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!

tagged by @zlukaka​ :D 

1. With Fire and Sword, Henryk Sienkiewicz. My favourite foray into historical fiction, grand battles, not one clear bad-guy, a book-long chase, a 16yo serf that out-swindles everyone and one of the most moving deaths I’ve ever read about. RIP Podbipieta, you did it, you absolute madman! 

2. Bruno Schulz - the short stories. The man had the ease of using and bending Polish language to his will that astounds me to this day. He more paints his stories than writes them, each strange and unusual and amazing. A master at work, truly. 

3. Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman. A book cherished by the half of my family. Solid, no-nonsense SF dressed as fantasy, with strong plot, endearing characters, many views on morality and Gerald Tarrant who is the Magnificent Bastard if there ever was one. 

4. Thud! by Terry Pratchett. All of his books should be mandatory reading in schools, I think, (or at least to whoever is even remotely interested in human condition( but Thud is the one that had me shaking by the time I got to the grand finale. All of the Watch books are amazing, but in this one Sam Vimes rose on top of my hero list. Who watches the watchman, indeed. 

5. The Flat World series of Tanith Lee. Amazingly egzotic, sensuous and delightful stories with very few happy endings and quite a lot of beautiful men lusting after themost beautiful of their all - Azhrarn. And fuck me, but Azhrarn is the man.   

6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis. I read it when I was 9 - but before that I was listening to it being read on the radio and I will never forget it. This is The Story for me. 

7. The Farthest Shore, Ursula Le Giun. Just… I just love that book. 

8. Sleepless, Graham Masterton. Gore horror at its best. I still feel phantom pain in my kidneys from time to time>_>

9. Smoke and Ashes trilogy, Tanya Huff. A fun, charming, well-plotted urban fantasy. I do love Huff’s writing style;)

10. A face in the Abyss, Abraham Meritt. Snake-mother, nothing else.  

I tag: @dasilva-weiss @folkmard @ms-akaya @firebyfire @gokuma @meradorm @notanightlight @determamfidd @korilian @darkseraphscorner


determamfidd tagged me so here it is:D

1)Why did you choose your URL?

Jeza-red is pretty much the only nickname I’ve ever had online and everything I create is in some way connected to it so there was no other choiceJ

The name of the blog ‘And Always Roses’ is a honour I’m paying to my Mom who loves roses and has dozens of them in her gardenJ (she doesn’t know and it’s better this way XD)

2) What is your middle name?


And Magdalena

Tho I always wished for Michal aka Archangel Saint of Getting Shit Done ;)


3) If you could own a fairytale/fictional pet, what would it be?

Wolpertinger. Definitely a wolpertinger. Or two.

Eventually a flying carpet.

4) Favourite colour?

….mnaaaaahhhhh….winter morning sky? Autumn sun? Red? Gold? Grey? All of them to some degree, but winter morning sky wins the medal.

 5) Favourite song?

Currently: “Little Talks” by Monsters and Men

Forever and ever: “Undertaker” and Undertaker 2” by Leroy / “You’re made of skylarks” by Czerwone Gitary

6) What are your top three fandoms?

At the moment: Hobbit (well ,duh!)

MCU (give me ALL THE HEROES!!!)

Hellboy movies (I am slowly making Nuada/John into a thing that is, akay? Slowly, but surely it’s starting to be)

7) What do you enjoy about Tumblr?

The immediacy of communication and all the great visuals and reading material I’ve encountered so far. Met some amazing people here too . And it does eat up my time when I have nothing better to do;)

8) Tag all 9 of your Tumblr crushes (they do all 8 questions too)

@ms-akaya, @givemeadecentusername, @gokuma, @chuchacz, @thefemalegamgee, @swingdownlove, @vyanni-krace-666, @notanightlight, @balinisballin

That’s just the 9 people I tagged off the top of my head, but everyone can jump in and have a go! Come one, followers, knock yourself out!:D