My Story

Hi, my name is Monika and I am an avid reader, constant dreamer and new technology lover. I studied Literature and Culture and I am fascinated by the power of books, how they can change people’s life sometimes literary, they can give them perspective and also help in order to survive everyday reality.
I created this blog as I have a strong need to share and to discuss books I am reading. Personally I think that there is nothing better than reading and being able to talk about it.
I left my country 15 years ago and living abroad, although it is the greatest things one can do to get broad perspective and enriched life with wide experience, I also came across this thing, that it is sometimes difficult to meet your beasts. Someone with whom I can talk about books, especially abroad where there are many languages involved.
I am living in Norway now and while Norwegians are very fluent to speak English, I have observed that they are not so happy to read books in English. Surely I understand that, as most people feel just comfortable to read in their mother tongue but it’s a shame also, as many, many books are not translated to Norwegian at all or it takes ages, sometimes it is simply too long to wait for a great book. I have desire to recommend books I am reading to my Norwegian colleagues and I do so, hoping that some publishing houses would see interest in them and publish them in Norwegian too. I so wish that there were no borders in terms of reading, that language wouldn’t be big problem in the world of books. But unfortunately I feel every day in my life in Norway that language is an issue and speaking English very well is not enough…
Luckily there is no border for me to read at least and I can enjoy reading books in three languages (getting better and better in reading in Norwegian, but naturally there is still long way to go) which gives me wider perspective and of course open more possibilities to enter literature world.
I call myself global citizen as I believe that country where I was born should not label me for all my life. I am happy to live in Norway (this is my third country I live in) but it might come time for me to move to yet another country :)
I come from a multilingual family and at home we use four languages equally.
Together with my children we read books in English, Norwegian, Polish and Spanish.

My special interest are travel books, novels, reportage and non-fiction. Some of good reads you can find on my blog.

Email me at monikambarrera@gmail.com for any inquires.
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