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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January Pile

January, a start of new challenges. A lot of books in the pile, still waiting for me to be read…

Currently reading

  • Korean Writers: The Novelists is a reference book for foreign publishers about the “most powerful literary voices that came out of Korea since 1960s” and about past achievements and current trends (2005).
  • Wampir i inne opowiadania (Vampire and other short stories) – Kim Young-ha. A selection of short stories from various collections of Kim Young-ha. He gained a recognition in the Korean literary world, and he’s featured in the above mentioned book. This book has 10 short stories, including 3 that have for sure English translation: Photo Shop Murder, Whatever Happened to the Guy Stuck in Elevator, Moving.
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town – Cory Doctorow (Canada). A strange story, full of bizarre things. I read it for my challenge Around the World: A to Z 2015. I got it legally for free on Cory Doctorow’s website, as it’s on Creative Common’s licence.

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Warsaw Book Fair

During 22-25th May 2014 event, Warsaw Book Fair celebrated its fifth anniversary. The even was held in the National Stadium. Before its entrance there were stands with cheap books.

Warsaw Book Fair 2014
Warsaw Book Fair 2014 © Kama

Inside there were many publishers from around the country and some from abroad. There were all kinds of books, from academics to comics.

And it was comics that captured my attention for the most of my visit there. I was just thinking which comic I should buy. And so, I’ll now present the interesting (in my opinion) comics published in Poland.

Continue reading to see my TOP 5 comics from Poland, Ukraine, France, Norway and Japan published in Poland from 2012.

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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?