Happy Easter

“Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

Man of La mancha, 1972


When Milan Kundera commented on the novel, he said that it teaches us to see the world as a question (Philip Roth, Shop Talk, p.100). For Don Quixote, the world unfolded like a mystery. And I think that’s what I like to somehow preserve and wish for as well.

Happy Easter. Full of the joy of the new, the freshly born or about to bloom and the joy of discovery, the joy of asking questions and not always seeing things as they are but what they could be. The joy of hope. The joy of dreams. A sense of wonder.

Amazing list of Vietnamese books

I’ve been on the lookout for more Vietnamese books since reading The Mountains sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai (highly recommended) and here’s a great list so graciously and laboriously complied by Simon Haisell, footnotes.and.tangents on Instagram. Never run out of books to read and vary them too! Reposted with permission.

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Reading challenge 2019 completed

The year 2019 has brought me back to reading after a period when I neglected it. The work that had the most impact on me in recent time was Fahrenheit 451 and its original version, the Fireman. It was THE book that made me realise that I should read as much as I can. The photo on top, the quote is how I feel about books and reading. I want to share what I read via blog and via Instagram, – trying to make photo sessions for books has become something of an engaging activity for me. I like it, it’s fun. There is much to be said against social media, but I believe in their good sides. They enable sharing.

So, below are some highlights from my 52 books challenge. I am looking for new reading challenges for 2020. Reading 52 books can get tricky. Sometimes, you get too busy, sometimes too tired…I do find that I Iose focus. Also, I think I need to reread a lot of my older faves and some classics. I already can’t wait until I reread some books in the list below! But there also still so many new. exciting, lovely books to read.

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