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message 1: by Catka (last edited Sep 16, 2018 02:04PM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments Summer Reading Challenge - Expert Level

June Reads:
Take Pride – Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character - Orlando (audio)
Into the Great Wide Open – Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open - Doppler
It’s the End of the World - Read a book about the end of the world as we know it - Atlas Shrugged (audio) - have been listening to this for almost a month now and am heartily bored by it, only my strongheadedness is carrying me on, so hopefully will finish it by the end of June :D hate apocalyptic books otherwise, this would have been interesting with the premises, but is too long and too wordy
School’s Out for Summer - Reread a book you were forced to read in school - Jozef Mak
Sick Day - Read a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t - The Captain's Daughter. Puskin. never read him. time to start.
Hook ‘Em – Read a book that features fishing or fishermen - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Sports-a-holic – Read a book that features a popular summer sport - not a sporty type, not even like to read about sports, but here we go with Three Men in a Boat
Dear Penpal – Read a book that features letters or journal entries - Lady Susan
Father Knows Best – Read a book that features a father - The Radetzky March
Campfire Story – Read a book that scares the bejesus out of you - no. my own imagination does that sufficiently, cant read horror stories. instead will go for a book suggested somewhere here: The Dark
Ocean Blue – Read a book that takes place out on the water - Mistress and Commander: High Jinks, High Seas and Highlanders

July Reads:
Get Your Grill On – Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Backyard BBQ – Read a book that features a family reuniting or hanging out for the summer - K moři (To the Sea) by the Czech author Petra Soukupová
Forefathers – Read a book about your country’s independence - Smrť sa volá Engelchen
The Colors of Summer – Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover - A Column of Fire (audiobook)
Red, White, and Blue – Read a book that has the words Red, White, or Blue - The Red Tent
Funny Bone – Read a humorous book - Pratchett Dodger
Embrace Your Inner Geek - Read a book about geek culture - The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Sun, Moon, and Stars – Read a book that takes place in outer space - not really my preferred genre, but perhaps The Martian (audio)
X I Feel a Breeze – Read a book that takes place at a nudist colony or features nudists - not sure I want to read about this, not interested
Beach Bum - Read a book that could be considered a “beach read” - something from the latest by Dominik Dán or Ben Aaronovitch
Sand Between My Toes - Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean - Evil Under the Sun

August Reads:
Let’s Get It On – read a book that features falling in or out of love - maybe The Ship of Brides - that would cover both in and out of love according to the summary
It’s 12 O’clock Somewhere – Read a book that takes place in a bar or heavily features drinks/people drinking - maybe Everyday Drinking or even better American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot as I love Craig Fergusson's humor (he also narrates the audiobook version, which I would love)
Stranded – Read a book that takes place on an island or in which the characters find themselves stranded - The African Queen or Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court or The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
One and Done – Read a book that you can finish in one day - options: something by the Slovak crime author Dominik Dán, The Dalai Lama's Cat
Lucky to Have You – Read a book that you picked up at a library sale or thrift store - Biela ruža
Girl Power – Read a book about feminism or written by a feminist - The Handmaid's Tale
Life is a Highway – Read a book that features a road trip - Journey by Moonlight
Time of Our Lives – Read a book in which the characters go on an adventure - The African Queen
Memories – Read a book that you bought while on vacation - once upon a time I was in London, bought Still Life with Woodpecker and loved it, so I might re-read it. On a second thought, I had a look in my library and found a book I brought from my trip to Africa. Visited Zanzibar for few days and met this wonderful tour guide Sarah, who wrote a book about the island, which I bought, had signed but did not read yet. So I would now: Matembezi - A Stroll through Zanzibar: A Casual Introduction into the History, Nature, Culture, Traditions, and Beliefs of the People of Zanzibar

