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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Blogging Break

I know I rarely talk about my personal life here, but I just wanted to share this with you, because you have been so kind to me ever since I started blogging and although I have never met you in person, I still feel like you are all my friends.

Some of you may know that we are living in N.Y.C. right now, and although it’s a great city, I still don’t feel at home here. I just miss my family and friends and I miss Europe. That’s why we made the decision to move back to Germany. We are leaving in a few days and that’s why I haven’t been able to blog lately, because I was very busy.

I can’t wait to go back because I want to see my family and that way, we will also get some help with the baby and everything. That’s why I am taking a break from blogging. I don’t know when I will be back, but I promise that I will return. I know I will miss you all very much and I will miss visiting your blogs. I will try to stop by and leave a comment from time to time and maybe I will even manage to post some of my reviews. But I don’t think that it will happen soon, as we will have to take care of many things (jobs, apartment, paperwork etc.). So we will be pretty busy for the next weeks and I know it will be stressful, but at the same time, it will be nice to have some help. I hope you all understand and I hope to see you soon!

Take care and happy reading everyone. If you want to contact me per e-mail sometime, you can do so at passionatebooklover at yahoo dot com. I would love to hear from you!

 P.S. I have some scheduled posts coming up soon!

Andreea

Sorry for not posting for so long

I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to blog lately, but I had my baby girl in November and she is keeping me quite busy. Emma (named after Jane Austen’s novel) is doing well, but she has a lot of energy and doesn’t like to sleep. She also has reflux, colic and a milk allergy, so she cries a lot. Even though it’s pretty stressful, it’s all worth it in the end, because she is a beautiful healthy baby girl! Besides, things have gotten a little bit better and I finally have the time to write this post. Still, I can’t really say that I have time for myself, therefore I haven’t read any books in the past months.  However, I will try to write some reviews from time to time and to visit your blogs. I really miss hearing your thoughts on books and I am anxious to find out what new books you’ve discovered.

I apologize again for not posting for so long, but I hope to return to the book blogging world soon!

I will soon review The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill. It’s a great ghost story and a quick read!

I also have the following books on my shelves waiting to be read:

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

The Brontes went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Illusionist by Jennifer Johnston

Victorian Ghost Stories – An Oxford Anthology

So what are you reading right now? I really want to find new books to add to my wish list (even though I don’t know when I will find the time to read them). I feel like I’ve missed so much in the past months and I really want to catch up with everyone!

P.S. Thanks to all of you who contacted me and asked me how I was doing. I really appreciate it!

Hello Blogging World!

Nowadays, everyone seems to have a blog. There are so many out there, that you can find blogs on any subject. Blogs cover a variety of topics, thus one can choose to visit a blog that arouses one’s interest. Bloggers, on the other hand, can catch on with their readers and can entertain and educate them. Therefore, I decided to start my own blog so that I could share my passion for books with other book lovers and bookworms out there! I will talk about books, authors, and anything else that inspires me. I am looking forward to hearing from you and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog!