My January

I had a good month, therefore a counting of blessings is absolutely necessary:

1. I made nice friends and all in all, even though I don’t have many people in my London life just yet, the ones I have are wonderful and overwhelm me with their kindness, making me strive to become a better person.

2. I went out in some great places: The Roof Gardens, Ziferblat, Bill’s at Hoxton Square (among the regular pubs I visit often).

3. I saw two musicals: Dirty Dancing and From Here to Eternity (review to come in one of the next days);

4. I read three books: The Sum of Days by Isabel Allende, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink and Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou.

I am totally in love with Isabel Allende’s writing since I was in University. A friend sent me House of Spirits from the USA more than ten years ago and that was how it all started. I had to wait for a few years until she began being translated into Romanian but it was worth it. The Sum of Days is one of her memoirs and right now, memoir is my favourite genre. So you can imagine I put my life on hold with absolutely no regrets until I finished it.

I found The Reader in a charity shop and I remembered I saw the movie and I liked it. I bought it, I read it and I decided I like Schlink’s writing. Today I bought The Weekend written by him, also from a charity shop and I cannot wait to snuggle under the covers and lose myself in its world.

I have heard about Maya Angelou a few times, I have randomly came across some quotes from her work but I never saw a book of hers until I  found  Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas where else but in a charity shop? It is the third part of her memoir and all I can say is that her life has been amazing. She is still alive, still inspiring people all over the world and I know I want to read at least the rest of her memoirs, if not all her work.

I tried to read Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes and it was impossible for me to get past page thirty-something. It is a best seller and I am not saying it is not a good book, it is just not my kind of book. It is slow and way too detailed for my taste. I still have the book, if anyone wants it, let me know in a comment below and I will send it to you.

5. I promised myself to do something new every month so, in January I went to Oslo for the first time. I had Paris and Amsterdam on my list for this year but…what a hell…I started with Oslo.

6. I decided to take swimming lessons and an exam to become an interpreter. I haven’t signed up for any of them yet but I haven’t changed my mind either.

7. I went to a lecture to The School of Life and I discovered I was an introvert and felt relieved. I thought I was just weird. Phew!

What I would have liked to do this month was a sleepover at the Natural History Museum. Unfortunately, it was behind my pockets this time.

The most interesting person I met: a Lebanese girl working in the field of human rights in war conflicts. Now, that is a JOB!

What I wish for February is to buy tickets to The Book of Mormon and to a play by candlelight at Globe Theatre. So help me gods.

Have a great February everyone!


2 thoughts on “My January

  1. viveka says:

    You had a great month – busy … Dirty Dancing I saw the week it opened in London – what a great show. I wish I could get my urge for reading back – when I moved to UK I had 1450 books to pack and everyone I had read … I haven’t read a book, even if I had started on a couple, for the last 5 years. I don’t have a clue what happened.


  2. Lavinia says:

    I have been through a phase like that when I thought I lost my pleasure for reading forever. In my case, I discovered what happened. I cannot read when I am not in a good state a mind. Once I sorted out my depression I started reading again.


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