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walking on history, VIII: maulbronn’s monastery


hesse and kepler stepped on these same stones on their way to class on maulbronn’s monastery (which used to be home to a seminary). it’s a striking place — from the vaulted ceilings to the tombstones that lay on the cloister’s floors.

previously on this series.

13 books left… help!

it’s a month till the deadline of my 101 things in 1001 days list expires. some things (volcanos? autocaravans?) are beyond hope… but there might still be just enough time for others – like the books i wanted to read.

i know… 50 books in 3 years is a pretty laughable goal… and yet i struggle. the reason i have trouble reaching it? fan fiction. why must the internet be filled with talented writers, who put my favourite characters in tons of fascinating situations?!

so i’m reaching out to you and asking for suggestions. which books should i read this month? i need quick, entertaining reads to drag me away from this fan fiction’s addiction… bonus points if they feature food or stationery-related themes! :D

the nasty bits

i’ve just started reading the nasty bits, but already i find myself nodding in agreement at moments:

My pal A. A. Gill once suggested that the older he gets, and the more he travels, the less he knows. And I know what he means now. Seeing the planet as I’m seeing it, you are constantly reminded of what you don’t know – how much more there is to see and learn, how damn big and mysterious this world is. It’s both frustrating and addicting, which only makes it harder when you visit, say, China for the first time, and realize how much of it there is – and how little time you have to see it. It’s added a frantic quality to my absurd life, and an element of both desperation and resignation.

here’s to a year of discovery and awe!

buy a dr. seuss book

one of the items on my 101 things in 1001 days list was to buy a dr. seuss book, inspired by isabel’s list. having heard so much about dr. seuss, it just made sense!
but i didn’t want to just buy the book online… so i waited until i found it somewhere, to have a story to go with it. and then came august and we saw it, sitting pretty on a shelf of st. george’s bookshop. :) incidentally, st. george’s weaved itself into our hearts, and these days, if the boy is searching for something new to read, we’ll take the trip there and stock on books. i’m very much still in love with my kindle, so my only temptation are books with graphics or pretty photos. or dr. seuss.
try to say all that fast. it’s tricky, sir! :)

sometimes, i doubt your commitment to sparkle motion

“I have to say, y’all, that what follows is possibly the most awesome crackfic of any of the series so far.”

cleolinda jones, of movies in 15 minutes, put together a wiki of her lj’s twilight related entries. the glossary and book recaps are unmissable and hilarious. “She’s just saying what we’re all thinking”, says the nerd world times blog, and it’s true.

“And they sexed happily ever after in their magic cottage while their half-vampire toddler slept in the next room, and it was the best series starting with a teenage girl in love with a mysterious boy in her class that ended up with a teenage girl defending her growth-accelerated mutant hybrid baby from an ancient clan of evil vampires with her magical psychic shield that I ever read, THE END.”

if you like twilight, or maybe you find the whole thing a little ridiculous, go read, it’s brilliant! :)