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Summer edition 1: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan’s novel is not only a very recommendable book but also the starting point for our summer edition. The next entries will cover books and matching summer recipes and will tell you about some favourite vacation places of ours.

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Though you should never do that, I judged both of the above pictured books by their covers and bought them. It turned out, it was a good purchase and my first ‘goodread’ this summer. The novel on the right-hand side is about Clay, a web designer seeking for work after the U.S. recession in 2008. Based in San Francisco, he stumbles upon a tiny bookstore during one of his walks and finds out that the owner of that store, Mr. Penumbra, is searching for a clerk for the nightshifts. Clay takes the job and starts finding out about some weird things going on in the shop: it is meters high, full of antique-looking books with unreadable content and most customers (mysterious and funny persons themselves) don’t buy books, but lend them. The new clerk assumes that a secret society is involved and tries to unravel the mystery with the help of his friends… and Google! A perfect summer read for both bookworms and fans of media 2.0.

I read the book during my first short vacation this year to Valencia, Spain. It is the perfect city for a short trip as it offers plenty of cultural and historial sights next to the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean sea. As I visited some friends there, I also had the opportunity to go on a day trip to the Mediterraneans last paradise: Formentera.

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Spaniards are relaxed people and in my opinion, they know how to start a day right – with a café con leche and tostadas de tomate:

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Ingredients for two tostadas (1 person)

1 big tomato, refrigerated
Olive oil
Salt
baguette

Cut a piece of baguette open, drizzle some olive oil on it and toast it from both sides in a hot pan. Cut the tomato into halves and squeeze the pulp with the help of a squeezer (normally used for lemons or oranges). Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil and put on the toasted baguette. Enjoy!

Robin Sloan: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

ISBN: 978-3-89667-480-7

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