For our anniversary in May of last year, my husband Frank gave me probably one of the best gifts I have ever received: a gift-card for the Dussmann bookstore. In this place, one can also find the English bookstore, which is pretty well-stocked – and if your book is missing, they will order it for you in the shortest time possible. You can also go with your children. When my four-year old nephews visited us not long ago, they did not want to leave the place – yes, there is also a children’s corner with a nice view on Friedrichstraße. Also, if you remember A Garden in the Library post, this is where you can find this reading café-haven. At last, they also have a French section, although more confined in terms of choice.
Here are some books that made their way to my bookshelf this year. I shall share with you the anecdote when my bookshelf collapsed due to the heavy load a couple months ago: we saw every shelf falling on the one below and because of that, I had to store many of my books in the basement – in the hope that one day I will be able to afford a proper piece of furniture for them.
Quite surprisingly, my favorite readings this year were not necessarily the most famous. I enjoyed, above all, reading Le Petit Prince again and discovering Silas Marner and Washington Square for they contain a lot of meaning in fewer pages. As reading is a matter of taste, I will not give you more personal thoughts. The list below was classified in alphabetical order and by language.
Emma, by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
Silas Marner, by George Eliot
The Book of Hours, by Davis Bunn
The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peal Pie Society, by A. Barrows and M. Ann Shaffer
Think Big, by Ben Carson
Reshaping it all, by Candace Cameron Bure
Washington Square, by Henry James
Atala, by René de Chateaubriand
L’Appel de l’Ange, by Guillaume Mussot
Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Madame Bovary, by Guy Maupassant
Die Armenierfrage in der Türkei, by Sybille Thellen
Keine Grosse Sache, by Vanessa Kullmann
Sabotaggio d’Amore, by Amélie Nothomb
Each reading on the list above has made me discover either a new style of writing, a writer’s universe, or some good insight and encouraging thoughts in specific areas. While my readings in previous years were more philosophical, this year saw novels and fictions added to develop my imaginary world. This year I plan on reading more about the Armenian case in order to get closer to my culture and History, but mostly because April 24, 2015 is the official date of the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
I would love for you to share with me what your 2014 library looked like and how reading brought you food for thought and what you think your reading will be like in 2015.
Happy new literary year folks!