I tried to balance the whole stack on my head, but it proved virtually impossible – the poor books kept fluttering off in all directions

It’s been a while since I told you I was reading five books at the same time and feeling a bit overwhelmed by my own bravery. Here’s a little update on how it all went down from there:

  1. I finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee first, because my friend Anne and I were buddy reading that  one, she had already finished and I didn’t want to carry the heavy hard cover with me on my holiday.
  2. I packed two different books for my holiday: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie and A Room with a View by E.M. Forster . Neither of which I read because:
  3. In the first leg of my holiday, my dad and I were housesitting for some friends of his. I quickly discovered Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez on one of their bookshelves. I had been wanting to try some more Márquez ever since I finished One Hundred Years of Solitude two years ago, so I borrowed this book and continued to read it for the rest of my journey. It was lovely!
  4. You may remember that a certain Harry Potter book came out this summer. My boyfriend and I saw it in a bookstore in Frankfurt and couldn’t resist. We read the first act to each other on our holiday, and I finished the rest at home. (He let me take our shared copy home – isn’t he a keeper?)
  5. I finished Voor de Liefste Onbekende by Ingmar Heytze. Yay, one off the original list!
  6. In Germany, George had bought me Das geheime Tagebuch der Lizzie Bennet, the German translation of the book accompanying the popular YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I adore this series, but also wanted to try to read more German, so I figured a German translation might not be so bad. In the end it worked out really well, since it gave the book a little more distance from the YouTube videos which helped me immerse myself into it more and read it as something new and original.
  7. Lastly, on my many trips up and down to Brussels to find a room here, I finished In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe, which was very insightful and sharp and all together enjoyable.

So The Gaze and Cat Stories are still on my TBR. The latter I don’t mind so much, since it is nice to read a cat story every so often but I do not necessarily read the whole book at once. The Gaze I was quite enjoying at the beginning, though, so I initially thought I would finish it much faster but I seem to have hit some kind of slump in the middle.

I’m currently reading Northern Lights by Nora Roberts in my lunch breaks at my internship. It’s lovely to take my sandwiches outside and sit on a bench reading a cosy book, so I guess I will finish this one soon. And then on to The Gaze maybe? Or something else entirely?


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