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[day 1- day 16]

17 - Close your eyes and get any book from your shelf

Stephanie Meyer’s “The Host”, my favorite book of hers. And for today, I’ll just share this. Sorry, but I’m quite in an hurry….

 

18 - Book with the most beautiful cover

“Remember me?” By Sophie Kinsella, the Italian Version, though; it was just plain lovely, simple but yet marvelous, white with two black silhouettes (him and her), and, between them, golden stylized sunflowers. I don’t know why, but I find it really marvelous. Special Mention to the Italian version of the Lord of the rings, all 3 volumes, where there is a drawings of few places  portrayed in the books.

Day 19 - Book that you never wanted to read

There is so many of them I don’t even know where to start, and mostly, which one I should chose…  I guess… Alexandros, from Valerio Massimo Manfredi; it was a novelization of Alexander the great’s life, and I was supposed to read it for school, and despite doing it, I hated every single page of the book… despite being a great fan of the later works from the author, but that book was just… it was too commercial, desperately trying to follow, somehow, into the footsteps of Christian Jacq’s “Ramses”. I didn’t want to read it, but had to. And I… well, I didn’t like it, at all.


Day 20 - Book that you read at school

I think that for this, I’ll go, instead, with a book I actually loved: “Elena, Elena, Amore mio!” and “Nessuno”, both from author Luciano De Crescenzo. The books are novelizations from Ancient Greece “Iliad” and “Odyssey” from an external point of view, and while the first one was compulsory, I got my teacher to give me to read also the following one. Why? Easy: Professor Ricca (Adolfo, while his brother was called Benito. I think we know where their parents stood) had given us the book as part of the monthly assignment;  unfortunately (or maybe not) I liked “Elena” so much that I read it in a couple of days, and when I told him, and told him I had bought the following book as well, he agreed to let me work on that as well.

Yes, I’ve always loved reading…


Day 21 - Most stupid book you read at school

Oh, uhm, well, I don’t know… wait, I got it! Does  a ply count, if I just read it for a class?  At the time, I think it was Harold Pinter’s Birthday party, but I guess it is because it is theatre of the absurd, and because at the time I wasn’t so fluent in English. Maybe, looking at it right now… who knows.


Day 22 - Book on your shelf with the most pages

An edition of The Bible with over 2000 pages, a gift from my mother for when I got my Confirmation.


Day 23 - Book on your shelf with the least pages

It’s the short novel “Inverni Lontani” from Mario Rigoni Stern, about his youth in Itaky during the Second World War, only 44 pages.


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DAY 16 - 9th book from the right on your shelf

My shelf? Which one? I’m surrounded by them! Anyway, since you asked and didn’t specify a shelf, I’ll have to nominee them all….

“King Lear” By Shakespeare

“Shopaholic & baby” by Sophie Kinsella

“Zorro” By Isabel Allende

“Breakfast at Darcy’s” by Ali McNamara

“Rembrandt –life and works”

A high school text book about History

A high school text book about Italian Literature in the 1800s

An Ancient Greek-Italian dictionary (a Silhouette novel and dictionaries of dead languages, quite the shelf…)

Another Dylan Dog comic book (“Dylan Dog: historieta”)

“Tom Sawyer” By mark Twain

“The holy bible for kids: the new testament, part II)

“X-Men-children of the atom” (graphic novel)

“Fullmetal alchemist vol. 19” (manga)

“Titans/young justice: graduation day” (graphic novel)


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 DAY 15 - 4th book from the left on your shelf

My shelf? Which one? I’m surrounded by them! Anyway, since you asked and didn’t specify a shelf, I’ll have to nominee them all….

“Ellery Queen- 5 novels” By Ellery Queen

“The mummy: the return” from max Allan Collins

“Introduction to computing” by various authors

“Love in mid-air” by Kim Wright

“Matisse- life and works”

 A high-school textbook about sports

A high school textbook about Geography

A Silhouette romance novel

A Dylan Dog comic book (“Il baule delle meraviglie”)

“The fellowship of the ring” by Tolkien

“The Holy Bible for kids: David”

“Spider-man: one more day” (Graphic novel)

“Fullmethal alchemist vol. 4” (manga book)

“marvel’s 1602: brand new world” (graphic novel, Italian version)   


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again, sorry for the delay, but writing and other stuffs got in the way. I'm terribly behind also in replying to your comment to every post I've made in, I think, a week or so, but I'll try to do better, I promise. Meanwhile, let's carry on!

