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?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas for you. May it bring joy to you. 🙂

Below are the Christmas songs/carols for you to enjoy from around the world.

Poland

Dzisiaj w Betlejem (Today in Bethlehem, traditional carol)

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Eurovision 2014 final

I wanted to write a post commenting all the final songs in Eurovision, but ummm…. I got too hooked in and commenting with friends on Facebook, etc.

Below I’ll present my TOP 10, based on the fun factor, and my own taste. My opinion was also influenced by the lyrics or by the language of the song. Montenegro stayed till the end in my TOP 10, because I applaud so rare (on Eurovision) singing in his native language. The order is based on alphabet, not the exact grades. And after that I’ll write the official TOP 10.

My TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Armenia

Aram MP3 – Not Alone

Austria

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Azerbaijan

Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire

Denmark

Basim – Cliche Love Song

Iceland

Pollapönk – No Prejudice

Montenegro

Sergej Ćetković – Moj Svijet

Slovenia

Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

Sweden

Sanna Nielsen – Undo

Switzerland

Sebalter – Hunter of Stars

Official TOP 10 Eurovision 2014

Austria

Conchita Wurst won with 290 points. This time I voted on Austria.

The Netherlands

Second place with 238 points. I dislike the country music, so they didn’t capture my heart.

Sweden

218 points. Don’t undo her after the contest.

Armenia

174 points. Aram MP3 is definitely not alone!

Hungary

143 points. Run, Forrest, Run!

Ukraine

113 points. I wonder how much the votes reflects the political support.

Russia

89 points. The public in Copenhagen didn’t boo on artists (luckily) but there was booing whenever any country decided to give them high notes. Definitely political. I’m not sure I like it.

Norway

88 points. Tho it never got to my TOP 10, I enjoyed this song. So here, a special treat.

Denmark

Only 74 points this year and 9th place.

Spain

Also 74 points. The song put me off.

That concludes the TOP 10. Only 5 of my songs got into it, tho more songs I supported along the way.

Btw, Poland got 14th place in the end.

Who did you vote? Did you enjoy the contest? Do you like the songs?

European Music Contests May 2014

May 2014 is definitely filled with European music. Music from all over Europe.

There are two Europe-wide contests going on. First one, EuroMusic Contest 2014 is online one, second – Eurovision is TV-based.

EuroMusic Contest 2014

If you read my blog often, you probably saw some posts about EuroMusic Contest 2014 already. I presented musicians from Ukraine, Poland, Greece, Austria, Iceland and Romania.

Until 10th May you can vote on your favourite artists, from all over Europe. The top artists from 40 countries will be then judged by jury and in the end 10 artist will stand on final stage in Paris.

Seventh band comes from…

Norway

Malice in Wonderland

Rock band from Bergen.

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