the_islander: (poet)
I've limited myself down to at least 50 since I didn't even get close to 100 in 2010 (I only finished 36).

And it's under a cut so as to not clogg up your friends lists: Have a peep )
I also updated my Mission 101 but won't post that here since it is only the list with no further comments; I'll post another (=real) update sometime later this month, I think. It is about time that I got back into this properly.

Reading

Jun. 20th, 2010 09:22 pm
the_islander: (poet)
Currently reading: The Oxford History of Britain, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Complete Sherlock Holmes


Even though I haven't been updating, I've been reading quite a lot recently. My progress looks like this as of today: 


23 / 100
(23%)
 

I haven't progessed as far as I wish I had, but compared with last year (I didn't make a list, but it certainly wasn't that much reading) it's still pretty good, what with uni and everything.

My updated list is here: 100 books )
the_islander: (ladies)
I'm not feeling very well just now (probably more to come) and so I decided I'd do something to cheer me up:

100 Books I want to read next year (in no particular order)     [14/100]

  1. Walter Scott - Waverley (Bonnie Prince Charlie, YAY ^^)
  2. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (already had a go at that one for my ZP, but never finished. Shame on me.)
  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter
  4. Charles Dickens - Nicholas Nickleby
  5. John Cleland - Fanny Hill
  6. Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
  7. JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings (reread, obviously)
  8. Rebecca Gablé - Das zweite Königreich
  9. Rosemary Sutcliff - whichever I can lay my hands on (preferably Warrior Scarlet or Bonnie Dundee ^^)
  10. Philipp Pullman - Northern Lights (want to reread all of them)
  11. Philipp Pullman - The Subtle Knife
  12. Philipp Pullman - The Amber Spyglass
  13. RL Stevenson - The Black Arrow (never knew that book even existed before I saw it in a shop...)
  14. Joseph Eichendorff - Leben eines Taugenichts (also reread)
  15. Novalis - Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  16. Heinrich Böll - Irisches Tagebuch
  17. Schiller - Der Geisterseher
  18. Kleist - Michel Kohlhaas
  19. Büchner - Leonce und Lena & Woyzeck (because the two together are only 70 pages) 
  20. ETA Hoffmann - Lebensansichten des Katers Murr
  21. Marc Aurel - Selbstbetrachtungen
  22. Jostein Gaarder - Sopies Welt (reread, hopefully I will understand it now that I'm older and know more about philosophy)
  23. Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose (finally finish....)
  24. CS Lewis he Magician's Nephew (and the other Narnia-Books)- T
  25. TA Barron - The Lost Years of Merlin (another reread)
  26. TA Barron - The Seven Songs of Merlin
  27. TA Barron - The Fires of Merlin
  28. TA Barron - The Mirror of Merlin
  29. TA Barron - The Wings of Merlin
  30. John Polidori - The Vampyre
  31. ETA Hoffmann - Die Elixire des Teufels
  32. Thomas Mann - Der Zauberberg
  33. Brian Jacques - Redwall (and its sequels ^^)
  34. Tad Williams - Otherland 1 - City of Golden Shadow (all reread, never finished the last one)
  35. Tad Williams - Otherland 2 - River of Blue Fire
  36. Tad Williams - Otherland 3 - Mountain of Black Glass
  37. Tad Williams - Otherland 4 - Sea of Silver Light
  38. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre (started but never finished...)
  39. Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
  40. John Bunyan - The Pilgrim's Progress (also never finished)
  41. Victor Hugo - Bug-Jargal
  42. Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
  43. Alexandre Dumas - Les Trois Musquetaires (probably won't try the French one, though...)
  44. Alexandre Dumas - Le Comte de Monte-Cristo
  45. something by George Eliott (to be decided)
  46. another Dickens (yet to be decided)
  47. Kate Fox - Watching the English
  48. Arthur Conan Doyle - The Complete Sherlock Holmes (exept Hound of the Baskervilles, reread that recently)
  49. John Toohey - Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare
  50. Harald Haarmann - Weltgeschichte der Sprachen
  51. WM Thackeray - Vanity Fair
  52. Thomas Mann - Buddenbrooks
  53. Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
  54. Heinrich Mann - Der Untertan
  55. Seth Grahame-Smith - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  56. Monica Ali - Brick Lane
  57. something by EM Forster (yet to be decided...)
  58. JJ Rousseau - Emile (Yes, you can call me crazy...)
  59. Michael Ende - Die unendliche Geschichte
  60. Rosemary Sutcliff - The Eagle of the Ninth (once again ^^)
  61. Michael Ende - Momo
  62. Astrid Lindgren - Mio mein Mio (once again)
  63. Astrid Lindgren - Ronja Räubertochter (also again)
  64. Henry Fielding - Tom Jones
  65. Patrick O'Brian - Mauritius Command (I'm already 60 pages in, but but seeing that the book has like 400 pages in total, I'll count it)
  66. Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark - How not to write a novel (only counts as half because I'm already 160 pages in)
  67. Reif Larsson - The selected works of TS Spivett
  68. unknown author - Beowulf (for my exam, but nevermind)
  69. Dan Price - How to make a journal of your life
  70. Daniel Kehlmann - Die Vermessung der Welt
  71.  


As you can see, I am nowhere near 100, so suggestions are welcome!

Ha-hmm.

Feb. 6th, 2009 05:31 pm
the_islander: (poet)
Yes, the Hornblower-sound.
Does it whenever he's embarrassed or otherwise doesn't want to talk (though not in the movies, I'm afraid ^^).
Should start doing it myself.

Truth is, I found my sock. It was rolled up in my bedsheet. Hm. That's what I thought of first yesterday as well, and - I'm quite sure I searched it thoroughly at least twice.
Well. At least I got it back.

Oh, and by the by, I finished reading my crime novel, the reason I stayed up late the last couple of days (ah, and 'cause of Facebook, LJ, ...)^^

Snow

Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:18 pm
the_islander: (Default)
No, not much. 

In Leicester we got about 5 to 10 cm. Almost nothing compared to Germany where up to 1m is possible and, actually, happens quite regularly (at least once a year, that is). But still - it's snowIn Britain. In February. And it apparently causes complete chaos.

If you want to read up on "the coldest winter for about 15 years" (!!): try this.

Thinking that I walked about one hour in what  - here - must have looked like a blizzard (which it definitely wasn't) to go fencing yesterday ....
So much fun. ;-)

Fencing actually was fun too, though I might need some time till I get both feet and hands right. Short summary: Nice sport, nice people, nice time. And I finally found out where all the - reputedly - good-looking British boys went to ^^ For I couldn't find any of them in my seminars so far... (English seems to be as much a girls' subject as at home) ;-)

I'm still not finished with my reading for History of English, but had both seminar and lecture today. I got up at 6.30 to take a shower and finish my homework, and it was worth it. I needed to get some sleep this afternoon, but the seminar went quite well. When you're used to having three articles that each change with Number and Case respectively (the same holds true for nouns and adjectives), it's not exactly a shock if Old English does the same... not to speak about sentence structure and spelling which - ignoring "th" - sometimes more resemble German conventions than English ones. This is the first time at uni here that I think it might actually be an advantage not to be a native speaker of English. And I'm definitely going to do my passage analysis on Old English, even though I might be interested in the later stages of development as well (we'll be covering the evolvement of E. up to about the 18th century). It's soooo much easier ;-)
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