Sunday, 10 December 2017

Back to the Classics 2018

I'm back on this blog with a new reading challenge for the year 2018! It's the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate. I've already attempted this challenge in 2016 but soon after signing up for it, I've abandoned my blog for a variety of reasons. But this time I've decided to give this blog and the challenge another chance.

So here are the categories and the books I'm going to be reading next year.

1.  A 19th century classic. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

2.  A 20th century classic. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 

3.  A classic by a woman author. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

4.  A classic in translation.  Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

5. A children's classic. The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit.

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

8. A classic with a single-word title. Middlemarch by George Eliot.

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy.

11. A classic that scares you. Mobi Dick by Herman Melville.

12. Re-read a favorite classic. The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek.

Here's my list! I'm really excited and can't wait to start reading these. I'm particularly looking forward to re-reading Švejk. I really like this book and I've been thinking about re-reading it for a while, so now I finally have a good reason to do it!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Quotes | The Book of Lies - Twins Trilogy by Agota Kristof

[originaly published at Halcja's Place, February 02, 2017]

I was going through some old blog entries from the times when I was blogging in my native language and came across a collection of quotes from one of my favorite books The Notebook by Agota Kristof. It's actually a trilogy but for some reason, the Russian translation which I was reading goes by the name of the first book from The Book of Lies - Twins Trilogy.

I read this book in the summer of 2012. The Twins Trilogy was hands down one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The plot kept on twisting and turning and by the end I wasn't sure what to believe. It's probably high time to re-read this book and see if I now have a different perception of it.

It is a story of two twin boys during the Second World War. Or at least that's what's on the surface. I dare you to read this book and discover its mysteries for yourself!

Here are some of the quotes from the book that I would like to share with you today. I couldn't find these particular quotes in English so all this is my own attempt at translating them.
At dinner time Grandmother says:
"You understood. You have to work for shelter and food."
We say:
"It's not about that. Working is hard but what's even harder is to do nothing and watch someone else work. Especially if it's an elderly person."
Grandmother smirks:
"Sons of a bitch! So you felt sorry for me?"
"No, Grandmother. We just felt ashamed."

Friday, 13 January 2017

Coming back?

I talked to my therapist today and I was complaining as usual about how many of my attempts at blogging go unnoticed because no one else is interested in the things I write about. Either this or I suck at writing. And she offered me a solution. She asked why won't I write about it in English. And I started thinking about it.

I have this need to express my thoughts and opinions. And what makes it even worse, I think that my thoughts are important. Unfortunately none of the people I know IRL (not counting my mom) are interested in the stuff that sends my pulse racing. So I figured that blogging would be the answer. Putting my thoughts out there on the internet for like minded people to find and appreciate. I won't say it was my only aspiration, but having a little feedback wouldn't hurt now, won't it?

But the more I post to my main blog, the more disappointing it gets. I feel like the town's crazy lady. People are watching but don't want to have anything to do with me. Or at least that's the kind of picture my imagination is painting when time after time I don't get a reaction, or get a few encouraging comments when now and then I spit out a post "that's it! I'm quitting!". Those seem like pity comments. And if that's all I'll get, then I don't see any reason to continue...

It's not working. I'll stop beating the dead horse.

And that's when this blog comes into play. At first I thought about starting a new blog. Mostly because things I want to write about are not only books and cake recipes. I'm still thinking about it... I'm not quite sure what to do next. But just for now I've decided to write a few words and update this blog. Just to get the thought out of my head.

Either way I just needed to vent a little bit, so thanks for bearing with me.

Stay tuned. I'll keep you posted.