Tasks to read during any month that are designed to stretch your reading comfort zones:
Won’t Be Long – Read a collection of short stories or essays - Kalendář
Poet at Heart – Read a book of poetry - something by a Slovak poet Milan Rufus Rudolf Dobias (edit: I read a book of poems by Rufus and did not like it. Will take another shot with Dobias.) Noci a dni (Nights and days)
You Have a Funny Accent – Read a book that was translated from another language - all books in my country are translated. I will just read a book in another language instead. such as Die Nacht von Lissabon
Read the World - Read a book that takes place in a country, or focuses on a culture, other than your own - Two She-Bears
Diversify Yourself – Read a book by an author of color - Americanah (audio)
My What Big Teeth You Have – Read a book that puts a spin on a well-known fairy tale - something by Terry Pratchett, maybe Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, haven't read him for a while and miss him.
High Noon - Read a classic or contemporary Western - hate westerns. but maybe The Grapes of Wrath or something by Zane Grey - I just remembered I used to love his books in my youth. Another option: True Grit
The Future is Bright – Read a book that takes place in the future - Fahrenheit 451 (audio)
The Book is Always Better – Read a book that is becoming a movie this year - this caught my attention Where'd You Go, Bernadette
TBRing It – Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile - Past Imperfect
Unshelve it – Read a book that’s been sitting on your Goodreads Shelves for a while - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Childhood Reboot – Read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel - maybe Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
Listen to Me – Listen to an Audiobook - A Rare Book of Cunning Device plus some of the above are also audiobooks (e.g. Americanah or Fahrenheit 451). Also listening to Alias Grace.


message 3: by Catka (last edited Jun 04, 2018 01:34AM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments during the last weekend:
- finished Two She-Bears - takes place in Israel and features few parallel family stories, enjoyed it very much, so I Read the World
- finally came to the end of Atlas Shrugged, which I have been listening to for almost a month and am extremely glad that It’s the End of the World or at least this book
- and read a short novella by Pushkin The Captain's Daughter on the Sunday afternoon, which was enjoyable enough even though it was not my Sick Day


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Lori (tnbbc) | 10144 comments Mod
Great start!!


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Catka | 151 comments Lori wrote: "Great start!!"
thanks Lori, and also thank you for doing this challenge. I have a kindred spirited bookworm colleague and we had a great fun discussing this and selecting the books.


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Catka | 151 comments now. I seriously Take Pride I have finished anything by Virginia Woolf
so, I have made a good start and can take it a little slower, so I am going to read Three Men in a Boat and seriously enjoy it


message 7: by Catka (last edited Jun 08, 2018 12:38AM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments Can't claim I am a Sports-a-holic and also can't claim I liked the Three Men in a Boat, but I can claim I finished them.
Listening to the Americanah, which I really love, so at least I am Diversifying Myself


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Catka | 151 comments during last weekend:
- finished Americanah and loved it very much, therefore was glad to Diversify Myself
- read Lady Susan by Jane Austen, who I would love to have for a Dear Penpal
- listened to Fahrenheit 451, narrated by Tim Robbins, who was overly dramatizing it, so I did not enjoy it very much. It was all too apocalyptic and depressing what with my pitting cherries full of maggots whole afternooon. Anyway, the Future is Bright with the prospect of cherry jam. And books. We still have books, thankfully.
- as the cherry pitting took a long time, I also managed to listen to A Rare Book of Cunning Device - a short story by Ben Aaronovitch, which is a tribute to librarians. As I am a librarian in my heart, it is lovely that Ben Listens to Us and knows that "Librarianship. It is not for the faint-hearted."


message 9: by Catka (last edited Jun 15, 2018 06:21AM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments Finished today:
- Doppler went Into the Great Wide Open and it was the funniest and most bizzare book I have read in a while. enjoyed very much
- long past is the time when it concerned me that the School’s Out for Summer and I don't really remember whether I read Jozef Mak or not (I am sure I was supposed to), but I am glad I did now. It was quite sad story about a life in rural Slovakia in the past full of hardships and pain and how one ordinary man, a man-million, had dealt with it. The language is quite poetic and it is considered a piece of Slovak classic literature.


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Catka | 151 comments during the weekend
- I finished Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which I quite enjoyed, in spite of the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in Hook ‘Em fish for sport.
- also I read few more pages of Die Nacht von Lissabon, which takes me ages to finish, as I read it in German, which I still learn and will Have a Funny Accent in it forever. Have to return it to the library soon, so I have a deadline luckily.


message 11: by Catka (last edited Jun 18, 2018 01:36PM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments No. You Have a Funny Accent. Die Nacht von Lissabon. Infinitely sad sad book.


