspect for a child kidnapping. The kidnapping issue was resolved rather quickly and to everybody’s satisfaction. As far as I was concerned the child related plot could have ended here. Well, it didn’t. Jason had two dogs (I knew that from the previous story) and those two played quite a big part in the story. Really cute, no doubt, but I just am not interested in that sort of thing.
The guys were nice, loveable, hot and all, so if you don’t mind pets and kids, this will be for you. It’s a good entertaining story. Just a little too sweet for my taste. 

 

Title Between us two
Author AKM Miles
Publisher Torquere Books
ISBN 978-1-61040-008-4
Buy link Buy Between us two