"Some of them will laugh and most of them won't care, but for some they might honestly see that it's about going to the blackboard and raising your hand"
01. What do you plan on reading for the Read-A-Thon? Why did you choose these books?
I plan on finishing Fight Club (already halfway through that one) and I want to read Around the World in 80 Days, and if I have some time to spare this weekend I’ll read Prague Winter and Ik omhels je met 1000 armen (a pretty well known book here in the Netherlands)
02. Where will you be sharing your bookish updates for Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon?
On tumblr, and they’ll be added on my ‘read’list on Goodreads
03. Are you currently taking part in any other reading challenges for 2014?
I entered the Goodreads challenge to read 52 books this year.
04. Do you have any reading goals? What are you hoping to achieve?
I’d like to expand my knowledge of the classics, but besides that, I read to enjoy myself.
05. Are you from a family of readers?
Yes, about half of my family are mayor bibliophiles.
06. Do many of your friends read?
A few, that I know of. But not that many. University swallows too much reading time.
07. What or who inspired your reading as a child?
I don’t know, curiosity?
08. Are there any books you wish you got to read when you were younger?
There are a few Enid Blyton books that weren’t available in our library, I wish I could’ve read those.
09. What are your favourite genres?
Historical novels (accurate ones) are my favourites. But I’ll read anything as long as it’s well written. My only phobia is chicklit, and unoriginal YA.
10. What are your favourite books?
The Mists of Avalon is an all time favourite, the Count of Monte Christo too, and the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman and everything written by Thea Beckman.
11. Do you like to re-read your favourite books?
Yes. Especially if there is a new part to a series
12. Who are your favourite authors?
Thea Beckman, Alexandre Dumas, Astrid Lindgren, Marianne Fredriksson, .. I think I have favourite authors in childrens literature but not in adult lit.
13. What would you do if you got to meet your favourite author?
.. well. since most of them are dead. I’d be a bit creeped out.
14. What defines a great book for you?
It has to stick with me, I’ve read so many books, but if I can remember the plot well and wouldn’t mind reading it again and again.. it’s a great book.
15. What draws you to pick up a book you’ve never seen or heard of before?
16. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I try not to, but first impressions are hard to ignore.
17. Once you’ve finished reading a book do you like to keep it or give it away?
Keep it. If I didn’t like it, I’d give it away, but I’m not a fan of lending out books.
18. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcover?
Hardcover, because they are sturdier.
19. How many books do you own? How many of these books have you read?
I have no idea, I still own a lot of children’s books so it’s probably around 200-300? Not counting everything on my eReader. There’s a lot of stuff on my eReader I haven’t read. In my bookcase: about 10?
20. Do you like to borrow or lend out books to others?
I’ll borrow them. But I hate lending them out, because others don’t seem to take care of them.
21. Do you like to recommend books? Which books do you recommend most often?
I like recommending them. But I try to consider the other person’s taste. So there isn’t one I recommend most often.
22. Where do you buy your books?
Online or at the bookstore.
23. What would your ultimate dream bookstore be like?
Filled with books (of course) but not just bestsellers, but also with a lot of old books you’ve heard of but never saw on a shelf.
24. Which genres would you like to read more of?
Don’t have one.
25. Do you read books by indie or self-published authors?
Not really aware of it.
26. Do you read books by authors residing in your own country?
Of course. Why wouldn’t I? We have a lot of great writers here.
27. Do you have a TBR Jar?
Yes, I made one, but I hardly use it.
28. Do you like to keep a record of your reading - in a reading journal, collecting quotes, writing down thoughts, etc.?
I tried that, but it’s not really my thing.
29. If you dislike a book, do you finish reading it?
Yes. Even if it’s really terrible. But I might skim the pages a bit more.
30. Do you own an eReader?
31. What are your thoughts on eBooks?
They’re useful on public transport or when you go on vacation, and it gives me the chance to read a lot of books that are not available in my local store, or that I don’t have to own.
But nothing can beat the real thing IMO.
32. Do you listen to audio books?
33. What are your thoughts on audio books?
Could be really useful, but I think I read faster than listen.
34. Do you have a book blog?
35. Who are your favourite book bloggers?
Boring answer, I like everyone I follow, but I have no particular favourite.
36. Do you write book reviews?
I hated it in high school so never again.
37. Do you use any book-orientated social media sites such as Goodreads?
38. Have you discovered any of your favourite books or authors through social media sites?
Nope. All before social media was even a thing!
Wow that does make me sound old.
39. Have you ever attended a book signing or an author event?
I did when I was a child.
40. Have you ever won a book giveaway?
Nope, never joined in one tbh.
The song “Rape me" is as Kurt Cobain says, “an anti-, let me repeat that, anti-rape song,” - that presents rape as a crime of violence and power, not one of sexual desire - “It’s like she’s saying ‘Rape me, go ahead, rape me, beat me. You’ll never kill me. I’ll survive this’.”
Kurt once also said:
"Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.”
For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this new bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level. Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.
Incredibly, BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in a manner that the entire structure can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design. In addition only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral’s interior to further ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.
Waanders in de Broeren opened earlier this summer and you can see many more views on the architect’swebsite. Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink. If you liked this you might also enjoy reading about a Walmart being converted into the largest single-story library in the United States. (via Arch Daily)
And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
I’ve decided to hold a read-a-thon event! We’re now over a quarter of the way through 2014, so it’s a great time to assess where you are with your reading goals and progress for the year.
How can I join?
- Anyone is free to join! Please REBLOG this post if you are…
Just read this off to Harold and told him our happiness depends on never having kids.
No kids, tons of compliments, regular sex. Go team go!
~*~livE, laUGH, lOVE~*~
These are all really good points and can definitely be applied to same sex couples as well but man, the creator(s) didn’t even attempt to do so. Just a few adjustments to some of the graphics and tweaking the language slightly would have done it, but nope. I mean, congrats on being super committed to heterosexism I guess?
If the research featured same sex couples it should have. If it didn’t it they shouldn’t. But they should have noted that the reseach groups didn’t feature same sex couples.