Reading


  • My January books 2023

    My January books 2023

    I read four books in January. They were the kind of books that require slow and patient reading to unfold their full emotional impact. Not something to devour in an evening, something to savour and think about. 1. Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain) – Thomas Mann I’m going to admit it: I turned from a […]


  • Review: “Der Hände Fleiß. Siebenbürgische Textilien als Wohnschmuck” (Transylvanian Saxon textiles as home décor) by R. Schmidt/W. Förderreuther

    Review: “Der Hände Fleiß. Siebenbürgische Textilien als Wohnschmuck” (Transylvanian Saxon textiles as home décor) by R. Schmidt/W. Förderreuther

    I recently discovered this book about Transylvanian Saxon home and household textiles amidst my PhD book stack and finally took the time to take a look inside. And oh my, it’s gorgeous and inspiring! The history of it all King Géza II of Hungary started to settle German-speaking people in Transylvania in the 12th century […]


  • Congo: The Epic History of a People, by David van Reybrouck

    Congo: The Epic History of a People, by David van Reybrouck

    While I actually have an MA in Global History, I have to admit that I mostly focused on Eastern European history (Central Europe, the Balkans, and Russia), and woefully neglected the entire rest of the world. There’s no shame in admitting ignorance, though, if you’re ready to widen your horizons! Phil’s dad gave us, amongst […]


  • How many books are too many?

    How many books are too many?

    If you had asked me that a couple of years ago, my answer would’ve been clear: there can never be too many books! Right now, however, I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by the amount of books in my possession. When we moved into our apartment, Phil fulfilled one of my long-time wishes: a wall of bookcases. […]


  • April Books: I’m on a mystery binge

    April Books: I’m on a mystery binge

    14) Friedrich Ebert. Parteiführer, Reichskanzler, Volksbeauftragter, Reichspräsident, Peter-Christian Witt I recently got accepted for a stipend from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (which I’m so happy and grateful for, because I struggled being unable to contribute my share financially before). The foundation sent me this biography together with the stipend agreement. Friedrich Ebert is the first […]


  • March Books: Stefan Zweig, how to clean your house, and some PhD stuff

    March Books: Stefan Zweig, how to clean your house, and some PhD stuff

    I got some reading done this month! (Three of those books are admittedly context reading for my thesis, but I’m counting them because I read them cover to cover.) It’s super motivating to see that stack of books! Sometimes I need to force myself to sit down and just read for a couple of minutes, […]


  • Crafting books: Socks, the 2000s, and my favourite knitting books ever!

    Crafting books: Socks, the 2000s, and my favourite knitting books ever!

    There’s an abundance of free knitting patterns out there, of which I regularly make use of myself. It’s great if you don’t have much extra money to spend on your hobby, where even the cost of the material can be rather expensive. However, I like supporting designers whose work I love too. Plus, I love […]


  • Anna Karenina, a drug dealer, and nerdy art jokes

    Anna Karenina, a drug dealer, and nerdy art jokes

    01) Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy Yes, I finally finished it! I’m completely fascinated by Tolstoy’s ability to create characters I loved and hated, but related to them and their thoughts and feelings as if they were real. The story may be far removed from the realities of the 21st century, but I felt for Anna […]