Posts tagged ‘books’

October 20, 2017

o hushed October morning mild

by ada

I liked both of these books but don’t ask me more about them, because it’s been two years since I’ve read them. Two. Whole. Years. I am the worst blogger ever.

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May 5, 2017

try to remember the kind of September

by ada

A book from the Weltbild shop at the Lindau Park shopping mall and another from the library shelf of my workplace. Both happened almost two years ago.

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January 27, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017

by ada

I’m currently in the middle of a midlife crisis, think health problems, work problems, family problems, financial problems, add general unhappiness and an invincible inner force to question the meaning of everything, haha; so I’m desperate for anything that could add structure or a frame to my life, for strategies to hold onto, for anything that could be helpful. I found my project 365 in 2012 to be an enormous help in bringing myself, when not exactly back on the same track, at least into motion. I don’t want to repeat it though – I’m way behind with photos on this blog anyway. So I decided to do something easier but equally fun: a reading challenge. I’m not very good at challenges, my last try was a complete failure (I finished only two books from the pile, both of them a year or two later than planned, haha), but let’s hope for a better outcome this time! (I never learn, do I?)

I got inspired by Manja Mexie’s booklist and some Reading Challenge lists floating out there on the internet but I haven’t found one that would fit my exact ideas, so I decided to create my own. Some categories are borrowed, some are made up to fit my rather narrow field of interest. My goal is to get out of my comfort zone of early 20th century detective stories but still find books that I enjoy all the same.

I’ll go down the one-book-a-week route, so 52 books it is. Of course it can be more, and of course it does not have to fit into a category on the list for me to read it. There is no particular order, but the list have to be complete with at least one title per category by 2017 December 31. I’ll be updating it continuously, just like I do with my record of finished books.

1. A book set in WW1

  • Jaroslav Hašek – Švejk, egy derék katona kalandjai a világháborúban (A hátországban / A fronton / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi folytatása)
  • Jean-Christophe RufinDas rote Halsband

2. A book set in WW2

  • Bohumil Hrabal – Szigorúan ellenőrzött vonatok

3. A book about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

  • Karinthy Ferenc – Budapesti ősz
  • Vámos Miklós – Zenga zének

4. A book written by a Soviet author, set in the Soviet Union

5. A book written by a Holocaust survivor

  • Szép Ernő – Emberszag
  • Jean BernardLelkészblokk 25487

6. A childhood favourite I don’t remember very well anymore

  • Thury ZsuzsaA francia kislány
  • Hermína FrankováKi tud franciául?
  • Arkagyij Petrovics Gajdar – Timur és csapata / A hóvár parancsnoka
  • Jaroszlav SztehlmanAz erdei tó titka

7. A book in Dutch

8. A fiction book about music

  • Scott MarianiMozart rejtélyes halála

9. A book written by a musician

  • Hélène Grimaud – Wolfssonate

10. A book about a nurse/nursing (not a medical book)

  • Kertész Erzsébet – A lámpás hölgy. Florence Nightingale élettörténete

11. A book that was published in 2017

  • Michelle Birkby – The Women of Baker Street
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Bitó és borostyán

12. A book written before 1900

  • Elisabeth Gaskell – Cranford / Egy orvos vallomásai

13. A book written before 1800

  • Denis Diderot – Rameau unokaöccse / Első szatíra / Ő és én

14. A book written before 1700

  • Daniel Speer – Magyar Simplicissimus

15. A book written before 1600

  • Paracelsus – Elementális lények
  • Morus Tamás – Utópia

16. A book written before 1500

  • The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam

17. A travel journal/a book on travelling

  • Háy János – Ország, város, fiú, lány 
  • The Journal of Madam Knight. A Woman’s Treacherous Journey By Horseback From Boston to New York In the Year 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight 

18. A biography

  • Franz Xaver NiemetschekIch kannte Mozart

19. An autobiography

  • Heinrich Schütz – Autobiographie (Memorial 1651)

20. A book translated from a language I don’t speak (so, other than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian)

  • Clara RoyerCsillag
  • SimenonMaigret gyanút fog
  • Simenon – Maigret az iskolában
  • SimenonMaigret és a hazudós szeretők
  • Simenon – Maigret és a csökönyös leányzó
  • Simenon – Maigret csapdát állít

21. A book with a character with my name

  • Ljudmila Ulickaja – Szonyecska
  • Corrie Hafkamp – Ein Kuss für Alida

22. A book set in my hometown

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – A pesti ezüstfokos
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Leányrablás Budapesten
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Beretva és tőr
  • Böszörményi Gyula – A Rudnay-gyilkosságok
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Ármány és kézfogó
  • Kondor Vilmos – Bűnös Budapest
  • Kondor Vilmos – Budapest romokban
  • Kondor VilmosBudapest novemberben
  • Szécsi Noémi, Géra Eleonóra – A budapesti úrinő magánélete (1860-1914)
  • Kondor VilmosA budapesti kém

23. A book written by an author from the country I’m currently living in

24. A book set in the country I’m currently living in, written by an author with a different nationality

25. A book that was banned in the Third Reich

  • Irmgard KeunDas kunstseidene Mädchen

26. A book that was banned under the Socialist regime

27. A book that was banned by the Catholic Church

28. A play

  • Bertolt Brecht – Leben des Galilei

29. A poetry book

  • Varró Dániel – Mi lett hova?
  • Philip Larkin – Nászi szél
  • Louise Labé – Szerelmes szonettek

30. A dog book

  • Karel CapekDásenka, avagy egy kölyökkutya élete

31. A cat book

  • Akif Pirinçci – Göttergleich

32. A book about death/dying

  • Singer Magdolna – Partitúra. Utolsó beszélgetés Polcz Alaine-nel
  • Atul Gawande – Mert egyszer meghalunk. Az orvostudomány és ami a végén számít
  • Paul Kalanithi – Elillanó lélekzet

33. A book about love (not necessarily romantic)

  • Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe blue castle
  • Alina Bronsky – Baba Dunjas letzte Liebe

34. A book with numbers only in the title

  • Florian Illies – 1913. Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts

35. A book with a name only as a title

  • Neil Gaiman – Coraline

36. A book with a colour in the title

  • Baráth Katalin – A fekete zongora
  • E. D. BiggersA sárga detektív
  • E. D. Biggers – Charlie Chan találkozása a fekete tevével
  • Maurice Leblanc – Az aranyszemű asszony
  • Gaston Leroux – A sárga szoba titka

37. A book about science

  • Siddharta MukherjeeBetegségek betegsége: mindent a rákról

38. A book about mathematics

39. A book about religion

  • Mónika naplója. Egy szerzetesközösség élete az üldöztetés éveiben

40. A book about the universe

41. A book to improve my life

  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: Gut and Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia

42. A book set in a place I’ve already visited

  • Erich Kästner – A salzburgi szobalány

43. A book set in somewhere I’ll most likely never visit

  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Double Comfort Safari Club
  • Alexander McCall SmithThe Miracle at Speedy Motors
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

44. A book by a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

  • Patrick Modiano – Dora Bruder

45. A book that was published in the year I was born

  • J. B. Priestley – Found, Lost, Found

46. A science fiction novel

  • Peter HellerKutya csillagkép

47. A vampire story

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist – Hívj be!

48. A book featuring the Devil

  • C. S. Lewis – Csűrcsavar levelei
  • Jacques Cazotte – A szerelmes ördög

49. A book with an intriguing cover

  • Beregi Tamás – Noctambulo

50. A book recommended by my mother

  • Alekszej Nyikolajevics Tolsztoj – Golgota

51. A book recommended by my father

  • Thomas Mann – József és testvérei

52. A book recommended by my sister

January 3, 2017

a continuously updated reading list (2009 – present)

by ada

I still have to figure out how and where to include this list on this blog; a regular post will have to do for now.

2017:

  • Siddharta Mukherjee – Betegségek betegsége: mindent a rákról
  • Jaroslav Hašek – Švejk, egy derék katona kalandjai a világháborúban (A hátországban / A fronton / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi / A dicsőséges csihi-puhi folytatása)
  • Florian Illies – 1913. Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts
  • Akif Pirinçci – Göttergleich
  • Thomas Mann – József és testvérei
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Miracle at Speedy Motors
  • Franz Xaver Niemetschek – Ich kannte Mozart
  • Hélène Grimaud – Wolfssonate
  • Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Bitó és borostyán
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin – Das rote Halsband
  • Irmgard Keun – Das kunstseidene Mädchen
  • Beregi Tamás – Noctambulo
  • Jaroszlav Sztehlman – Az erdei tó titka
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Double Comfort Safari Club
  • Márai Sándor – A szegények iskolája
  • Morus Tamás – Utópia
  • Michelle Birkby – The Women of Baker Street
  • Agatha Christie – Paddington 16.50
  • Paul Kalanithi – Elillanó lélekzet
  • Arkagyij Petrovics Gajdar – Timur és csapata / A hóvár parancsnoka
  • Simenon – Maigret csapdát állít
  • Alina Bronsky – Baba Dunjas letzte Liebe
  • Scott Mariani – Mozart rejtélyes halála
  • Hermína Franková – Ki tud franciául?
  • Karel Capek – Dásenka, avagy egy kölyökkutya élete
  • Ross Macdonald – Ki így hal meg, ki úgy
  • Patrick Modiano – Dora Bruder
  • Thury Zsuzsa – A francia kislány
  • Erich Kästner – A salzburgi szobalány
  • Kondor Vilmos – A budapesti kém
  • Szécsi Noémi, Géra Eleonóra – A budapesti úrinő magánélete (1860-1914)
  • Gaston Leroux – A sárga szoba titka
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist – Hívj be!
  • Aszlányi Károly – Haybodyt nem lehet agyonütni
  • J. B. Priestley – Found, Lost, Found or The English Way of Life
  • Jean Bernard – Lelkészblokk 25487
  • Simenon – Maigret és a csökönyös leányzó
  • Ross Macdonald – A fúriák
  • Atul Gawande – Mert egyszer meghalunk. Az orvostudomány és ami a végén számít
  • Daniel Speer – Magyar Simplicissimus
  • Kondor Vilmos – Budapest novemberben
  • Simenon – Maigret és a hazudós szeretők
  • Peter Heller – Kutya csillagkép
  • Kondor Vilmos – Budapest romokban
  • The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam
  • Kondor Vilmos – Bűnös Budapest
  • Ross Macdonald – Mozgó cél
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery – The blue castle
  • Philip Kerr – Sápadt gonosztevő (Berlin Noir 2.)
  • Philip Kerr – Halálos március (Berlin Noir 1.)
  • Vámos Miklós – Zenga zének
  • Louise Labé – Szerelmes szonettek
  • Ross Macdonald – Mindenki ellenség
  • Ben Aaronovitch – Soho felett a hold
  • Philip Larkin – Nászi szél
  • Simenon – Maigret az iskolában
  • Denis Diderot – Rameau unokaöccse / Első szatíra / Ő és én
  • Heinrich Schütz – Autobiographie (Memorial 1651)
  • Agatha Christie – Miss Marple
  • Irmgard Keun – Nach Mitternacht
  • J. B. Priestley – Delight
  • Alekszej Nyikolajevics Tolsztoj – Golgota
  • Corrie Hafkamp – Ein Kuss für Alida
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Ármány és kézfogó
  • Böszörményi Gyula – A Rudnay-gyilkosságok
  • Maurice Leblanc – Az aranyszemű asszony
  • Anthony Horowitz – Az utolsó bevetés
  • Sagittarius (Schütz Miksa) – Franz Liszt über die Juden
  • E. D. Biggers – Charlie Chan találkozása a fekete tevével
  • Jacques Cazotte – A szerelmes ördög
  • Singer Magdolna – Partitúra. Utolsó beszélgetés Polcz Alaine-nel
  • Elisabeth Gaskell – Cranford / Egy orvos vallomásai
  • E. D. Biggers – A sárga detektív
  • Clara Royer – Csillag
  • Karinthy Ferenc – Budapesti ősz
  • Ljudmila Ulickaja – Szonyecska
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Áldja meg az Isten, Dr. Kevorkian!
  • Bertolt Brecht – Leben des Galilei
  • C. S. Lewis – Csűrcsavar levelei
  • Paracelsus – Elementális lények
  • Kertész Erzsébet – A lámpás hölgy. Florence Nightingale élettörténete
  • Bohumil Hrabal – Szigorúan ellenőrzött vonatok
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – A pesti ezüstfokos
  • The Journal of Madam Knight. A Woman’s Treacherous Journey By Horseback From Boston to New York In the Year 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight
  • Mónika naplója. Egy szerzetesközösség élete az üldöztetés éveiben
  • Varró Dániel – Mi lett hova?
  • Simenon – Maigret gyanút fog
  • Szép Ernő – Emberszag
  • Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  • Agatha Christie – A nagy négyes
  • Agatha Christie – Zátonyok közt
  • Háy János – Ország, város, fiú, lány
  • The John Dickson Carr Omnibus (Hag’s Nook / The Mad Hatter Mystery / The Eight of Swords)
  • Baráth Katalin – A fekete zongora
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Beretva és tőr
  • Hanoch Avenary, Walter Pass, Nikolaus Vielmetti, Israel Adler – Kantor Salomon Sulzer und seine Zeit. Eine Dokumentation
  • Roald Dahl – Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying
  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride – Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Leányrablás Budapesten

2016:

