I love words. Teach me your language, and you’ll build an everlasting bridge between us. Talk to me about Coetzee’s Disgrace in bed, and I’ll be forever yours.

A woman facing Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

Life is so much more than one field of interest. I have given myself permission to be fully and unashamedly myself, with my countless passions and my incessant need for learning the next thing, and stopped trying to force myself into roles imposed on me by society. I refuse to…

Michael Scott Moore, a writer and journalist, was kidnapped by Somali pirates and spent almost three years in captivity

In 2010–11 Michael Scott Moore was one of the journalists covering the trial of ten Somali pirates in Hamburg — the country’s first piracy trial in 400 years — and later traveled to East Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. …

The most popular Google searches in 2020 across different countries

When I first discovered Google Year in Search 2020, I spent hours, if not days, going through the most popular searches in different countries in the year 2020. Luckily, I only speak a few languages — otherwise, I would have ended up going through every single country available. It’s fascinating…

Even if you can’t evoke an apple in your mind’s eye, aphantasia can teach you to hone your language.

Two years ago I learned I was different. Most writers — most people in general — can easily form images in their minds when they think about something they’ve seen, or when they try to imagine a new situation. If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine a…

A lot of people frown upon those who choose historical fiction over reading a history book. But do we really need to choose between the two?

The definition of historical fiction is simple — it’s a literary genre in which the story is set in the past. But why would we read a fictional story set in the past in order to learn history if we can read a history book instead? …

At first, I liked this book. Then I waited for it to be over. And then it made me cry.

I still had a hundred pages of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak left to read when I boarded the plane heading to the place which still feels like home to me.

When the plane took off I was annoyed with my window seat, worried about bothering other passengers every…

#Books and #Reading are popular topics on Medium, but do people really read book reviews?

Those who know me, also know that I love words. This includes languages and literature, so my very first story on Medium just over a month ago happened to be the review of a book I dearly love — Michael Ondaatje’s ‘Anil’s Ghost’.

I know that book reviews are not…

Giedre P.

Writing. Books. Languages. Music. Photography. Wildlife. She/her. Cofounder of Madrid Bookie. Literary gifts at Tindleer and Quotes & Co. twitter.com/giedrep

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