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Not so sunny summer reading.


My summer has turned out to be a little bit more damp and chilly than I’d like. Most days consist of drizzling rain and small snippets of sunshine that I’m convinced only comes out to taunt me. Although, I’m trying to find the silver lining in the rain clouds here in Switzerland, so I’ve decided to tackle my ‘to read’ list. Rather than buying books I’ve decided to become a member of my local library, something that I have not done since I was a child, to get my fix of new books.

The Stadt Bibliothek has a surprising number of English books as well as a huge variety of German, French, Italian, and Spanish books. I love the variety and I guess that’s one of the perks of living in Switzerland. I have been reading a lot of newly released books, but I also wanted to take some time to get to those ‘classic’ lit. books that I never got around to reading.

On my library card I have thus far:

Sula – Toni Morrison

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami.

I’ve already made a mental list of all the other books I need/want to borrow. I can’t believe that I had forgotten how amazing and wonderful libraries can be. They have an endless supply of books with endless possibilities.

When was the last time you visited your local library? And what are you planning on reading over the summer? I’d love to hear from you!

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2 thoughts on “Not so sunny summer reading.

  1. It’s great to hear libraries are still relevant for patrons. I heard in Norway, libraries allow ebooks to be borrowed from any publisher. In America, I think only one or two publishers have allowed that? I think it’s a great feature for a changing digital age. However, libraries in Thailand are all private-owned and require big annual membership fees, so I can’t convince myself to commit to it. But I used to volunteer as a librarian in the States because the city closed more than half of our libraries (budgets, they say). I’ll be looking forward to your review of Murakami!

    • I had to pay a small fee to join my local library, but it was pretty small. You can also borrow ebooks for any publisher and in lots of different formats. I’ll keep you posted about the Murakami review 🙂

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