  • Agatha Christie Mallowan – Így éltünk Mezopotámiában
  • Baráth Katalin – Az arany cimbalom
  • Baráth Katalin – A borostyán hárfa
  • Baráth Katalin – A türkizkék hegedű
  • Murder at Teatime. Mysteries in the Classic Cozy Tradition. Edited by Cynthia Manson
  • Tim Davys – A lefejezett keselyű rejtélye
  • Agatha Christie – Parker Pyne esetei
  • Neil Gaiman – Anansi fiúk
  • Arthur Ransome – Titkos-tenger
  • B. Akunyin, G. Cshartisvili – Temetői történetek
  • Alexander McCall Smith – Erkölcstan szép lányoknak
  • Ben Aaronovitch – Föld alatti suttogás
  • Ödön von Horváth – Jugend ohne Gott
  • Anthony Horowitz – The House of Silk
  • Irmgard Keun – Wenn wir alle gut wären
  • Georges Simenon – Maigret és a vérfoltos öltöny
  • Anthony Horowitz – Veszélyes iskola
  • Anthony Horowitz – Orosz rulett
  • Anthony Horowitz – Krokodilkönnyek
  • Anthony Horowitz – A sas lecsap
  • Anthony Horowitz – Mély vízben
  • Anthony Horowitz – Ark Angel
  • Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker
  • Anthony Horowitz – Scorpia
  • Anthony Horowitz – Kígyófej
  • Szerb Antal – Budapesti kalauz marslakók számára
  • P. G. Wodehouse – Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen
  • Michelle Birkby – The House at Baker Street
  • Kathryn Miller Haines – Miss Winter lässt nicht locker
  • Agatha Christie – Die Schattenhand
  • Andrea Camilleri – Das Labyrinth der Spiegel
  • Polcz Alaine – Macskaregény
  • Polcz Alaine – Asszony a fronton
  • Ben Aaronovitch – Die Flüsse von London
  • Maurice Leblanc – Der Kristallstöpsel
  • Alina Bronsky – Die schärfsten Gerichte der tatarischen Küche
  • J. K. Rowling – Ein plötzlicher Todesfall
  • Ralph Dutli – Fatrasien
  • Wladimir Kaminer – Russendisko
  • Wladimir Kaminer – Diesseits von Eden
  • Esterházy Péter – Die Hilfsverben des Herzens
  • Erich Kästner – Lärm im Spiegel
  • Jakob Arjouni – Bruder Kemal
  • Agatha Christie – Murder in Retrospect
  • Agatha Christie – Appointment with Death
  • Jiří Weil – Mendelssohn a tetőn
  • Christopher Isherwood – A Single Man
  • Irmgard Keun – Kind aller Länder
  • Darja Donzowa – Verleib dich nie in einen Toten
  • Arto Paasilinna – Der liebe Gott macht blau
  • Arto Paasilinna – Der wunderbare Massenselbstmord
  • Arto Paasilinna – Schutzengel mit ohne Flügel
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die Rache des schönen Geschlechts
  • P. G. Wodehouse – Cocktail Time
  • Agatha Christie – Das Geheimnis von Greenshore Garden
  • E. M. Remarque – Der Feind
  • Ludwig Thoma – Lausbubengeschichten / Tante Frieda
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
  • G. K. Chesterton – Father Browns Skandal
  • Georges Simenon – Maigret und der gelbe Hund
  • Salman Rushdie – Két év, nyolc hónap, huszonnyolc éjszaka
  • Erlend Loe – Jens. Ein Mann will nach unten
  • Anita Loos – Gentlemen bevorzugen Blondinen / …aber Gentlemen heiraten Brünette
  • G. K. Chesterton – Father Browns Geheimnis
  • Esterházy Péter – Die Markus-Version
  • Jonathan Crown – Sirius
  • Meisterwerke der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente. Kurzführer durch das Kunsthistorische Museum Wien
  • Phillip T. Young – Holzblasinstrumente im Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum
  • Giulia Enders – Darm mit Charme
  • Paola Mastrocola – Ich wär so gern ein Pinguin. Die Geschichte einer Ente, die lernte, sich selbst zu lieben
  • Agatha Christie – Es begab sich aber…
  • G. K. Chesterton – Father Browns Ungläubigkeit
  • Classic Crime Stories
  • Robert Galbraith – Career of Evil
  • Dr. David Perlmutter – Dumm wie Brot
  • Carlos Ruíz Zafón – Gaudí in Manhattan
  • Michael Bond – Monsieur Pamplemousse blickt durch
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der ehrliche Dieb
  • Enid Blyton – 5 Freunde auf großer Fahrt
  • Anthony Horowitz – Der Fall Moriarty
  • Leslie L. Lawrence – Rodzsungok kolostora
  • Akif Pirincci – Schandtat

2015:

  • David Sedaris – Ich ein Tag sprechen hübsch
  • China Miéville – Patkánykirály
  • Irvin D. Yalom, Robert L. Berger – Ein menschliches Herz
  • Ransom Riggs – Library of Souls
  • Marcel Valmy – Die lieben Draculas
  • Andrea Camilleri – Das Lächeln der Signorina
  • Ransom Riggs – Hollow City
  • Viktor Pelewin – Die Dialektik der Übergangsperiode von Nirgendwoher nach Nirgendwohin
  • Jaqueline Winspear – Birds of a Feather
  • Jaqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs: Verzeichliche Lügen
  • Paul Gallico – Immer diese Gespenster
  • Kathryn Miller Haines – The War Against Miss Winter
  • David Safier – 28 Tage lang
  • Rosemary Timperley – Ein Mädchen schweigt
  • Arto Paasilinna – Im Jenseits ist die Hölle los
  • Agota Kristof – Irgendwo
  • Edgar Wallace – Bei den 3 Eichen
  • Agatha Christie – Der unheimliche Weg
  • Nicholas Blake – Tat auf Tat
  • Andrea Camilleri – Das Spiel des Poeten
  • Arthur Ransome – Fecskék és Fruskák: Szárcsaklub
  • John D. Carr – Verwirrung auf Schloss Shira
  • Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – Perry Mason und der stille Teilhaber
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – Perry Mason und der lachende Verlierer
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – Perry Mason und der Tote im Rollstuhl
  • Gabriel García Márquez – Von der Liebe und anderen Dämonen
  • Paul J. Frost – Elcserélt elmék
  • Antonia Fraser – Die Nonne
  • Erlend Loe – Ich bring mich um die Ecke
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die Nacht des einsamen Träumers
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Hangman’s Holiday
  • Robert Galbraith – The Silkworm

2014:

  • Robert Galbraith – The Cuckoo’s Calling
  • Lawrence Block – Bérgyilkos mindörökké
  • Nury Vittachi – Der Fengshui-Detektiv und der Computertiger
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der Tanz der Möwe
  • Robert Merle – Majomábécé
  • Peter Høeg – Die Frau und der Affe
  • Benjamin Hale – Bruno Littlemore fejlődéstörténete
  • Roald Dahl meghökkentő élete
  • Thomas Glavinic – Hogyan éljünk
  • John D. Carr – Mutatvány a sötétben
  • Jack Kerouac – Lonesome Traveler
  • Camilleri & Lucarelli – Das süsse Antlitz des Todes
  • Vaszary Gábor – Alszik az Isten
  • Lackfi János – Milyenek a magyarok?
  • Lackfi János – Milyenek még a magyarok?
  • Céline – Semmelweis
  • Sophie Hannah – A monogramos gyilkosságok
  • Iris Murdoch – Something Special
  • Marina Lewycka – Various Pets Alive & Dead
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
  • Andrea Camilleri – Das Ritual der Rache
  • Simenon – Maigret és a félarcú ember
  • Simenon – Maigret és a flamand lány
  • Simenon – Maigret és az éjszaka örömei
  • Simenon – Maigret és a halott gyémántkereskedő
  • Simenon – Maigret és a gengszterek
  • Simenon – Maigret és a három nő
  • Simenon – Maigret és az idegek harca
  • Simenon – Maigret és a furcsa idegen
  • Ambrose Bierce – Lügengeschichten
  • Arthur Schnitzler – Casanova hazatér
  • William Paul Young – Die Hütte
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini – Amado mio/Tisztátalan cselekedetek
  • Jack Kerouac – Maggie Cassidy
  • The new adventures of Ellery Queen
  • Walther M. Miller Jr. – Lobgesang auf Leibowitz
  • Arto Paasilinna – Der Sommer der lachenden Kühe
  • Arto Paasilinna – Zehn zärtliche Kratzbürsten
  • Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
  • Charles Bukowski – Ausgeträumt
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Mann ohne Land
  • Jorge Luis Borges – Fictions
  • Bogár Lajos – Érzéstelenítés
  • Michel de Montaigne – Für Mediziner und ihre Opfer
  • Simenon – Maigret és a becsületes emberek
  • Muriel Spark – Die Abtissin von Crewe
  • Graham Greene – Heirate nie in Monte Carlo
  • David Safier – Jesus liebt mich
  • Boris Vian – Blues egy fekete macskáért
  • Szécsi Noémi  – Finnugor vámpír
  • Janikovszky Éva – Aranyeső
  • Bogár Lajos – Intenzív

