Sunday, April 24, 2011

... in books

Yesterday was the international day of books.

Many bookaholics took part in a book-read-a-thon organized by Lovely Books. A read-a-thon is a day dedicated to reading - most of the time. I did a little blog hopping today and read all about the experiences bloggers had yesterday but I didn't take part in this.

I was away for the day celebrating a good friend's birthday with a barbecue, chatting, sitting in the sun all afternoon and okay, a little bit of reading - probably 5 pages.

But I think it is a nice idea dedicating an entire day to reading and maybe I will be part of the crowd at the next read-a-thon - who knows.

I found this video on a Swiss page dedicated to the international day of books. It is a wonderful video and the text and the end means: "You can also read books"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

... in books

After my vacation in London I had to attent my corses at university for just one more week and now because Easter is just around the corner I have two weeks without university.
Sadly this doesn't mean that I don't have to study or write papers but it is much more relaxed and I finally have enough time to meet my friends and enjoy life a little bit more.
Saturday, Sunday and yesterday were my real holidays which means I didn't do a thing - nothing, nada, niente. Really nice.
I started reading Sophie Kinsella's "The Undomestic Godess" yesterday morning and finished it around midnight.

I read over 400 pages in one day and I didn't read the whole day. I had some major pauses for tutoring one of my students, travelling on public transport with a huge shopping bag - so no way to read, eating and sleeping.
So, now I am almost on my way to work and really looking forward to start reading JoAnna Carl's "The Chocolate Mousetrap" on my trip. One of the best American crime series ever.

After tutoring I will start studying for my next exams but tomorrow I will meet with a friend who is in England as German native speaker this year and is right now at home. I am sooooo looking forward to it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

... in pictures

Today I want to share something completely different with you.

I am a follwer of Sonia's blog Runaway Hippie for quite some time now and there I found a wonderful post called 30 Pictures. The idea behind this post is to share 30 different photos with you, telling you a bit more about me and my life.

So, here are my 30 Picture!

01/someone I spend a lot of time with

02/a picture of myself

03/a picture of someone in my family

04/a picture of something that makes me happy

05/an old picture of myself

06/a picture of my sibling

07/a picture I've never posted on my blog before

08/a picture of someone that I miss

09/a picture of a relative of mine

10/a picture of my favorite place

11/a person I can tell everything

12/a picture of my everyday life

13/a picture of a place that I love

14/a picture that reminds me of old times

15/a picture of a friend since my childhood

16/a picture of myself

17/an unsual picture

18/a picture of my spare time

19/a picture I'm satisfied with

20/a picture of one person close to me

21/a person who is always there for me

22/a picture of a time that I miss

23/a picture from last summer

24/a picture that makes me sad

25/a person who always makes me happy

26/someone I'm always having fun with

27/a picture I always laugh about

28/a crazy picture

29/the latest picture of myself

30/someone I will never let go of

Sunday, April 10, 2011

... in travels

I know it's been a while but I really really needed a time-out. Well, not particularly a time-out from this blog but a time-out from university life. I was studying and working on papers without a break since September and began feeling frustrated and writing papers got harder and harder due to lack of concentration.

So I took a vacation!

I went to Prague for three days with my mum. I had a great time. We enjoyed the city, the sun and the bookshops. Before going a good friend of mine told me to enjoy the city as well and not only the bookshops – and that was what I did.

After being home one day to sort out my washing and to unpack my bag I packed it again and took off to London for four days with my best friend Angie. It was so wonderful. We had the most beautiful weather. It was sunny and warm and we did a lot of shopping, gossiping and enjoying some alone-time together. Normally we are part of a huge group of people who we love but sometimes it is great to be alone with Angie to be all girly (at least as much girly as we can be). We hit so many stores it was unbelievable!
We also visited “Waterstone’s” my favorite bookstore partly because I begged Angie to do so and partly because she and her husband gave me a £30.- book coupon for my birthday. Yeah!
Angie followed me all the way through “Waterstone’s” always mumbling that I was so crazy for buying all these books. I though that I didn’t buy so many books but she is such a non-reader that I sometimes, okay always, wonder what she does in her spare time. I don’t know!

Well these are some pictures of my treasures. I strongly believe that they are all really really really good books but I will tell you after I read them, which might take a while due to a really huge pile of unread books. 

Books bought in Prague
Lucy Dillon - lost dogs and lonely hearts and Trisha Ashley - Chocolate wishes
Mordecai Richler - Barney's version and Greogory Maguire - Wicked
Sara Gruen - Water for elephants and Scarlett Thomas - The end of Mr. Y

 Books bought in London
Hummingbird bakery cookbook
Sarah Rayner - One Moment One Morning and Sebastian Faulks - A week in December
Madeleine Wickham - Sleeping Arrangements and Jojo Moyes - The last letter from your lover
Katharine Birbalsingh - To Miss with love and Gervase Phinn - Road to the Dales
Dr. Benjamin Daniels - Confessions of a GP and Mike Pannett - Now then Lad
Helen Hanff - 84 Charing Cross Road and Robert Winder - The final act of Mr. Shakespeare
Michelle Moran - Madame Tussaud
Harriet Evans - Love Always