I’ve never felt how writers who invent stories must be feeling. It was always impossible for me to imagine being somebody else.

The latest reap of what they sowed. Some of them were recommended by you, kind bloggers, and some other people far away. 

Once I got this advice from an experienced writer whom I met in Denmark but was Irish: “Write the things you wish to tell the people around you.”

I looked at him while whispering on the inside: “But I tell them all the time. Aloud. Instead.”

I guess I’ve liked being me too much. I like my beliefs, what I stand for, my preferences, my taste.

I like my patterns, there is nothing in my past (and barely anything in my present) that I’d like to change.

Once I took part as a test bunny in a seminar for healers, and they asked me to state one thing about myself that I’d like to change.

That made me a bit angry. Why does everybody suppose that we would like to change? Advertisers, sellers, fellow beings, therapists.

Except dogs. They are pretty sure in their unsupposing.

So I said: “Maybe we could work on my anger.”

Then came the past lives talk. Designing my own death in a Stefanel-inspired skirt with my neck on the chopping block in a forested area in Highlander times was fun.

But I’m not a writer. So it must have really happened. 😀

It’s true though: the only stories I gather are my own.

Luckily at least one is happening at all times.

Now – photography, on the other hand…

≈ Manja Maksimovič ≈

Photo: a © signature mmm production

WPC: Alfabetagamadelta

Alfabetagamadelta, or from A to Ž, in my language. Letters are the root of everything. More sense in captions.

Let’s take my favourite letter, because MMM

Add another very useful one (Mengeš, Slovenia)

And a whole bunch of them, just not my own (Il giardino dei tarocchi)

Find five seemingly random ones on the beach

Love can also be spelled with 3

Sometimes they are mysterious

Other times less so

And some know what to do with them more than others (Album for my father’s birthday years ago, the photo from Paris metro station)

…and line them up really effectively.

And sometimes your dog really really wants to tell you something – but you don’t know the alphabet.

Photo: MM

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Alphabet

Pippi-heads, unite and take over

The internet is a strange thing. It can bring you a new life or an old book over the ocean. And neither you can see coming.

I think it was after I published myself as Pippi. “Give me your address,” she said. “I wish to send you an article about Pippi from a magazine.” But how about scanning it? “Nooo, it’s too complicated.” Okay, the snail mail address it was.

Pippi-head from the start

And when my postwoman finally found me, I could see why no scanning would do: beside many other little colourful things and the article about the mother of Pippi, Astrid Lindgren (which reminded me that indeed my father and I met her one time in Slovenia and took some photos of her), there was a book. Yellow and green and red. When I opened it, I could see a sticker declaring that this book was given to Samantha Pepper in 1982 for “her attitude & workhabits”. Might be then but now it was given to me. Quite possibly for my own habits which have never steered far from Pippi’s.

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There is a girl who lives in Vila Čira Čara and who doesn’t wish to become bug (“velk”). And there is another girl who lives in Cornwall Street, has even better hair than Pippi and sends hearts and butterflies and books.

As I am reading the book again, everything feels just as I left it, even though it was in my language when I read it last. There were a Vila Čira-Čara, gospod Ficko, the island Taka-Tuka and stranh, which have now been replaced with Villa Villekulla, Mr. Nilsson, Kurrekurredutt Island and a spink. Obviously the English translator was not really feeling inventive with the names – they still sound decidedly Swedish.

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Bestia says he can smell a horse, a monkey and some sharks.

There is the familiar ease with which Pippi sets on even the most difficult missions, there is the permeating sensation that school is WRONG – just look at that horrible line of questioning when Mrs. Rosenblom comes to visit the school (I forgot her name in Slovenian), and the children must make lines depending on how many brothers and sisters they have, and then Pippi takes the matters in her own powerful hands. She will speak her mind but not after she has some fun fooling everybody that she is just a girl. She will help the deserving, and shame the oppressive, and she WILL win. Over the buyer of the villa, the pirates and the sharks.

