Failsafe Method to Convince Yourself You Should Buy More Books (Also, I Moved)

October 20, 2016 books, miscellaneous 20

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Heeeello blogglings,

I’m back! Sort of… I’ll be posting again, just not very often. But once a month is better than never, right? Right, so let’s move on. I’m writing this from my new home in England, where I have recently moved to do my postgrad. One of the reasons for my hiatus was that I was a little burned out from writing my bachelor thesis, working part time, applying to universities and organizing a move to another country, so it’s good to be finally here! I’ve semi-recovered now, and I was missing the blogosphere, so here I am.

afternoon tea deliciousness

Afternoon tea is one touristy thing I won’t get tired of…

I arrived in England with a nasty case of tonsillitis, so thank god (the queen??) there’s good healthcare here. I had to spend the first few days in bed, poppin’ pills like I was part of a very bad, miserable rap video. Thanks to modern drugs, hot water (my house didn’t have a kettle when I moved in, leading me to question whether I accidentally got on a plane to the wrong country) and Netflix, it got better fairly quickly. After some initial hiccups (like missing my bus stop because individual stops aren’t announced here, or desperately trying to understand the local accent), I’ve settled in quite nicely.

I live close to the sea now!

I live close to the sea now!

The people in my course are nice, and it’s easier to find others to hang out with than it was at my old university, because we actually have a lot of the same classes. I didn’t expect my course to be so international, but it’s great to learn things about different countries I wouldn’t have known otherwise. I don’t really have a lot of English friends yet, as I’ve mostly been getting to know other international students for the aforementioned reasons, but I’m hoping to get to know some locals over the year. It’s also great to use so much English in everyday life, and it’s a slightly humbling experience as well – in Germany I was convinced my English is pretty good, but while I am fluent, I’m still often at a loss for everyday words, like rubbish collection or hob, especially since I’m more used to American English than British English. I can usually find another way to express what I mean, and I haven’t had any problems at university so far, because my BA was also taught in English, but it’s still good to be reminded I shouldn’t get lazy with it.

they have some nice castles too

They have some nice castles too.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my decision to move here! I miss my friends and family sometimes, but I’m flying home over Christmas and with whatsapp, Skype and oldschool technology like the telephone it actually hasn’t been too bad. Most of my friends live all over the place anyway, and it’s great to meet some new people. Even living without German bread hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, because PANINIS guys, paninis. The only challenge right now is that my brain is still recovering from the last months (or possibly it just switched to holiday mode on its own), so I’m not as immersed into studying as I should be yet, but I’m sure reality will catch up with me eventually. Of course it’s also entirely possible that I just have a slightly warped memory of myself as a productive, studious undergrad due to nostalgia and denial.

The Shiny

Okay, so I wasn’t buying a lot of books before I left for England, because I had so many unread ones, and I really couldn’t justify buying more. HOWEVER, due to great restraint and the fact that I was too sick to put any thought into packing I only brought one book (Mistborn) and my Kindle that has more than enough books to keep me entertained for a while with me. Obviously one cannot live with a single book in one’s room (one is me in case you didn’t catch that), so all of a sudden the magical world of book buying was open to me again. So… I went down the rabbit hole.


these are some of them

On the picture you can see

Running Girl by Simon Mason
Better Than Fiction by various authors
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

and I also bought

Emma by Jane Austen
Transmission by Hari Kunzru
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Wedding Season by Katie Fforde
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

and resigned myself to the fact that I’ll be reading The Goal by Elle Kennedy, so I downloaded the ebook (this is the first one with a woman on the cover instead of a guy’s chest – I wonder if it means anything? :D). Additionally, my OTSP secret sister got me The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

books & cookies!

books & cookies!

So yeah… I should be covered for the next weeks or so. It’s so nice to walk into a bookstore and not having to look for the tiny shelf of English books they have. And somehow all the editions are so pretty!? And all the bookstores are within walking distance of university?? I will have to pack an extra suitcase of books when I move back. Oh! And authors I’ve actually heard of really come here? It’s a whole new wooooorld.

Wow, I forgot how long this blogging thing takes. As this is already so wordy, we’ll make do without the other cake conversation categories this time, and I’ll try to stop by some blogs instead. So… any great new releases? Exciting life events? Funny moving stories? UK related bookish events you want me to know about? Just wanna say hello? Let me know what I’ve missed and how you’ve been in the comments!

