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message 1: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Hello everybody, I am another new member ready to make her addiction even worse! I am Belgian but for the moment I am living in Italy. I am addicted to books: reading, smelling, holding them it is all wonderful to me.
I mainly love books by agatha Christie and Patricia Cornwell but there are so many other books out there which I adore. some of my favorites are Sophie's world, The loop, the divide, seta (silk),snow ...... . The language I read them in depends of the country I life at that moment.
Hope to get to know all of you people who will make me enjoy even more knowing that I am crazy when it comes to books!!!


message 2: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thenightowl) Welcome Jeane, you joined the right group of book addicts!


message 3: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10095 comments Mod
Hi Jeane... Oooohhh. I want to visit Italy so badly.... Its on my list of things to do before I die!

Welcome to the group!


message 4: by Ann from S.C. (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments Hello and welcome!! I want to go to Italy one day!!


message 6: by Jenna (new)

Jenna (backwoodsbabble) | 52 comments Oooooooooh! I love Belgium. I lived in Antwerp for about 2 months several years back. I really miss frites and the waffles.. mmmmmmm


I have been slightly obsessed with Italy ever since reading Under the Tuscan Sun...

Welcome and have fun! Your "to read" pile is going to grow like mad.. lol



message 7: by Jeane (last edited Sep 21, 2008 07:16AM) (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Hi Lori,
Now that is a very good choise for things you want to do before you die!!! It used to be my dream till I was 22. Now my dream is to once stay here forever! :-)


message 8: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Hi jenn, even though I never ate them much I have to agree that the 'frites' and the waffles have something special in Belgium. :-)

'under the Tuscan sun' is great!!!! Did you see the movie? Everytime I watch it I adore it!!!





message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Welcome to the group Jeane!


message 10: by Linda (new)

Linda | 887 comments Welcome Jeane. Okay, so now I am jealous that you live in Italy. Books, books, and more books, I don't know how I could live in any society that didn't have access to books.


message 11: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Thanks for the welcomes! And sorry for the ones who are jealous of me living in Italy. Actually I am not sorry because I am so happy about being here!!!!!! :-)))
I am glad that I know Italian because I am not buying books for the moment and don't have my books with me, so I can only read the books here in the house (which are a lot) but all in Italian!
Linda, I wouldn't know how to live either. I keep wondering how some of the people I know never read a book. How do they survive?????


message 12: by Clara (new)

Clara | 157 comments Welcome to GR Jeane


message 13: by Anna (new)

Anna (wife228) I"d like to go to Italy one day too. I have family there I"d like to find.


message 14: by Krista (new)

Krista (findyourshimmy) | 382 comments Welcome! Italy...how dreamy!


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Welcome, Jeane, to our wonderful group.


message 16: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 510 comments Jeane, Agatha Christie is a favorite of mine, too. How wonderful that you live in Italy. It's definitely in my top five places I want to visit, along with England, Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands.


message 17: by Tisha (new)

Tisha Welcome! I adore Italy and all things Italian...I swear it. I've considered moving there for a couple years, but upon looking in to it, its not a very easy country to move to if you don't have a parent from there or from the EU. :( boo hoo.


message 18: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Thanks again!
Kathy, normally i don't mention Agatha Christie as one of my favourite writers because she is just another level for me. And thanks to her books I got into reading completely when i was around 7 or 8 years old. before I was jsut eating my books in my box(according to my mum).

I lived also for about three years in England and about a year in The Netherlands.
I lived in The hague which is a wonderful place. A big, important city mixed with the feeling of a small place. It is great there.
In England I first lived in Nottingham which I liked as a place to visit but hate to live. From there I moved to London, first in East London and after a month southwest. It was a great experience but I couldn't handle the daily rudness, lack of manners and dirt of so many english people around me. Last October I left and started to feel less agressive again. I am not an agressive person, more smiley and gentle but after England.... . I really like Scotland, even if i only went on holiday. Maybe I am going to live temp. with my boyfriend in Dublin, if we don't move to Switzerland!

