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« Reply #735 on: July 16, 2016, 23:56:00 »
;D and now in the middle of Giambattista Basile's Tale of Tales (a middle ages' forefather of fairy tales of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc... ) It is VERY middle ages. People were MUCH different then from now :) Lots of grotesque and cruel fantasy...


Finished! These tales are so cruel... We have progressed so much since!!
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« Reply #736 on: August 04, 2016, 08:25:52 »
Back to a book left unfinished in high school ! We've bought a nice new copy (small print, great smooth paper and light in weight&small in size -- perfect!..) in Saint-Pete, it's a pleasure to reread this masterpiece! It is always a pleasure to read Dostoyevsky -- albeit pretty hard at times to delve deep into emotions of characters mostly lacking adequacy, but much happy in their dark feelings -- a pleasure of unfolding characters and attitudes that can perpetrate someone's lives and souls. It's a timeless and priceless creation.

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« Reply #737 on: August 09, 2016, 08:16:16 »
Finished Brothers Karamazov yesterday... It's a very deep story at the end of which I had to rethink how I thought of certain characters and completely withdraw from any judgement whatsoever (except that I still think that they are masters of their own misery -- and yes, I hate Puccini's La Boheme as well, and for the same reason -- simply because none of the 'havoc bringing' characters thinks of others, and not single one of them wants to change until it's too late -- all are so passionate). But mostly this book is about Christianity and modernity, Christianity in Russia, it's role, values, and hopes for the future, Orthodox Christian perception of crime, punishment, and forgiveness. Poor Dostoyevsky, I think he would have died with a heart attack if he learned what happened to the Russian Empire years after his death, and how everything he deemed high transformed -- irreversibly. 
It gives much, much food for thought. It's only a tip of the iceberg that I could mention here. A masterpiece by a literary maverick. I strongly recommend this book.

Now I'm reading La Chemise by Anatole France. It's a small but interesting story about a king who needed a shirt from a happy man to recover from his illness :) We used to have lots of books by Anatole France in our home library, but that library perished while my family moved, so... now, it seems, I'm slowly gathering books for my own home library that will come into existence one day  ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #738 on: January 03, 2017, 13:48:08 »
Hi, everyone!

This year I promised myself I'll read more books than in the past years.

I started one yesterday night and finished this morning, it's a short book, few more than 100 pages.

Now I'm reading my second book this year. My fiance - I think he can read my mind - gave me this one on Christmas.

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« Reply #739 on: June 06, 2017, 14:44:47 »
I retook my habbit of reading ... novels again ... the only escape I can find from this planet that becomes nastier with the moment. I'm reading "See Me" from Nicholas Spark at the moment.


I like it a lot, it reads like a train and it could be something happening to you and me. A typical romance that's not quite so typical after all. Two quite opposite types get in love with each other. He has a past of violence and with one foot in prison, she's a lawyer who's madly in love and doesn't quite understand why she's not just running away from him. He trained himself to control his rages and she trained herself to ban her past. Their love gets tested and up till now I can feel the tension build. I'm curious to how this wil end. And I think the book is holding already one big lesson so far: it's not what others think of you that makes who you are.

I started reading this book because of one sentence in the resume: love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.
=> that is so true.
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« Reply #740 on: October 20, 2017, 11:49:57 »
No shit I got myself what they call... an e-reader  ;D ;D ;D I dispised the thing and could not be convinced as I'd miss my book-reading-feeling... but in the end I got convinced because I'm already carrying half of my house along when I got to work and it's really nice to just have tons of books with me in this tiny little thing you hardly see...
anyhow I got myself a subscription for dutch books so I get 8 books a month (way too much for the spare time I have) and stupid but true I fell in love with the feel-good-roman again... In the subscription there was a book (I don't think it's translated as it's not that much of high literature) called "fallen" from Jackie Van Laren. It's about Anne (called Annie by some people in the book- no shit  :D) a journalist who is at the start of her carreer... she can have an interview with Rory, singer in a band, and hopes to break through with that interview. How more clichee can a book start?! She somehow gets invited on a tour to write a story about it and feels a strange connection with Rory that she can't explain. I'd normally never ever read such a story, but I got grasped so much by the way of writing that in no time I was stuck and couldn't but read on. Silly maybe but I even cried along with Anne at specific moments in the book. So the story was at the end and I wanted to know more about the writer and whether she had more books and what genres they're in... there's a sequence to this one ... holy crap. But it was not present in the library. I brought along a trilogy from her about a dj and his secretary.  ::) ::) yes yes I know. I promised myself after these three books (book one is finished already) I'll ready something with more content again, but for now I just need to lay back and lose myself.

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« Reply #741 on: March 02, 2018, 11:13:33 »
I'm reading more books since I got my e-reader strangely :) lately I'm reading a crime-novel.

Eeny Meeny from MJ arlidge. Although I'm not always fund of violent novels/mind-fuck novels as I call them. I do like this one. It got a lot of suspense which keeps you reading, but also gives enough free for keeping your interest. It's the first of a series of books all with the title of a child rhyme and I can imagine reading them all...

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« Reply #742 on: June 11, 2018, 12:30:28 »
Turned back to my spiritual teachers in life, people who made life just that little bit less of a struggle... by not making me believe anything, but the answers I find in myself whether or not they get together with how they see things. I love it especially when books pop up your road all by themselves in mysterious ways. This way I just finished a very special book, which can offer not only insights in how we stand in life and how we complicate things endlessly... it also gives hope... and HOPE is in the end all we need, HOPE and TRUST...

