Growing up, I spent most of the school vacations at my grandmother's bookstore, I even ended up doing an apprenticeship in that bookstore to become a bookseller. Now I work in IT, but I never lost my love for books. I am fluent in both English and German. At the moment, I prefer reading books in English, but I also read in German, of course. I read a lot of historical fiction, especially mediaval English and Wales history. Also some mystery. And I love reading novels that are placed in other cultures. But there is so much more out there to read, and I'm open for almost anything. It's great to sometimes read a book that I would never have bought for myself but someone gave to me.
Authors I really like are Sharon Kay Penman, Edith Pargeter (aka Ellis Peters), Philippa Gregory, Elizabeth George, Isabel Allende, Dan Brown.
HGG/SGG/all sorts of buddies
For my christmas buddys (and other gift exchanges): If you are looking for something else but books to give to me, I love tea, I like to knit and crochet (though I don't have much time for it), I like "typical items" from other countries, I enjoy any kind of decorative item. And I play the piano. I am always happy about piano sheet music for 4 hands (my kids both have been playing for a few years now, so "middle level" would be perfect). My husband and I like doing puzzles together, like crossword, word searches, sudoku, etc. Really, I'm not too picky. :-)
My Birthday Buddies are Releanna and Bazil74!
My kids (aka denglish) are collecting Euro-coins from all EU-countries. They recently finished their Austrian collections (thanks Releanna for that last cent!) and got most of the Finish coins (thanks pippis! only the 1 and 2 cent coins are missing). Also, thanks to ApoloniaX they got some Irish coins and a few other ones. They have almost no coins from the following countries: Luxemburg, Portugal and Greece. If you should happen to have any coins from these countries, I would be happy to trade with you!
I am a member of the 1001 library and have the following books to offer for anybody interested:
The Scarlet Letter
Go Down Moses
And in German
Saturday (Ian McEwan)
Abbitte (Ian McEwan)
I'm currently hosting the following bookrays/bookrings:
1. Shanghai Girls (Lisa See)
Both rays are still open, if you want to join just PM me.
Rings/Rays I previously hosted:
A Year in the Merde (Stephen Clarke)
The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)
Plain Truth (Jodi Picoult)
All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
Island Beneath the Sea (Isabel Allende)
Sushi for Beginners (Marian Keyes) (it looks like this book got lost. I got a new copy and am sending it out again)
The Giver (Lois Lowry) -> my contribution to the Favourite Book Roundabout 2011
By the way, I also trade books through BookMooch. If interested, here is my bookmooch inventory.