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About meI was addicted to books ever since I started reading. I am an avid reader, but as I am usually reading several books in parallel, finishing one might take a while.

Although I always read a lot, I wasted many years on reading "trash books". I assume the reason was the terrible selection of 'serious literature' I had to go through at school. There was never any enjoyment in the way books were treated then. I started reading English books at an early age, because in a foreign language the trash seems less trashy.

But there was a point some years ago when my job became so dull yet stressful that I felt the urgent need to fill my head with some beautiful language as a counterbalance to all those endless (and lifeless) IT papers I had to read.

I finally discovered Shakespeare, first in German, but quickly I switched to the original versions and got used to the language and style by learning a part of the sonnets by heart. And then I found this website with all those suggestions and I haven't been able to stop reading (and collecting) since then. Thank you so much for enriching my life!

About my libraryI will not try to list all my books here. There are just too many, most of them put into storage when I moved to Italy.

I will list all new purchases, the main part of my English books and some older books which mean something to me.

In 2009 I moved to the North of Italy (German speaking region South Tyrole) which makes it harder to find English books (my old town had a huge English book shop... my personal paradise!). So I will catch up on the German authors and hopefully, gradually, also Italian books will find their way into my library.

Since even my new shelves are overflowing after less than one year in my new place, I now decided to start using an e-reader and I ordered a Kindle from the US.

Something about my rating system:

* or **: those books might also turn up in the 'Waste of my Time' collection. They disappointed me, often made me angry and I don't want to touch them ever again.
***: this could be an 'above average trash' book, but also a well written book by a renowned author that left me with a feeling of complete indifference
****: I really enjoyed reading this book and might re-read it
*****: I 'lived' this book while reading it, I was dragged into the story and could not put it down. Definitely worth a re-read. And this could be anything from Shakespeare to the early Harry Potters.

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1001 Books you must read before you die:

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75 books in 2013:
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2012 Reading Journal in the German LTers group:

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Awful Lit., Booker Prize, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Geeks who love the Classicsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Bill Bryson, Charles Dickens, Umberto Eco, Thomas Mann, Haruki Murakami, Marcel Proust, William Shakespeare, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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Real nameNathalie

LocationMerano, Italy

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Member sinceJan 27, 2008

Currently readingBerliner Ausgabe, Bd.5, Erziehung vor Verdun: Bd. I/5 by Arnold Zweig
Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel
The Complete Enderby : Inside Mr. Enderby, Enderby Outside, the Clockwork Testament, Enderby's Dark Lady by Anthony Burgess
Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries) by Joseph O'Neill
La Voce Del Violino (Memoria) (Italian Edition) by Andrea Camilleri
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I was so marveled and deeply touched by your message to me that I showed it to my partner Will. With tears in my eyes, I told him your outreach was so incredible. He asked me to tell you that your command of the English language is so much better than his of the German langauge when he lived there many years ago.

Hugs to you dear Natalie for the wonderful person you are.

I see Richard has beaten me to it - but Happy Thingaversary anyway, Nathalie! Six years of Librarything membership - and hopefully many more to come.
Happy Thingaversary, Nathalie!
Hallo Deern,

der neue Monat hat angefangen und der Lesekreis startet wieder durch! Bist du dabei?


Der Lesekreis
dear Nathalie

we arrived safely in Lelystad.
Tomorrow we have a appointment with the veterinarian, after that we know more...

Again, we are very sorry this messed up our meeting :-(

Anita & Frank
+ Chimay & Ari
I'm glad to be friends, Nathalie. In my mind the major advantage is that I can get to your profile page from mine easily without having to look for an old comment....
I'd post the *Dance* group in the year category, and maybe on the thread say that people can come and go at will. I suppose it's possible that somebody might have read a few and then stopped. I can't imagine not wanting to reread these every few years, and I'm happy that my time has come again!
I just finished, Nathalie. Thank you for reminding me that I hadn't read this one. I'm really glad to have done so now!!!
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This is a wonderful picture, Nathalie!
I'm still here and always happy to talk to somebody in almost real time. I think that you would be happy to own a print copy of *Dance* or have it on your Kindle - that is, if you like what you're hearing. There are a huge number of characters, but the dance is about their weaving their ways in and out of each others' lives, so they are always popping up. I have put over half of it on my Kindle when Amazon was doing deals, so I won't end up spending quite the $80 that it would cost to have the whole thing. I'll eventually get them all because my mass paperback copies will fall apart with one more reading, I'm afraid. I also bought a reader's guide for the Kindle, which is not going to be as easy to navigate as I had hoped. It's in encyclopedia form, and it's hard to navigate without an index, which I don't think it has.
Goody! I'll get started today then. We can post on my thread or yours..... I will start the Daily Dickens back because I'm sure he's quotable.
Are you starting *Dance*?? I have a need to reread, but I really don't want to start it now. I might have to though; it's a world that I love to get lost in!
Nathalie, next week sounds like a fine time to read *Italy*. Why don't we say that we'll start Wednesday? I have a RL book group that meets Tuesday, so I won't get much read until that's over. I look forward to it!
Hi Nathalie,

When I started Proust, I knew it was 7 books (3 volumes); but i thought I would read one and that would be enough. But despite the lassitude of the writing I did get involved and read all the way through in a couple of years. (I travel a great deal so have lots of time for reading.)