2013 (incomplete):

  • China Miéville – Kraken
  • Agatha Christie – Die Memoiren des Grafen
  • Yann Martel – Beatrice és Vergilius
  • Simenon – Maigret és az öreg szerelmesek
  • Eva Baronsky – Mozart felébred
  • Sebastian Meschenmoser – Herr Eichhorn und der erste Schnee
  • Simon Toefield – Simons Katze
  • Margaret Atwood – A szolgálólány meséje
  • The Oatmeal – How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you
  • Umberto Eco – Der Friedhof in Prag
  • Stephen Hawking – My Brief History
  • Ransom Riggs – Vándorsólyom kisasszony különleges gyermekei
  • Walther Sattertwaith – Miss Lizzie / Miss Lizzie kehrt zurück
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die Tage des Zweifels
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die drei Leben des Michele Sparacino
  • Agatha Christie – Ein gefährlicher Gegner
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die dunkle Wahrheit des Mondes
  • Joseph Roth – Die Legende vom heiligen Trinker
  • François Lelord – Hector und das Wunder der Freundschaft
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der falsche Liebreiz der Vergeltung
  • Agatha Christie – An Overdose of Death
  • Fabrizia Ramondino – Die Katze
  • Agatha Christie  – Geheimnis der Amseln
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der Kavalier der späten Stunde
  • David Safier – Mieses Karma
  • James H. Chase – Ein Double für die Falle
  • Ursula Curtiss – Der Spielverderber
  • Der Prager Golem. Jüdische Sagen aus dem Ghetto
  • François Lelord – Hector & Hector und die Geheimnisse des Lebens
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der Hund aus Terracotta
  • Andrea Camilleri – Der Dieb der süssen Dinge
  • Håkan Nesser – Die Frau mit dem Muttermal
  • Håkan Nesser – Das vierte Opfer
  • Håkan Nesser – Das grobmaschige Netz
  • Herbert Rosendorfer – Die grosse Umwendung. Neue Briefe in die Chinesischen Vergangenheit

2012 (incomplete):

  • Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Leonie Swann – Garou
  • Kate DiCamillo – The Tale of Despereaux
  • Marina Lewycka – Das Leben kleben
  • Akif Pirincci – Felidae/Francis
  • François Lelord – Hector und die Geheimnisse der Liebe
  • Leonie Swann – Glennkill

2011:

