For each beginning bears a special magic (Herman Hesse)

Hello out there, how are you today? I very much hope you and yours are well and if not that you find all the support you need. Yesterday, I wrote about the magic of sudden change and the week before about the magic of Mondays. This morning I was pondering both posts and remembered a poem I read many, many years ago. It is by German/Swiss novelist Herman Hesse who some of you might know from books like “Siddhartha“. His parents and grandparents were Christian missionaries to Asia. India mainly, I think. His poetry and novels speak of deep humanity Read More

To Own Or Not To Own, That Is The Question!

Hello and happy Friday, despite everything. Do you like to own or borrow the books you read? This question is a lot on my mind currently because the husband and I are downsizing our home. And we have many, many books. So many, in fact, that we jokingly call our front room “the library”. Many of them are given to me by my family and are old but not particularly valuable. Owning these gives me a connection to my family both those who live far apart as well as those who have passed away. It makes me feel at home Read More

My Three September 2021 Reads

Hello out there, how are you today? I hope this new week and the new month brings only joy and support into your lives. My life is busy with several projects about which I can’t say anything yet. On top of that, my reading motivation is a bit low. I prefer audiobooks, but the titles I have chosen for September are not available as audiobooks. So no new review just yet. I am going to work my way through three books this September and thought I tell you a little about them. The first is “Managing Depression With CBT for Read More

Do you read poetry?

Hello dear readers, how are you today? I hope you and yours are well and if not that you find all the support you need. Today I want to tell you a little about my relationship with poetry books. A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you my “Three Go-To Books When Life Gets Rough“. One of them was a poetry book by Erich Fried. Poetry is something I love to read and write. Even though I am not sharing too much of it yet. And recently, I made it a habit to read one poem a day. At Read More

Gertrud Observes A Grief

Gertrud sat in her living room, the picture of a little blond girl in her hands. She did not feel the comfort of her Laura Ashley sofa with many beautiful roses. She just looked at the picture. “C.S. Lewis is right,” she thought. “We start to make up images of our loved ones once they are gone”. Gertrud could not take away her eyes from the picture. The low glass living room table only had a small and round lace piece and C. S. Lewis’s “A Grief Observed” on it. The sun shone directly through the huge window from behind Read More

Do You Read Translated Fiction?

Frank Zappa said, “So many books so little time.” and that is even more true today. We can read self-published authors besides all the traditionally published ones. And English language books are vastly available because English is a Lingua Franca. There is always South Africa or India or any other English speaking country if you are interested in reading books from abroad. So, surely, there is no need to go for books in languages you do not speak? I experienced translated fiction from a young age and was puzzled by the hesitation in the UK to read it. I grew Read More

Three Books I Come Back To When Life Gets Tough

Life doesn’t always play ball with our plans. We encounter all sorts of catastrophes, from our mental health to the laptop breaking down or losing our job.  Sometimes we deal with those challenges well, and we’ll get over the experience fast. But at other times, they grind us down; and we need some extra support to get over them.  Last week I wrote that I grab a book when life gets tough. It’s not the only strategy I use to improve my resilience but my favourite one. And today, I wanted to share three books that I go to when Read More

How To Eat A Frog And Other Productivity Strategies

“Eat That Frog!” – that title and the books blue cover with its cute frog did it for me. I simply had to have this book. For years I was struggling with my unorganised, procrastinating self. I did a lot but never seemed to get anywhere. Not that I have managed to change that much since I’ve read the book. I need a reminder, and lucky you, to recap, I review it for you 😉

Seven Ways to Choose a Book for Reading

In my life, I had times when I couldn’t find anything to read. What I read previously did not interest me anymore. And I hadn’t found other authors, series or genres that I would like to read then. In these times, I often asked myself how I used to choose the books I was reading and how I should do it then. You probably think that’s quite a first world problem to be bothered about, and you are right. However, I love reading and not finding anything that interested me bothered me a lot! I recently discovered audiobooks and am Read More