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    these are memories from places in my past


  • sadie jones: the outcast: a novel

    sadie jones: the outcast: a novel
    what is it with me picking really dark books at the moment? isn't there anything out there that is happy? (***)

  • andrew bavidson: the gargoyle

    andrew bavidson: the gargoyle
    dark, dark and more dark. i should have figured this out from the blackened book spine. good, thought provoking. not sure i would recommend it. (**)

  • stephenie meyer: breaking dawn

    stephenie meyer: breaking dawn
    didn't go to the usa as planned so had to buy this in hardback. (****)

  • rohinton mistry: a fine balance

    rohinton mistry: a fine balance
    my friend kelly warned me this was sad. without that warning i'm not sure i could have taken it, but knowing this, i really loved this book. mistry has an amazing ability to help you see why it's important to try to view things from another person's perspective. (*****)

  • stephenie meyer: eclipse

    stephenie meyer: eclipse
    yep still enjoying these. (****)

  • stephenie meyer: new moon

    stephenie meyer: new moon
    once i got started, i had to finish the saga...i saw someone say this made them wish they were 13 again and i have to agree. it's very well done. (****)

  • kate furnivall: the russian concubine

    kate furnivall: the russian concubine
    while i got a little confused between the characters for the first half of this book, and i wished i had a little more political context, i enjoyed this. set in pre-revolutionary china, this looks at a russian girl who falls in love with a chinese communist. (***)

  • stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)

    stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)
    i had four people recommend this over a two day period so when i saw it in the airport bookstore i picked it up. having liked buffy, i really enjoyed it and have now bought book 2. (****)

  • jane harris: the observations

    jane harris: the observations
    despite a relatively distracting voice, bessy--the protagonist in this story--grows on you and i enjoyed this story despite its flaws. (***)

  • sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel

    sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel
    four or five friends recommended this book before i wrote off to amazon to order it. i can understand why it has a viral following. it's great--good writing, gripping story, solid characters. well worth reading and my favourite new book of 2008. (*****)


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Hi: Don't worry about it. I've been "on vacation" from blogging for nearly a year. I moved back to the US from FInland with my new wife and we are now living in Portland. I was reading your blog since before Madeline was born and I must say she has turned into a wonderful little person. I'm back on the writing trail and look forward to catching up. Stay well. Michel

Susanna Loof

Hello my friend,
don't beat yourself too much! Somehow, this reminds me of Watkins: shortly after I arrived there, I thought it was normal to ace all your classes... alas, it was not. One must not ace all classes. And one must not post blogs every day. (And it's OK if the dust bunnies gather in the corner etc, etc, etc...) That's at least what I'm struggling to persuade myself most days, when I don't fulfill all that I set out to do.

At any rate, I really am commenting only to recommend a good book: Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson. She's a Swede who lives in New Zealand, and she wrote this book (her first one) in English. Aside from finding the linguistical aspects totally intresting, I just loooooved the book. It' a good (and fast) read.
A must-read, in my opinion. Take care and schoene gruesse aus wien! /susanna


Great to see you back again!
Hey, did you get a box from me?
Spent the weekend in Bellevue and was thinking of you. :)

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