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Halloween ? No, I think it’s already Christmas !

24 Ott

Today I woke up with the interphone ringing … I run down the stairs still in my pajamas and then I opened the door. A smile broke across my face. A big package for me ! I was expecting a package, yes, from Amazon.uk, but not until October, 27th ! So, it was a big surprise. I thanked the carrier with sparkling eyes and then I rushed back into the house, knowing perfectly what I would see but still … I opened the cardboard box with impatience, the heart pounding in my chest. Yes, all the three new books were there, in their magnificent covers. (And I paid less then £10 for each one!)

Well, I am still a bit disappointed because they’re here, in my shelves, but I could not pass my time with them, not so much. The everyday life is a bitch. Also, I have a stack of books that I AM READING already, and I have to finish them first. I am almost finished with The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro. A strange, interesting, slow reading, a little frustrating but also very profound in his thoughts. Like a river, with a calm but misty surface. I will talk about The Buried Giant very soon.

I am also listening to the audiobook of The Golem and the Jinny by Helen Wecker. I wish I had also the book or the ebook with me, but the Audible performance is great as usual, and I can’t wait to know how it will end. Too many point of views, and yet the story is so vivid, so detailed the setting, so incredible and realistic the characters, that I find myself in awe.

Other books in my reading list are :

  •  Roverandom by JRR Tolkien
  •  Trigger Warning : short fiction and disturbances by Neil Gaiman
  • S. by J J Abrams and Doug Dorst ( if you are reading it, maybe you could take a look here )

I wish to have the strenght to give precedence to them, but I know that it will nearly impossible to resist to the call … See below, that is what’s expecting me since this morning :

my hardcovers copies of HP illustrated ed. by Jim Kay, Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

my hardcovers copies of HP illustrated ed. by Jim Kay, Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

So, yes, finally I hug my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay. I love this book so much, I love Jim artworks and I can’t wait to reread Harry Potter, this time in english.

Say Hi to Career of Evil, the number 3 in the Cormoran Strike novels ! I have read the first pages from the official website of Robert Galbraith, and I was left horror-struck ! I fear for Robin, really !

Finally, Keep Calm and … Carry On ! Baz and Simon, their fights, possibly their love story. A lot of magic is in the air ….


With the autumn wind

13 Set

There is a gentle breeze, mornings and evenings are getting colder. This period of the year, when you ought to say goodbye to the seaside, put away the swimsuit and spend the last breath of holiday in planning and organizing before returning to work or to study, while schools are starting and the days are shortening, is probably one of the most hated. After Christmas, if you are the Grinch. Personally, I love it. I watch intently the green leaves and I can almost sense them becoming gold and red and brune. I hear the silent song of the autumn wind, it’s coming for them, and for us, and I rejoice.

Because autumn is a promise of time for things I like to do. It’s time for watching the new episodes of tv series I follow,  it’s time for bread with Nutella and for hot tea, it’s time for snuggling under the covers and the light of a lamp, listening to the sound of rain and the rumble of the sky, with a new book on my lap.  Oh, for Merlin’s hat … A high pile of new books, ok !

Do you want to know which books I’m talking about ?



AFTER YOU by JoJo Moyes, the long awaited sequel of Me befor you !

expected pubblication : 29 set 2015  


 – How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


Jojo Moyes says: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.”


CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell ! Have you ever heard of Simon Snow ?




Simon Snow books from Fangirl and Carry On universe


Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl


Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters. [from Goodreads]


CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith ,(aka JK Rowling) – Cormoran Strike third novel !! 

Expected publication :  2o oct 2015 [USA] ; 22 oct 2015 [UK]




When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…



HEARTLESS by Cornelia Funke – author of the Inkworld trilogy, now writing the Mirrorworld saga.

mirrorworld logo


The third book of the Mirrorworld saga has been published first in Germany, this february, with the title THE GOLDEN YARN. The eng cover is not yet avalaible to see, or for better saying I can’t find it, but Cornelia answered a Goodreads Q&A in which she gave out the date of publication, it should came out in november.

If you are interested, you could read this review from BookFrog, which I found really useful. But watch for the spoilers !!! The Mirrorworld saga has an entire tumblr blog dedicated to it, and Cornelia Funke, the author, keeps in touch with her readers in many ways, through the official website, facebook, goodreads … if you have questions you can ask directly to her, she is very kind.

rekless cover

news from Cornelia Funke official website :  “Some of you may have heard it on Facebook already: I am currently revising RECKLESS, the first book of my MirrorWorld series, including everything I learned in the past few years about this world and especially my characters. The story won’t change much but I know Jacob, Will, Fox and Clara so much better by now that I felt I owe them these revisions. […] ” 

” I am as upset as my readers that Heartless or The Golden Yarn – as it iscalled in German – has not yet been published in English! As you all know it is out in Germany since February and is currently being translated into several other languages. The book has been translated into English, but my UK and US publishers asked me to make changes both to the beginning and the end of the story (both favorite passages of mine), which I don’t agree with. Both in the US and the UK the MirrorWorld series has been published from the beginning for a younger audience than I intended and I think this is still at the bottom of all this. I promise I will make sure the book will be available for my English language MirrorWorlders very soon. After all Jacob, Fox and I miss you behind the Mirrors! So… please keep your fingers crossed that we all travel very soon together again. The Baba Yaga is waiting:)”

cover_en fearless

“Sunday, 7 June, 2015

More news on Heartless

For all of you who are waiting for The Golden Yarn or Heartless, as it is so far called in English (not sure which title I prefer:)): I decided to publish an electronic version with my publishing company BreathingBooks in September. For the ones who love their books still on paper (I am one of them) I’ll try to also make a small but delicious print run available. Additionally I intend to record the book myself on audio. More info on my website as soon as we decided how to make all this available. All the very best from LA, Cornelia :)”


I can’t wait for these books to come out, I can’t wait to read them all ! Yay ! What books Autumn’s wind will bring to you ? 


