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This weekend.. I managed to read!

I finally finished a book this weekend..

Moominvalley in November

Moominvalley in November by Tove Jansson

I thought it was my first book of February, but apparently I had finished reading Indigo’s Star at the beginning of this month. So perhaps my reading slump is not as bad as I imagined it? It has nothing to do with the books I am reading, btw, but everything to do with lots of other things taking over my life at the moment.

However, I am hoping that this will actually foreshadow a return to reading and blogging :-)

More soon..

Merry Christmas!

I have been enjoying a quiet vacation for a week by now, meaning that I have been doing nothing, decorating the Christmas tree, and reading a few comfort books.

And now it is almost Christmas!

merry christmas

Merry Christmas! (with bears!)

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have lovely days :-)

I shall be enjoying time with family and reading some more of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (first time reading this!).


I just realised that we are past the halfway point of September, and that I have not finished a single book this month except *ahem* City of Bones.

It is not that I haven’t been reading. I am slowly making my way through three books that are all rather amazing in their own way: Suite FrancaiseThe Book Thief, and Shirley. However, my reading time is somewhat more limited than I had expected it to be this month. Plus, all three books are quite long. Lovely but slow reading it is then, I guess, for September.

How is your reading month going? Have you read any amazing books lately?

This Week..

Yes, this is a completely random picture of my All Stars.

…Mostly consisted of work related things as I am desperately trying to finish a conference paper asking myself what on earth I am trying to say..

….More work stuff as I had my first annual progress review (the first year of a PhD over here is basically a pilot year: you can get fired if you do not show enough progress) and I got a contract renewal [insert very big YAY! here]!! This means another year of doing what I love best and probably being very stressed out about it all at once :-P

…I finished my first book for the Classics Club: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, and also read This is Paradise.

…I did some comfort watching of this modern interpretation of Pride and Prejudice* (has anyone else seen it, because I haven’t come across many opinions on it?) and the latest version of Jane Eyre.

…I went to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. And um, I’m not going to give you a full report, but with 0.0 expectations it actually turned out quite enjoyable; it is corny as hell and yes it made me giggle more than swoon because the romance scenes are SO predictable – made even worse by the choice of music, but it has that compulsive Paranormal YA quality (you know, hot boys, swooning romance – even if that all kind of (threathens to) fall apart later). It was the kind of story I needed right now: no stress involved at all. I am almost tempted to pick up the books.

What was your week like? 

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Holiday time!

Once every four years, Bas and I actually manage to get more than a week (but just barely) off at the same time and – with no prior coordination, we are still waiting for that miracle to happen – we are lucky enough to go camping. So, that’s what I will be doing in the upcoming days.

Of course, I did want to share my thoughts on Alphabet of ThornMagic Flutes, and the monthly check-in for War and Peace before I left, but I simply do not think it is going to happen. Perhaps when I am back home?

I am writing this post in between making sure I have enough books on my eReader (I am trying to bring only two paperback copies this time around – we’ll see how that goes) and actually packing my clothes [priorities!].

I hope you have wonderful week(s) either at home or abroad. See you soon!