T5W: Rainy Day Reads

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This is actually one of last April’s topics, but I never did it, and also today’s one (favorite first sentences) is not something I’m particularly interested in doing, since I’ve read most of the books in Russian, and besides, the only first sentence that stands out to me is “It is a truth universally acknowledged…”, because I’m THAT cliché. Also the weather here is crap. It’s my blog, after all, so Imma do what I want! (But please leave links to your posts with today’s actual topic below, I would love to check them all out!)

Please don’t try to make sense of my associative chains. There is none. I’m a Gemini.

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I read this book two years ago, so all I can remember is that they were always wet. I’m not kidding.
  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. First of all, look at that beautiful title. Do you really need to know anything else about it to read it? Because I didn’t. And I just read it. And it was lovely. And sad, which is why it’s a rainy book.
  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s dark blue. It’s about water (sort of). It’s slightly creepy.
  1. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I could go with any of Murakami novels (or non-fictions, I think Underground is a really good rainy read), but this is one of my favorites, and also the one I would probably recommend to someone who wants to start reading Murakami and is not afraid of a little challenge (and if you want to play it safe – go for Norwegian Wood).
  1. The Book Thief. Because if the rain is loud enough, there’s a good chance no one will hear you cry.

T5W: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

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Life is crazy. Life is so crazy I don’t have the time to stop and relax, and when I do I just crash. I want to do a collective summer wrap-up at the end of the month, and probably a tag or something before that, I just don’t have the strength to do anything else. I demand another summer after this one so that I’ll be able to finally have some rest. Ugh. Anyways! T5W!

  1. John Green – I don’t even know why I want another book by him. I absolutely love John as a person, he’s great, but I’ve read all of his novels and my favorite is Zombicorns. Really. The rest vary from ‘okay’ to ‘wtf was that’. I guess I’m masochistic like that.
  1. Jenny Lawson – I’ve read both her books this year, and both of them were great. I know that she’s releasing a coloring-but-also-more book in less than a year, but I would really love to read an actual book by her.
  1. Richard Siken – ‘Crush’ has influenced me in so many ways, and I got the title for this blog from one of his poems. Considering he has two poetry books published within 10 years of each other, I’m in for a long wait.
  1. Neil Gaiman – I still have quite a few of his novels to read, as well as short story collections, but really, you can’t have too much of a good thing, amirite?
  1. Haruki Murakami is up there with Terry Pratchett on the list of my favorite authors — and since sir Terry will not write another book anymore, Murakami is an obvious choice. I have read all of his novels and pretty much most everything he’s written.

BookTube-A-Thon 2016 TBR!

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This is my third BookTubeAThon, but considering that I completely failed last year’s (reading slumps be damned!), it’s probably my second. I absolutely adore this readathon – it was my first readathon ever, so I guess I’m allowed to be sentimental.

Anyways! The challenges are as follows:

1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover : The Casual Vacancy. At first it was in my ‘maybe’ pile, but I decided to read a couple of pages just to get the gist of it, and it’s actually pretty good. Also, my second pick for this challenge is Watchmen, but it’s pretty much my fail-safe read for a bunch of challenges lol.
2/ Read a book only after sunset : I almost always read at night, so I didn’t pick a specific book for this.
3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube : A Monster Calls. I watched the trailer for the movie yesterday and bawled, also I ordered this book on BookDepositery in early March and it has only just arrived, and I’ve been dying to read it for months, so it’s an all-around win.
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors : Dragons at Crumbling Castle. Terry Pratchett is my favourite author, but it always takes me at least two full days to finish a Discworld novel, so I decided to go with a children’s book.
5/ Read a book that is older than you : Watchmen. It was published during 1986-1987, and I was born in 1994, so, yeah.
6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation : Stardust. Yes, I have never seen this movie, whoops. Again, if something goes wrong, this is where Watchmen steps in.
7/ Read seven books : Deadpool Killogy, because it’s three volumes and I really need to read them. Also, I’ve been reading comic books non-stop since May and barely read any novels, and reading six novels (although Watchmen is over 450 pages and has a lot of written passages, so really, seven) within a week seems kind of impossible.