The book I'm talking about is "Dying to be me" from Anita Moorjani. She (nearly) died from cancer 10 years ago. Even docs had given her up while every vein of her body was giving up on life and she was sucked deeper and deeper into coma. She tells the story from her side, how everything changed the moment she realised she was dying and that she had the choice about practically EVERYTHING. That all that really matters is uncodinional love and that in opposite to what we all think, we are capable of living this kinda love even in physical bodies. I know there's a lot of controverses about this nearly dead experience in general, but I think it's worth reading this story because apart from what she describes having experienced while crossing over, there's a lot of spiritual wisdom we don't need a nearly dead experience for to understand.

I thought sharing it here because my heart gave it in.

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« Reply #743 on: August 10, 2018, 17:57:03 »
I'm reading the book "Quartett im September" by Utta Danella, German writer. I bought this book accidentally, as I saw a lot of books in German being sold at my university, so I decided to use this opportunity to revive my German and make it better))) The book is quite interesting, but I think in some parts of it the characters do not act naturally... Still, I would recommend it to those who'd like to read something in German - something not too difficult but intreresting enough.

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« Reply #744 on: February 05, 2019, 14:42:40 »
I read The seven Sisters from Lucinda Riley and with that I got addicted to the series of books that follow ... now I'm in The storm Sister. It's the very special story of 6 sisters that grew up with their adoptive dad. The first book is told from the perspective of the first sister and you get to see some total story and get to know the other sisters. The other books are all told from the perspective of one of the other sisters, the bigger storyline of the first book returns, the outline is quite the same for all books but you get to know the world through the eyes of that particular sister that's talking and living her life. I think these are very fine feel-good romans, it's romantic but at the same time exciting and you just got to read untill the end because you want to know the outcome... yet at the end of the first one I felt like, moooooore I want mooooore :) I would recommend reading it if you feel like reading something light, trainwise reading.




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« Reply #745 on: May 23, 2019, 23:17:43 »
Finally game of thrones, the third part "A Storm of Swords". I know, I'm late, but better later than never right?! :)
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« Reply #746 on: May 25, 2019, 08:57:10 »
Finally game of thrones, the third part "A Storm of Swords". I know, I'm late, but better later than never right?! :)
:D I guess you're just on time, to be honest. I heard the last books are written but not published yet... so you might finish right before they come out!  ;) ;D

I'm reading Why Nations Fail, a book I bought at Zurich airport kinda 2 years ago and just now had the willpower to dig into it. If I was able to think and extrapolate less while reading I'd enjoy it more, but as of now it makes me terribly distressed by showcasing how hard introducing a change to the better would be...  :-\  :'(
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« Reply #747 on: June 22, 2019, 21:35:08 »
Miracle morning by Hal Elrod. It's mindchanging. It's a spiritual developing book which offers you an insight in how you can slow down in the morning to gain most out of your day, simply by choosing your morning routine and get up earlier. I must say I believe in the idea as I have done it in the past. I woke up 20 minutes earlier to meditate before getting up before I got together with my husband... But then it kinda got out of my routine as we're having our together routine... I consider picking my old habit up, can't say I started looking forward to getting up (I still was no morning person) but I started more calm and could take it with me during the day. For everyone searching in personal/spiritual growth I recommend the book... Miracles do happen and sometimes it just takes a different lindset to see them  :-*
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« Reply #748 on: July 01, 2019, 19:38:59 »
I've just read a new book from Haruki Murakami, "To kill a Commandor", first volume. And it made me think of where do I get a second one?
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« Reply #749 on: July 10, 2019, 10:55:42 »
I'm reading "I can see clearly now" from Wayne Dyer. I've read it half in the past around the periode where Wayne died, I remember I kinda put it aside because it was so surreal to have started reading the book and along the way the writer was no longer alive... I was angry because I had the desire to one day attend one of his lectures and to see that possibility die I was disappointed. But along the road the water calmed down again and I picked up my habit to search my way through life. Seeing the ruins I left at some parts of it, I feel ashamed but anyhow what's done can't be undone and I'm living in the now... all who wants to attend me is free to do so, who doesn't want fine by me. This book however is a memoire of a great human being who had a lot of wise ideas that brought me closer to my self, my soul, my heart... I find many things difficult still to bring them into reality, but I believe very strongly in the universe and it's inexhaustible possibilties ... and it feels as a relief to finally have this insight. This is only one of his books of course... I read most of him in the past (when he was still alive) and I re-read many of his books by now as well. In any case this one I like because it gives a view on how he sees the steps he took in his life and how he sometimes took them without knowing whether it was the right thing to do and sometimes it turned out fine sometimes it turns out bad... but the importance of doing what your heart gives in is so damn fricking important... it always has been to me too, until the point where I got confronted with people I couldn't stand... the idea I could actually dislike someone, is up till today very hard to grasp and not combinable with the person I want to be... In any case by his books I see it's perfectly normal to feel this way, it's what you do with this feeling that's important.

So well... I could start a topic about this if anyone's interested :D but will shut up for now... if anyone knows writers like him, welcome to share because I'm on a search!

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