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Monday, August 29, 2005
Books...A meme
I've been tagged with this by Boks, so here goes:
What’s in a book?

Mircea Cartarescu says (in the second part of his Journal) that you know you’re reading a good book when you realize you haven’t seen a letter in a long while.

I think you can find practically anything in books: joy, sadness, comfort, despair, advice, advice on what not to do…The part I like best is finding a situation or a state I’ve been through that is described better than I ever could imagine describing it…

What else? Oh, yeah, a dream of mine…To actually write a book and see it in a book store :))

Number of books on the shelves:

Actually, my mom has an impressive collection: more than 2000 books! I’ve added about a hundred in my four years of University, without counting the books I needed for school purposes. I worship the books I bought, but I still have this weird-pleasant feeling when holding one of the older books. They have this specific smell that has always mesmerized me…

Those that I own or bought:

Well, I have a number of favorite books. The ones I bought and the ones bought by my parents that I made my own :)) are included here…I think naming the authors is better: Mihai Eminescu, Mircea Cartarescu, John Fowels, Alexandre Dumas, father and son, Mircea Eliade, Karl May, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Dan Brown…the order is really not important and the list is not complete…

Last few books that I bought:

The Universe in a Nutshell
Journal II
Children of Dune

Book that I’m reading now:

Mircea Cartarescu – Journal II

Last few books that I read:

The Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
The Universe in a Nutshell
Well, I tag anyone that is interested in the subject. Feel free to answer in a comment or on your own blog.
posted by Alina @ 3:50 PM  
  • At 8/29/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger George Hari Popescu said…

    I bet you won't have too many comments about this. Bloggers will say: "What is she talking about?" and turn to their consoles.

    I gave up a long time ago trying to convince students to read books in printed or electronic form. It's a lost battle.

  • At 8/30/2005 7:07 AM, Blogger loloma said…

    Oh, my favourite topic! I love books and everything that has to do with them: bookshops, libraries, buying books, borrowing books, receiving books as gifs, the smell of old books you're talking about... Unfortunately, lately I only get to read books related to my field of research.

    Anyways, here are some of my favourites:
    Arundhati Roy "The God of Small Things"
    A.A.Milne "The House at Pooh Corner" (I know, it's silly! :))
    Ryunosuke Akutagawa "Rashomon and Other Stories"
    V.S. Naipaul "Miguel Street"
    Amitav Ghosh "The Shadow Lines"
    Manil Suri "The Death of Vishnu"
    Yasunari Kawabata "The Izu Dancer"
    I also like Dumas, Slavici, Hardy, sometimes Murakami Haruki and sometimes Jamaica Kincaid, Stendhal and Kafka and I think I'll stop here :)

  • At 8/30/2005 9:21 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Well, George, you should not give up! Anyway you have company: "Voi va revirginati intelectual" - a nice quote! Of course, a colleague of yours, guess who!:))

    Loloma, I also like some of the authors you mentioned, but I really have no idea about the rest. Shame on me!

  • At 8/30/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger loloma said…

    No reason to feel ashamed. As I said, I'm mostly reading stuff that's related to my research. So hey, I'm the freak here! ;)

  • At 8/30/2005 1:07 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    I see you looking at me
    Like I's some kind of freak!

    This just crossed my mind, no reason except the freak word! :)

    Still does not make me feel less ashamed!

  • At 8/31/2005 12:38 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Well, I would love to get hold of a book by 'Elena Cristian'. :-)

  • At 8/31/2005 10:43 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Boks, I would like to be able to write a book and sign Elena Cristian! :))But I do think I'd sign with my real name, I don't think having an alias is that trendy anymore as a writer. Unless your real name really sucks :))

  • At 9/06/2005 4:50 PM, Blogger bart said…

    hey... i took the tag before you even passed it to me, how about that (just kidding) :D...
    i think you're right about what you can find in books... there's everything in there

  • At 9/06/2005 5:08 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Up to now, I could pretty much locate anything in a book! But I guess time will tell..

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