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Jul. 5th, 2017 06:15 pm
novin_ha: Zuko is having all his feelings and I feel that ([avatar] zuko is completely calm)
Hi, been a long time.

What have I been up to this year? A lot of reading, a lot of working, not too much travelling (but some, though mostly locally).

I also finally edited the draft of one of our novels (sic!). So now it's semi-ready to send to like, friends, people, maybe potentially publishers (eek).

If you're interested in reading and letting me know what you think, feel free to ask! I'd love feedback. The blurb is below:





It's an f/f contemporary romantic comedy. It's funny (I think), with some touching moments, families, friends and it was written with the goal of being a comfort read. (It was certainly a comfort write*, if that's a thing.)

It's also a sequel to another book (novella) of ours, but that novella is waiting for another round of editing, is m/f romance, and doesn't need to be read for this one to make sense (there's very, very little overlap).

Okay, I'm off to happy dance. 
novin_ha: Destruction Girl Hotaru ([sailor] destruction girl)
I should probably try to post more generally, but I've been promising myself to do a book post for a while now. "I'll do it at the end of the first quarter" - never happened. "I'll do it when I finish Vorkosigans" - see above. Well, it's May Day, let's give the labours of the mind and imagination the steering wheel and celebrate the first four months in books.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my reading so far this year. It's been very satisfying and I'm at a much better place, numbers-wise, than I was this time last year. I'm also pretty happy with the quality of the books so far: no utter fails, and only a few middle-of-the-road books.

All of the books, all of the books below.

Read more... )Currently reading: Tessa Dare's Any Duchess Will Do, Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great, and I've started Karen Joy Fowler's Sarah Canary, but I'm only at the beginning so far.

I'm also lazily and slowly reading assorted Hugo & Nebula-nominees and winners starting from 1986 (using my birth year for a convenient cut-off point) and I might post about how that's going at some later point. There's no particular goal to it, like "get to 50%!", just using it as a source of ideas for books to read; still, it's fun crossing books off.
novin_ha: Cylons say all you need is love ([bsg] love is all you need)
1. A long time ago, I used to have a livejournal, but maybe it's time to migrate. This might be temporary, but having a record seems attractive.

2. March was exhausting at work, partly due to pressure, largely due to health issues (sinus infection: -1000/10, would not recommend).

3. I did get a lot of reading done: mostly Vorkosigan saga, and my impressions are on my goodreads, but the general thing is: what an enjoyable, engrossing world, where the more you read, the more you care, and with characters that develop and grow increasingly complex. I'm currently on Memory (volume 10, though it depends how you count), taking some short breaks for brief fiction and to read one Tessa Dare romance (first Spindle Cove; I'm told books 2, 4 and 5 are where it's at, so I'm excited for that).

I think I'd like to read something about an AI character / with a major AI character afterwards, but I don't know what.

I'm also fancasting older Matthew Rhys as Aral Vorkosigan. (Wife's idea.)

4. That, by the way, is because March was also time for re-watching The Americans. We're at the beginning of season 4 now, and while this is hardly as game-changing as the rewatch of Justified we induldged in in January (which meant finally learning what Dixie Mafia was), there is more time to pay attention to certain details. Mostly: that Americans apparently think 1980s USSR had soft white toilet paper in prisons and private homes. (Most everything associated with Poland seems to be pretty inaccurate, by the way. The Polish is either mispronounced or Russian, and historical facts are stretched really thin.)

5. Otherwise, I spent a lot of time watching late 1990s/early 2000s TV series Any Day Now for my dissertation. It's so frustrating: the show had such potential, and some of the flashbacks are truly inspired, but the contemporary legal plotlines are painfully dated, boring and badly written. And now that we're on season 4, they recast child actors and the new ones are... not so great. I admire Wife for watching a lot of it with me. Though she does seem to remember she left something in the other room a lot when it's on.

6. We went to the cinema twice this month: to see Hidden Figures, on whose subject I don't have much to add, and Spoor. We enjoyed both. I highly recommend seeing Spoor at the cinema: even if one doesn't appreciate the admittedly imperfect plot / characterisation (which took some liberties with amazing source material of Olga Tokarczuk's novel), the cinematography, and nature photography in particular, are hypnotic.

(What should one know about Poland before watching Agnieszka Holland's latest? We have the largest and oldest forests in the EU, and some of the worst environmental protections, and the hunting lobby is practically our NRA.)
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([angel] joyful mysteries)
So this started with Renay's post of essential sff reads. Her list was sixty items long.