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As if he is saying: “I warmly recommend this book but beware: it can change your life, like only the best can.” Photo: BM (vintage) & MM

Sometimes I thank heavens (when I should be thanking my parents, especially mom and dad) that I was reading the right books when I was a child. They equipped me with the right state of mind and they keep bringing me the right people. ❤

≈ Manja Maksimovič ≈

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A blast from the past in a Ljubljana shopping window: “Anna Louise and Anton” (“Pünktchen und Anton”, 1931), no sign of any Dottie or similar in English translation! Merely Anna Louise! Boring! Photo: MM

The Source

We can all agree that every book is a source. There is nothing more precious one can give to the child as love of books and reading. I was lucky with that. But now I’ve also got the Source. She is awesome, she is in San Diego and she recently single-handedly restored my faith in humanity.

When I asked my friends and family for the titles of their favourite books as my birthday present, upon which I’ve compiled this INSANELY informative, quality and priceless booklist, she responded that she’d give me something even better. And she did – namely access to her online library. More than a thousand books. And as the list grew she did something even cuter, she told me she would search for the books from my list just because she had time. I replied that if this was meant by stalking, I’m all for it.

And so the next time I looked into her library, it had all three Jeds, for example, a Judy, a couple of Joans and whole lot of Jeanettes – only her Lighthousekeeping, which comes recommended by dear friend GG, was missing – and that’s just some of the J’s. There are authors of which I’ve never heard before writing looooong series of which I’ve never heard before. There are quirky and peculiar people’s favourites that have shaped them into what they have become, but what completely floored me was seeing that the Source had even provided all seven parts of The Witch of Grič (Grička vještica), which I didn’t even know was a series, in Croatian, no less.

As I was exploring a bit more, I opened an unassuming folder and found the missing Jeanette too. I knew this would be the first book of all that I would read, I just had the device wrong.

After the first friends gave me their favourites, before the Source, I visited what appears to be the only bookshop with used English books in Roma. I was a bit disappointed with not finding a single recommended title (I did find four others that I just HAD to buy, of course).

When I did some online research I realised that even should I wish to buy them new, the majority of titles were only available as e-books. Then my love reminded me how I wanted to have an e-reader even before we got together. This is true but as with all technical novelties I was very apprehensive (which reminds me how I recorded my mp3 cassette as soon as I first got internet access, yes, right out of the speakers to the tape, I didn’t trust the machine).

But now, considering all of the above, we agreed that it was time, and this is the result:

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My new book-KO-BOok with the first book I’m reading on it, Lighthousekeeping. Photo: MM

It even has a light to read in the dark.

For me it’s an incredible feeling: even before I actually started to read one, saving the books on the reader was like being a kid and playing with my books all over again, arranging them by alphabet, by colour, by size, except now I do it all by clicking. The first book I’m reading might be Jeanette (only proper since I wrote to her and all), but the first book I saved on it was by my dear friend Kara. She is my role-model in many ways, not only regarding her writing, also for her optimism, kindness and pure force. Now I have your fairy-tales to enjoy and compare them with my own tale.

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Times sure are a-changing: my old scrapbook with poems, quotes and stuff underneath the Kobo. Photo: MM

Thank you, the Source. You have allowed me to enjoy my reader immediately and fully. Thank you, parents, for giving me the environment in which it was natural for me to come out of the bathroom and announce that there would be snow on the mount Triglav after having read it in the newspaper when I was almost too little to speak (well, truth be told, there was a picture too). Thank you, amore, for guessing my wishes, every time. Thank you, GG, for the love in your thoughts, and thank you, Kara, for the love in your words (well, and thoughts). And thank you, everybody who have given me your favourite book. I just might read it next.

Remember – reading is a job never done. It is still done with the eyes first and the mind later, only the ink might have gone electronic.

≈ Manja Maksimovič ≈

Booklist of favourites

ALERT: This list will no longer be updated. If you wish to see the most recent version, visit my new blog:

I asked my family, friends and the internet to gift me the title and author of their favourite book(s) as a birthday present. They delivered. Do not hesitate to send me more at any time, I’ll update. I’m also keeping it as a static page next to my About me. (Different colours denote updates.) Here we go:
  • Ackerman, Diane: A Natural History of the Senses
  • Adams, Douglas: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • Adams, Richard: Watership Down
  • Ahern, Cecelia: PS, I Love You
  • Alighieri, Dante: The Divine Comedy (Inferno)
  • Alinsky, Saul: Rules for Radicals
  • Altemus, Barbara: The Gift of Pain
  • Althusser, Louis: Machiavelli and Us
  • Amado, Jorge: Tereza Batista, Tired of War
  • Amis, Martin: Time’s Arrow / London Fields
  • Andrić, Ivo: The Bridge on the Drina
  • Anonymous: Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation)
  • Anouilh, Jean: Antigone
  • Anson, Jay: The Amityville Horror
  • Anthony, Piers: The Xanth series
  • Atkinson, Kate: Life after Life
  • Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin / Cat’s Eye (+ALL)
  • Auel, Jean M.: The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • Auster, Paul: Leviathan
  • Bach, Richard: Illusions
  • Bacigalupi, Paolo: The Windup Girl
  • Baker Kline, Christina: Orphan Train
  • Baldwin, James: The Fire Next Time / If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Banks, Iain: Use of Weapons / Transition
  • Banks, Lynne Reid: The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Barbery, Muriel: Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Barker, Clive: Imajica / Mister B. Gone (+ALL)
  • Bartol, Vladimir: Alamut
  • Barzini, Luigi: The Italians
  • Beagle, Peter S.: A Fine and Private Place
  • Beckman, Thea: Children of Mother Earth
  • Beecher Stowe, Harriet: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Beston, Henry: The Outermost House 
  • Bibel, Debra Jan: Freeing the Goose in the Bottle
  • Bishop, Anne: The Black Jewels Trilogy / The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Trilogy) / The Landscapes of Ephemera Series
  • Block, Francesca Lia: Weetzie Bat
  • Blume, Judy: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Bolaño, Roberto: 2666
  • Boulle, Pierre: Planet Of The Apes
  • Bourdain, Anthony: Kitchen Confidential
  • Box, C. J.: Free Fire (and other Yellowstone region novels)
  • Bradbury, Ray: The Illustrated Man / Something Wicked This Way Comes / Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradley, Doug: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor
  • Brand, Paul and Phillip Yancey: The Gift of Pain
  • Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
  • Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  • Brunner, John: The Shockwave Rider
  • Bryce Echenique, Alfredo: The Exaggerated Life of Martin Romaña
  • Buck, Pearl S.: The Good Earth
  • Bujold, Lois McMaster: The Curse of Chalion / Paladin of Souls (+ ALL)
  • Bukowski, Charles: Pulp
  • Bulgakov, Mikhail: Master and Margarita
  • Burdett, John: The Bangkok series
  • Burke, James: Connections
  • Burke, James Lee: In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland #4)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  • Butler, Octavia E.: The Xenogenesis trilogy (aka Lilith’s Brood): Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago
  • Calvino, Italo: Cosmicomics / Invisible Cities
  • Campbell, Joseph: The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Camus, Albert: The Stranger / The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Canetti, Elias: The Blinding (Auto-da-Fe)
  • Canfield Fisher, Dorothy: Understood Betsy
  • Capra, Fritjof: The Tao of Physics
  • Card, Orson Scott: The Ender Quintet (Ender’s Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile)
  • Carey, Jacqueline: Phèdre Trilogy, Imriel Trilogy series, Moirin Trilogy series
  • Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
  • Carse, James P.: Finite and Infinite Games
  • Cash, Wiley: A Land More Kind Than Home
  • Chabon, Michael: Wonder Boys / The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  • Cherryh, C. J.: The Chronicles of Morgaine / The Chanur Saga
  • Chomsky, Noam: Deterring Democracy
  • Christopher, John (Samuel Youd): The White Mountains / The City of Gold and Lead / The Pool of Fire
  • Clare, Cassandra: The Mortal Instruments series
  • Clarke, Arthur C.: Rendezvous with Rama
  • Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Cohen, Albert: Belle du Seigneur
  • Colin, Beatrice: The Glimmer Palace