[Day 1-13]

14 - Book from your childhood

Uhm. Picking one here it’s really, really hard, but I guess…. Let’s see, I’ll say…. “Fairytales” a huge volume, blue and gold, with this huge  collection of fairytales, I’ve been gifted with when I won an artistic award aged 6 (with a drawing portraying the city skyline). That day, it was around Christmas time, and the award was sponsored by my mother’s factory, Ferrero – every year, they provided a canvas to the children of their workers, and gave a theme, then, selected two winners for each age category, and the prizes were books. That year, the first of three in a row -yes, I was that good at drawing. But mostly, I remember the jury saying that it was something that I did, and not something done by a parent trying to make it pass like child’s art. I remember a mother saying that what I’ve done was plain horrible, and didn’t deserve winning, while what she had done for her own son, copying it from a newspaper…


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(bows her head begging fro mercy and exucvisng herself for having yet disappeared again for a while, although short lived...)
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DAY 13: Book that makes you laugh

Well, definitely “The undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella. Best laugh of ever, I swear, and it happens every time I read it! Special guest, Massimo Gramellini’s “Buongirono- 10 anni” (“Good Morning- 10 years”), from the name of his short daily article of the La Stampa daily newspaper; it’s a collection of few of his articles, portraying in a funny, but sadly true, way, the world of today.


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Day 12: book a friend reccomended

Well, there are many. I’m going to start reading Hunger games, suggested By tromana, as soon as the whole trilogy will be completed in Italian; I read “Sara’s key” (by Tatiana De Rosnay) suggested by Miss Peg (worth it, definitely worth it) and “The Lord of the rings” by Michela, my BFF.


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[Day 1-10]

DAY 11: a book you once loved, and now hate

Ouch. Well, It’s not a book, but an author, as this is something that can be applied to everything from  Patricia Cornwell. I find her books a bit too extreme and “hardcore”, and I wonder how I actually ended up loving them in the past. And I did love them. The same goes for Elizabeth George's novels; I used to love Inspector Linley, but I think that the Italian publication got me... well, to not like them. it's not good having a book where he is a murning widower because his wie has been murdered while pregnant, and few months later, it comes out a book where she is with her older producer and he is seeing his best freind's soon-to-be girlfriend. Order? what is order?  (besides, he is an insesitive, spoiled brat, and womanizer jerk in the majority of the books, making his second feeling like crap because she isn't, according to him, a beatiful woman and he couldn't care less about her. and when he lost his wife? at mourning, he is worst than Jane.)




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[DAY 1-9]

DAY10 - Book from your favorite author

Michael Crichton’s “Timeline” (1999), a book that mixes action, science and sci-fi, with element of the theory of the strings and Quantum theory,  is a fan favorite of mine, set in modern days and in the middle-age as well.


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[Day 1-8]

DAY 9: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER READ

Uhm. The first book I fake-read was Cinderella, when I was 4; I say “fake-read” because I sued to learn by memory, word by word, the books my mum read me before sleeping, and I connected the words with the images and the turning movement of the pages, so, after few days, I recall COMPLETELY the words, and I was able to pretend I was reading them, reciting them and turning the pages at the right moment, impressing everyone who didn’t know that I couldn’t actually read aged 4– It’s silly and it has nothing to do with this, but it’s a funny story, and I wanted to share it with you.

First book I read? Well, a child’s book, back when I was 5, called “Lola the Snail”- don’t ask who tha author is, I barely remember where the book is at my place…, about a snail who needed glasses but didn’t want to wear them because she was extremely vain. It’s also the book that thought  me that snails have their eyes on their feelers.