Mine is about half that. It only contains books I've read. I decided to limit myself to one entry per author, but to give alternative titles for most of the authors (because I always find it so arbitrary when comparing booklists and finding that one book by someone that I *didn't* read). In cases of book series, I always list the first volume (except if the series is made up of loosely connected stand-alones). In choosing the titles and authors, I was guided by my personal affection more than by buzz or critical consensus. In cases of magic realist fiction, I sometimes decided in favour and sometimes against including a title (so some of my favorite genre-adjascent authors and titles may not be here). The list is alphabetical. There's no urban fantasy / supernatural romance here, which I think tells me which genres I've been avoiding... My write-ups are personal rather than informative, because I assume the book descriptions are easy to find.

I will probably re-post this to my book blog later for easier linking.

the full list, all 30 authors, is under the cut )

novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([buffy] gotta be a sacrifice)
Edycja: literatura młodzieżowa

bo nie samą wielką literaturą człowiek żyje )


A Wy? Jakie lubicie/czytaliście powieści dla młodzieży? Co sądzicie o tej mojej selekcji? Mnie dość pozytywnie zdziwiły poważne tematy i powszechność wątków homoseksualnych...
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([buffy] gotta be a sacrifice)
Edycja: literatura młodzieżowa

bo nie samą wielką literaturą człowiek żyje )


A Wy? Jakie lubicie/czytaliście powieści dla młodzieży? Co sądzicie o tej mojej selekcji? Mnie dość pozytywnie zdziwiły poważne tematy i powszechność wątków homoseksualnych...
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (Molko Think of me)
I've had a lot of time to get some reading done. I love to read on the trains - it's not just about passing the time. Train is not really a place, it's an "in between places" and book is another place. It makes sense in my head.

I've read seven books: )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (Molko Think of me)
I've had a lot of time to get some reading done. I love to read on the trains - it's not just about passing the time. Train is not really a place, it's an "in between places" and book is another place. It makes sense in my head.

I've read seven books: )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (Shannon Vil)
While I was at home I went to the library to return a book I was already late with. I saw Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana on the shelf and, knowing my Mum hadn't yet read it, borrowed it and left with her when I returned to Uni!Town.

This morning, Mum called me to praise me for finding out about an opportunity to receive additional 'scholarship' money in June and to tell me: )

Apart from that, I did my presentation for Conversations (Vocabulary class) and received a 4. It's not terrific, however I was the first student to be asked and the Teacher did give me a truly glowing praise - he said my pronunciation was pleasant, my grammar immaculate (OMG!!!11!!), my vocabulary advanced (he praised my adverb usage!) - and he also likes Tori Amos, about whom I spoke. Still, apparently my hesitations are still Polish (dammit, I thought I was getting better at that) and my intonation was too flat (I think that was the stress factor).

He said he did not hear one article out of place or tense misused (and he said I used many of them, naturally, without hesitation).

I feel light-headed right now :D

By the way, I've just heard Shakira's new song "My Hips Don't Lie" and am in love with the title. Such a rotfl thing, really.
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (Shannon Vil)
While I was at home I went to the library to return a book I was already late with. I saw Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana on the shelf and, knowing my Mum hadn't yet read it, borrowed it and left with her when I returned to Uni!Town.

This morning, Mum called me to praise me for finding out about an opportunity to receive additional 'scholarship' money in June and to tell me: )

Apart from that, I did my presentation for Conversations (Vocabulary class) and received a 4. It's not terrific, however I was the first student to be asked and the Teacher did give me a truly glowing praise - he said my pronunciation was pleasant, my grammar immaculate (OMG!!!11!!), my vocabulary advanced (he praised my adverb usage!) - and he also likes Tori Amos, about whom I spoke. Still, apparently my hesitations are still Polish (dammit, I thought I was getting better at that) and my intonation was too flat (I think that was the stress factor).

He said he did not hear one article out of place or tense misused (and he said I used many of them, naturally, without hesitation).

I feel light-headed right now :D

By the way, I've just heard Shakira's new song "My Hips Don't Lie" and am in love with the title. Such a rotfl thing, really.
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (fundamentalist christian)
I've decided to finally post book, fic and film recommendations. I've been meaning to for a long time :)

1) Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana )

2. [livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade's Origins of Myth )

3. This is mostly for my Polish f-list - because the film will be shown tomorrow on TV4 Things You Can Tell Just Looking At Her )

In other news, I got a 4 in my Latin test, which is more than a success. Yay!

And - my package from [livejournal.com profile] le_mru arrived. ♥ Now I am off to watch Lost, probably soon to become my new series obsession.
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (fundamentalist christian)
I've decided to finally post book, fic and film recommendations. I've been meaning to for a long time :)

1) Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana )

2. [livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade's Origins of Myth )

3. This is mostly for my Polish f-list - because the film will be shown tomorrow on TV4 Things You Can Tell Just Looking At Her )

In other news, I got a 4 in my Latin test, which is more than a success. Yay!

And - my package from [livejournal.com profile] le_mru arrived. ♥ Now I am off to watch Lost, probably soon to become my new series obsession.

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