But Italy is a complete different level for me, it is my dream coming true!!! :-))))




message 19: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10095 comments Mod
I feel like I live such a sheltered life. (sigh)


message 20: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Tisha, unfortunately it si true. My boyfriend is Italian, so we stay at his parents place. Already for an Italian it isn't easy to find a job, maybe even more difficult than in many countries. If you don't get lucky by finding a great job, it gets difficult. Of course if you know someone who knows somebody else that knows someone who knows someone who knows someone that works in that company .... it might get much much easier :-))) That's why we are concidering Switzerland.


Petra bf in 2 days but I have lost my nerve (petra-x) Italy is wonderful, you are very lucky, its such a stylish place. When I was a child we used to spend the whole summer in Italy, did it for years.


message 22: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 510 comments Wow, I am so jealous. I will have to live vicariously through you. I don't think I'd like London much either. My ancestors are from southwestern England, around Exeter. I would like to visit there. Gee, Dublin or Switzerland, we should all have to face that choice. LOL.


message 23: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Petra where did you go in Italy?


message 24: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Kathy, luckily the last place was a bit out of center London, a bit after Wimbledon so not that bad but people can be so dirty, rude, aggresive and ill manered there.
I know, hard choise isn't it. But the goal is Switzerland, Dublin is 'just' 2nd place. Bad is if those two would for whatever reason not be possibilities anymore, than it is the option we are trying to prevent: going back temporaly to London!
But I will try to send you some joy from Italy or the next country!!! It does affect my mood, so it wouldn't suprise if you notice it in my posts here! In Italy or as near as possible is really fabulous for how I feel!!! :-)))

Jeane,
the girl who is facing hard choices:-))


message 25: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Wow! Jeane,I'm torn between envy for your extensive exposure to other countries (especially Italy)and admiration for your ability to read in other languages.Lucky,lucky lady! Welcome to the group. :)


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Jeane! I love Brussels. Very much. And be welcome!


message 27: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Thanks Sherry, I really like it to read in different languages.


message 28: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Flavia, how do you survive? I was suffering already when I was living in London. It seemed sooo far from Italy! At the moment we are in Emilia Romagna, near the Tuscan border. So yes, I am in the perfect place to enjoy the food!!!! Actually (don't want to act in a teasing way, but) there is a home made mascarpone dessert waiting for me in the fridge. :-)))))
Must havve been great living in venice. Did you live really in venice or a village around it?
Still speak Italian?

I think David Suchet is the perfect and made for Poirot!! I love it on tv when they get his nationality wrong, how he reacts!!! :-))


message 29: by Bug (new)

Bug | 34 comments Hi Jeane: this is a neat group. You'll like it.


message 30: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Bug, I am already addicted to it! Well, it looks like that anyway. Or doesn't it when you go on the computer to check something and before you start do that, you are already on Goodreads!!????

I am soooo addicted AND ENJOYING IT!!!!!


message 31: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Ciao Flavia
I wasn't referring to Tiramisu. Don't even know if it ahs a name but my boyfriend's mother makes it and the whole family is crazy about it. They jsut call it 'the mascarpone'...... She makes it with a bit of coffee and brown chocolate. I eat without those two and it is still great.

For pranzo (sorry lunch)we ate another of my favourites: caprese(is it called like that? mozzarella, tomoatoes, basilicum and olive oil). njamie....
How much do you have to wait to go back home and be pampered?


message 32: by Kellie (new)

Kellie (acountkel) | 992 comments Welcome Jeane!
I've read all of the Kay Scarpetta books.
Pretty good series.
Read a few Agatha as well!!




message 33: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Hi Flavia. i tried to get the name of the dessert but here tey jsut call it Mascarpone or liqui mascarpone, even though it isn't jsut mascarpone. But the ingredients are pretty similar to mascarpone or maybe are the same....

At the moment I am not reading much that is good. Trying to keep reading Moby Dick..but it isn't going really fluent.
I am also reading Pylon by william Faulkner which is better but I thought it would be more about the airplanes, the races they do and so....

I am reading the books from in the house here, which are different from mine in Belgium but this way i discover different books.


What about you?


message 34: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Kelly did you know that a new Scarpetta came out, it is called Scarpetta or something like that. I adore her Scarpetta books!!!!
I which I had all my Agatha Christie books here so I would put myself in front of the fire palce and start reading them all again!!


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