I can't possibly choose just one great reference book - books published by Cambridge or Oxford University Press for foreign teachers of English are all excellent.
These two books by the German author Erich Kastner were my childhood favourites. I still love the humour in the second book (I don't know what the main character is called in English - Pippi perhaps and her best friend is Tony probably). I also often dreamed of finding my lost twin just like the girls in the first story. Twin sisters separated by their parents' divorce meet at a summer camp and then change places which leads to several funny adventures.
My bookshelves will probably always be a mess - I manage to find most of the books I look for , but from time to time something disappears God knows where.
My favourite fictional character is Mma Ramotswe from The No1 Ladies's Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. I love her kindness, wisdom, wit and the fact that she is a traditionally built lady.
These were my favourite reads for my children. The first one is by Erwing Moser, an Austrian author, who also illustrated the book himself. The stories are about quirky animals and they are very short. It is called The checked owl. The other book is about a little chimney sweeper and a little train station master who lead very ordinary lives filled with unusual adventures.
Fact or fiction? Definitely fiction. The only exceptions are dictionaries, cookery books and gardening books. Boutique baking is my present to myself for my birthday at the end of the month. It's a hardback edition and not very cheap. It waited for me in the same bookshop for more than a year - I always opened it and had a look, but then put it back. It's worth the money though - the design is superb and the recipes are excellent.
That's the book I finished on Monday. I liked the beginning and the middle, but the ending totally disappointed me. I don't think I'll read it again.
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Hopefully I will be able to read your posts at the weekend, I miss you, but the last two weeks were very busy again.
Have a wonderful weekend.