Actually I like long books, there something comforting in getting involved in them and having them go on and on. But I must admit, I am never sure about recommending Proust, as it is such a major commitment and such a specific taste -- and really it could use some editing. (I know that is heresy.)

Anyway I have been in Venice for something like 14 years. I work on international development projects, mainly in Africa.

Maybe our paths cross somewhere in Italy.

regards Paul

Mid-April sounds perfect to me!
Pretty and funny - but 5 hours UP!!!???!!! I guess I might have been able to do it once, but I can't imagine when! (It's hard for me to realize and then accept that I'm an old lady.)
Have a good evening, friend!
I neglected to say how pretty you are. You are!!
Nathalie, say when you want to do Dickens on Italy. I can jump in now or wait since it's such a small book.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF DICKENS was the very first thing I downloaded to my Kindle.....and then, it wasn't. I had to get *Sketches by Boz* separately, but that was a pleasure because I had only the first book on paper.
I've pretty much decided that this is going to be a Dickens year again although I won't try to read one a month. I might even be tempted to reread a biography or maybe his letters......
Hi, Nathalie! Since I sort of know the answers to your Dickens questions, I thought I'd write them here so that you don't have to go back to my thread - although you're most welcome there.
The v's and w's are characteristic of Cockney speech in the East End of London. (Cockney) Dickens loved them, and Sam Weller is only one of his Cockney characters. He referred to himself as "Venerables" (with a "W") in his own family.
*Pickwick*'s chapters do reflect the original publishing in numbers as well as I can tell. A cursory look in one of my Dickens biographies fails to tell me why the length varies. This was only his second work, though, and I guess he was feeling his way. On the other hand, he seems to have known exactly what he wanted to do at the time. Sorry to be less than helpful!
I'm glad that you're reading my man and hope you'll read some of his mature work too.
Hi Nathalie, I have no problem with you mentioning me in your review of Memento Mori. Look forward to reading it, and once again, very happy that you ended up liking it.

All the best,

Of course, I had to come see when your Thingaversary is. I suppose that you are allowed to spread out the purchases from past years over an affordable period, but start making your list of FOUR!
(So happy to be the bearer of good news!!) (And I see that I really need to read Muriel Spark!!)
Hi Nathalie, the version of Grimm's Fairy Tales I read consisted of a total of 62 stories and while it is a short book, I took my time reading it 1-2 stories a day.

Hi Nathalie, Followed some of your interesting posts to your profile and to your thread - thank you for wonderful, thoughtful reviews! Your profile photos are absolutely beautiful!!

Beautiful pictures!!!! Well, maybe not the cow; I haven't had a particularly good relationship with the cows in my past. But the mountains and those golden horses are stunning.
Nathalie: My nonfiction novel, now available in Italy, reviewed in Rolling Stone Italia:

Also in English, reviewed often on LT:

Thanks for the link. I won't click on it till I'm finished. I'm up to page 125 (they are just getting married). I dislike Patty quite a lot, and cringe whenever Walter turns up and feel sorry for him. I reckon I should catch you up by tonight. There is just no way this is the great American novel!!
I thought I'd respond to your question about Foucault's Pendulum over here. It came to mind because I was afraid that *2666* may turn out to be the complete leg-pull that FP is...... I started out trying to mark stuff that might be significant thematically or some other way and eventually gave up. It's just too big and scattered. And that made me think, "Too big and scattered to have any unity? Uh oh." I'm going to be more upset if that's true. That's all.
I'm on p. 780 with Reiter in Cologne and Ingeborg ill. Closing in on the end. And what am I going to do with my time when I'm out of this parallel universe? I can't imagine what will be satisfying then....possibly something mindless.
Oh! I could go back to Cloud Atlas which I put down to read *2666* with Stasia!!!
I'm vastly impressed by how quickly you read. You started *2666* after Stasia and I did, but you're probably ahead of us now. I'm holding her back. Do you have any idea at all where this book is going? I want to acknowledge every one of the dead women, to feel that each one was important, but I am so eager to get through this part that I can hardly stand it! I'm around p. 580 or so and will read a little more tonight, but this isn't really bedtime reading.
Do tell us what you're thinking on Stasia's thread or mine!
Here I am again! I can't wait to hear what you think of Bleak House which is my very favorite Dickens. I finished a third reread just before I joined LT last year.
Hi, Deern!
I had to come immediately when I read about 9 years of Latin and no Vergil. Good grief! I envy your comfort in several languages, and I'm assuming that German is your native tongue. YNT might be English for all that I can tell from your writing. At any rate, I look forward to hearing more as we discuss *Aeneid*. (I'm trying to imagine what a translation done preserving the hexameters might be like. Is that Penguin cover the correct edition? Sheesh!)
Hi- I see that you are reading Tristan Shandy. I'm looking forward to your commentary since it's a novel that from time to time I've considered reading; but for some reason I can't fathom I haven't. I know it's not its size since thick novels do not faze me.
Sorry you didn't like The Know-It-All. I think reading it on a flight would not be a good idea. It's the kind of book you should read in bits and pieces, one letter of the alphabet at a time. And the Jacobs' family is very much a part of the plot. I loved the book and the people I know who read it did. Martha Huntley
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