  • Collins, Wilkie: No Name
  • Collodi, Carlo: The Adventures of Pinocchio
  • Conan Doyle, Arthur: Sherlock Holmes books
  • Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
  • Conroy, Pat: The Lords of Discipline / The Prince of Tides
  • Couperus, Louis: (ALL)
  • Courtenay, Bryce: The Power of One
  • Crowley, John: Engine Summer
  • cummings, e. e.: ViVa
  • Dahl, Roald: (ALL)
  • Davidson, Andrew: The Gargoyle
  • Davidson, Avram: Peregrine: Primus / Peregrine: Secundus
  • de Beauvoir, Simone: The Prime of Life (autobiography)
  • de Lint, Charles: (ALL)
  • De Saint-Exupery, Antoine: The Little Prince / Night Flight
  • DeLillo, Don: Underworld / Libra
  • Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs, and Steel / Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • Dick, Phillip K.: The Man in the High Castle / Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
  • Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickey, Eric Jerome: Pleasure / Milk in My Coffee
  • Didion, Joan: The Year of Magical Thinking / Play It as It Lays (+ALL)
  • Dillard, Annie: An American Childhood
  • Doctorow, E. L.: Homer & Langley
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment / The Possessed (The Devils)
  • Dunn, Katherine: Geek Love
  • Durand, Angelique: Mandarin Orange Sunday
  • Dyson, Freeman: Disturbing the Universe
  • Eco, Umberto: The Prague Cemetery / The Name of the Rose
  • Eddings, David: The Belgariad series / The Malloreon series
  • Edgerton, Clyde: Walking Across Egypt (and ALL)
  • Eiseley, Loren: The Star Thrower
  • Eisler, Riane: Sacred Pleasure
  • Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  • Eliot, T. S.: (ALL)
  • Ellroy, James: American Tabloid
  • Ende, Michael: Momo / The Neverending Story
  • Enzensberger, Hans Magnus: The Number Devil
  • Epictetus et al: Stoicism and Epicureanism: Sources and Interpretation
  • Esquivel, Laura: Like Water for Chocolate
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex / The Virgin Suicides
  • Faber, Michel: The Crimson Petal and the White
  • Fabrio, Nedjeljko: The Practice of Life (Vježbanje života)
  • Falcones, Ildefonso: Cathedral of the Sea / The Hand of Fátima
  • Faulks, Sebastian: Birdsong
  • Flagg, Fannie: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Follett, Ken: The Pillars of the Earth
  • Forster, E. M.: A Passage to India
  • Frankl, Viktor E.: Man’s Search For Meaning 
  • Frater, Alexander: Chasing the Monsoon
  • French, Tana: (ALL)
  • Friedman, Celia S.: The Coldfire trilogy
  • Frost, Robert: (ALL)
  • Fulghum, Robert: (ALL)
  • Gabaldon, Diana: The Outlander series
  • Gaiman, Neil: American Gods (+ ALL)
  • Galloway, Janice: The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
  • García Márquez, Gabriel: One Hundred Years of Solitude / Love in the Time of Cholera / Chronicle of a Death Foretold (+ALL)
  • Garner, Alan: (ALL)
  • Gentle, Mary: Ash: A Secret History
  • George, Jean Craighead: My Side of the Mountain
  • Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm
  • Gibran, Kahlil: The Prophet
  • Gibson, William: Neuromancer
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Goldberg, Natalie: Long Quiet Highway
  • Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  • Goodkind, Terry: The Sword of Truth series
  • Greene, Graham: The Quiet American
  • Gregson, Jessica: The Angel Makers 
  • Grossman, Lev: The Magicians trilogy
  • Gruen, Sara: Water for Elephants
  • Gurganus, Allan: Plays Well With Others (+ALL)
  • Haasse, Hella S: (ALL)
  • Haddon, Mark: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Hamilton, Laurell K.: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series / The Merry Gentry series
  • Hardy, Thomas: The Return of the Native
  • Harrison, Kim: The Hollows series
  • Harrison, Tony: (ALL)
  • Heinlein, Robert A.: Stranger in a Strange Land / Starship Troopers / Have Space Suit – Will Travel / Time Enough For Love
  • Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  • Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises / The Old Man and the Sea / A Movable Feast / The Complete Short Stories
  • Herrigel, Eugen: Zen in the Art of Archery
  • Hesse, Hermann: Steppenwolf Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game) / Siddhartha
  • Heyer, Georgette: (ALL her historical romance novels)
  • Hill, Lawrence: The Book of Negros
  • Hodges, C. Walter: The Namesake
  • Homer: The Odyssey (Fagles/Knox translation/introduction) / The Iliad
  • Homes, A. M.: (ALL)
