Everybody seems to be addicted to something. Well, I know, you could believe now in my case it is chocolate and you're not completely wrong. But I've got a second drug: books. I read books as others eat fresh rolls and I always pick up a new book out of the celler where I store them. My hubby already asumed I've got a hidden writer there. But no, I didn't go so far to capture one for myself. Today I tell you what I like to read and I have to confess it's no heavy fare for the brain :o). When I read, I like it easy going, a bit dreamy, a bit romantic, a bit of adventure... I want to be entertained. Life is serious enough, lets just enjoy reading.
Es ist einfach herrlich wie Hape "seinen" Jakobsweg beschreibt und wer es gelesen hat, hat bestimmt auch mehr als einmal wie ich laut gelacht. Hmm und irgendwie scheint jeder, der es gelesen hat, den Weg in Angriff nehmen zu wollen. Bei mir ist dieser Wunsch wieder in den Hintergrund gerückt, weil ich keine Menschen-Autobahn mag. Natürlich sind es nicht die Blasen oder der Muskelkater die mich davon abhalten *kicher*.
I guess this book is not available in English. It's about a German comedian who walks the famous Jakobsweg. After reading it, I would have loved to take my walking boots and just make me on my way. But it seems as everybody who has read that book wants to do the same and because I don't like migrations of Peoples on my walking ways I let it be. Of course it isn't because of blisters and sore muscles...*LoL*.
One of my favorites writers is Katie Fforde. Well, I don't really like the German movies that were made out of her books but nevertheless her books are great. I love her humour and her english style and I have always to smile when on every tenth or twentieth page a cup of tea turns up. In "Practically Perfect" a young woman restores a Cottage to make a living of it. However not only a Greyhound dog makes her life complicated but the chairman of the planning authority too. The book is lovely to read and of course there's a happy end. I have to confess, that I read the last pages of a book always first... and if there is no happy end, I don't read the book :o).
Eigentlich lese ich nichts Gruseliges und keine Krimis. Nur wenn Nora Roberts die Autorin ist, ja dann mache ich schon mal eine Ausnahme. Die Trilogie Grün, Blau und Rot habe ich verschlungen, obwohl darin gruselige Vampire vorkommen und ich manchmal schon die Decke bis fast über den Kopf ziehen musste. Ein "guter" Vampir kämpft zusammen mit den Menschen gegen die bösen Vampire. Die Geschichte ist aber so spannend und trotzdem romantisch geschrieben, dass man bald einmal vergisst, dass es um Vampire geht, bis halt eben wieder zu jenen Momenten in denen dieses bitterböse Vampirweib, Lilith, auftaucht und ja, dann gibt's schon Hühnerhaut.
Usually I don't read scary books. But when it is written by Nora Roberts I just have to read it. I love her style of writing and I devoured the trilogy "Dance of the Gods". A "good" vampire fights together with the humans against the bad vampires. Well, that could give you chickenskins truly, but it is written so adventures and romantic that one could nearly forget reading about vampires... only in those scary moments when the head vampire Lilith appears... then I had to put my head under the bedcover... or sit a bit closer to my hubby.
I prefer reading the books from Robin Pilcher than from his famous mother Rosamunde. I like his style and from all books I've read from him I liked this one the most: The English Title is "A Risk Worth Taking". An Investment banker lost his job after a stock market crash. When his wife turns away from him he decided to take a job in Scotland and his son went with him. Together they learned to live with less, to work hard and what true love meant. It's a beautiful book even when sometimes I shivered by all this rain and coldness and sometimes I even meant to smell the smoke of this old stove.
I discovered this author last year. Again an English writer, I just love her style. I laughed tears imagining the city girl, only dressed in a dressing gown, chasing after cows in the middle of the night, or how she called the Vet after a chicken had died (that could have been me) or how she brought the farmers to fear only because she thought the Foot and Mouth disease has broken out. If you have nothing to laugh about, just buy this book, it's fun.
Samantha, eine erfolgreiche Londoner Anwältin, entdeckt eines Tages, dass ihr ein folgenschwerer Fehler unterlaufen ist. Völlig aufgelöst verlässt sie das Büro und steigt in den nächstbesten Zug, der sie weit, weit weg aufs Land bringen soll. Als sie sich nach dem Weg erkundigt, kommt es zu einer Verwechslung: Samantha wird mit einer Bewerberin für eine Job als Haushaltshilfe verwechselt. Da sie ihren Job eh los war, nimmt sie die Anstellung an, obwohl sie überhaupt keine Ahnung von Hausarbeit hat. Aber wie's so kommt, ist das Glück nah und ein junger Gärtner steht mit Rat und Tat zur Seite.
Sophie Kinsella, another English Writer with lots of humour. "The Undomestic" is the English title of that book. I really have to read this book again, it's a long time since I did it last. Samantha is a lawyer in London who happens to have made a big mistake. Out of panic she run on the next train... to somehow Escape to the Country. When she asked for the way she was mistaken as a candidate for a housekeeping job. Out of despair she took that job even without having any experience in housekeeping. Luckily there is a young gardener who helps her.
Sorry, but again, this book won't be available in English, I guess. It's a story about a little Dachshund who finds himself suddenly in an animal shelter. Luckily he hasn't to wait for long until his new owner rescued him. But he's young and inexperienced with humans and their strange attitude. In the neighborhood lives an elderly cat, called Mr. Beck, who explains the strange behavior of the humans to him. It's witty, lovely and just fun to read.
Oh, well, this book I bought in Scotland. Which girl doesn't dream to open up a Cupcake Café. In this book you will even find some recipe but I have to confess I didn't try them out yet. It's fun to read about that girl who uses the old recipes of her family and struggle to open up that Café, which will become the center of the district. And I guarantee that you will become appetite for sweets reading it.
I do also love to read stories that plays in other time epochs. This one here is from Barbara Wood and tells the story about a woman who wants to become a doctor when it is shear impossible because it is a male domain. As you can see the book is more than once read, it looks already a bit used.
Oh yes, and this is my absolute favorite book: a photo book about our beloved and departed cat Jazz, or "Bu" as we called her. Even three years after her death we love to take that book in our hands and watch the photos about her. That may sound a bit sad, but it isn't. We've got lovely memories at her, she was a great and very dear cat with character. And as you can see, she still got a place in our, well I should better say in "her", home.
So, das war jetzt reichlich Lesestoff und nun bin ich natürlich neugierig zu erfahren, was Ihr denn so lest. Schliesslich entdeckt man auf diese Weise auch immer wieder neue Autoren, die man selber noch nicht kannte. Also, gebt mir etwas von dem dringend benötigten Stoff :o).
So, now you know what is read in the Gwundergarten and of course I'm very keen to hear what you're reading. That's the way to find new authors, which books one hasn't read before. So come on, don't let me without my drug :o).
En liebe Gruess / Take care