  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter és a tűz serlege
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter és az azkabani fogoly
  • David Sedaris – Karácsony jéggel
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter és a titkok kamrája
  • Simenon – Maigret és a bíró háza
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter és a bölcsek köve
  • Simenon – Maigret New Yorkban
  • Kondor Vilmos – Budapest Noir
  • Simenon – Maigret és az idős hölgy
  • Leslie L. Lawrence – Hannahanna méhei
  • Szendi Gábor, Mezei Elmira – Paleolit szakácskönyv
  • Simenon – Maigret és a vizsgálóbíró
  • Simenon – Maigret és a törpe
  • Agatha Christie – A pollensai probléma
  • Szendi Gábor – Paleolit táplálkozás. A nyugati életmód és a civilizációs betegségek
  • Christopher Moore – Biff evangéliuma
  • Simenon – Maigret nyaralni megy
  • Lawrence Block – A betörő, aki parókát viselt
  • Agatha Christie – Találkozás a halállal
  • Arthur Ransome – Fecskék és Fruskák, a kincskeresők
  • Arthur Ransome – Piktek és Mártírok
  • Stephen Fry – Hazudozó
  • Agatha Christie – Tragédia három felvonásban
  • Simenon – Maigret és a csapodár közjegyző
  • Harry Kemelman – A rabbi csütörtökön lelépett
  • Simenon – Maigret és a kiugrott felügyelő
  • Gajda László Amadeus – Zenész Murphy törvénykönyv
  • Tim Davys – A halállista
  • Simenon – Maigret és a hajnali vendég
  • Varró Dániel – Akinek a lába hatos. Korszerű mondókák kisbabáknak
  • Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo – Survival Guide to Psychotherapy
  • Harry Kemelman – A rabbi hétfőn elutazott
  • Shakespeare – Szonettek
  • Leslie L. Lawrence – A teaültetvény
  • Lisa Lutz – Spellman nyomozóiroda
  • Simenon – Maigret és a varázslatos sziget
  • Simenon – Maigret az iskolában
  • Simenon – Maigret és a Dél Keresztje
  • Temple Grandin, Sean Barron – The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism
  • Robert Schumann – Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln
  • Simenon – Maigret és a csökönyös leányzó
  • Harry Kemelman – A rabbi szerdán megázott
  • Simenon – Maigret és a félarcú ember
  • Simenon – Madame Maigret barátnője
  • Rob van Acht – Volksmuziek en Volksinstrumenten in Europa
  • Baráth Katalin – A fekete zongora
  • Harry Kemelman – A rabbi vasárnap otthon maradt
  • Simenon – Maigret Mystified
  • Heltai Jenő – A Vénusz-lakók
  • Lawrence Block – A betörő, aki portyára indult
  • Mignon G. Eberhart – Enemy in the House
  • Mignon G. Eberhart – Run Scared
  • Erlesene Verbrechen. Kriminalgeschichten
  • Agatha Christie – Easy to Kill
  • Nele Neuhaus – Wer Wind sät
  • Stieg Larsson – Verblendung
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Full Cupboard of Life
  • Peter Antony – The Woman in the Wardrobe
  • Stephen Vizinczey – In Praise of Older Women: the amorous recollections of András Vajda
  • Joan Walsh Anglund – A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You
  • A. A. Milne – Now We Are Six
  • David Sedaris – Squirrel seeks Chipmunk
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Fabulous Fake
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Worried Waitress
  • Simon van Booy – Love Begins in Winter
  • Sam Savage – The Cry of the Sloth
  • Simon van Booy – The Secret Lives of People in Love
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Busman’s Honeymoon
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Strong Poison
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds – A Journey to Flanders and Holland
  • Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
  • Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole: The Capuccino Years
  • Jerome K. Jerome – After Supper Ghost Stories
  • Sue Townsend – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
  • Ellery Queen – The Devil to Pay
  • Oxford Book of Poetry for Children
  • Truman Capote – Music for Chameleons
  • A Letter from the Late Signor Tartini to Signora Maddalena Lombardini, (now Signora Sirmen.) Published as an Important Lesson to Performers on the Violin. Translated by Dr. Burney
  • Michel de la Barre – Letter on the History of Musette and Hautbois
  • Waris Dirie – Mijn woestijn
  • Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture
  • Oscar Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Jean Webster – Dear Enemy
  • Palgrave – The Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics
  • Sue Townsend – The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
  • Francesco Geminiani – A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick
  • Ton van Reen – Eindelijk veilig
  • Marina Lewycka – Een korte geschiedenis van de tractor in de Oekraïne
  • The Penguin Book of British Comic Writing, ed. by Patricia Craig
  • Brandon Bays – The Journey
  • Charles Sherwood Dane – Life’s Little Destruction Book
  • Guus Kuijer – Het grote boek van Madelief
  • Annie MG Schmidt, Fiep Westendorp – Jip en Janneke
  • Pascal Mercier – Nachtzug nach Lissabon
  • Philip K. Dick – Die seltsame Welt des Mr. Jones
  • Aszlányi Károly – Az Északi Park felfedezése
  • Aszlányi Károly – Kalandos vakáció
  • Aszlányi Károly – Aludni is tilos
  • Lawrence Block – Bérgyilkos inkognitóban
  • Ulrich Thieme – Die Blockflöte in Kantate, Oratorium und Oper des 17. Jahrhunderts
  • P. G. Wodehouse – The World of Jeeves
  • E. M. Forster – Where Angels Fear to Trade
  • Robert Luis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Jan Bouterse – Stempels en inscripties op Nederlandse houten blaasinstrumenten uit de Barok
  • David Lasocki – Johann Christian Schickhardt (ca. 1682-1762). A Contribution to His Biography and a Catalogue of His Works
  • Harry Kemelman – Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red
  • Simenon – Maigret hat Skrupel
  • Albert Schweitzer – The Light Within Us
  • Wilhelm Busch – Plisch und Plum
  • Richard G. King – Handel’s Travels in the Netherlands in 1750
  • Thurston Dart – Four Dutch Recorder Books
  • Ida Fink – Eine Spanne Zeit
  • John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Elisabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love
  • Raymond Chandler – The Little Sister
  • Martyn Bedford – The Houdini Girl
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Gilded Lily
  • Rudi A. Rasch – Some Mid-Seventeenth Century Dutch Collections of Instrumental Ensemble Music
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Daring Decoy
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Fiery Fingers
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Lucky Loser
  • Stanley Boorman – The Music Publisher’s View of his Public’s Abilities and Taste. Venice and Antwerp
  • Jane A. Bernstein – Musica Transalpina. The Transmission of Netherlandish and Venetian Music Publications in the mid-16th Century
  • Timothy McTaggart – Susato’s Musyck Boexken I and II. Music for a Flemish Middle Class
  • William Gorham Rice – Carillons of Belgium and Holland. Tower Music in The Low Countries
  • Anne Radcliffe – A Journey Through Holland Made in the Summer of 1794
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Calendar Girl
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Amorous Aunt
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Mischievous Doll
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Deadly Toy
  • Márai Sándor – A szegények iskolája
  • Hans Fallada – Zwei zarte Lämmchen weiß wie Schnee
  • Jakob Arjouni – Ein Mann, ein Mord
  • Alexander McCall Smith – Corduroy Mansions
  • Maupassant – Madame Tellier’s Girls
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Baited Hook
  • Agatha Christie – Murder in Mesopotamia
  • Andrej Kurkow – Picknick auf dem Eis
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go
  • Ira Levin – Rosemary’s Baby
  • James Tate – Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee
  • Liz Jensen – My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time
  • William Golding – The Inheritors
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Double Comfort Safari Club
  • Jasper Fforde – Auf der Jagd nach den Zeitfälschern
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die schwarze Seele des Sommers
  • Jostein Gaarder – Through a Glass, Darkly
  • Ira Levin – The Stepford Wives
  • Marcus Dekiert – Musikanten in der Malerei der niederländischen Caravaggio-Nachfolge. Vorstufen, Ikonograpie und Bedeutungsgehalt der Muzikszene in der niederländischen Bildkunst des 16. ind 17. Jahrhunderts
  • Colette – Claudine in Paris
  • Dorothy Cannell – Auf dem Holzweg
  • Simenon – Das Begräbnis des Monsieur Bouvet
  • Simenon – Maigret bei den Flamen
  • Rob van Acht – Dutch wind instruments from the Baroque period. Scientific qualities and features
  • Hélène Grimaud – Lektionen des Lebens

2010:

  • Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Simenon – Maigret als möblierter Herr
  • Simenon – Maigret und sein Neffe
  • J. W. Enschede – Dertig jaren muziek in Holland (1670-1700)
  • Guy A. Marco – The Earliest Music Printers of Continental Europe. A Checklist of Facsimiles Illustrating Their Work
  • Wilhelm Busch – Max und Moritz. Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Double Death: A Murder Story
  • G. K. Chesterton – Brown atya botránya
  • Paul Gallico – The Small Miracle
  • Hans en Monique Hagen – Jij bent de liefste
  • Rita Verschuur, Marit Törnquist – De Muzikant en het Meisje
  • Musicque de Joye – Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Renaissance Flute and Recorder Consort, Utrecht 2003
  • The Recorder in the Seventeenth Century – Proceedings of the International Recorder Symposium, Utrecht 1993
  • Kathryn Miller Haines – The War Against Miss Winter
  • Harry Kemelman – Saturday the rabbi went hungry
  • Leena Lehtolainen – Wie man sie zum Schweigen bringt
  • Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Paul Gallico – Flowers for Mrs. Harris
  • Jean Webster – Erre csak Patty képes!
  • Jean Webster – Patty a kollégiumban
  • Lawrence Block – A betörő, aki Bogartnak képzelte magát
  • Lawrence Block – Die Meister lassen morden
  • Esterházy Péter – Harmonia caelestis
  • Vaszary Gábor – Der verlorene Donnerstag
  • Agatha Christie – The Man in the Brown Suit
  • Agatha Christie – The Body in the Library
  • Agatha Christie – Zeugin der Anklage
  • Dorothy Cannell – Der Tote ist immer der Butler
  • Agatha Christie – Der Wachsblumenstrauß
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Der Mann mit den Kupferfingern
  • Julian Barnes – Der Zitronentisch
  • Karen Joy Fowler – Der Jane Austen Club
  • Simon Baron-Cohen, Patrick Bolton – Autizmus
  • Zoe Jenny – Ein schnelles Leben
  • Yasmina Reza – Hammerklavier
  • Thomas Hürlimann – Fräulein Stark
  • Isaac Asimov präsentiert 100 kleine, böse Krimis
  • Szerb Antal – Szerelem a palackban
  • Anne Perry – Die letzte Königin
  • Ana Blandiana – A megálmodott
  • Maria ten Cate – Ein Mädchen aus Paris
  • Ivan Bunyin – A szerelem szentsége
  • William Wharton – Madárka
  • George Mikes – Tsi-Tsa és Tsai
  • A. Maurois – A gondolatolvasó gép / Utazás a mívesek országában
  • Rob van Acht – Dutch Wind-Instrument Makers from 1670 to 1820
  • F. J. de Hen – Das Musikleben in Belgien
  • Irvin D. Yalom – Die Liebe und ihr Henker
  • Erich Maria Remarque – Der Feind
  • Memo Anjel – Das meschuggene Jahr
  • Ellery Queen – Die trennende Tür
  • Paola Mastrocola – Ich dachte, ich wär ein Panther. Die Geschichte einer Ente auf der Suche nach sich selbst
  • Georges Simenon – Madame Maigrets Liebhaber
  • Agatha Christie  – Auch Pünktlichkeit kann töten
  • Agatha Christie  – Mord auf dem Golfplatz
  • Agatha Christie – Mörderblumen
  • Hellmut Federhofer – Die Niederländer an den Habsburgerhöfen in Österreich
  • Jakob Arjouni – Idioten. Fünf Märchen
  • Janwillem van de Wetering – Stachel-Charlie und der gestrandete Hund
  • Parti Nagy Lajos – Meines Helden Platz
  • Adrian Plass – Kegyes kétbalkezes visszatér
  • Adrian Plass – Egy kegyes kétbalkezes naplója
  • Paul Auster – Timbuktu
  • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Hergé – The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun
  • Grande Dames of Detection. Two Centuries of Sleuthing Stories by the Gentle Sex
  • Jakob Arjouni – Happy Birthday, Türke
  • Robert van Gulik – Tod im roten Pavillon
  • Four Detective Stories
  • Patricia Highsmith – Broken Glass and Other Stories
  • Simon Baron-Cohen – Elemi különbség – Férfiak, nők és a szélsőséges férfiagy
  • Agatha Christie – Das Geheimnis der Schnallenschuhe
  • James Herriot – Ein braver Hund
  • csipkepitty rózsaszín regénye
  • Agatha Christie – Double Sin
  • Wilhelm Busch – Max und Moritz. Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen
  • Georg Philipp Telemann – Curriculum vitae. Három önéletrajz
  • Jerry Marcus – Fatkat’s Diary
  • Okamoto Kido – The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi
  • Gaston Leroux – Das Phantom der Oper
  • Agatha Christie – Der ballspielende Hund
  • Hajnóczy Péter – A halál kilovagolt Perzsiából
  • Agatha Christie – Die Katze im Taubenschlag
  • Hergé – The Adventures of Tintin: The Seven Crystal Balls
  • John A. Rice – W. A. Mozart La clemenza di Tito
  • Dorothee Holterman, Karin van Wunnik – Blokfluit en symboliek op prenten en schilderyen
  • Jan Bouterse – Dutch Woodwind Instruments and Their Makers 1660-1760
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
  • Chris Will – Hieronymus Bosch. Between Heaven & Hell
  • A. A. Milne – When We Were Very Young
  • Ruth van Baak Griffioen – Jacob van Eyck’s Der Fluyten Lust-hof
  • Leslie L. Lawrence – A vízidisznók gyöngyökről álmodnak
  • Donna Williams – Autizmus – első szám első személyben
  • Vaszary Gábor – Amiről a férjek álmodoznak
  • Tony Attwood – Különös gyerekek
  • Agatha Christie – Cards on the Table
  • Leslie L. Lawrence – Portugál április
  • Mariana Alcoforado – Portugál levelek
  • Yann Martel – A helsinki Roccamatio család a tények tükrében
  • Dan Greenburg, Marcia Jacobs – Hogyan legyünk boldogtalanok. Az önsorsrontás tudománya
  • Lawrence Block – A betörő, aki eladta Ted Williamst
  • Agatha Christie – A Holiday for Murder
  • The Oxford Book of Detective Stories
  • François Lelord – Hectors Reise oder die Suche nach dem Glück
  • Beate HiltnerLa clemenza di Tito von Wolfgang Amadé Mozart im Spiegel der musikalischen Fachpresse zwischen 1800 und 1850
  • Andrea Camilleri – Excursion to Tindari
  • Gregory Maguire – A Boszorkány
  • Andrea Camilleri – Die Passion des stillen Rächers
  • Roald Dahl – The BFG
  • Agatha Christie – Sad Cypress
  • Robert van Gulik – Richter Di bei der Arbeit
  • Walter Hummel – Nannerl Mozarts Tagebuchblätter
  • John Dickson Carr – The House at Satan’s Elbow
  • John Dickson Carr – The Demoniacs
  • Tony Attwood – Getting Jobs in Music
  • Best Detective Stories
  • Bertolt Brecht – Gedichte
  • Michael Jenkins – A House in Flanders
  • Michael Ende – Gombos Jim és Lukács, a masiniszta

2009 (incomplete): 

  • Bruce Haynes – The End of Early Music
  • Agatha Christie – Murder at Hazelmoor
  • Benedetto Marcello – Das Theater nach der Mode
  • Lawrence Block – The Burglar in the Rye
  • Lawrence Block – The Burglar in the Library
  • Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – Monsieur Ibrahim und die Blumen des Koran
  • Principles of the Harpsichord by Monsieur Saint Lambert
  • Agatha Christie – The Moving Finger
  • Lawrence Block – The Collected Mystery Stories
  • Rácz Zsuzsa – Állítsátok meg Terézanyut!
  • Agatha Christie – Curtain – Poirot’s Last Case
  • A Performer’s Guide to Music of the Baroque Period
  • Nancy Mitford – Pigeon Pie
  • Erich Kästner – Az eltűnt miniatűr
  • P.G. Wodehouse – Az életművész
  • Neil Boyd – Atyák pácban
  • Erle Stanley Gardner – A félszemű tanú esete
  • P.D. James – Der schwarze Turm
  • Roald Dahl – Mein Freund Claud
  • Sam Savage – Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife
  • Agatha Christie – The Hound of Death
  • Lawrence Block – The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling
  • George and Weedon Grossmith – The Diary of a Nobody
  • Jean Webster – Daddy-Long-Legs
  • Agatha Christie – Letztes Weekend
  • Agatha Christie – Death Comes as the End
  • Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs
  • Great Detectives, edited by Marie Smith
  • Frère Roger of Taizé – Einfach vertrauen
  • Daniel Tammet – Born on a Blue Day
  • Helen Dore Boylston – Sue Barton Student Nurse
  • Harry Kemelman – Friday the Rabbi Slept Late
  • Peter Høeg– Der Plan von der Abschaffung des Dunkels
  • Patrick Quentin – The Man in the Net
  • Ten Tales of Christmas
  • Leena Lehtolainen – Alle singen im Chor
  • Leena Lehtolainen – Auf die feine Art
  • John Dickson Carr – The Case of the Constant Suicides
  • John Dickson Carr – The Hollow Man
  • Shakespeare – Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music
  • Lőrincz L. László – Kilenc Csontfarkas
November 6, 2016

if all the days were August days

by ada

Without further comments, because it has been fifteen months since I read these books. I will never catch up with my life on this blog ever.

august-readings

July 30, 2016

all through the languid July day

by ada

Just in case you wanted to know what I read exactly one year ago.

