For Culture’s Sake in 2013

The beginning of a new year is often a time for summing up the past year. So I’ll do so. This post will be related to the blog itself. Some musings and statistics.

But first, I’d like to thank all the readers for being with me, for reading and commenting and for inspiring me. Writing this blog I was able to find a lot of new friends. I hope to keep in touch with you in this new 2014 year and later on. THANK YOU! I wish you all the best during this year.

Please be warned, it’ll be a really long post.

Blog Posts

Readers

  • Most often the blog was viewed by users from Poland, Indonesia and United States.
  • The readers of For Culture’s Sake are from 31 different countries.
  • The readers come from following continents: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia and Europe.  Top 3 continents are: Europe, Asia and North America.

Continue reading to see a list of books, films, TV series and music mentioned on For Culture’s Sake during 2013.

Books I mentioned in 2013

Title order.

I’ve read more, but for some reasons, they didn’t get mentioned.

Films and TV series I mentioned in 2013

  • Castle is an ongoing USA crime TV series. Main hero is a crime stories writer “helping” the New York police with solving the murders.
  • City Hunter (Korean TV series) is an adaptation of Japanese manga City Hunter. It’s a nice action drama.
  • Detective Conan: A Time Bombed Skyscraper is a 1997  Japanese film in the Detective Conan series. Detective Conan is considered classic in Japan. Manga (comics), anime (animated) TV series, cinema films and TV series with real actors are just a part of the brand.
  • Doctor Who: The Next Doctor is a 2008 film in the Doctor Who series. If you don’t know what (who) is Doctor Who, you can still watch it.
  • Dracula (2013 TV series) is a new way of telling the classical Dracula story. I’ve watched few episodes, it wasn’t nothing as exciting as The Blacklist (and both series have “the bad guy” as main hero). I started reading Dracula after watching some episodes. And so far I prefer the new Dracula twisted story to its original. I stopped watching it after 4th episode, but I may come back to the series.
  • Mind Hunters is a thriller about FBI-profilers-to-be.
  • Mural is a 2011 Chinese fantasy partly set in ancient China. Worth watching, especially if you love the fighting scenes.
  • Murder, She Wrote is a classic USA crime series. The main hero is a bestseller crime writer and an old widow, Jessica Fletcher. Recommended for those who like slow-paced crime stories with focus on deduction.
  • Perahu Kertas is romantic Indonesian film based on book written by Indonesian writer called Dee.
  • The Blacklist is a 2013 (ongoing) USA crime TV series. A TV series I’m glued to, because of the main character (Raymond “Red” Reddington) and the actor playing him – James Spader.
  • Walesa. Man of Hope is a 2013 Polish film by Andrzej Wajda, famous Polish director. The hero is Lech Wałęsa, former Polish president (1990-1995), who won Nobel Peace Prize. Even tho I wrote about this film, I haven’t seen it.

Music(ians) I mentioned in 2013

  • B’z – a Japanese rock band playing for over 25 years. One of my favourite bands ever. I’m listening to them for years already and I’ll continue so. I might buy ANY of their CDs and I’ll love it.
  • Buck-Tick is a Japanese band. Like B’z it’s another band that is almost as old as me and another “I can buy ANY of their CDs” band. I’m already listening to this band for years, no matter the changes in music genres.
  • Chrisye is a late Indonesian pop singer. One of my favourite Indonesian musicians.
  • Hatsune Miku, a Japanese vocaloid and “virtual singer”. A group of people made Miku sing in Polish, a Polish folk song. Made for 125th celebration of National Ethnography Museum in Warsaw. A great and catchy song!
  • Hebe Tien, Taiwanese pop singer. I first heard about her song Insignificance inspired by a poem of Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, and later I listened to the whole Insignificance album.
  • Various musicians from these former Yugoslavia countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.
  • Various musicians from Bulgaria.

Do you like (dislike) any of the books/films/music I mentioned? Did you read/watch/listen to any of it earlier? Or maybe did I got you interested? Share your opinion with others in comments.

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