Guess where I went this weekend! The boekenfestijn (book festival/bazzar) in Maastricht. I used to go every year but when I moved farther away for my master’s degree I always missed it. But this year I was not too far away and so I packed a very patient friend and off we went.This is what it looks like (at least when I attempt photography 😉 ):
I set myself a budget and actually stayed within it, so proud! Here are the five books I bought:
Full Moon by P. G. Wodehouse
The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
Asthma- The Biography by Mark Jackson
The Canon by Natalie Angier
I really liked the book selection this year, especially the non-fiction, and there were a couple more books that tempted me but I successfully resisted. I have a lot more unread books on the shelf than is usual for me so I’ll try to read some of them before buying more (though it’s not yet so bad that I have to ban myself!).
As I’m spending the weekend at my parents I had a wonderfully stocked and equipped kitchen and made use of it. For those of you who don’t know about the Guglhupf, it’s a traditionally German cake, and someone had the great idea to make tiny baking pans and the small cakea are called Gugl. I doubled the amount of ingredients in the recipe to make more than 30 of the tiny cakes but a day later we have only 5 left! That’s what Amaretto and strawberry Gugl look like:
And then today I tried making bread pudding for dessert, because I made sandwiches earlier and cut the bread and didn’t want to waste the soft crust. They turned out fine and I think I successfully fed family and friends!
Sadly it’s still quite cold here, but at least it was sunny today and so I spent a few hours bundled up and finished The Windup Girl. It has around 200 pages more than I usually like in a book but the worldbuilding was amazing and very convincing so it wasn’t the result of an author’s long-windedness. Hopefully I’ll manage tp post a review next week.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and tell me what you’re reading!