Reading shorties: There’s no such thing as an easy job” by Kikuko Tsumura

Reading shorties: There’s no such thing as an easy job” by Kikuko Tsumura

FYI: This review contains spoilers. “The whole situation had come to be because I’d sat down one day in front of my recruiter and informed her that I wanted a job as close as possible to my house – ideally, something along the lines of sitting all day in a chair, overseeing the extraction of [...]

Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

Reading shorties: “The Five” by Hallie Rubenhold

"The fibers that have clung to and defined the shape of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Kate, and Mary Jane’s stories are the values of the Victorian world. They are male, authoritarian, and middle class. They were formed at a time when women had no voice, and few rights, and the poor were considered lazy and degenerate: [...]

Leben nach dem Low Buy – ein sehr spätes Update

Leben nach dem Low Buy – ein sehr spätes Update

Nun ist es bereits März 2021 und ich habe es verabsäumt, mein Low-Buy-Abenteuer 2020 auch auf in der deutschen Version nochmal Revue passieren zu lassen – shame on me. Mein letztes deutschsprachiges Update stammt vom Sommer 2020 und ist damit schon mehr als eine Weile her. Da gilt es einiges aufzuholen. Das zweite Halbjahr (fast) [...]

Life after Low buy – my January/February shopping escapades …

Life after Low buy – my January/February shopping escapades …

Let's start with a short summary: In 2020 I decided to do a Low Buy Year, setting up some rules and at the same time providing my inner shopaholic with some loopholes – like a € 50 book-buying budget. While I failed a few times and wasn't always satisfied with my efforts, overall I enjoyed [...]

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

Reading: “The Makioka Sisters” by Junichiro Tanizaki

“She [Sachiko] was sometimes startled at the thought that she spent more time worrying about her sisters than about her husband and her daughter, but they were like daughters—they were on a level with Etsuko in her affections, and at the same time they were her only friends. Left alone, she was surprised to note [...]

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

Reading: “Sweet Forgiveness” by Lori Nelson Spielman

As I’ve already stated several times before, I’m a cover whore. Most often, this leads to interesting books I wouldn’t necessarily read. Sometimes, this leads to me discovering that the beautiful cover is indeed the only remarkable feature of a book. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” goes both ways I’m afraid. Unfortunately, Spielman’s [...]