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Catka | 151 comments yesterday:
- I finished Mistress and Commander: High Jinks, High Seas and Highlanders who were sailing the Ocean Blue waters around Scotland. It would have been interesting little book, had the author focused more on the actual storytelling or relationships between the characters and less on the detailed descriptions of how to take care of ship's machinery and engines.
- I stretched the Campfire Story category to reading the Lemony Snicket's The Dark, as horrors are really really not my thing.
- I started to read The Radetzky March - the book for the last June category Father Knows Best as well as a book of poetry by Milan Rufus a beloved Slovak Poet at Heart


message 13: by Catka (last edited Jun 27, 2018 04:30AM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments June recap:

Books I really liked and enjoyed reading: Two She-Bears - read for my bookclub, Doppler - wanted to read for a long time but only started thanks to the prompt in the challenge, A Rare Book of Cunning Device. The following I only read thanks to the challenge and otherwise I would probably not read: Jozef Mak, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Americanah, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Books which I liked but were somewhat difficult to read, still I am glad I did: Die Nacht von Lissabon - read in German and the topic is very sad, Orlando - a trip inside Virginia's head
Ok books: The Captain's Daughter, Lady Susan, Mistress and Commander: High Jinks, High Seas and Highlanders
Books which I did not like but I am still somewhat glad I read them: Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451 - apocalyptic books are really not my thing, I have a feeling we are too close to one to be comfortable reading this as a pure fiction. Atlas had some good and interesting premises, but the style, sheer number of words and pages were unbearable and boring. Fahrenheit was an interesting story, but very depressing one, and I hated the audiobook narration by Tim Robbins.
Books that I wanted to like but I did not: Three Men in a Boat - not as funny as I expected, The Radetzky March - too sad and also did not like the style

So far, this has been fun. Came to read books I would not do otherwise, discovered some really good ones and read some which, I think one should read but were not much fun. It also made me read more and re-discover the enjoyment and fun of it. So far so good :) Looking forward to what July brings.


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Catka | 151 comments June reads finished! Yay!

This Sunday I finished The Radetzky March, which tried to prove that Father Knows Best, but somehow I did not believe it. It certainly portrayed strong, strict, authoritative fathers, which were unable to show their love for their sons, but they were also very unhappy in their lives. I wanted to like the book as it focused on a part of the history of my country, which I was taught in a very different way at school, but the style of the book and its language did not sit well with me.
I started to read Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which I hear is becoming a movie this year, but I strongly believe that The Book is Always Better
I also got a headstart for the July list and am listening to the A Column of Fire audiobook. No worries, it is the usual long opus of the author, so it will last me until the month begins. The Colors of Summer will shine bright and light.


message 15: by Catka (last edited Jun 27, 2018 04:31AM) (new)

Catka | 151 comments Where'd You Go, Bernadette was very good fun! Even though the Slovak translation, which I borrowed from my library, was totally horrible, I had a good time reading the book for the story and characters and looked forward to coming back to it in the evening. I am looking forward to see the movie, even though I think The Book is Always Better.


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Pixie Rose (princesspixierose) I'm laughing so hard at your Atlas Shrugged review. I mean, I really liked the plot for it, but you are not wrong. It is wordy as HECK. Also it's really hypocritical since she was on government assistance when writing the book so I feel like it bites her own point in the butt.

I'm also really into your June Recap. Maybe I should do that...


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Catka | 151 comments Leah wrote: "I'm laughing so hard at your Atlas Shrugged review. I mean, I really liked the plot for it, but you are not wrong. It is wordy as HECK. Also it's really hypocritical since she was on government ass..."
Thanks Leah. Yes, I think it is a pity that her style killed the whole book for me, because some of her ideas are actually interesting and the story was not bad. When I learned she was of a Russian origin, that explained a lot to me, as a East European born at the time of socialism - the wide Russian soul is quite capable of such hypocrisy I think. Anyway, I was just highly amused by that.


