world book day!

7 Mar

Bildyay! for world book day!

what is your favorite book ever? ok. ok. you can name five!

and what do you read at the moment? do you prefer paper or ebooks?

here’s some of my faves:

Bild south of the border by haruki murakami

“No matter where i go, i still end up me. What’s missing never changes. The scenery may change, but i’m still the same incomplete person. The same missing elements torture me with a hunger that i can never satisfy. I think that lack itself is as close as i’ll come to defining myself.”
― Haruki MurakamiSouth of the Border, West of the Sun


Bild breakfast at tiffany’s by truman capote

“I’ve tried that. I’ve tried aspirin, too. Rusty thinks I should smoke marijuana, and I did for a while, but it only makes me giggle. What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”
― Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s


bloggerrebecca rebecca by daphne du maurier (probably my most loved book ever!)

“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one. They are full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word. To-day, wrapped in the complacent armour of approaching middle age, the infinitesimal pricks of day by day brush one but lightly and are soon forgotten, but then–how a careless word would linger, becoming a fiery stigma, and how a look, a glance over a shoulder, branded themselves as things eternal. A denial heralded the thrice crowing of a cock, and an insincerity was like the kiss of Judas. The adult mind can lie with untroubled conscience and a gay composure, but in those days even a small deception scoured the tongue, lashing one against the stake itself.”
― Daphne du MaurierRebecca


036751817-the-buddha-of-suburbia the buddha of suburbia by hanif kureishi

“The cruellest thing you can do to Kerouac is reread him at thirty-eight.”
― Hanif KureishiThe Buddha of Suburbia

and this quote leads my directly to KEROUAC 🙂

On The Road-Jack Kerouac (Front) on the road by jack kerouac

“LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; NY gets god-awful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road

“Ah, it was a fine night, a warm night, a wine-drinking night, a moony night, and a night to hug your girl and talk and spit and be heavengoing.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road

“Sure baby, mañana. It was always mañana. For the next few weeks that was all I heard––mañana a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road

there’s so so so so many more books i adore, like the catcher in the ryethe enchantment of lily dahl, many other books by truman capote, roald dahl… so this is to books and their authors, to libraries and bookstores!

how did you spent world book day?

what did you read? i’d love to know ❤



7 Responses to “world book day!”

  1. hédi 2013/03/07 at 11:12 pm #

    Wunderbar! Richtige Klassiker, hier …

    Ich war jahrelang total vernarrt in Sibylle Bergs Literatur (bin es immer noch …): Meine drei absoluten Lieblingsbücher von SB sind ‘Die Fahrt’, ‘Der Mann schläft’ und ‘Vielen Dank für das Leben’.

    Melinda Nadj Abonjis ‘Tauben fliegen auf’ hat mich zutiefst angesprochen – vermutlich weil wir von derselben Region stammen und sie diese, “unsere Heimat” so unverfälscht wiedergibt.

    Dann gibt’s noch zwei ‘Studien über das Böse’, die mich nie wieder losgelassen haben: 1. ‘In Cold Blood’ von Truman Capote und ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ von Hannah Arendt.

    Und bevor ich dir jetzt deine Kommentarseite mit noch mehr Büchern fülle, belasse ich es bei diesen 6 für diesmal …

    … und danke dir für deine anregenden Inputs, bei denen man richtig Lust aufs Kommentieren kriegt.

    • julia 2013/03/09 at 12:12 pm #

      oh, ja!! ich liebe truman capote generell. ‘in cold blood’ ist auch großartig, die anderen aufgeführten kenne ich alle nicht, aber hab sie mal auf meine liste gesetzt 😉
      vielen dank, liebe hédi. auch für das feedback!!
      happy saturday ❤

  2. teamgloria 2013/03/08 at 3:03 am #

    oh! so many!

    a few quotes because we adored yours.

    Nigel Slater: Rhubarb, stewed with brown sugar, maple syrup or honey, is an uplifting start to the day. The clear, piercing juices glow in the breakfast bowl on a grey February morning. A winter wake-up call if ever there was one.

    Sybille Bedford: Pleasures and Landscapes: A back room attached to a kitchen, bare communal tables, benches, cool scowls for welcome, crowded to overflowing, but no queue. No diamonds, no foreigners, no Giuliettas. The customers: Florentine aristocracy and workmen with a sprinkling of professional men. Good bread, olive oil, bowls of grated cheese, fresh-cut lemons…..

    Sybille Bedford: Quicksands: “True, when the train had crossed the Alps and engaged its slow descent into a sunlit fruitful valley, I had experienced a state of sheer joy, a fulfilment of a longing that lies dormant in many of us whose birth has been into the rain.”


    and thank you for the virtual hug left on Our Site 🙂

    Much appreciated

    _teamgloria xx

    • julia 2013/03/09 at 12:23 pm #

      oh, how lovely!!!! aren’t book quotes the best? and then you feel the NEED to read all of them?? (my list is already sooo long). never heard of nigel slater. and suddenly feel the urge to try this rhubarb combo 😉
      sending LOVE from berlin*

  3. Gianfranco 2013/03/11 at 2:07 pm #

    wow !! 2 of my favourites authors in your list, Julia !

    I’m a huge Kerouac’s lover, so yes ‘On The Road’ is on my list too (well, every Kerouac’s book could be in fact, I really love ‘Big Sur’ and ‘The Dharma Bums’).
    Then, Truman Capote !!! I would pick up ‘In Cold Blood’ rather than ‘Breakfast…’. For me it’s a Chef d’Oeuvre…
    Another Chef d’Oeuvre : ‘The Sun also rises’ by Ernest Hemingway….No word to add, Paris and Spain in the 20’s….magical, beautiful….
    Then I’d choose a french one : ‘La promesse de l’aube’ by Romain Gary.
    And the last one……so hard to pick it up…..there are so many books I love…… maybe ‘Martin Eden’ by Jack London…. (or any other book by Jack London !)

    And the list could be much much much longer……

    • julia 2013/03/11 at 9:02 pm #

      i’ve never read anything by jack london… i must admit that i always thought “oh, that’s a boy thing”. but maybe i should give him a try. as you already said there are soooo many good books and live almost seems too short to be able to read all the books you want to read 😉
      and merci beaucoup for the hemingway hint- he’s been on my list for a long time. ..

  4. Gianfranco 2013/03/12 at 2:49 pm #

    I do confirm that Jack London is not ‘for boys only’ ! Start with short stories such as ‘The Call of the Wild’ or ‘White Fang’…and I’m sure you gonna love them….Everybody does…
    And yes, GO for Hemingway, he’s the best…

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