Note : I wrote this post directly in english because the new pubblications I am interested in, are all in this language. If you notice any mistake and/or if you wish for an italian translation, please let me know. 

Nuova recensione …

13 Feb

… E per farmi perdonare della lunga lunghissima assenza, “raddoppio” !!

Mesi sono passati dalla lettura dei primi due volumi della serie sul detective privato londinese Cormoran Strike di Robert Galbraith,  e mi ero ripromessa di scriverne qui, come faccio ‘quasi’ sempre con i libri che mi sono piaciuti. Ebbene, finalmente mi sono decisa a mettere mano alla tastiera e a spolverare questo mio piccolo angolo di web.

Pensavo che molti di voi nel frattempo si fossero dimenticati  della mia esistenza, e invece noto con sorpresa un aumento di flusso nelle visite. Non dovrei sentirmi in colpa, in fondo ho aperto questo spazio per fini egoistici, per ricordare alla me stessa più vecchia cosa avevo provato leggendo questo o quel libro. Per avere nuovi stimoli da chi mi legge (si, avete capito bene, io vi sfrutto, aspetto i vostri consigli !). Una sorta di diario di bordo, nel mare della letteratura, insomma, con molte note personali ai margini. Eppure … Un mio proposito per questo nuovo anno era quello di essere più costante nella pubblicazione dei post e delle recensioni qui su Lovingbooks, e più assidua come lettrice. So che WordPress è un pentolone pieno di sorprese e meraviglie che aspettano solo di essere pescate. Nel modo giusto, nel momento giusto, con la dovuta attenzione. Un altro mio proposito era quello di tradurre in inglese ogni mio testo, cosa che farò con calma a partire dai prossimi giorni. Se qualcuno volesse darmi altre indicazioni o consigli può farlo in un commento qui sotto ! Nel frattempo, forse avrete già notato il widget di Goodreads che ho inserito qui a lato : lo aggiorno continuamente, quindi potrete tenere d’occhio i nuovi titoli, e farvi un’idea di cosa troverete (a breve?) nel blog. Quest’estate mi sono lasciata conquistare da Grisham, (per Natale mio padre mi ha regalato Grey Mountain, to read!),  Jojo Moyes e John Green, in autunno ho scoperto gli audiolibri, mi sono iscritta al servizio di Amazon, Audible, e ora nella mia libreria digitale conto dieci nuovi acquisti, molti dei quali firmati dalla magnetica voce di Neil Gaiman. Adoro Neil Gaiman. Potrei vivere a pane e Neil Gaiman.

Cos’altro ? Ah, sì, La Parola Contraria di Erri de Luca ! Una vicenda che mi ha colpito moltissimo, la sua, e che mi ha spinto ad approfondire la conoscenza di quello che è uno dei massimi autori italiani della nostra contemporaneità. Sola Andata e Il Peso di una Farfalla sono altre due sue brevi ma intense opere che ora figurano nel mio bagaglio emozionale e cognitivo.

Tra gli audiolibri di non fiction, Amanda Palmer con il suo The Art of Asking. Penso che prenderò anche la copia tradotta in italiano, è un libro che merita di essere raccomandato e prestato a più non posso.

Ora sto leggendo : molta molta poesia. Parleremo anche di questo. Amo scriverla, amo leggerla, amo scoprirla. In questo momento Emily Dickinson mi fa compagnia coi suoi Silenzi, la mia stanza profuma di Fiori del Male, e tra una fermata e l’altra dell’autobus mi diletto con l’Antologia di Spoon River. Quali sono i vostri poeti preferiti ? Cosa consigliereste a un poeta apprendista, o a un novello lettore di poesie ?

Stamattina, per chiudere il cerchio ‘nuove letture’, ho aperto uno dei libri che da un po’ di giorni attendeva nella mia libreria, nello spazio ‘acquisti recenti’. Gala Cox e il Mistero dei Viaggi nel Tempo, di Raffaella Fenoglio. In un baleno mi son ritrovata al quarto capitolo, piena di entusiasmo e interesse, perciò mi sa che a breve salterò fuori con una sua recensione…

Voglio parlare anche di un paio di ‘autori indie’, passatemi il termine, che mi hanno contattato gentilmente su Twitter per chiedermi se volevo leggere le loro opere. Ebbene, il massimo rispetto per loro, alcuni si sono rivelati essere niente male ! Voglio citare fin da subito TL Vargus e Tim McBaine con il loro Fade to Black. Per chi sa l’inglese, è un consiglio spassionato quello che vi do, leggetelo, saprà sorprendervi e divertirvi !

Insomma, un bel po’ di cose fermentano nella mia pentolaccia, abbiate ancora un po’ di pazienza e vedrete …

Approfitto di questo post adesso non solo per avvisarvi della nuova pubblicazione, (che trovate nell’indice Reviews),ma anche per fare gli auguri a tutti voi, lettori e autori,  con la promessa di avere più cura di questo spazio e della vostra immancabile partecipazione.

Grazie in anticipo a chi leggerà e lascerà traccia del suo passaggio !


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