If We Were Having Coffee… On March 26

Hello, my lovelies!

How are you today? I’m so glad to see you for today’s Weekend Coffee Share!

It’s a beautiful day here, sunny, blue skies and it’s about 13°C out. So it’s up to you but we could have our coffees outside on the patio.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my granddad turned 91 this week.  We had coffee and cakes, but unfortunately, our relatives aren’t getting any younger, so it was just immediate family this year. Last year we had pretty much the entire clan here.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the #savetheculture book exchange. College friends of mine from New Zealand got me involved. Basically, you send one book to someone, and someone else who participates sends one to you. I have to say I was a bit suspicious at first but I liked the premise: getting a book recommendation from someone elsewhere in the world. You can choose which book you send, so you decide how much you spend. It’s recommended that you buy an English language book, unless the person you send it to lives in your country and is likely to read your language,

Anyway, I decided there’s no harm in it. Even if I don’t get a book back, Id only have lost whatever I spent on the book. I decided to buy a copy of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is one of my new favourites. I’ve read a few good books, but this is the one I recommend when I dont know someone’s reading habits. So I sent mine off, and a day later, a package arrived for me. It came from Cologne, so it didnt travel far. No note, no nothing to indicate what it was, but when I opened it, this is what I found:

#SaveTheCulture ©Cornelia Kaufmann
#SaveTheCulture ©Cornelia Kaufmann

Yep, I got my book! And I don’t even know it yet! Needless to say that this way my face when I realised what it was:

Happy Toothless

To be fair, that’s my face everytime I get a new book.

I spent this past week setting up my book blog Literati Girl, including various social media accounts for it: a Facebook page, a Twitter account, Goodreads profile, Instagram and so on. It *should* all be linked up now, though I still need to do some customisation over the weekend. I also  set up a Review Policy on the blog, and it actually was harder than I thought it would be. Defining precisely what I would and would not read, preferences and turn-around time and all that.  Have a look and tell me what you think. There’ll also be a Literati Girl Weekend Coffee Share later. I’ll try to keep those book-related.

If we were having coffee today I wouldn’t have much more to tell you, except that I am working on my very last uni course before I can concentrate fully on my thesis. That’s only 6 assignments to go! I’ll also be preparing for the A-Z Challenge for my two blogs. Did you see the Theme Reveal? Here on Study.Read.Write., my theme for the challenge will once again be Notes from the Road.  Last year’s Travel Posts were such a success I decided to write about other places I’ve been. Most of the photography will be my own as well.  And on Literati Girl, my theme will be Between the Pages.  It’s mainly going to be book reviews (after all, I am trying to establish a book review blog) but it will also contain cover discussions and books I’d like to read.

I can’t wait for the clocks to change forward tomorrow! Finally more light. Winter’s finally over and that means I should feel myself again soon enough. It’s been quite a hard, dark winter but the light gives me energy. Even though it is still fairly cold. Spring is here and Summer is on its way. As a summer child, I really can’t wait!

Thank you for having coffee with me today! It was lovely as always! I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you too!

Same time, next week?

Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann

8 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On March 26”

  1. I like seeing your smiling face on Coffee Share each week. It gives me a lift each I do so Thanks. Good luck with your book blog. Mine is primary a review of books. I find I get more views and comments vif I add photos. I readly feel good to ope my blog and see 10 views of 10 different books. I know my reviews were read and that is a good feeling.


  2. I like that book exchange concept. I was once reading a book in a coffee shop at the airport, waiting for my plane when a man asked if I liked reading and handed me a book he’d just finished. He wrote his name and said it was a great book, asked if I wanted to read it next. I said yes with no hesitations!!!
    And it was a great book indeed: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.


  3. I had to laugh when I saw your book face. Mine looks like that, too, when I get a new book. 😀 I love the idea of a book exchange. Good luck with your book review blog, and the A-Z challenge.


  4. My armchair, a tea, a hobnob and I have been on more adventures in the books that have past my lap than Gulliver. I do just adore a coffee – even if I’m too lazy to go anywhere… 😊


  5. That is a lovely idea for the book exchange. A friend and I did something amongst friends and we wrote the country that the book was purchased and then each recipient wrote the country they received it in. It was almost as much fun as reading the books seeing where they had been and the journey taken before they reached you. Some of them are probably still going around. You have a busy month up ahead with two A-Z challenges. Good luck.


  6. If I could read physical books, I would jump at the chance to join the book exchange. Maybe someone should start one for those of us with e-readers. I know I would do it!

    Looking forward to reading your A to Z posts! Last year’s were wonderful and I’m sure this year will be no different.


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