Update

Hello everyone!

I’m not 100% back yet, but I am happy to have found the time to post. It’s been very stressful since we arrived here in Germany. We had a lot going on but we have managed to settle in at last. We still live with my family, but in a few weeks we will be moving to our own place. And that’s why it was so hard to keep up with my blog. I had (and still have) to buy furniture and many other things for our new apartment and it will be even more stressful when we finally move, especially with a little baby. However, we can’t wait to move and we are happy to be here. Emma is also happy here and she is doing great. She understands a lot (both German and Romanian), she is crawling and I can’t wait until she starts walking. She is very clever and she is learning new things every day. Her brain is like a sponge, absorbing everything around her and that’s why it’s important to teach her new things daily. In November we will celebrate her first birthday. Time flies and she is getting bigger and bigger and she brings joy and happiness to our lives. We are blessed to have such a wonderful little girl!

I will try to post some new pictures of her when time allows it. Oh, and I forgot to mention that she loves books! I hope she will love them in the future as well. She has a lot of books and I read to her every morning and she listens and smiles! She is so cute! And I also take her to the local book store every week. Hmm, and since I just confessed that I often go to the book store with her, I might add that I bought a lot of books since we arrived here. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to write any reviews, but I hope that I will be able to write reviews again, as soon as we move to our new place, and as soon as we have internet access. Anyway, since I cannot review all the books that I’ve read since our arrival here, I thought I could just mention them and rate them, in case you are interested in finding out if I liked them or not.

So here they are (Unfortunately, the local book store doesn’t have a great ‘English books’ section and a lot of great books are missing, but you can always order any book that they don’t have and then you can pick it up in a few days at no extra cost. Still, I have found a few books, and my mother also bought a few books for me as an arrival gift. And then there’s still Amazon!):

Looking for Alaska by John Green – 4.5 stars out of 5

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – 4 stars out of 5

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel – 3.5 stars out of 5

One Day by David Nicholls – 4 stars out of 5

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer – 4 stars out of 5

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern – 3 stars out of 5

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – 5 stars out of 5

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – 5 stars out of 5

The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore – 2 stars out of 5

The Wild Ass’s Skin by Honoré de Balzac – 4.5 stars out of 5

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé – 4 stars out of 5

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – 3.5 stars out of 5

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – 5 stars out of 5

I also stared a few books but haven’t finished them yet, and I don’t think that I will ever finish them:

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca is one of my favorite books, but this one isn’t as captivating, and I stopped reading in the middle of it, as I can guess where the story is leading)

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges (it’s too complicated for me and I didn’t understand half of what I was reading)

The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer (another book where the end is obvious and I don’t think it can surprise me anymore)

The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim (I can’t really say why, but I somehow didn’t like it and stopped reading after the first pages)

As I mentioned above, my mother bought a few books for me as a gift when we arrived here, but I haven’t stared them yet. Here they are:

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conon Doyle (I can’t wait to read these stories as I have wanted to read them since I was a little girl)

The Adventures of Gil Blas by Alain-Rene Lesage (French author; I am planning to read more French Literature)

The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim (I hope this one is as good as The Enchanted April)

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (Nymeth’s review made me curious, so I hope this book will be good)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (I’ve heard good things about this book)

And these are the books that I’m currently reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

Love for Lydia by H.E. Bates

Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (in German)

The Odd Women by George Gissing

As you can see, I have somehow managed to read a few books since arriving here. I try to read every time little Emma is sleeping.

Regarding the books I am currently reading – so far, I like them all, but, I noticed that I have become a little picky lately, concerning the choice of my books as I expect a lot from them. I want to find books that overwhelm me and enchant me, books that are unforgettable and that make me sad and happy at the same time. I want to find books that make me think – books that challenge me and linger in my mind for a long, long time. I have read such books in the past. Dickens’s Great Expectations is such a book, or Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. I hope to find more books like that, but I know that it will be hard, because not every book that I pick up is wonderful. Some books are disappointing, some are just okay and some are good. What I really want is to find a brilliant book and I hope you can help me. That’s why I wanted to ask you the following question:

What book(s) has inspired you, has made you want to read it over and over again? In short, what is your favorite book? I know it’s a hard question to ask, as you may have many favorite books, but I just want to hear of a few books that meant a lot to you. Please feel free to share your favorite book(s) with me. I trust you and your reading suggestions and I can’t wait to add your titles to my long wish list!   