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Day 1- The Book you are reading
Day 2 - The book you wnat to read next
Day 3- Your favorite book
Day 4- The book you hate
Day 5-  A book you can read again and again
Day 6 - A book you can only read once (no matter you love or hate it

Day 7- A book that reminds you of someone


8-      BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF A CERTAIN PLACE

That’s gonna be Odd, but I want to inform you that Michael Chrichton’s “Jurassic Park”, read back in 1995, soon after the movie come out, (I was eleven years old at the time, and I just ended elementary school and was going to go in Middle school. I didn’t know what to read in the summer and I picked Jurassic park out, also because I had the biggest crush on Ian Malcom back then) remembers me of a special spot.

You see, my grand-parents (mum’s parents) lives in the country, and in the summer, I used to move in with them. Few kilometers from their house, in the middle of the fields,  there was (still is, actually)this old oak, centuries old; it was said to be part, in the  past, of a wood, but it was the last one, because, when in the middle-age people moved to the country from the nearest town because of the Black death, they had to remove the threes, but left it, and in front of it, they erected an altar for the saint protector from the Plague.

When I was a kid, in front of the statue of the Saint, there was a bench, and I used to go there to read, and for some reason, even if I read a lot of books there, Jurassic park is the one I connect the most with the place.


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Day 1- The Book you are reading
Day 2 - The book you wnat to read next
Day 3- Your favorite book
Day 4- The book you hate
Day 5-  A book you can read again and agai
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Day 6 - A book you can only read once (no matter you love or hate it


Day 7- A book that reminds you of someone

“The lord of the rings” by Tolkien remembers me of my old friend, Michela. Probably because she was the one introducing me to Frodo and company to begin with. Either way, every time I look at the books in my shelves, I really can’t help but thinking about her. we’ve been friends for over… 17 years now, and it still amazes me how good she was at talking in the Elfic tongue… yes, she did.

Nowadays, it can be added to the list Tatiana De Rosnay’s “Sara’s Key”, for the same reason- even if the person isn’t one I know “directly”, since we are talking about Miss_PEG ; its’ also included in the list of books that remind me of people the novelization of the movie “The Mummy: the return” by Max Allan Collins; the person, is high school best-mate Elena (my person at the time, quoting Grey’s anatomy), because when we I look at the book, I keep thinking about when we went to see the movie together  and how she kept giggling because she found John Hannah oh, so handsome and charming…

Wait, what? I was supposed to talk just about one book? Well, you definitely don’t know me. If I start talking about books, there is no turning back….


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Day 1- The Book you are reading
Day 2 - The book you wnat to read next
Day 3- Your favorite book
Day 4- The book you hate
Day 5-  A book you can read again and agai
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Day 6 - A book you can only read once (no matter you love or hate it)
UHM. Oh, yes. “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler. I really can’t read it. I don’t hate it, really, it’s just that I don’t mind it either. And it’s so damn heavy, and not in "there are a lot of pages" (although there are) kind of way. it's the way it's written, how messed up the story is, without a start or an end. It's supposed to be a stand-alone story, and yet, you really can't understand how it actually ends.
I had it, and so, like all my other book, I red it, but just once. And I swear, I'll never read it again.
(Buying this book also taught me that books that re so much publicized EBFORE going out for the first itme aren't always as great as the spots says). 

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Day 31 - Book series you are collecting
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Day 1- The Book you are reading
Day 2 - The book you wnat to read next
Day 3- Your favorite book
Day 4- The book you hate



Day 5-  A book you can read again and again

Can you keep a secret?” by Sophie Kinsella. I absolutely loved that book, it’s one of her funniest ones. It’s not such a great reading, I’m well aware, but it lifts my mood when I’m down, and it helps me to smile more if I’m happy; also, there is “A Vintage affair” by Isabel Wolf; it’s not just another romance novel, really, even if at first it can look like chick lit; “Therese Bell, an elderly french lady, has an extraordinary collection of vintage clothes; between evening gowns and tailleur, Phoebe, owner of a vintage boutique, finds a mysterious blue coat.  The story that Phoebe will discover will bring her back in the days of the French occupation and to the cruelty of Racial laws, and when Therese confess that she has just few days left, Phoebe will try to help her to make peace with her past, facing the ghosts of her youth…”.