July reading

July reading 1

November 1, 2015

June, she’ll change her tune

by ada

I’d probably be in a trouble if I’d have to recall what these books are about – the perks of being four (five?) months behind my life, haha.

June readings

September 21, 2015

is it better in May, I ask you?

by ada

All those museum visits in May have perfectly eliminated my desire to read.

And all my book posts are about how I don’t read anymore. Maybe I should finally stop documenting my non-existent intellectual life.

May reading

May 25, 2015

and April weeps – but, o ye hours!

by ada

I will never ever get back to real-time posting. Better I give it up right now and simply rename this blog Reminiscences. 

April readings

May 15, 2015

things that make me happy

by ada

1. The last of Easter chocolate.

Lindt 4

2. Random hearts.

random heart 1

3. Spring summer weather…

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4. …with spring summer clouds.

spring clouds

5. Art on walls…

Untitled 90

6. …and on jam jar lids.

jar

7. Cat posters.

cat poster 1

8. Forget-me-nots…

forget-me-not

9. …and roses that don’t lose their colour.

roses

10. The inside of this tea box.

Untitled 5

11. These missing two volumes I found at a flea market to Volume 2 that I’ve already had.

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12. Visiting the Taizé prayer semi-regularly again.

TZ 1

April 26, 2015

I Martius am! Once first, and now the third

by ada

Now, with May just around the corner, I suddenly feel like it’s time to recall what I read almost two months ago, haha:

Erle Stanley Gardner: Perry Mason und der Tote im Rollstuhl – because I want Della Street’s life

Gabriel García Márquez: Von der Liebe und anderen Dämonen – because, once upon a time, I had brains used to enjoy Real Literature

Paul J. Frost: Elcserélt elmék – because, birthday book, featuring dogs

Antonia Fraser: Die Nonne – because a murder mystery amongst Catholic nuns is the best bedtime story

Erlend Loe: Ich bring mich um die Ecke – because I loved Doppler and wasn’t left disappointed by this book either

March readings 6

February 27, 2015

the impossibility of February

by ada

I may reevaluate my 2015 reading goals to prevent failure. My new goal shall be: one book per month. Bonus point if it’s more and/or it isn’t a detective story.

February readings 1

February 6, 2015

Janus am I; oldest of potentates

by ada

My only January accomplishment. At least it was good. And how good it was!

Silkworm

January 1, 2015

M&M (the literary edition)

by ada

Mo

Mi

Mor

December 31, 2014

As the dead year is clasped by a dead December

by ada

And the four* last books of 2014, all of which I enjoyed extremely. And, as we all know, that’s the only thing that matters.

In 2014 I read 53 books; 27 of them in Hungarian, 16 in German and 10 in English. The one I liked the best was Walter M. Miller Jr.’s Lobgesang auf Leibowitz (A Canticle for Leibowitz). The one that has filled me with rage against all things religion was Die Hütte (The Shack) by William Paul Young.

* plus the bonus book on the top of the pile, about baggers and stuff, courtesy of Milo

December readings

Unlike my whole life the past years, I have now an exact plan for 2015 regarding reading. These are the books I was keeping separate since years but somehow I’ve just never got to them. But now! I am determined to Read All The Things! Plus the additional mysteries and detective novels, haha.

2015 plans

November 29, 2014

November comes and November goes

by ada

Ape month.

November readings

November 8, 2014

October’s bright blue weather

by ada

October was beautiful indeed – too bad I did not have the time to enjoy it. How did I get to read 10 books though,  is a mystery.

The greatest accomplishment of the month? I’ve finally finished reading Lonesome Traveler. It took me exactly the same amount of time as did processing my holiday photos: three and a half months.

I don’t even try to explain myself.

 october readings 1

October 3, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

1. Other people’s cars.

Ferrari horse

2. Random fireworks I saw from the  balcony the other day.

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3. My ladybird earrings. They aren’t new, but I find myself wearing them every day lately.

ladybird earrings 1

4. Sea salt chocolate made in Piran.

Piran chocolate with salt 1

5. Books from an English bookstore in Ljubljana. I’ve already finished the two Mma Ramotswe stories but haven’t started The Cuckoo’s Calling yet.

Ljubljana books

6. Speaking of books: new bookshelves. This is a never-ending battle between me and my books in which I’m still on the losing side.

shelves

7. Mini bottles of nail polish, bought in Maribor. I’ve never really gotten behind the ways nail polish rules the emotional life of women but Hungarian Health Care System is a weird, cruel place and I – being emotionally not exactly the toughest lately – need every bit of glittery distraction I can get to survive it.

nail polish

8. That my time in Hungarian Health Care System is almost over. Only eleven more exams to go and I’m free to choose my own path again.

ito 1

September 30, 2014

hail, kind September

by ada

When if, around the end of October, I will drop a casual remark about having failed the state exams both in critical care nursing and anaesthesiology, you will all know why did it happen.

There is definitely such thing as too much Simenon.

September readings

August 31, 2014

I was amazed, Almighty, August!

by ada

There are no words to describe how I love the Mma Ramotswe stories. I hope Alexander McCall Smith will live forever and keeps writing them till the end of time.

(Okay, so this sounds pretty tactless but I don’t even mind).

August readings 3

August 31, 2014

Koper – part 3

by ada

Koper old door

Gesu mio misericordia

Koper flowers in church

ground Koper 7

me in Koper 14

Koper 24

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Koper mosaic wall

Koper 27

August 3, 2014

hail, proud July

by ada

This is my 1000th post and it is just too appropriate for it to be about books. Or shall I say ironical? Because that’s what remained of my intellectual life: a monthly photo of (more or less) crappy books. But! I’m on my way to a change. It’s about time; depression took almost three years of my brain this time. It seems that every time it hits it takes me more time to recover than it previously did. Quite depressing, isn’t it? But let’s not talk depression, let’s talk travel!

Although I totally love playing with quotes (like, reading Victorian poetry for the purpose of finding fitting blog titles, haha), I hate “inspirational”  quotes on blogs (or, anywhere). The kind I hate the most are the motivational ones, usually from an “unknown” source*, that seem to rule tumblr nowadays, and that command people to do things, like “Get up early!** Watch the sun rising with a cup of tea in your hands! Take a walk! Enjoy your life! You only live once! Love yourself (kiddo)!”

So I decided to post an uninspirational quote to balance all the inspirational ones on the internet out. And because I’m so hip meta tumblr-worthy unoriginal that I read books on travelling while actually travelling, it’s a quote from the short story Big Trip to Europe by Jack Kerouac, from the collection Lonesome Traveler. It isn’t featured on the photo because I haven’t finished it yet.***

* I suspect these Unknown Sources to be the bloggers themselves, usually not a day older than twenty, that would like to pass as wise pioneers from the woods

** I never got behind the mystic of getting up early. If we believe the Unknown Sources, it helps you become a Better You. Unfortunately, while I get up fairly early almost every day (because I have to), all I noticed is that it makes me grumpy. And a Grumpy Me is definitely not a Better Me. I would sell my soul for a life without shift work where I can sleep as long as my circadian rhythm desires

*** spontaneous prose may be extremely quick and easy to write, but it’s also extremely exhausting to read

So after all the footnotes and stars let’s have the honest opinion on travelling of the greatest traveller of the twentieth century literature:

“Of course world travel isnt as good as it seems, it’s only after you’ve come back from all the heat and horror that you forget to get bugged and remember the weird scenes you saw.”