Leah wrote: "June Recap. Maybe I should do that... "
yes! go for it. I find it useful, as a former librarian, I have a slight tendency to organize my life, including my books, into categories, it helps me to remember them better too. I quite enjoy this challenge, but I do not think I will keep reading at this pace when it is finished. I need to stay with each book, in particular, and a little longer to keep it with me.


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Catka | 151 comments Hello July
New month started and with it also my short one week holiday. Unfortunately, where I live, there is no chance of getting the Sand Between My Toes (unless you want to visit a kids playground), so I am at least reading books about beaches. Finished Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun, which I actually find surprisingly boring. On the other hand, I have discovered the Open Library, thanks to a discussion somewhere on Goodreads and I borrowed the book from there. It is a cool service.
Another one taking place at the sea was K moři (To The Sea) by the Czech author Petra Soukupová, which was about a father taking his daugthers from his two families to the sea, rather by an incident than as a deliberately planned trip to spend time with his offspring, as he was not really a type for family Backyard BBQs. It was a rather sad close-up of a dysfunctional family.


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Catka | 151 comments So, my holiday is almost over and of course I spent it by reading around my town, in parks, woods and beergardens. Had a lovely time.
Finished:
A Column of Fire (audiobook), which has a cover in the The Colors of Summer and I have actually liked it much better than the first one by Ken Follett I listeded to - the Pillars of the Earth.
Another audiobook I chose was The Martian as the topic Sun, Moon, and Stars is not really my cup of tea, not even my cup of pangalactic gargleblaster and I find listening to a story which does not fully engage me less painful. It had good reviews but I found it too shallow and too technical to my taste.
I also read two really really good books:
The Red Tent which provided a lovely feminine perspective on a brutal male-focused Old Testament story for the Red, White, and Blue prompt
and also Little Fires Everywhere which I cannot really seem to fit in any of the remaining categories, but perhaps it would be as close as I can get to the I Feel a Breeze thing. Not that there would be any nudists in the book, but there were some people brining a lot of fresh breeze to the static waters of a nice orderly community and its inhabitants. I especially loved the conflict between the worlds of the two mothers - Mia and Mother Richardson. They represent two lifestyles between which I guess many of us are torn at one time or another in our lives.


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Catka | 151 comments Oh the places I go
Since it is summer, a time to travel and I noticed I am visiting some really interesting places and countries in my books, I am going to keep track of them here, at least for this challenge:

England historic: Orlando (16-19 centuries), Three Men in a Boat, Lady Susan, A Column of Fire, Evil under the Sun, The Dodger, Lost in Austen
England current: Americanah, A Rare Book of Cunning Device, The Hanging Tree, Good Omens, Past Imperfect
Scotland: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Mistress and Commander, American on Purpose
Norway: Doppler
US: Atlas Shrugged, Americanah, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Little Fires Everywhere, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, True Grit, American on Purpose
Slovakia historic: Jozef Mak, Smrť sa volá Engelchen, Biela ruža
Slovakia current: Korene zla
Russia historic: Captains Daughter
Yemen: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Austro-Hungarian Empire: Radetzky Marsh
Czech Republic: K mori (To the Sea)
Portugal: Night in Lissboa
Germany: Night in Lissboa
France: Night in Lissboa
Switzerland: Night in Lissboa
Israel: Two She-Bears
Nigeria: Americanah
Australia and all over the seas from there to England: The Ship of Brides
Antarctica: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Africa (Tanzania?): African Queen
Zanzibar: Matembezi
Hungary: Journey by Moonlight
Italy: Journey by Moonlight
India: The Dalai Lama´s Cat

Ancient Israel and Egypt: The Red Tent
Mars: The Martian
Gilead: The Handmaid's Tale


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Catka | 151 comments I have just finished Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and I loved it so much that I feel just like visiting the Whistle Stop and the little cafe and Getting the Grill On to taste some of the food served there. Very heartwarming story, which made me laugh and also cry. Lovely.

Unrelated, I am also listening to the audio narration of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which would fall under the category Listen To Me, but I hate it so much that I do not want to include it in the challenge.


