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The Bookish Book Lover Tag

Happy New Year’s Eve! This is going to be my last post for 2016. Unfortunately, I couldn’t write any ‘best of’ posts (no time and perhaps not enough material) but actually, this post is perfect to end the year.

Just like before, I was tagged by Ugnė from My Passion is Happiness. Thank you and sorry for posting it late once again!

The rules are:

  • Use the original banner.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Use lots of book covers.
  • Tag your friends!

Let’s go!

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1816: the Year Without a Summer that Yielded Two Gothic Classics

We’ve been hearing a lot about this year’s abnormal weather, partly because of the latest El Niño event but mostly because of the alarming global warming issue. While what we hear and what we experience on our skin (heat waves, freak storms, etc.) is certainly scary, the world has always been characterised by irregular climatic phenomena.

Did you know, for example, that 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer? This happened primarily because of the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies, which occurred the previous year. The eruption’s effects spread widely and affected the global climate. Cold and heavy rainfall caused, for instance, a massive agricultural failure, famine, an increase in poverty, riots and death in Europe.

In June 1816, in a villa overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland, a group of intellectuals hailing from England were trapped inside, owing to the inclement weather. It looked like a ruined summer holiday for these Romantic souls. However, this unfortunate circumstance actually gave birth to two important Gothic stories that would impact the genre and the history of British literature.

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The Cliches Book Tag

A few weeks ago I was tagged by the sweet Ugnė from My Passion is Happiness to do a book tag. I’m excited because it’s the first time I was ever tagged to such a thing. At the same time, I’m nervous because I sometimes find it difficult to answer such questions and these ones were pretty tough for me. That’s why it took me a long while to post it (sorry!).

As the post title denotes, this tag is about cliches in the form of proverbs. I have to match a book for each of the cliche.

Here it goes!

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Book Rambles: Around Europe in 14 Books (Overview)

During the summer of 2016, precisely between the beginning of July and the end of September, I embarked on a literary journey that took me to 14 destinations around Europe. Through European contemporary literature in translation, I have discovered some precious novels and novellas (of course, I’ve had some disappointments as well).

This is the final post about this summer reading challenge. First of all, I wanted to collect the links of all 14 reviews on one single post, for an easier perusal for readers and for myself as well. Secondly, I wanted to write my final comments on this stimulating reading experience.

First, here’s the list of all the reviews in their original order and with my ratings (out of 5 stars).

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Book Rambles: The Sense of an Elephant by Marco Missiroli

The 14th and last literary destination of my summer reading challenge, Around Europe in 14 Books, is Italy. This choice is appropriate as it coincides with the start of my sophomore year in university, during which I will start my specialisation in Italian.

Actually, the whole idea of this virtual travel plan stemmed from an Italian book I read around April, on which I had to write a paper for my university assessment. It was La valle delle donne lupo (The valley of the wolf-women) by Laura Pariani. I wished to review it for the blog but unfortunately there is no English translation available (nor of any other Pariani books, though there are some in Spanish, French and German).

Since I’m only selecting books translated into English, I had to pick another one. The choice fell on Marco Missiroli’s The Sense of an Elephant, which translation was published just last year. I chose to read the English translation because I wanted to judge the translation quality as well.

Read the previous posts:

#1: Ireland – How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

#2: Iceland – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

#3: Norway – Doppler by Erlend Loe

#4: Denmark – This Should Be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle

#5: Sweden – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

#6: Finland – The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

#7: Russia – Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin

#8: Ukraine – Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko

#9: Poland – Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall

#10: Germany – The Eye Collector by Sebastian Fitzek

#11: the Netherlands – The Dinner by Herman Koch

#12: France – Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean

#13: Spain – Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal

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