Schlagwort: Books

The fascination of reading a book

Books. There have always been books. At least for me. I can’t think of a time when books have not been important to me. The moment I could read and owned a card for my local library, I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than reading for whole afternoons, lose myself in new stories and new characters. A good book can always compete with any film. At least for me.

I can’t say why I’ve got and still have the passion. Maybe it has been the reading technique itself, the ability to make words out of signs and understand their meaning – this might be because I still remember the exact feeling when words only were black mysterious signs in a book. There even has been a book I used to fill in the empty spaces after paragraphs with lines scribbled with a pen till the pages’ edge – still without being able to read. Apparently I couldn’t understand why those black signs just stopped. When those black spots finally became letters, words, sentences and even whole stories I fell for the fascination that is reading – and I’m addicted to it ever since.

Of course my passion has change over the years. Sometimes I read more, sometimes less. I discovered new authors while others disappeared from my bookish life. Simultaneously I got fascinated by the internet and tec stuff, I established my first blog, wrote my first blog entry, helped myself to a Kindle (mostly because I wanted to read books in English), a tablet and a Tolino arrived. And I tried (again) to read and write in English – starting with Twitter (I was scared to death when I posted my first English Tweet!), then I tried my very first blog entry about my fav series BBC’s “Sherlock” and Benedict Cumberbatch. Apparently no one cared or at least no one shouted at me for my bad English, so I felt encouraged to write about books I’ve read in English – for some reason it’s easier to write in the same language I’ve read the book.

Over the years some things stayed the same: discovering something new while reading, diving into a book (fiction or non fiction) and coming back into the real world – and the longing for another new book.

You may find the original German version of this blog entry here.

Charlie Lovett: The Bookman’s Tale

Little is known about William Shakespeare, the playwright some consider the best ever, some think he has never lived.  What if a bookseller found a book that could prove that Shakespeare not only lived but has really written all the plays? But it’s not the famous writer that attracts Peter Byerly’s attention. When opening an 18th century study about Shakespeare forgeries, the bookman is struck by a painting of a woman who looks like his beloved wife Amanda. But why the resemblance? Peter who has lost every will to live after the sudden death of Amanda, finally discovers his passion for books again.

“Peter was in no hurry to open the door. It had been nine months since he had entered a bookshop; another few minutes wouldn’t make a difference.”

“The Bookman’s Tale” is one of those novels that lure the reader inside its story from the very first sentence and is unwilling to let him live his life until the book is finished. Charlie Lovett has mixed a love story of two people from very different backgrounds sharing the love for one another and the passion for books, literature and history. The story is set in London and the Welsh countryside round Hay-on-Wye and is alternating between the present, Peter’s and Amanda’s past and the 16th and 17th century. What could be confusing, keeps the reader hooked and eager to find out how the story and the fate of the characters unfolds. The novel is a lovely read for booklovers who should not be afraid to learn a little bit of William Shakespeare.


Photo: Petra Breunig

Charlie Lovett: The Bookman’s Tale – A Novel of Love and Obsession, Alma Books, £ 7.99

An email from a book!

Maybe some of you know that I’m a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. You obviously stumbled across some stuff if you’re following me on Google+, Facebook or Twitter. Honouring Benedict – who is very fond of books and reading – we (thanks to a lovely twitter fan) started a book project on Better World Books. 
Because I am addicted to books and always have one or two sitting on my desk, I ordered some books too, giving my books new companions. I think books are something very special, they are a bit alive. Sort of. But I didn’t know that they are able to write emails. Well, they are. At least the copy of  “The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk” which is excited to meet me! Don’t believe this? Well, here’s the email:

Will I need a dust jacket?

“Holy canasta! It’s me… it’s me! I can’t believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I’ve got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can’t believe I’m leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already – the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge – so many memories. I don’t have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it’s time to see the world!

I can’t wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol’ brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I’ve found a new home

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I’ve had, I’m ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn’t take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I’ve found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.

But hey, enough about me, I’ve been asked to brief you on a few things: (my address)

Eagerly awaiting our meeting.”

If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.
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