  Not counting the novels, there’s “The Great Book of myths from Ancient Greece and ancient Rome” by Angela Cerinotti. I’m a fan of mythology, so I really like spending time re-reading again and again those stories.



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Day 1- The book you are reading now
Day 2- The book you wnat to read next
Day 3- Your favorite book


Day 4- The book you hate

Well, that’s easy. It was called “Pets: the best stories”, from various authors, and it was a gift for, I think, Christmas, back when I was around 6 (I was already reading from a  while, so it had to be around back then). I absolutely hate it, it always made me cry, because I was supposed to still be all innocent and sweet, still obsessed with fairytales, and instead, here there was, this book about baby animals’ stories, telling me how Old Pig was turned into hams and sausages and Little Pig preferred to risk dying into the wild instead of getting old to become hams and sausages, and let’s not forget the kitties, having fun torturing their food before eating it! I know, I know, it’s all true, but, like I said, I was six, and that book scared me for life!


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Day 1- Book you are reading right now
Day 2- The book you want to read next


Day 3 - Your favorite book

Now, that's an ahrd one. I don't thin I have a book that's absolutely my favorite. they often change, according to my mood and the new releases.
When I was a child, for example, my book of Cinderella  and the novelisation of Disney's The Little Marmaid were my favorite books.
Few Years later, Luciano De Crescenzo novelisation of The Odiessy and Iliads were at the same level; I loved the, both, probably bacuase it was an easy way to understand the soap-opera world off Greek myth - oddly enough, I red them both for school. Yhen, it was the time of Isabelle Alliende with the trilogy for young adults- City of the beasts, Kingdom of teh golden dragon, Forests of the pygmies.
But what I love the most? porbably The Chanterville ghost wins the award,  even if it wasn't properly a story, but a part of an essay, sort of. kudos, as well, to The Book of Ester, one of the books of the Old Testament in the Bible. oddly enough, it's a story I've always loved with a passion...


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Day 1- Book you are reading right now

Day 2- The book you wnat to read next

I',m quite divided about it. There's few books I'm interested in reading nexrt, as I'm in the last few pages of Aprilynne Pike's "Destined"...

Two of them, are thriller, both in Italain, both already in my possession and both physically books; there's the book from Italain writer Alessia Gazzola "Nessun Segreto è per sempre"  and one that has been in my possession fro a while, but always got postponed in favour of soemthing else; Chevy Steven's "Still Missing" sound quite interested, also because Katy Reichs said good thungs about the book, and I'm an avid Reichs reader...
I'm thinking about getting a copy, either in English or in Italian, digital or real, of Sarah's key. I've heard great things about book and movie, and I'm quite interested. I already know that I'll probably end up crying, but what the hell, for a book, that and amny other things I'm willing to do and to suffer...
Re-reading of old books, though, is always in order (I'm thinking about re-reading a bit of Shakespeare nowadays, and yes, the Graphic novels from Doctor Who author Paul Cornwell are always welcome), and let's not forget that even if I try as hard as I wnat to formulate plans, whenver I end up in a bookstore there's always soemthing that I end up fancying and getting, so, no promises here...


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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] miss_peg 's journal, and I absolutely had to do this, considered my love for all things written...  so, the greatest thank you goes to her, whoa llowed me to borrow this, and shar emy passion with you all.

Day 1 - Book you are reading right now

Aprilynne Pike's Destined is the book I'm currently reading; the e-book English version, because I couldn't wait untill winter 2013 to have it in Italian.  Destined is the fouth installament of teh Wings series - Wings, spells, wild, and destined - about modern-day people fidning out about the existence of magic. The first time I red the first book, I didn't exactly fell in love, but it grew on me, and it makes for a nice past-time, if not anyhting else. and besides, it has soem kind of a different approach on the elemnet of magic itself. it's a slightly different fantasy, let's say, that helps passing few hours without thinking too much.




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