Are you a sexist?

So, again, another article bashing the choices of people was written by The Guardian’s columnist Jessica Valenti.

This will be the discussion with the lady’s arguments, but feel free to discuss the topic.

Your taste in music, books, television or art sends a message about what you think is worth your time and who you think is smart.

And here I thought that it says what are my interests. Actually, I keep some “these people are so stupid” writers and “this book is so stupid” on my shelves. I hope Ms. Valenti can understand why I would keep those things.

Not my fault that the books I chose based on topics were written mostly by men… I don’t look at the sex of the author. I look at the topic/plot, the fragments from the book and based on that, I choose my lectures.

Sexism is when you put off a book because a person of ‘the wrong sex’ (man/a woman/T-person) wrote it.

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The Luminaries – reviews

That was a long ride… Too long. I started reading the original version in February, but got “reading block” for a long time.

The Luminaries got a lot of buzz for the author when she won The Man Booker Prize in 2013. It took some time for the book to arrive to Poland – our translation was published in October 2014, almost a year later. It’s published as Wszystko, co lśni, probably a better choice than forgotten “luminarze” word, which is rather used for famous people in the science (or art) field.

The book was labelled as a Victorian novel, which for me don’t bear any meaning nor any (not)fond thoughts, probably like for the vast majority of people in the world. I did read some Victorian novels during my school years (we had to) but otherwise… I don’t bother myself if it’s a good “Victorian novel” or no. I started the book reading with open mind, not expecting anything. I was even cautious of the “it’s so great”.

So, what I think about it?

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A to Z May 2015

Oops, I did it again. I was sure I wrote the May challenge, but no. So, a bit late, here it is.

Around the World: A to Z May 2015

Read a book from a writer from one of those countries:

  • Jamaica
  • Jībūtī (Djibouti)
  • Қазақстан (Kazakhstan)
  • Kenya
  • Кыргызстан (Kyrgyzstan)

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Worldly Literature in 2015: summary so far

Here will be a summary of books (sorted by author’s countries) that I read so far in 2015 and some that I have in my current pile. Feel free to comment, if you have some suggestions for books for me.

I have made two challenges: one is more Poland oriented (but nobody said you can’t read books/comics from other countries), one is about reading literature from across the world (Around the World: A to Z 2015).

I only read 19 books so far this year, so far (not counting comics) from 9 countries. Six more countries on my list. I owned only 2 books (e-books), the rest was borrowed from libraries. Continue reading to see the list and my short opinion on each book.

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A to Z April 2015

Welcome to the next month of A to Z reading challenge. We read books written by authors coming from the countries named on a certain letter (in their official languages).

Letters for April: H and I and you should read a book (comic, volume of poetry) by an author from one of the following countries:

  • South Korea
  • Armenia
  • Croatia
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iceland

Try reading outside of your own country, if possible.

The only Indonesian books/comics I reviewed on blog were in Indonesian language. I had reviewed South Korean comics and books in English language, you can see them on my blog. I have a book by Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir, but I haven’t read her book yet. She’s translated into English.

What will you read? Can you recommend any writers?