Stack of Books 1

As many of the voracious readers, I’ve got my stack of books. I almost never read one book at a time, I read more. Depending on the mood, whether I take a book for a short distance ride or longer distance. Is this similar to your actions?

Currently I’m reading

  • Cybernetyczne laleczki (Cybernetic Dolls) a Polish anthology of Czech & Slovak SF. Short stories and fragments of novels. So far very different from the stereotypical science fiction. Well, hardly unthinkable after reading the psychiatry and machines Czech sf stories from 80s from Josef Nesvadba’s Minehava for the Second Time. Ah, yes, another Josef Nesvadba’s story is also in this anthology.
  • Waktu Aku Sama Mika (My Time with Mika) by Indi. A based on facts book about a girl with scoliosis (Indi) and her HIV infected boyfriend (Mika). Very good! Sadly (for others to read), in Indonesian only. I bought it in Solo, when I was still living there, but I finally got the courage to read it. It’s great, I love it!
  • Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov. Reading Polish version of the book called “Wykłady o literaturze rosyjskiej”.

Continue reading to see the books I’ll be reading soon.

To Read

  • Szczury. Przyobleka się w cienie by Jose Bianco. The original titles of those stories are: “Las ratas” (The Rats) and “Sombras suele vestir” (Shadow Play). One of very few stories by this Argentinian journalist.
  • Zrób sobie raj by Mariusz Szczygieł. A book on Czechs and Czech Republic from the eyes of famous Polish Czechophile. The title means “Make your own paradise”. Actually I read a bit of the book already. I just wanted to browse and peek a bit, but I ended reading few chapters. I quickly put it away, that’s a dangerous book hooking up the reader from the first pages!
  • Nie mam keine buty o ludziach między Odrą i Wisłą by Helga Hirsch. A Polish translation of “Ich habe keine Schuhe nicht”. A book on Germans, Polish and Jews living in the border region, and being a mixture of cultures and nations.
  • Opowieści znad Sundu – a Polish anthology of Danish sea stories.

What are you currently reading? What do you plan to read soon? Share your choices with others and let us discover even more books to read!

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8 thoughts on “Stack of Books 1”

  1. You are among good company as there are many of us who are just like you, with stacks of books all being delved into at roughly the same time. I used to be one of those “one book only at a time” readers. I’m not sure what happened, but I find that impossible to achieve now.

      1. I brought Jo Walton’s “What Makes This Book So Great” to work to read one or two essays from each day, or I’ll never get it read. It works really nice that way for a break.

        I’m re-reading an old Larry Niven SF novel that I’ve loved since childhood, “A World Out of Time”.

        I just cracked into Will McIntosh’s new book, “Defenders” on the Kindle.

        I’m slowly making my way through Peter Hamilton’s “Great North Road” and a non-genre book, “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”.

        1. I usually am not interested in people’s impressions on books or literature…. if I can’t discuss it with them. So far Nabokov’s “Lectures” are interesting because he’s giving a lot of “inside” cultural information. “What Makes This Book So Great” might be interesting too depending on the themes and authors. I’d like to see the list of books and authors. But I guess I can’t expect non-English books/authors there, right?

          Cryogenic and waking up years later reminds me of Polish film “Seksmisja” (Sexmission) where 2 men wake up in the future ruled by women. It’s very funny. I recommend it, there should be a version with English subtitles. It’s classic in Poland, but not sf-classic only, just mainstream classic and quotes from this film are sometimes used in daily life in Poland. 😉

          Kindle? Which Kindle? I don’t have any ebook reader (except my phone ;)).

          Quote from abstract: “DEFENDERS presents a revolutionary story of invasion, occupation, and resistance.” Is it really true? What is so revolutionary?

          Why are you reading “Great North Road” slowly?

          “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” sounds interesting. Is it?

  2. I usually read two or three books at the same time, depending on time and how much of it I spend on work. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of said time on work, so … I started reading Besnilo (Rabies) by Borislav Pekić . You had a lot to do with my choosing a Serbian (i.e. non-English) author 🙂

    1. I’m happy to be an inspiration. 🙂

      How do you like the book so far? There are few books by Pekić translated into Polish, but not the one you mentioned. Choosing by title I’d try “Kako upokojiti vampira”. 🙂 PS. for English language readers, it’s available in English too 😉
      It’s kinda sad that the his books stopped to be translated in 80s. Just “West, West, West” after getting back the freedom. Meh. :/

      1. And I am thankful for being inspired. It’s my favourite feeling in the world 🙂
        So far, the book is very interesting, but that’s all I say for now.
        Publishers order translations of that which sells. You couldn’t imagine (or you actually might) the amount of crap that has been expediently translated into Croatian once 50 Shades became popular.

        1. Wow, sounds awful. 😀 But I know that crap is selling well here in Poland too. Unfortunately. 😦 Luckily we don’t need to read that. 😉

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