Thursday, 21 June 2018

Back in business!

Hello, I am back! Long time no see. I have been busy with the last things of, as it seems, a long move. Living like a nomad, no internet and no time to sit down and reflect. I did have time to read though and took the opportunity to read from my shelves, meaning I don't have to move all of the books. I have given away a lot of them. Due to smaller space in the future, I do give away, or terrible thought, through away some books. I only keep those I really loved a lot.

This, of course, does not prevent me from buying new ones. I had a couple of hours to fill downtown Brussels the other week, and ended up in a beautiful bookshop, Filigranes. You can have a cup of coffee or a light lunch here, sitting among the books. It is heaven, n'est pas? They also have a section of foreign books and I went though the English one. It is always interesting to see what kind a books a foreign book shop decides to sell. It is not always the same sort of books as would be highlighted in the UK and other English speaking countries. Often you find very interesting ones as well.

I found two books which I will give away, and therefore the titles will not be revealed here yet. One for my husband and one for a good friend who is celebrating his 70th birthday in September. The four books I found for myself are these ones.

The Disappearance of Émile Zola is about his exile after his involvement in the Dreyfuss affair. I think this can be an interesting book. Hopefully you can find out how it effected Zola. I have also read Zola during my literary course, and this look into his life will be an interesting addition. 

A thriller is not bad, especially during lazy summer months. I have not read Cumming, but they had several of his books, so I thought it could be worth a try. I choose A Divided Spy. 

When I saw The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck I just had to have it. I have read several reviews of it among the blogging community. I think we sometimes just have to do that, although it does not come easy. At least for me. Let's see if something useful comes out of it. 

A while ago a colleague of my husbands sent me a poem by Philip Larkin The Arundel Tomb. I had never heard about him before, but as so often happens, once you have, he pops up everywhere. Here is one of his books, The Whitsun Wedding which also contains the poem above. I really loved The Arundel Tomb and am looking forward getting acquainted with more of his poems.  

Have you read any of the books/authors? What do you think? Any new books entering your already full book shelves?


  1. I just finished A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline which is about the woman who inspired Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" painting. Getting ready for a mystery binge! The Zola sounds especially interesting to me.

  2. I have never heard of either, but must say I love the painting, looking it up. Have to look into that.