  • Høeg, Peter and Tiina Nunnally: Smilla’s Sense of Snow
  • Hooks, Bell: Wounds of Passion
  • Hosseini, Khaled: A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
  • Hulme, Keri: The Bone People
  • Irving, John: A Son of the Circus / Widow for One Year / A Sound like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound / The Fourth Hand / Until I Find You / The Water-Method Man / A Prayer for Owen Meany The Cider House Rules (+ALL)
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go
  • Jansson, Tove: Moomin books
  • Jerome, Jerome K: Diary of a Pilgrimage / Three Men in a Boat / Three Men on a Bummel
  • Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Johnson, Paul: The Birth of the Modern
  • Jordan, Hillary: Mudbound
  • Jordan, Robert: The Wheel of Time series
  • July, Miranda: No One Belongs Here More Than You
  • Jurić, Marija: The Witch of Grič
  • Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Kafka, Franz: The Metamorphosis
  • Kaléko, Mascha: Verse für Zeitgenossen
  • Kay, Guy Gavriel: (ALL)
  • Kaye, M. M.: The Far Pavilions
  • Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek
  • Kellogg, Robert et al: The Sagas of Icelanders
  • Kelman, Stephen: Pigeon English
  • Kesey, Ken: Sometimes a Great Notion
  • Kessler, Jackie Morse: Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse #2)
  • Kidd, Sue Monk: The Secret Life of Bees / The Invention of Wings
  • King, Florence: Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady
  • King, Stephen: The Dark Tower series / It / The Shining / Doctor Sleep / Lisey’s Story / Duma Key / Under the Dome
  • Kingsolver, Barbara: The Bean Trees / Prodigal Summer / The Poisonwood Bible (+ ALL)
  • Koontz, Dean: Whispers / Midnight
  • Korzybski, Alfred: Science and Sanity
  • Kosiński, Jerzy: The Painted Bird
  • Kosmač, Ciril: The Ballad of the Trumpet and the Cloud
  • Košiček, Marijan: Človek, imej se rad
  • Kramer, Jerry: Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary
  • Kundera, Milan: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Kureishi, Hanif: Intimacy
  • Kurtz, Ernest: The Spirituality of Imperfection
  • Kushner, Ellen: Swordspoint
  • Kushner, Harold: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
  • Lackey, Mercedes: By the Sword
  • Landvik, Lorna: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
  • Lawrence, D. H.: Sons and Lovers
  • Le Carré, John: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • LeGuin, Ursula K.: Always Coming Home
  • L’Engle, Madeleine: (ALL)
  • Levi, Primo: The Periodic Table
  • Levine, Sara: Treasure Island!!! 
  • Lewis, C. S.: The Chronicles of Narnia series / The Problem of Pain / The Space Trilogy series
  • Li, Yiyun: The Vagrants
  • Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking (+ALL)
  • Lowry, Lois: The Giver
  • Lumley, Brian: Necroscope books
  • Macfarlane, Robert: Landmarks
  • MacHale, D. J.: Pendragon series
  • MacLane, Mary: My Friend Annabel Lee
  • MacLean, Alistair: HMS Ulysses
  • Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It
  • Mahabharata
  • Mahfouz, Naguib: The Cairo Trilogy
  • Mantel, Hilary: Wolf Hall
  • Marent, Thomas: Butterfly
  • Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
  • Martin, George R. R.: A Song of Ice and Fire series
  • Martin, J. P.: Martin’s Uncle series
  • Marx, Karl: Das Kapital
  • Matthiessen, Peter: Far Tortuga
  • Maugham, W. Somerset: The Razor’s Edge 
  • May, Julian: The Saga of Pliocene Exile series
  • McCaffrey, Anne: Pern series / The Ship Who Sang
  • McCarthy, Cormac: (ALL)
  • McCourt, Frank: Angela’s Ashes
  • McCrumb, Sharyn: The Rosewood Casket (and others from Ballad series)
  • McCullers, Carson: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • McCullough, Colleen: The Thorn Birds
  • McEwan, Ian: On Chesil Beach
  • McKenna, Jed: The Enlightenment Trilogy
  • McMurtry, Larry: Lonesome Dove
  • Michener, James A.: Tales of the South Pacific (+ALL)
  • Milčinski, Fran: Butalci
  • Milford, Nancy: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Miller, Philip, and Molly Devon: Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism
  • Milne, A. A.: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas (+ALL)
  • Monsarrat, Nicholas: The Cruel Sea
  • Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anne of Green Gables
  • Moore, Christopher: Lamb
  • Morgan, Marlo: Mutant Message Down Under
  • Morgan, Richard K.: Altered Carbon / Broken Angels / Woken Furies
  • Mowat, Farley: The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float
