Book tote bags

For the next reader of The Enchanted April, Sandie Lee, I had bought a small book tote bag that some people seemed to really like. So I went back to the store on Thursday and got a few more pictures. If anybody wants a bag, let me know. I’m sure we can arrange something.


Top: “mordsbuch” is a pun. It means murder book or something like great book

Bottom: explains itself. Told you, English is everywhere.


Top: “Geflügelte Worte” Words that have wings, Quotations

Bottom: “Schmöker” Ripping yarn


Top: “Lieblingsbuch” Favourite book

Bottom: “Taschenbuch” is another pun. Either paperback or “bag book”, since this is a “book bag”


Top: “Lieber lesen” is the one I got for Sandie Lee. [I’d] rather [be] reading

Bottom: “Krimistoff” roughly “crime story”

Aren’t those bags the cutest? Perfect for transporting the book you are currently reading.


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!


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 


Book read ‘round the world update


It’s very hot and heat makes me sluggish and lazy. So I’m not as far as I wish I was with “The Enchanted April”.  I’m on page 100 from 263 and it’s been exactly a week since I got it.

But when I wake and my thermometer says 25 degrees at 7am I tend to be less energetic than usual. Anyway I wanted to share how I spent my early morning on the “cool” balcony.



Thursday 13: Random facts about my town

  • It is almost 1.000 years old.
  • Around 1515 Albrecht Dürer published the "Stabiussche Weltkarte", the first perspective drawing of the terrestrial globe.
  • Together with Prague and Cologne it was one of the biggest cities of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • The main part of Nicolaus Copernicus’ work was published in Nuremberg in 1543.
  • In 1632 Wallenstein had a military camp put up in the west of the town for more than 50.000 soldiers. However, it was never conquered.
  • On Sept. 15, 1935 at the 7th rally the Nuermberg Laws were introduced.
  • Today it has a “street of human rights”, an art installation created by Israeli artist Dani Karavan in 1993. It consists of pillars and an old oak, each of which has engraved an article of the universal declaration of human rights in thirty different languages.
  • Since 1995 it is the venue for the annual International conference for human rights.
  • Our library is the oldest German library with municipal funding.
  • 18% of its inhabitants are citizens of foreign countries.
  • It has fourteen international partner cities.
  • In an international study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting about the quality of life in 215 cities worldwide it is on rank 23.
  • In a recent referendum in Bavaria 63.4% of its citizens voted for the strictest anti smoking law in Germany.

strassedmensch languages

Street of human rights and its languages

Here you can find more Thursday 13 participants.  



In my mailbox

Mailbox image by taj at
Hosted by The Story Siren

This is what I got in my mailbox this week…

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.
Carin  from A Little Bookish had it sent to me directly as the starting point of one of the two groups in the Book read around the world event. 

Neil’s Guardian Angel by Carol Lynne
Against better knowledge, I got another book in the Cattle Valley series before reading the previous ones (except for Arm Candy).

Together by Rhianne Aile and Madelein Urban
I won this in the Twitter contest from Dreamspinner Press

Duke of Scandal by Adele Ashworth
Got it because I liked Duke of Sin

The Duke’s Indiscretion by Adele Ashworth
Same reason as above

Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel
I recently joined Netgalley and this is my first request. I enjoy a menage story once in a while.

Keine Zeit für Langeweile by Sandra Zeh
A crafts book with ideas for crafting with children.

Between Us Two by AKM Miles
I liked “Between Us” so it goes without saying I have to read the sequel.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This has been on my wishlist for quite some time.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


Book read ‘round the world

There is still time for non-US bloggers to sign up for Carin B.’s Book read ‘round the world event. Today Carin posted the three books we are voting on.

They are

  • “The ridiculous race” by Steve Hely and Valy Chandrasekaran
  • “Lost on Planet China” by J. Maarten Troost
  • “The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth von Arnim

An eclectic mix, all travel related, each in its very own way.

I can’t wait to see what we will all agree on. This is going to be a fun event.