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July’16 CramAThon Wrap Up

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Заваливать книжные марафоны – это талант, и у меня он есть. В этот раз все ещё не так плохо – из пяти книг я прочитала три, завершив таким образом четыре челленджа (ву-ху)! Забавный факт: названия все трёх книг начинаются на букву B. И у меня до сих пор нет красивого фона, чтобы делать фото :(

  • Batman: The Killing Joke : ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ // Великолепная рисовка, но сюжет не впечатлил.
  • A Blink of the Screen : ★★★★★★★★☆☆ // Пратчетт всегда Пратчетт, но в короткой форме он совсем другой. Прекрасные идеи, но исполнение мне временами совсем не нравилось – что неудивительно, учитывая, что тут есть рассказ, написанный им в 13 лет, и есть поэма, написанная так, словно он писал её в 13.
  • Brave New World : ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ // У меня ушло два года, чтобы дочитать эту книгу, и то сквозь последние полторы сотни страниц я продиралась с одной мыслью: теперь я хотя бы смогу с полной уверенностью говорить, что её ненавижу. Nuff said.

Таким образом, завершенные челленджи: read a book under 200 pages, read a graphic novel, read a book you never finished, read a novella or short story.

CramAThon TBR: July’16

Лето – время книжных марафонов, на которые я очень люблю составлять стопочки книг, которые так и не читаю (Хаксли я начала в июле 2014 для AYearAThon, и вот она я, два года спустя). Итак, челленджи!
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Read a book under 200 pages: Бэтмен: Убийственная шутка. Также подходит под второй челлендж, потому что почему бы и нет.

Read a graphic novel: Танкистка. Подарок себе на день рождения, который надо наконец прочитать – и который также подходит под первый челлендж.

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Read a book you never finished: Дивный новый мир. Закладка у меня на 200-ой странице из 350, так что я верю в лучшее.

Read a novella or short story: A Blink of the Screen. Сборник коротких рассказов, также прочитана кусками.

Read a book written in verse or poetry: Цветы зла. Мне надо её прочитать в рамках флэшмоба лайвлиба, так что убиваю одной книгой двух зайцев~

Read five books total: на крайний случай у меня всегда есть комиксы, так что даже если с этой стопкой TBR не срастётся (если честно, я уверена только в своей способности прочитать графические романы), выполнить этот челлендж я, наверное, смогу.

Марафон начинается 9 июля и идёт по 12-ое включительно – удачи мне!

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quote of the day #4

“It is important that we know where we come from, because if you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going wrong.”

Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

T5W: favorite character names

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Here’s a tip for you all: don’t start a blog right before the start of your finals, especially when said finals last from early May and up to the very end of June. I hate life so much right now, I really just need to write something so I stop feeling like a disappointment. I’ve also opened a bookish instagram, but it’s not like I have time to post there (and not like I read anything).

Anyways! Favorite character names! I should probably start this by saying that if I could, this list would consist entirely of the names of Terry Pratchett’s characters, and technically I can, but like yay, diversity.

  1. Adrian Ivashkov. And I suppose Dorian Gray, since they sorta go together in my head, and let’s pray I never have twin boys, because they will hate my guts for naming one of them after an alcoholic (true story: Adrian is my biggest book-crush, like, ever, at least in the VA series, because in Bloodlines he totally sucks), and the other after, well, Dorian effin’ Gray.
  1. Shadow Moon. I know it’s not his real name, but it’s the one he uses and it’s really cool.
  1. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius aka Celaena Sardothien. Don’t ask me to pronounce it if you don’t want me to kick you in the teeth, but, like. So cool. Aelin is a gorgeous name. Celaena would also be pretty cool if it weren’t, y’know, just Selena on drugs.
  1. Tiffany Aching. First of all, all the Aching puns. Second of all, she is the reason I want to name my future daughter Tiffany, and I live in a Russian-speaking country so it’s probably not the wisest of choices. Whatever. A great character with a great (and simple, which makes it even better) name, I don’t know what else you might need.
  1. Moist Von Lipwig. I don’t understand the problem that the English-speaking world has with the world ‘moist’, especially when they have no problem using ‘loofah’, which, in my opinion, is a bajillion times worse. Also, Moist is a great character, so. Bonus: his girlfriend Adora Belle Dearheart, who is absolutely badass.