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“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired
produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books
than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity...
We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort,
their ready access reassurance.”
A. E. Newton
I'm very interested in Asian literature, South and South-East Asian mostly. And I often read '1001 books you must read before you die' - classics and contemporary books alike - and Booker Prize nominations etc. Literary novels. No chicklit. No romance. No horror. No easy reading. Mysteries/thrillers/spy fiction occasionally (1001 level).
The fact that I registered a book does not necessarily indicate that it reflects my taste.
All books I receive through BookCrossing will sooner or later travel again.
What I like: besides wishlist books...
- salty liquorice / salmiakki (not the sweet kind!) (without gelatin)
- Salmiakki chocolate
- Montezuma’s Chili & Lime chocolate
- Green & Black’s Cherry / Sea Salt / Mint Crisp chocolate
- other chocolate is fine too :-) (especially fair trade)
- BC labels and stickers
- face masks
- hand cream (without paraffin oil)
- Marmite cashews, Marmite chocolate, Marmite peanuts
- sorry, I don't like Christmas (or Easter) ornaments, Christmas-themed books and such things (I'm not Christian)
(- and no more children's books, thanks!)
Are you also fond of embellishing your JEs with pics? Feel free to use mine.
If the book does not shake us awake like a blow to the skull,
why bother reading it in the first place?”
"Ich glaube, man sollte überhaupt nur noch solche Bücher lesen,
die einen beißen und stechen.
Wenn das Buch, das wir lesen,
uns nicht mit einem Faustschlag auf den Schädel weckt,
wozu lesen wir dann das Buch?”
Franz Kafka, Brief an Oskar Pollak, 27. Januar 1904
Among my favourite authors are: Salman Rushdie, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Kamala Shamsie, Nadeem Aslam, Ian McEwan (no need to send me any of their novels)
Some of my favourite books (which deserve eight or nine stars, I'm still waiting to read a ten-star-book):
- in no order -
Haruki Murakami: Hard-boiled Wonderland or the End of the World
Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Salman Rushdie: The Moor's Last Sigh
Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie: Shame
David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell: Ghostwritten
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks
Ian McEwan: Atonement
Ian McEwan: Sweet Tooth
Kamila Shamsie: Burnt Shadows
Kamila Shamsie: Kartography
Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man's Garden
Nadeem Aslam: The Wasted Vigil
John Williams: Stoner
Samrat Upadhyay: Buddha's Orphans
Gabriel Garcìa Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Rana Dasgupta: Solo
Yiyun Li: The Vagrants
Tan Twan Eng: The Gift of Rain
Tan Twan Eng: The Garden of Evening Mists
Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
Orhan Pamuk: Snow
Dan Sleigh: Islands
Jaspreet Singh: Helium
Carsten Jensen: We, the Drowned
Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance
Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel: Bring Up the Bodies
Kate Atkinson: Life After Life
Neel Mukherjee: The Lives of Others
José Luís Peixoto: The Piano Cemetery
Pauline Melville: The Ventriloquist's Tale
Sanjeev Sahota: The Year of the Runaways
... and many more ....
Apolonia Xander (23 April 1625 - 16 September 1678) was my great-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandmother.
She lived in a wine-growing region in the south-west of Germany, survived the plague and the Thirty Years War, a vintner's daughter, married a vintner from the next village. Here's her marriage entry from 1643:
Georg Schmid, Michael Schmiden Gerichtsverwannten Ehelicher Sohn von G.Heppach, vnnd Apolonia, Georg Xanders S. nachgelassne Eheliche Tochter von Grunbach.