You’re welcome.

July readings 1

June 29, 2014

for the nights are short in June

by ada

For the very busy June I had, I consider four books as an extraordinary accomplishment. Let’s talk about them, because that’s something I’ve never done on this blog before.*

Ambrose Bierce: Lügengeschichten – a collection of short stories. I’ve read Bierce before but his seaman stories were new to me. I liked them.

William Paul Young: Die Hütte (The Shack) – Okaaay… So this book is the reason I’m actually writing this entry. It was recommended to me by a German female protestant prison pastor, five years ago***, in Taizé. I was armed prepared to like it. I wanted to like it. I really did. But I can’t help myself. I so hated this book I can’t even express my feelings about it properly. Because this book is just so. bad. Cheesy theology. Bad writing. Too much unnecessary emotions. Clichés with clichés all over the place. I mean, God as a big, good-natured black woman that sings religious songs? Jesus as a – surprise! – Jew with a – surprise!! – big nose? Is it just me or does this really hurt? Anyway. It is a bad, bad book and/or I’m a bad, bad person. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Arthur Schnitzler: Casanova hazatér (Casanova’s return to Venice) – I have a heart for everything (everybody) miserable, for broken things and for people who failed at life. Poor old Casanova, he was such a rat.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: Amado mio/Tisztátalan cselekedetek (Amado mio/Atti impuri) – The biggest part of this book I read while waiting at the dental emergency clinic, between 10 pm and 1 am. It definitely did not make those stressful hours of waiting for the inevitable pain any sweeter. Maybe I’m incorrectly influenced by the fact that I’ve never been a teenage boy with homoerotic feelings towards other, preteen boys, but I found the paedophilic aspects of this book deeply disturbing.

* I once had a literary blog to keep track of my readings (remember, those were times when I read 150 books a year. Now I’m proud if I get to 30). It had exactly two and a half followers and went down together with my Hungarian blog provider two years ago**

** never trust a Hungarian blog provider. Never trust anything Hungarian. Our biggest pride is still in our endless suffering about things that happened a thousand years ago

*** yes, that’s really the speed I’m accomplishing things with. I need five years to get to a book. You don’t want to know how late I’m with movies. Clue: I still haven’t seen Harry Potter 2 yet.

June readings

May 1, 2014

you know how it is with an April day

by ada

Well, you sure know. They are short. Especially when they consist of 12 hours of work and 2 hours of public transportation. I do my best to use those commuting hours for literary purposes but I’m just an ordinary human being without any superpowers. My brain does not perform on a very high level at 5.45 am.

Starting the day at 5 am is definitely not the same as starting it at 6 am. This one short hour makes all the difference. I am now miserable 90% of the time and only daydreaming about quitting my job gives me any pleasure.* Sleep withdrawal is a very powerful tool of torture.

* I have this bad habit of quitting jobs very quickly if they make me feel unhappy**

** since I feel unhappy all the time, regardless of what’s going on in my life, it actually does not matter the least bit wether I quit my job or not. I guess the only solution would be to quit life itself. Fortunately (unfortunately?!) I have never been suicidal, not even during my worst times. I’m actually horribly afraid of dying. I guess it’s just a natural side effect of my job; eight years of watching people die, then dumping their bodies in plastic bags*** did not really help to manage my intrinsic depression but it really made me worship life regardless of its quality.

*** the daily chores of a nurse. Just in case you wanted to know what I’m actually doing during those 12 hours. An emotionally rewarding job, isn’t it?****

**** sorry for being sarcastic. I’m just not the crying kind.

Well. At least April was full of contained traces of Paasilinna whom I love deeply so I guess I’d better stop whining.

april books

March 31, 2014

we like March, his shoes are purple

by ada

Because nothing can happen in this part of the world without the supervision of The Cat, including reading.

March readings 4

March 1, 2014

February, month of despair

by ada

I’m getting worse and less inspired at photographing books with every month. At least I still read (some of) them, haha.

February readings 2014

January 31, 2014

January cold desolate

by ada

This photo clearly shows how my time spent with commuting has grown enormously lately. The only way to survive Hungarian public transportation is to block the world completely out. I can’t wait to finally finish my hospital training and be back to biking in livable cities, even if this means a significant decrease in literary joys that enrich my days at 7 am.

January

December 31, 2013

I’m as dark as December

by ada

Two books for December – because everybody has their own coping mechanisms for times when life goes crazy or starts to get unenjoyable, and mine is reading Agatha Christie; and because nothing did I miss more in my life right now than a giant, dead squid of a god, that is in charge of all different kinds of apocalypses.

And for the year 2013 – I read 34+ books (I didn’t document January and honestly, I don’t remember anything about January anymore, let alone what I read, haha) and some of the adventures of Nancy Drew in digital form. And of course, I also acquired tons of information from heavy books written mostly in the sophisticated style of medical Latin, information like what to do if your patient’s artificial respirator starts giving out loud, high-pitched beeps or if his ECG suddenly start to look like a long, straight line. These, in their own genre, are definitely fascinating subjects, but they still can’t make the truth, that I became one of those people who don’t read, nicer. Let’s face it and hope for the best (or at least, for the better) in 2014.

Also, I really don’t understand what had happened to the Hungarian language lately and who are those terribly incapable people who are doing all the translation jobs but this situation became unbearable to me. I just can’t anymore. So I refuse to read anything that was translated to Hungarian in the last 30 years. 2014 will be the year of original literature and vintage translations.

December readings

November 30, 2013

yea, I have looked, and seen November there

by ada

My November list: cat comics, again, this time completely without words; a classic detective story; a disturbing book, with strange, overly philosophical discussions between a donkey and a monkey, related to the Holocaust; some Mozart fiction that pissed me off*; and a children’s book with cute drawings that made me lol in the bookstore while looking for a Santa present** for Móricka.

*  Why on Earth does a person, who is deeply convinced that Mozart! needs!! somebody else!!! to tune a piano, write a book about Mozart? Couldn’t she find a theme she is at least minimally acquainted with? I mean, people, can tune a piano and I’m definitely not Mozart. And what do you think, should I write a fiction book based on some quantum physics theory? I sure have as much knowledge of the behaviour of elementary particles as this woman has of Mozart and his era.

** Fyi, in Hungary Santa has nothing to do with Christmas. They both are totally different businesses, with Santa coming three weeks before Christmas. The Christmas presents are brought by Baby Jesus or, as in my non-Christian family that still celebrates Christmas, by the Baby Angel (because a celestial genderless infant is clearly a much better choice than a divine neonate, yes).

November readings

November 11, 2013

it’s never too late to have a happy childhood

by ada

Wien Lipizaner

Wien 2

Wien Douglas

Wien clothes

Wien Bücher

Wien bird

Wien Aida

Wien leaves

Wien teddybears

es ist nie zu spät

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