Still trying to read a lot. Sometimes as a way to improve my Italian, other times just to relax. Recently, I’ve become a member of the Padova library, which has a location in Cittadella. This means that I have many more possibilities to read whatever I like without having to spend any money (I appreciate that last part). Libraries in Italy are completely free. No fee necessary.

Due to Covid-19 (what else) I’m not allowed to wander through the corridors and check out what is available in real life. Instead, there is a catalogue online. I order the books online and when they are available (I usually receive an email) I can pick them up at the library after having made an appointment (this is to prevent people gathering their books all at the same time). They have improvised a counter in front of two windows, so that I don’t even have to enter the building. I think it works pretty well and at least, I can read.

I’ve read two library books so far and I have two books that should be ready for me to pick up any time now.

I can recommend both The Street Lawyer by John Grisham and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. They are easy reads, their plots work and they’re difficult to put down. Sometimes that’s the only thing you need.

Currently I’m reading Grand Hotel Europa by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer. This was a present which I received unexpectedly. However, the book had been on my wishlist for some time, because my parents had stressed on multiple occasions that I should read it. I haven’t read a lot yet, but so far I’m enjoying it. Maybe because the story is set in Italy and maybe because the author’s description of San Marco square in Venice is so accurate, but in the end that’s irrelevant. I’ve been enjoying the book and that’s all that really matters.

I’ve recently read two e-books which I would also recommend. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad (I’ve mentioned this one before in another post) and Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given.

Staying more at home has made me read more than usual, but I’ve always been a reader and I guess that if you’re not, a pandemic is not going to change that, which is perfectly fine. Even knowing that not everybody gets excited about reading books, I still wanted to share my current favourites with you for whenever you’re in the mood to read and are in dire need of some inspiration.

From Italy with love,

Merel