Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year 2014!

NewYearThank you for staying with me through these first nine months that I’ve been writing All That Magic! You are the people who keep me reading and reading is what makes me happy. I really hope that I made you buy one or two books (or 20, or 30,… I know how it is. You enter a book store, online or real, because you want to buy a book and you come out with four additional books.). Maybe you also read one of my reviews and thought “Nah, I don’t like this one.” and bought three other books instead. (Or a box of really expensive chocolates, or you just saved the money.) That’s also great 😀 What I’m trying to say is, I hope you are enjoying yourself on here. Most people do by having a look at that book stack cake I made for my late grandpa.

In 2014, I could do a few more food posts. My time is limited, but from time to time, I do take pictures of the things I cook and bake. I will, of course, continue to read and write reviews about the books I read. My TBR pile isn’t that small, so don’t be afraid. And I’ll definitely do something crafty. There might be a bit of an interruption in spring when I’m supposed to do my university finals, but I’ll warn you in time 😉 I think that’s all for now.

Thank You! And Happy New Year!

Reading – Inferno

As I’ve already promised, I’ll tell you about the other book I’m reading right now. The best seller 🙂 It’s Inferno by Dan Brown and I won it at Lovelybooks. It is the English version of the book and it was sponsored by Random House UK. I am so happy about this cooperation between Lovelybooks and Random House UK and I hope it wasn’t the last one.

This is the first book by Dan Brown that I’m reading and I’m enjoying it. I only knew the movie The DaVinci Code, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book. So far, Inferno is a smooth read and quite exciting. We’ll see if it stays like that.

Image linked from Random House UK¹
Summary quoted from Random House UK¹:

‘Seek and ye shall find.’
With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.
A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

¹ http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/inferno/9780593072493

Reading English in the German-Speaking World

Why do you read books in English, if you’re not a native speaker of English? I mean okay, I love the English language. But there is something else:

  • If the book was originally written in English, you can read the original version of the book. Not just some translation.
  • The book is usually on the market a lot earlier than the translated version (if there will ever be one).
  • The price of the English version is often much lower than that of the translation.

So why do you read English books?