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Catka | 151 comments During the weekend, I have finished

Smrť sa volá Engelchen (The Death's name is Engelchen) by the excellent Slovak author Ladislav Mňačko, which talks about my Forefathers. It focuses on the Slovak National Uprising, which took place during the WWII, when Slovakia was an occupied ally of the nazist Germany and this was the single event when Slovaks took to arms against the occupants. It brilliantly describes all the moral choices people had to do during the war, when it was bloody difficult to decide who is an enemy, who is a fried and who is an ally. And the next day the same choices had to be made again. Nothing is black or white in such times and it is extremely difficult to make the right choices - to survive and to stay a decent person.
I also tried to Embrace My Inner Geek and read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but only managed to embrace my inner child, as I found out it was not really about a geek culture, but about a very badly hurt kid, who was also an introvert and also a book lover. It was a great book and in many ways it took me back to my teenage years, but I guess I will read another one for this category: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was recommended to me.

I am also listening to Dodger for a bit of a Funny Bone and enjoying it immensely. Btw, exchanged it for the above mentioned Sapiens, which I hated and decided not to finish. Luckily, Audible allows you to do that.


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Catka | 151 comments Had a good fun these last days with two very good books:
You can always rely on Pratchett to throw a Funny Bone not only to dogs named Onan, but also to his readers. Enjoyed Dodger very much, even though or perhaps just because so it was very different from everything else I read by him.
I also finally managed to find a right kind of geek and so was able to Embrace My Inner Geek with Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I am not saying it was a breathtaking nerve wracking suspense building jewel of a book, but it was a page-turner for me nevertheless and it had books, bookstores, libraries and google in it, which I all like, so all good by me.
In addition to these, I have also finished a book of short essays by a well-known Czech author Karel Čapek called Kalendář (Calendar) on different seasons of the year. He is very witty and smart and some of his observations are quite wise, so I liked the book, even though I usually do not enjoy reading books of short stories and therefore it took me quite long to finish even though it was promising it Won’t Be Long.


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Catka | 151 comments reading slump. got distracted from reading during weekend and somehow cannot get started again.
finished True Grit but that was High Noon last Friday already. I was surprised how good a western can be, it is not my preferred genre and I would have probably not chosen to read it on my own if not for this challenge. glad I did. review here
I am reading The Hanging Tree, which is the last book of the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch for the last July prompt Beach Bum, but do not find it as engaging as the previous books.


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Catka | 151 comments Unfortunately, there is no Beach to Bum around close by my place, but I have finished The Hanging Tree nevertheless finally. It was a struggle though, I did not like it much and it took me quite long to finish.
I am also listening to the The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes for the August's Let’s Get It On, which is far more interesting and engaging read (listen).


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Catka | 151 comments July recap:

Books I really liked and enjoyed reading: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Smrť sa volá Engelchen, The Red Tent, Dodger (audio), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Kalendář, True Grit, Little Fires Everywhere (not for the challenge)
Ok books: K moři (To the Sea), A Column of Fire (audiobook), The Martian (audio)
Books that I wanted to like but I did not: Evil Under the Sun, The Hanging Tree, Óda na radosť a iné básne (book of poems)

Lots of good books read this month! Also read few more, which I would not have picked up, but I am again glad I did, especially the western, which was truly good (surprisingly for me). Two not so nice surprises from Agatha and Ben, which framed the month otherwise stuffed with goodies. I also liked the variety of genres and places very much.


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Catka | 151 comments Last week I Unshelved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which had been sitting on my TBR shelf for some time and I am very glad I did. Even though I think it was a little unrealistic, I still liked it very much and found it quite refreshing to read a book, whose author likes their character and roots for them, for a change. So in spite of addressing very serious issues, it was a nice almost feel-good read. Did me good.
I also finished the audio of The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes, who is my favorite author, for the August's first prompt Let’s Get It On. Jojo did not disappoint me with this one either, it was a very interesting topic (Australian war brides traveling by an aircraft carrier boat to meet their English husbands, many of whom they only met for quite a brief time before they got married and then were separated. The story focuses on four women, each of them interesting in their own way.) and a well told story.
Now I am very much struggling with Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which is supposed to be full of Girl Power, but I only find it extremely disengaging and a drudgery to read. The story and setting feels very much unreal to me and the author did not bother with its development to explain how we even got there and the main character is so distant and feeling-less that I find it difficult to relate to her and feel compassion. I guess I will be one of the very few people who did not like the book.