  • Munthe, Axel: The Story of San Michele
  • Murakami, Haruki: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Murray, Paul: An Evening of Long Goodbyes
  • Musashi, Miyamoto: The Way of the Samurai (The Book of Five Rings)
  • Nabokov, Vladimir: Invitation to a Beheading / Lolita
  • Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Nin, Anaïs: The Diary of Anaïs Nin
  • Niven, Larry: Ringworld
  • Oklopdžić, Milan: Ca Blues
  • Olds, Sharon: (ALL)
  • Ondaatje, Michael: In the Skin of the Lion
  • O’Neill, Heather: Lullabies for Little Criminals
  • Orczy, Baroness Emma: The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Orwell, George: 1984 / Animal Farm
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses
  • Ozeki, Ruth: A Tale for the Time Being
  • Palahniuk, Chuck: Choke
  • Paterson, Katherine: Bridge to Terabithia
  • Patterson, Kerry & Joseph Grenny: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
  • Peat, F. David: Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm
  • Peniakoff, Vladimir: Popski’s Private Army
  • Penny, Louise: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series
  • Pessl, Marisha: Special Topics in Calamity Physics / Night Film
  • Pirsig, Robert M.: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance / Lila: An Inquiry into Morals
  • Poe, Edgar Allen: (ALL)
  • Portis, Charles: The Dog of the South / True Grit / Norwood
  • Potok, Chaim: The Chosen / My Name is Asher Lev
  • Powers, Richard: Galatea 2.2
  • Powys, John Cowper: A Glastonbury Romance 
  • Pratchett, Terry: The Wee Free men / A Hat Full of Sky / The Wintersmith / I Shall Wear Midnight (+ other Discworld Books)
  • Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
  • Prechtel, Martin: Long Life, Honey In The Heart
  • Proulx, E. Annie: The Shipping News  / Brokeback Mountain
  • Pullman, Philip: His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Puzo, Mario: The Godfather
  • Quick, Matthew: The Silver Linings Playbook
  • Radović, Duško: Beograde, dobro jutro (1, 2, 3) (Belgrade, Good Morning)
  • Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged / The Fountainhead
  • Rawls, Wilson: Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Réage, Pauline: Story of O
  • Reilly, Matthew: Contest
  • Reiss, Tom: The Orientalist
  • Reynolds, Sheri: A Gracious Plenty
  • Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Rice, Anne: Exit to Eden / Servant of the Bones
  • Robbins, Tom: Jitterbug Perfume (+ALL)
  • Roberts, Keith: Pavane
  • Robinson, Marilynne: Gilead
  • Roquelaure, A. N. (Anne Rice): The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, Beauty’s Release)
  • Rosten, Leo: The Joys of Yiddish
  • Roth, Philip: Zuckerman Bound series
  • Rothfuss, Patrick: The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind / The Wise Man’s Fear
  • Rowell, Rainbow: Eleanor & Park
  • Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter books
  • Roy, Arundhati: The God of Small Things
  • Ruiz Zafón, Carlos: The Shadow of the Wind
  • Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children
  • Rutherfurd, Edward: Sarum / Russka (+ALL)
  • Sagan, Carl: Contact
  • Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Saraf, Sujit: The Peacock Throne
  • Saramago, José: Blindness
  • SARK: Succulent Wild Woman
  • Scaer, Robert: The Body Bears the Burden
  • Scott Fitzgerald, Francis: The Great Gatsby
  • Scovel Shinn, Florence: The Game of Life and How to Play It
  • Shafak, Elif: The Forty Rules of Love
  • Shaffer, Mary Ann, and Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Shaffer, Peter: Equus
  • Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
  • Shaw, Irwin: Young Lions
  • Sheckley, Robert: Journey Beyond Tomorrow
  • Shute, Nevil: Trustee from the Toolroom / The Chequer Board / On the Beach / A Town Like Alice / The Far Country
  • Silverstein, Shel: Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Simmel, Johannes Mario: Der Stoff, aus dem die Träume sind
  • Simmons, Dan: Drood
  • Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice: Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
  • Sophocles: Oedipus the King
  • Stapledon, Olaf: Star Maker
  • Stedman, M. L.: The Light Between Oceans 
  • Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath / East of Eden / Of Mice and MenCannery Row
  • Stephenson, Neal: Anathem / Snow Crash
  • Stewart, Sean: Mockingbird
  • Stoppard, Tom: Arcadia
  • Straub, Peter: Koko
  • Strayed, Cheryl: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • Stross, Charles: Rule 34 / Laundry Files series