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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20 Responses to “Failsafe Method to Convince Yourself You Should Buy More Books (Also, I Moved)”

  1. Valerie

    That’s so awesome that you moved! And you like it right? It sounds really awesome that you’re meeting new people, and sorry about not having German bread, BUT YES PANINIS SOUND GREAT.

    I see you have Sabriel! And the Night Circus! My two favorite books!

    I’m jealous you now live close to the sea. Also please mail me some pastries, thanks!

  2. Ardis @ Pondering The Prose

    I went to England for a 5 month college program through my local college. Moving from sunny California to wet, cold England was a shock to the system, but I loved it. I lived with an English family and had great discussions about life with the mom. It was a wonderful, life-altering experience. Have a blast, hang out in pubs (the best way to meet English people), and go on lots of side-excursions, too. Oh, and The Night Circus is awesome!!!

  3. Samantha

    Elle Kennedy recently changed the covers of the whole series. So now, none of them have abs, they all have girls!
    Glad you are enjoying your time in England. I am always in awe of people who are fluent enough to actually STUDY in another language. Seriously, its mind blowing to me! I have several students from China and I am always in awe of them.
    Good luck!
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    • Vlora


      Did she?? Because now when I go to Goodreads it’s back to the old cover. Ah well, guess it depends on the edition. Ha, I was studying in English in Germany too (my undergrad was American Studies), so I’m actually less worried about doing it in English than I would have been if I had to switch to German haha. Yes, there’s loads of people from China here, and I’m kind of in awe of how hard it must be to study so far away from home in such a different country. I thought it was a big deal to move to another European country before I came here, but meeting all these actual international students has put things into perspective. :D
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    HIIII! So now I will actually comment on your blog instead of drunkenly tweeting with threats to visit you at 4am ;) Seriously though, it sounds like you are doing so well, I am so happy for you! I mean, aside from the being sick thing, which definitely sucks, it sounds like it’s going great! Also, I think that relocation is a great excuse to buy more books! I would loooove to get to go into an actual UK bookstore too- to see ALLLL the pretty editions in PERSON, it would be like heaven! Hope things keep going well, I am so glad to see you popping iN! Also, loved The Glittering Court, so I hope you do too!
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    • Vlora


      HIIII to you to. :D Hey, drunk!Shannon is funny, tweet at me anytime. And it’s not a threat, my door’s open haha. Yes, I actually caught a cold like two more times since I came here, but I’m hoping I’ll adjust to the different insulation standards soon haha. Other than that, it’s been pretty great! OMG Shannon you WOULD love it. I have to restrain myself not to buy literally everything. And I really liked The Glittering Court! I didn’t think I would at the beginning, but then I got used to the writing style and I started really enjoying it. :)
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  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    YAY THAT THE MOVE WENT WELL! Wail about being so sick but I’m glad you got through it quickly. Extra cake for you, because clearly cake fixes everything. (Shh, it totally does.) I think it’d be super daunting to live in a different country, so like, let me bow to your skills and courage right here. WELL DONE. And yaaas for new books. ๐Ÿ˜ I recently bought Vassa in the Night which I LOVED and I’ve just ordered Gemina which I needed, like, yesterday.

    ANYWAY! I hope you settle nicely and wonderfully into England life!!
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    • Vlora


      Ha, I thought it would be super daunting too, but it’s fine actually. I think it really helps that there are no real problems with the language and that I came here to study, because student life is pretty similar here than to how it was in Germany. I’d have much more trouble adjusting if I’d gone to, say, China probably (actually about half of the students in my course are Chinese and I’m kind of in awe of how they’re doing it). Oh, I still haven’t read Illuminae, but it’s on my shelf (…back in Germany, so that’s not helping a lot haha). Hope you enjoy it!
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  6. Aentee

    Glad to hear that the move went well and that you got through your illness quickly. I hope you all the best in settling into your new life and routine, have fun browsing around and finding your new favourite local bookstore :D!

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Wow! It sounds like life has sent you on a fantastic adventure! Best of luck with your school year! Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, English is my first language and I still have no idea what things like rubbish collection or hob mean, so … I guess you’re not that much worse off than an American would be. :-)
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    • Vlora


      It has! Thank you and it does haha. I guess the equivalent of rubbish collection would be trash collection in the US? Waste removal? IDEK haha. And a hob is just like a cooking stove, I guess? Or a cooking plate? I’m still figuring it out, but with some things I don’t even realize it’s an American/British English thing, like for example I kept saying “draft” when here it would apparently be “draught” to the cold air coming from my window? Yeah, you’re right it’s probably similar – I asked a Canadian about it, and it was more or less the same for her! Have a good week. :)
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