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Catka | 151 comments Hm, so far I don't seem to be very lucky with the August choices.
Really disliked The Handmaid's Tale and not because of the topic but because of the writing style and lack of character and story develoment. No Girl Power for me.
Also I found myself Stranded with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and not in a good way.
Hopefully, the next books will be better. Almost any book at this point seems like an improvement.


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Catka | 151 comments So, my unlucky selection of books for this month continued with The African Queen, which was supposed to be an adventure and was promising me to have a Time of My Life, but I just didn't. Have to say this is one of those rare cases of movie being better than a book. Coo.
But not everything was so gloomy.
My mood got better with a Slovak classic writer Terézia Vansová's Biela ruža (White Rose), which was just a collection of silly romantic stories from the end of 19th century, but it warmed my heart after all those previous books and I was Lucky to Have It.
And then 12 O’clock stroke Somewhere and with it came Craig Ferguson and told his life story in his book American on Purpose. It was funny and deep and very open as he was talking about his alcohol addition and how he overcame it. I like him now even more than before.


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Catka | 151 comments I have decided to stretch my summer challenge by two weeks, as I have holidays these first two weeks in September and also went to the beach, which for me counts as a real summer. Lying on the beach and reading. Paradise.
In the meantime, since my last post, I have finished most of the tasks.
Went on a Journey by Moonlight because Life is a Highway with this strange yet enjoyable little book by a Hungarian author I have never heard of before.
Got Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure for a Childhood Reboot, even though I have never read a choose-your-own-adventure book before, as it is not a genre common in my country. So I wanted to see what is it about. This was not a very good choice for it unfortunately, just an uninspiring, unfunny Austen rip-off.
Wondered My What Big Teeth You Have with Pratchett and Gaiman and their Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and remembered what a genius Pratchett was. Must re-read more by him. And start to read Gaiman, obviously.
Read two One and Done books, because had lots of time on the beach and also beause I started to read The Dalai Lama's Cat in the evening and finished in the early afternoon next day, so technically it was one day, but just to make sure also read a book by the Slovak crime author Dominik Dán called Korene zla (Roots of Evil) about the beginnings of the mafia in Slovakia in the 1990s. Both were enjoyable, each in its own way.
Also listened to Alias Grace by Atwood, as I saw the TV series and liked it. Should have stayed with it, the book was not better. Am done with Atwood.
Last but not least I un-TBR-ed a book by the author of the script to Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes Past Imperfect. I loved the series and also his movie Gosford Park, so I wanted to know what kind of a book author he is. A very good one, have to say.

Now I have two more categories to do - the Memories and Poet at Heart. I have already read a book of poems by the Slovak poet Milan Rufus, but did not like it, so I am going to read another one by Rudolf Dobias. For Memories, I am reading a book I have brought from my holiday in Zanzibar last year. Will finish by the end of this week, hopefully.


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Catka | 151 comments August Recap:

Books I liked: The Ship of Brides, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot, The Dalai Lama's Cat, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Past Imperfect, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
OK books: Korene zla, Biela ruža, Journey by Moonlight, Matembezi - A Stroll through Zanzibar: A Casual Introduction into the History, Nature, Culture, Traditions, and Beliefs of the People of Zanzibar, Noci a dni
Books I did not like, but I thought I would: The African Queen, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
Books I did not like, but everyone else does (so I felt I should read them): The Handmaid's Tale, book:Alias Grace|72579]
Books where movie was better (!): The Handmaid's Tale, book:Alias Grace|72579], The African Queen

Somewhat I had a feeling that I am reading more books which I did not enjoy than those which I did, but now that I see the list, it looks much better :)

Challenge Recap:

This was fun. I read many books and genres, which I would not probably have picked otherwise. I had a fun, rich, reading summer. Thanks for this, enjoyed it very much!


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