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For the Love of Reading

Today marks the 19th annual World Book Day and as an avid reader and former literature student, I want to talk a little bit about reading and give you some book recommendations. Since I was a child I loved hiding my head behind books. Visits to the local library were always a highlight and on our family vacations I would always take a big pile of books with me. It was only natural that I would study something involving literature and even long after university, books are still an important part of my life – even though I work in digital. I just love how books allow you to enter different times and worlds and get a glimpse of the lives and feelings of all these fictional or real characters.

Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.
– Nora Ephron

Apart from that I very much appreciate the smell and feel of books. Even though I do own a Kindle, nothing beats print. If I have read a book from cover to cover, you will definitely see it: the back will be cracked and dog-ears will mark my favourite pages. Only after it has been read, a book comes to life. I am also a collector of used books from flea markets or second hand book stores, a habit I definitely inherited from my Mom. The best thing about these old treasures are little pieces of paper hidden between the pages or meticulous notes made next to the text – little signs left behind by their readers. Coming to think of this, I might share some of my best flea market finds here on the blog soon.

For 2016 I plan to read at least 12 books. One book a month does not sound much, but reading time is scarce. I do not have long morning and evening commutes, so it’s mostly evenings, weekends and holidays that allow me to spend time with a book.

Currently my 2016 reading list looks like this:

  1. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
  2. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  3. Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  4. M Train by Patti Smith
  5. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

I already finished Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton, which I enjoyed very much, even though or especially because I have a hard time relating to an athlete. Currently I am reading Gloria Steinem. I got inspired to read it through Emma Watson’s “Our Shared Shelf” book club on Goodreads, and I am way behind. The three other books are in line and I am still deciding on the other 7 book I want to read. Any ideas?

I can always recommend these:
My favourite Books

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan 
  2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  4. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  5. Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

I could write a lot about each of these books, maybe I will, but at this point I will leave you to it. One last question though: were you reading a book today or did you think about a particular book you read? If yes, which one was it and how did it make you feel?

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3 replies on “ For the Love of Reading ”
  1. How are you finding the Steinem one so far? I bought it because I read a chapter online and quite liked it, but as of now it’s still waiting on the shelf.

    1. Oh it’s very interesting and contains so many bright thoughts by this fascinating woman. At some points I am a bit left out as it contains so many details about American politics, but it definitely broadened my horizon! Go read it :)

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