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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!