Sooooo, November is over. I haven’t managed to write 50.000 words for NaNoWriMo (congratulations to all who managed to do so. You rock!). But the big event I was responsible to organize in the new job went really well and that was such a relief, that nothing else really mattered. Oh, well of course other stuff mattered, but this task (plus a few others this months) had really kept me occupied and busy. I definitely needed this weekend of laziness to recharge my batteries, so to speak.
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I’m so not in a Christmas mood yet, even though we had the first snow here this morning. It’ll be probably washed away by today’s rain soon, but still it was a nice surprise. But Christmas mood… ? Not so much. Probably because I’m already annoyed by the amount of stupid people in the city centre and/or on the Christmas Markets everywhere. When exactly did German Christmas markets turn into a vast food court and open air pub? Seriously?
I haven’t actually officially been to one of the markets yet, just passed through while I was running errands or went to grab some food at a bakery or Vapiano. And there were this stupid groups in which everyone was wearing a stupid Santa hat and people were already so drunk on a late Friday afternoon that they were disgustingly french kissing in a public space. Eeeewh! I decided to retreat to the Starbucks at the Mayersche bookstore then, where at least I was optimistic that I’d be spared to witness stuff like that. There was overly chatty guy sitting a few seats down, which was kind of annoying, but at least the rest of the folks didn’t bother me too much.
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I’ve never been a huge James Bond fan and haven’t watched a Bond movie since the 2nd Bond with Pierce Brosnan, I think. But I’ve been reading so many good things about Skyfall, that I’m tempted to go see that one after all. Now that the busy November is over, I might even find the time to go see a movie again :-). There also is “Argo” which I still would like to see and “Anna Karenina”. I saw the trailer a few months ago and was intrigued. I thought that I maybe read the novel before I watch the movie, but I never got around to reading it even though I got it for my Kindle. I guess the movie will have to suffice after all…
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Speaking of Kindle: I love mine dearly, but it’s such a bad influence for a book addict like me. Even though I don’t have the time to read all the novels, I still buy way too many, because it’s done so easily with a WiFi Kindle. So so easily *sigh*. I still got two shelves of unread books in my living room and it seems there will be another stack of books stored unread on my Kindle soon enough. Well, there already are a few unread books on it, but I’m not willing to call it a stack yet :-)
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I got hooked on a new (to me) series of historic crime novels, set in London in the 1850s, the William Monk series. I downloaded the first one as audiobook months ago, mostly because I felt bad about all the unused Audible credits from my subscription. I was specifically looking for books narrated by Davina Porter, because I just love her narration of the Outlander audibooks. And she also narrated the first few of this series.
So a few days ago I finally started listening to it on my way to work and I was intrigued. It has a fascinating main character and so far is a very good crime novel, in the way that there are lot of possible suspects and probably deep dark secrets in a upper class family. It’s England in the 19th century after all :-) The main character, the police inspector William Monk is fascinating, because he’s suffering from amnesia after an accident. And he can’t tell anyone about it, because then he would lose his job (he hasn’t forgotten how to be a inspector) and wouldn’t be able to support himself anymore and that of course is terrifying him. It’s fascinating to read how he bit by bit through interactions with others learns what kind of person he obviously had been and how he did not like the man he had been. In fact he often is appalled by the man he seems to have been and he’s trying to make amends for it as good as he can.
When I realized I would love to find out more about William Monk I bought the first three novels for my Kindle on Friday. I’m a fast reader and by reading I’ll get through the novel much quicker than I do when I’m listening to it :-). So it will be music in the car again next week and novel reading on the couch for the rest of this Sunday evening now…
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Oh and of course I too have to embed my favourite moment of this week’s Grey’s Anatomy on my blog. To keep it for eternity. Just kidding. But as the MerDer shipper I still am at heart, this was such a wonderful moment. Derek’s look is priceless and was so worth getting up at 3 AM on Friday morning to watch the episode via live stream. Because there had been rumours about it and whether they would come true or not I wanted to watch it as soon as I could. And as I knew I wouldn’t have been able to watch the episode before late Friday night, I decided to watch it in the early morning instead. Tweeting about it with my Grey’s friends was so worth it…