I was tagged by @marjabolkonskaja, grazie <3

Rules: In a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard - they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

In no particular order:

  1. I promessi sposi (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni because I constantly find myself quoting this or that character and provvidenza thing
  2. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka because I literally cried for three days after I finished this
  3. Conversazione in Sicilia (Conversations in Sicily) by Elio Vittorini because MONDO OFFESO
  4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf because my soul’s in it
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald because my soul’s in it as well
  6. Uno, nessuno e centomila (One, No One and One Hundred Thousand) by Luigi Pirandello because it fucked me up
  7. War and Peace by Lev Tolstoj because it’s AMAZING
  8. Il Principe (The Prince) by Niccolò Machiavelli because the more I read it the more I want to talk to Niccolò’s ghost
  9. Diary, by Anne Frank possibly the first non-children book I’ve read, I think it got me into history as well
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because I genuinely believe it’s about more than it would let you think

tagging: @sansaregina @brucealderson @mccartney-paul @snsastcrk @stvpormvndi @morgauseloveshersisters @mariademedici @vannezacorporation omg i want to tag so many people, MUTUALS CONSIDER YOURSELVES TAGGED

Book Meme

I got tagged by @dandylion240 for this and it’s definitely an interesting one!

Rules: in a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard- they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so i’ll see your list.  

I’m tagging @serindeppity, @hannahssimblr, and @sandybeachgirl2

Here are the books I’m choosing for this, in no particular order.

1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck- It was required reading for high school, a fact I’m grateful for because otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. But the life stories and the characters in that book definitely affected me very strongly and I still to this day recommend it to anyone who would listen.

2.The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum- Here I have to note, I’ve read the Russian language adaptations by Alexander Melentyevich Volkov, and he’s changed some things in the sequels from the originals. But the general story stays the same. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I’ve reread the first two books over 5 times. It used to be my go-to reading when I had nothing else available. I was deeply shocked when I learned, in high school, that the book was a big allegory for the American political system when it was written :(

3. Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren- Ok, so this one is a children’s book, but I think everyone should read it nonetheless. It is absolutely hilarious and at parts, you will be rolling on the floor. It’s about this young boy living in a normal Swedish family who becomes friends with the little man who has a propeller on his back and lives in a tiny house on the building’s roof. Sounds pretty strange and it is- the title character is most likely based of a figure in Sweedish folklore and the shenanigans and pranks in the book are wonderful! Below is the title character!

4. Golden by Cameron Dokey- It’s a retelling of Rapunzel and the definition of what love is, as given in this book, is pretty much perfect. And it’s not a long read.

5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas- The perfect tale of being wronged and taking revenge on the wrongdoers, if you ask me. And to this day, I’m wary of almond-tasting beverages!

6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller- Also a required school reading that I fell in love with. The book is not in chronological order, but it flows perfectly anyways. Despite talking about WW2, there is plenty of humor in the book and the characters are perfectly developed. I was so in love with this book that I spent a bit of time looking for the sequel (Closing Time) but the sequel didn’t really impress me as much.

7. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling- my mother had to restrain me from running to the book store as soon as possible when the next books were released. I was pretty much obsessed with these stories when I was in elementary and middle school.

8. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher- They’re about a snarky wizard private detective in Chicago, who regularly heads off against things much bigger and badder than him. All the characters in this series are perfectly developed and a lot of times, I even found myself feeling sorry for the “bad guys”. They are quite a long read (15 existing books, supposed to be 23 at the end), but I’ve been impatiently waiting for #16. Definitely a worthwhile read.

9. Almost anything by Diana Wynne Jones- all her books are amazing. Although The Chrestomanci Series is among the top for me.

10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman- I kept putting of reading it because I thought something with so much hype about it would leave me disappointed, but the book was impressive.

I wrote this out last night and didn’t post it. forgive me.

tagged by @halloweden <|:)

Drink: water
Phone call: Passport Canada lmao (a friend lost her passport and needed to apply for an emergency one and it required two references. I was one of them, so they need to check that the reference is for real)
Text: a group chat


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