This will be just a quick post, on books that I got during my trip to Riga and Vilnius book fairs in the end of February 2016. A post about the fairs, hopefully, will follow one day.
Have you read my post about bookfairs? Today’s evening I’m off to Riga (Thursday/Friday) and Vilnius (Saturday/Sunday). I plan to go to the book fairs and sightsee the cities. The plan is 1 day for each city and 1 day for each fair.
Visit the websites to know more on:
I start with… Riga… and then go to Vilnius. I come back on Sunday night.
At last something for the booklovers! For a long time already I have problems with reading books. I wouldn’t call it a reader’s block but I’m just unable to open up to others’ problems (too focused on my problems now). And you know… film doesn’t require immersion, it’s not that emotional and focusing like reading a book so I can get away with it. And with reading magazines.
I hope that with my next week’s trip to Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia) I’ll be able to lessen up my loads. I was supposed to go there months ago, but it didn’t work out.
I did a bit of research of writers, but I’m more interested in getting info at the book fairs. Continue reading the two names that made me interested.
On Thursday, 8th May 2014 there was a second semi-final of the Eurovision contest. 15 contestants, 10 went on to the Saturday’s final.
On Tuesday, 6th May 2014, 7 of the songs I counted on went to the final. On Thursday, 6 of my chosen songs went to the final. Including the song that I voted on.
My 6 songs in final
Firelight – Coming Home
Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix
Softengine – Something Better
Sebalter – Hunter of Stars
I voted for them!
Tinkara Kovač – Round and round
Paula Seling & OVI – Miracle
The other 4
Mei Finegold – Same Heart
The Shin and Mariko – Three Minutes to Earth
Vilija Matačiūnaitė – Attention
Can-Linn (ft. Kasey Smith) – Heartbeat
All the rest
Polish song of Donatan & Cleo – My Słowianie – We Are Slavic got to the final. I’m Polish, I should be happy, right? I’m not… see a video.
However they’re trying to explain “it’s just a joke” and “it’s a laugh on stereotypes of Polish” I can’t just accept that. They are rather further spreading the stereotypes. I wouldn’t vote for them even if I could. What do you think about this song and music video?
The others that got to the Saturday final: Norway, Greece and Belarus.
The unmentioned yet: Macedonia. Definitely the worst song (singer) in this semi-final.
Did the song you vote for got to the Saturday final? Who did you vote for? Do you have your Saturday favourite or not yet?
Originally I chose Juozas Pożera’s book “Złoto. Walet treflowy” because it was written by a Lithuanian (aka Polish neighbour) and I was kinda in a craze inspired by my February A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge. I was like “I don’t really know the contemporary literature of my neighbours” and I was taking as much books from those neighbouring countries as I could. (Am I the only one to crazily borrow books?) Even if, like in this book’s case I couldn’t use it for the challenge. Lithuanian writing about Siberia wasn’t exactly fitting the rules I set, but the description of the cover convinced me. And I have a thing for Siberia, this is one of the regions I’d like to travel to.
Continue reading if you want to know why I chose it as the best book so far.