  • Strout, Elizabeth: Olive Kitteridge
  • Sturluson, Snorri (?): Egil’s Saga
  • Svěrák, Zdeněk: Mr. McWurst and Mr. Toothpickson
  • Svetina, Tone: Ukana
  • Šalamun, Tomaž: Poker / The Purpose of the Cloak
  • Tartt, Donna: (ALL)
  • Tepper, Sheri S.: The Gate to Women’s Country
  • Texier, Catherine: Breakup: The End of a Love Story
  • The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights
  • Themerson, Stefan: The Mystery of the Sardine
  • Theroux, Paul: The Great Railway Bazaar
  • Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
  • Thurber, James: The White Deer
  • Tiptree, James Jr: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
  • Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  • Toltz, Steve: A Fraction of the Whole
  • Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: Il Gattopardo
  • Tompkins, Peter: Secrets of the Soil
  • Toole, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces 
  • Trumbo, Dalton: Johnny Got His Gun
  • Trungpa, Chögyam: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
  • Tsvetaeva, Marina: (ALL)
  • Twain, Mark: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Tyler, Anne: Celestial Navigation
  • Tzu, Lao: Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power)
  • Vance, Jack: The Lyonesse Trilogy
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Time of the Hero / Conversation in The Cathedral
  • Varley, John: The Gaea trilogy: Titan / Wizard / Demon
  • Verghese, Abraham: Cutting for Stone
  • Vince, Nicholas: What Monsters Do / Other People’s Darkness
  • Vinge, Vernor: A Fire Upon the Deep
  • Virgil: The Aeneid
  • Voltaire: Candide
  • Vonnegut, Kurt: Galápagos / Cat’s Cradle / The Sirens of Titan
  • Vreeland, Susan: Girl in Hyacinth Blue / Clara and Mr. Tiffany
  • Wagamese, Richard: Indian Horse
  • Wallace, David Foster: Consider the Lobster (+ALL)
  • Waltari, Mika: The Egyptian
  • Ward, J. R.: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series
  • Washburn, Michael: The Ego and the Dynamic Ground
  • Waters, Sarah: Fingersmith / Tipping the Velvet
  • Watts, Alan: This Is It / The Way of Zen / The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (+ALL)
  • Weeks, Brent: The Night Angel trilogy
  • Wells, H. G.: The Shape of Things to Come / The War of the Worlds
  • Wheatley, Dennis: To the Devil a Daughter
  • White, E. B.: Charlotte’s Web
  • White, T. H.: The Once and Future King
  • Wiesel, Elie: Night
  • Wilde, Barbie: The Venus Complex
  • Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Williams, Roger: The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
  • Wilson, F. Paul: Repairman Jack series
  • Winston, Sheri: Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure
  • Winter, Kathleen: Annabel
  • Winterson, Jeanette: Lighthousekeeping/ Sexing the Cherry / PowerBook / Passion / Written on the Body
  • Wolfe, Tom: A Man in Full
  • Wolkers, Jan: (ALL)
  • Woolf, Virginia: The Waves
  • Wright, Richard: Native Son
  • Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn: Saint-Germain series
  • Young, William P.: The Shack
  • Zaslow, Jeffrey: The Girls From Ames
  • Zelazny, Roger: Nine Princes of Amber (and the rest of The Chronicles of Amber) / Lord of Light / Donnerjack (finished by Jane Lindskold)
  • Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief
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Not enough space for them all… had to go electronic 🙂 Photo: MM

We have books!

Tinkara Kovač reached the finals of the European Song Contest which will be held tomorrow.

In the semi-finals, there was a short video of a performer building the flag of their country from materials such as umbrellas, shells, glasses, food etc. before each song. And when it was Slovenia’s turn, Tinkara was seen playing with books.

A still from the presentation of Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

She ordered them by colour! Just like me!

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 Result of me playing with books. Photo: MM

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Not very often am I joyous to be Slovenian, but compared to what some of the competition came up with, especially the Polish all-Slav sex tourism, I felt really really lucky to be Slovenian instead. See, we have books and fairy-tales – Italian commentator was repeatedly saying “I don’t know, I don’t know whether she is a Snow White or a witch” – and if this is all that Slovenia promotes this year, I’ll be happy.