Musing Mondays 10/08/09

Yesterday, Musing Mondays came up with this question:

Do you have a favourite publishing house -- one that puts out books that you constantly find yourself wanting to read? If so, who? And, what books have they published that you've loved?

Like most people I know, I do not have any favourite publishing house, I am in fact simply considering the whole range of book genres that interest me when deciding what to read next. However, I often pick up the little catalogues publishers use to print in Germany to see their new books and the other ones with small introductions. The format is nice and handy and I always find something intriguing that I will eventually read. Now that I try to answer this question, I effectively become aware that I tend to pick up the same publisher catalogues all the time, limiting my choice on 2-3 of them. Indeed, I always take the dtv catalogue (Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag, German paperback publishing house) which has an extremely broad range of books from classics to new publications of quality, the Oetinger catalogue more of for the child inside me than any buying interest (they are the one big children fiction publishing house in Germany and were the first to publish Pippi Longstocking outside of Sweden) and the Diogenes catalogue.


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Constantly changing places is inherent to my life. Books have always been steady friends which I could bump into wherever I was all over the world.
Stumbling upon Kaminer's German stories of "Die Reise nach Trulala" in Reykjavík's city library is as moving as meeting the Icelandic sagas in Boston's Borders.
To see a book again, that I've read thousands of kilometers away makes me smile "Hey I know you.." and shake hands by thumbing through it for a while.