I hope I haven’t wearied you with my long post! But I miss all of you, I miss ‘talking’ to you about books! I miss visiting your blogs and hearing what you’ve been up to. I hope to be back soon (maybe December?). Until then, take care and happy reading everyone!

P.S. I hope you’re doing great and I hope you’re enjoying the ‘golden October’, as we say here in Germany. The weather has been wonderful these last couple of days and I have been out with Emma quite a lot! I can’t wait for her to grow up so we can go to the park together, sit on a bench and just read:)

 Andreea

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Raina
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 08:48:36

    Hi! I haven’t been reading your blog for long but it’s good to see a new post from you. I loved the Time Traveler’s Wife when we read it for our book club and I started out thinking I was going to hate it because it’s not my “normal” reading material.

    Along those lines I’d say that’s recently the book that has inspired me the most. Since we’ve read it I’ve been way more open minded and tried books I didn’t think I’d like before. I have a dozen or so added to my reading list that before TTW I would have just passed over with a roll of my eyes.

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  2. Alice Teh
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 14:03:27

    So good to hear from you, Andreea! Glad to know you’re settling in. Will be right here when you’re back in full swing. 🙂

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  3. Kathleen
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 16:54:00

    So happy to hear you are doing well and ready to move into your new place. It sounds like you have a lovely little girl and that you are enjoying her very much. How nice that she is already loving books like her mother! Welcome back to the blogging world. I look forward to hearing your future updates.

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  4. Nymeth
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 17:12:24

    It’s so so good to hear from you, Andreea! Don’t worry about not being “really” back yet – we’re happy to hear from you only when you have the time, no pressure. I can imagine the kind of stress you’ve been going to – my own move almost drove me crazy, and I moved into a furnished flat and didn’t have a little girl to look after! I’m very happy to hear Emma is doing so well, btw 😀

    As for a book I keep returning to, I’m going to say Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. Also, your rating of Great Expectations intrigued me – I wanted Bleak House to be my first “real” Dickens (I’ve only read A Christmas Carol before), but there was a read-along recently and a lot of participants seem to have struggled with it. So I think GE might be a better starting place after all.

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  5. Sandy
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 18:31:07

    What???? You are in Germany? How did I miss this event? I wondered where you had gone. I do remember, once babies start walking, the moments of peace become less and less. I loved One Day. And you MUST keep reading My Cousin Rachel. Must, must, must. And 84 Charing Cross is a book that you will read in a day, and it is precious.

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  6. vivienne
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 19:02:47

    Andreea, it is awesome to have you back and we look forward to your full return. I can only imagine how hectic your life has been. Is it really nearly a year since Emma was born.That is scary. I am impressed that you are still managing to read lots of books and love the fact that Emma loves them too.
    My favourite book is really a difficult one. I really couldn’t say. I suppose the Harry Potter ones and the Stephanie Meyer ones had me unable to put them down,s o I would probably say them.

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  7. Melody
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 01:30:09

    So glad to hear from you, Andreea! I didn’t know you and your family are in Germany but I’m happy that you’re settling in nicely. How time flies and look how Emma has grown! 🙂 Hope you’ll share with us about your life in Germany whenever you’ve the time for blogging. Take care!

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  8. iliana
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 00:47:44

    So glad to see you posting again! Good to hear you are getting settled even if it’s slowly but surely 🙂

    And, love to hear that you have a little bookworm on your hands!

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  9. Kristen M.
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 19:04:37

    Very happy to hear from you again! I can’t believe that Emma is almost one year old already! I think my most recent favorite book is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I’m sure I will read it again and again.

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  10. ds
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 00:57:11

    Sorry to be so late to this (had been traveling myself). Germany, wow!! You’ve been missed–will look forward eagerly to your “official” return.
    In the meantime, Happy Birthday to Miss Emma; she sounds like quite the clever girl (not unlike her mama). Vielen herlizchen Glückwünschen!*

    *I’m rusty; hope that was somewhere near correct…

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  11. Palak
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 18:16:55

    Hi,

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and after going through your posts, I have to say we have a lot of books in common 🙂

    As for recommendation : I absolutely loved Possession:A.S.Byatt and my all time fav book has to be Wuthering heights, the book completely moves and shatters me 🙂

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