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Rachel

I am in sore need of some new books.... and I read my first Kate Atkinson this past Christmas so might hunt down Life After Life. Thanks Suzy!

Jo

I have exactly the same issue with reading/sewing/knitting time - which to concentrate on first! But I so love reading that there's always something going, even if the sewing (and ocassionally knitting) gets ignored :-) Enjoy your travel reading, it makes a trip so much more enjoyable if you have a mental backdrop for it - and your trip sounds amazing!

Lightning McStitch

Oooh. We're book twins!
I've read both those Anna Funder books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Burial Rites was extraordinary and I cryed like a baby at the end! very moving.
My brother lives in Berlin so I've visited a few times and LOVE that city. A fantastic book to get a feeling for the complexity of Berlin through it's architecture is Ghosts of Berlin by Brian Ladd.
Off topic, should you get any time to read on the plane: The City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron is very absorbing. I started reading it during my labour with child No 2 and couldn't put it down!

Siri

Hi, I usually don't comment but have enjoyed reading your blog for a few years now. That sounds like a fantastic trip.

I don't have any books to recommend (but have to say that the Lonely Planet city guide to Berlin is great) but suggest the films Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others, 2006) and Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, 1987) if you haven't seen them already. Oooh, and Good Bye Lenin! (2003) has a completely different mood to the others but is definitely worth a watch.

Siri

mrs robinson

I understand the anxiety felt to be separated from your sewing machine. Mine really, really must need a service but how to live without it? Of course I could spend that time knitting, some crochet, reading, cleaning! I will be strong and book the poor thing in... soon...

floatingworld


Let me know what you think if you end up reading it! I thought it was great. And don't be put off by how long the book looks - the way it's formatted means it shorter than it looks.

Suzy x

floatingworld


Hi Siri,
Thanks for the comment! Those movies sound great, I'll track them down... I saw Good Bye Lenin years ago and really enjoyed it, so it would be good to watch it again, and the other two look excellent too.

All the best,
Suzy.

floatingworld


Thanks for the comment, it's so tricky to fit everything in, isn't
it? I realised at the end of 2012 that I'd hardly read any novels that
year, and so last year made more effort to make time for reading and
really enjoyed it. Nothing like a good book!

Suzy x

floatingworld

Oooh, thanks for suggesting Ghosts of Berlin - that sounds great- I'll track it down. And City of Your Final Destination sounds excellent too - being good enough to distract from labour is a pretty compelling recommendation.
Suzy x

floatingworld

It's funny, isn't it, how much we depend on our sewing machines? And the whole time it's been off at the shop I've been thinking about things I want to sew. I think I'll have to get some things cut out and ready to go for as soon as it's back!

floatingworld


Oooh, thanks for suggesting Ghosts of Berlin - that sounds great- I'll track it down. And City of Your Final Destination sounds excellent too - being good enough to distract from labour is a pretty compelling recommendation.

Suzy x

floatingworld


Thanks for the comment, it's so tricky to fit everything in, isn't it? I realised at the end of 2012 that I'd hardly read any novels that year, and so last year made more effort to make time for reading and really enjoyed it. Nothing like a good book!

Suzy x

Ingrid

We did a children's performance art show at the Design Museum in Helsinki that had my girls completely transfixed. It was completely in Finnish, but that did not concern them at all. I love Helsinki and would seize the opportunity to visit there again.

The zoo and night safari are world class in Singapore and great for kids.

Anne Marie

I am impressed with your trip and the places you will visit. That sounds like fun.

One way of mending the gap between the hours of the day and all the things I would love to do, is to listen to audio books while I knit. I miss reading actual paper books, but for now, while my children are small I'll manage with the audio books. I use the audible app and download them to my iphone. Very practical.

By the way, I love what you have casted on your needles!

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