Whoever knows me more than five recognises that I'm a total sucker for books. So let's talk about the stuff that makes up my whole living room and tries to force my boyfriend out of bed so it can have more space: Books. ♥
Today I want to show you three books that currently are on my "to be read"-list.
We start with my newest purchase - The Romanovs 1613 - 1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. I have mixed feelings about this book, nevertheless I look forward to actually reading it. Last semester I already read a book by Simon Montefiore and was kind of disappointed - it should be a biography, which it is, but unfortunately, it's a bad one. I had to show a presentation about the younger life of Stalin and so I was looking for some biographies I could work with, what led me to "Young Stalin" by Montefiore. It is written in a very lurid way, with many signs of subjective views. Not a biography one should work with in an objective and scientific way. So I'm kind of prejudging, what I don't want to do, and I hope the book will be better than the last one I read by Simon Montefiore.
Our next book is one I have had for a long time now and never started reading it. It shows the life of two popular humans - Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill. Despite their very different lives, they were connected through a deep friendship, which is researched and published by Michael Köhlmeier. This is a book I am actually crazy about. I love real-life stories and biographies so much, I think this book will be read in just one take.
The last book for today is written by the well-known feminist Simone de Beauvoir. It's called La Force de l’âge (dt. In den besten Jahren) and shows her life between 1929 and 1944. I am just fascinated by that woman. She lived her very own life and regardless of what had happened she went on. The love between her and Jean-Paul Sartre is one I ship most. Maybe I can get my boyfriend to travel to Paris with me so we can visit their graves. :D
I often purchase my books second-hand, so the last one doesn't look as good and new as the other ones, but I don't care. There is a very nice little ("little" means seven (!!) rooms of books) second-hand book shop in the town I live nearby, so it is easy for me to go there and get new books for my shelf. Maybe I could make a post about that store some day.. we'll see.
At last I want to show you the book I currently read: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I have no words to describe how much I love Jane Austen's books. Everything I need is in them: Beautiful nature, England, very old and wonderful language, soft smiles and warm hearts. This is also what I'm going to do for the rest of the day - read this magical book and drink some tea. It's getting cold outside, now we can grab the chance and vanish in old stories.
(And for all of you who wondered: Of course my boyfriend can stay in our bed.)