Off to the book fairs!

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.

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I start with… Riga… and then go to Vilnius. I come back on Sunday night.

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Vilnius and Riga book fairs

 

Well, hello!

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.

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Eurovision 2014 2nd semi-final

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

Malta

Firelight – Coming Home

Austria

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix

Finland

Softengine – Something Better

Switzerland

Sebalter – Hunter of Stars

I voted for them!

Slovenia

Tinkara Kovač – Round and round

Romania

Paula Seling & OVI – Miracle

The other 4

Israel

Mei Finegold – Same Heart

Georgia

The Shin and Mariko – Three Minutes to Earth

Lithuania

Vilija Matačiūnaitė – Attention

Ireland

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?

 

Siberian Adventures

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.

So I read it. And I chose it as “Best read so far in 2014” in 2014 Full House Challenge. And as one of the books for Around the World in 12 Books (Siberia, Asia).

Continue reading if you want to know why I chose it as the best book so far.

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