My Collection

Time for something different. I don’t feel like elaborating on any specific piece of writing today, so I’ll just “show off” a little bit and put my collection of books. It’s not very impressive when it comes to the number of books on my shelves, but the vast majority of them are very close to my heart and I’d definitely call them my favourites. The rest… well… the rest turned out to be a bad choice and I shouldn’t have bought them. But I could never throw out any book, so I keep them. There are still a lot of books I’d love to have, so hopefully the list that you can see below will be getting longer and longer.

The list will be divided into countries. I’ll try to provide an English title for every book which is not British or American. If there isn’t any official translation of the title, I will provide my own one, just to make it easier for you to follow.

 THE UNITED KINGDOM 

1. J.R.R. Tolkien – ‘The Silmarillion’ (1977)

2. J.R.R. Tolkien – ‘The Hobbit’ (1937)

     J.R.R. Tolkien – ‘The Lord Of The Rings’:

3. ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’ (1954)

4. ‘The Two Towers’ (1954)

5. ‘The Return Of the King’ (1955)

6. Emily Brontë – ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1847)

7. Charlotte Brontë – ‘Jane Eyre’ (1947)

8. Joseph Conrad – ‘Heart Of Darkness’ (1899)

9. Joseph Conrad – ‘Lord Jim’ (1900)

10. Bram Stoker – ‘Dracula’ (1897)

11. Mary Shelley – ‘Frankenstein’ (1818)

12. Virginia Woolf – ‘Mrs Dalloway’ (1925)

13. Tony Parsons – ‘Stories We Could Tell’ (2006)

14. Lewis Carroll – ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ (1865)

15. George Orwell – ‘Animal Farm’ (1945)

16. William Shakespeare – ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ (1606 – written)

17. William Shakespeare – ‘The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark’ (1598-1601 – written; 1604 – published)

18. Daniel Defoe – ‘Robinson Crusoe’ (1719)

THE UNITED STATES

19. Diana Gabaldon – ‘Outlander’ (1991)

20. Elizabeth Kostova – ‘The Historian’ (2005)

21. Matthew Pearl – ‘The Dante Club’ (2003)

22. Matthew Pearl – ‘The Last Dickens’ (2009)

23. Stephen King – ‘Everything Is Eventual’ (2002)

24. Stephen King – ‘Salem’s Lot’ (1975)

25. Stephen King – ‘The Shining’ (1977)

26. Stephen King – ‘Duma Key’ (2008)

       Anne Rice – ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ :

27. ‘Interview With The Vampire’ (1976)

28. ‘The Vampire Lestat’ (1985)

29. ‘The Queen Of The Damned’ (1988)

30. ‘Memnoch The Devil’ (1995)

31. ‘The Vampire Armand’ (1998)

32. ‘Merrick’ (2000)

33. ‘Blood And Gold’ (2001)

34. ‘Blackwood Farm’ (2002)

35. ‘Blood Canticle’ (2003)

      Anne Rice – ‘New Tales Of The Vampires’:

36. ‘Pandora’ (1998)

37. ‘Vittorio The Vampire’ (1999)

      Anne Rice – ‘Lives Of The Mayfair Witches’:

38. ‘The Witching Hour’ (1990)

39. Dan Brown – ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (2003)

40. Ira Levin – ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1967)

41. E. A. Poe – ‘Tales’ (1845)

42. H.P. Lovecraft – ‘The Dunwich Horror And Others’ (1963)

43. Tosca Lee – ‘Demon: A Memoir’ (2007)

     Stephenie Meyer – ‘Twilight Series’

44. ‘Twilight’ (2005)

45. ‘New Moon’ (2006)

46. ‘Eclipse’ (2007)

47. ‘Breaking Dawn’ (2008)

POLAND

48. Jan Parandowski – ‘Mitologia’ (1924; tr: Mythology)

49. Andrzej Sapkowski – ‘Narrenturm’ (2002)

50. Andrzej Pilipiuk – ‘Wampir z M-3’ (2011; tr: The Vampire From M-3)

51. M.L. Kossakowska – ‘Siewca Wiatru’ (2004; tr: The Sower Of The Wind)

52. M.L. Kossakowska – ‘Zbieracz Burz’ (2010; tr: The Storm Collector)

53. Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz – ‘Sława I Chwała’ (vol.1- 1956, vol.2 – 1958, vol.3 -1962; tr: Fame And Glory)

54. Adam Mickiewicz – ‘Pan Tadeusz, Czyli Ostatni Zajazd Na Litwie. Historia Szlachecka Z Roku 1811 I 1812 We Dwunastu  Księgach Wierszem’ (1934; tr: Sir Thaddeus, Or The Last Lithuanian Foray. A Nobleman’s Tale From The Years 1811 And   1812 In Twelve Books Of Verse)

55. Adam Mickiewicz – ‘Wiersze…’ (1998; tr: Poems…)

56. Henryk Sienkiewicz – ‘Krzyżacy’ (1900; tr: The Knights Of The Cross / The Teutonic Knights)

        Henryk Sienkiewicz – ‘Trylogia’ (tr: The Trilogy)

57. ‘Ogniem I Mieczem’ (1884; tr: With Fire And Sword)

58. Henryk Siekiewicz – ‘Quo Vadis: Powieść Z Czasow Nerona (1895; tr: Quo Vadis: A narrative Of The Time Of Nero)

59. ‘Potop’ (1886; tr: The Deluge)

60. ‘Pan Wołodyjowski’ (1888; tr: Fire In The Steppe / Sir Michael /Colonel Wolodyjowski)

61. Władysław Reymont – ‘Chłopi’ (vol.1,2 – 1904, vol.3 – 1906, vol.4 -1909; tr: The Peasants)

62. Eliza Orzeszkowa – ‘Nad Niemnem’ (1888; tr: By The Neman River)

63. Bolesław Prus – ‘Lalka’ (1890; tr: The Doll)

IRELAND

64. James Joyce – ‘Ulysses’ (1922)

GERMANY

65. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – ‘Die Leiden Des Jungen Werthers’ (1774; tr: The Sorrows Of Young Werther)

FRANCE

66. Albert Camus – ‘La Peste’ (1947; tr: The Plague)

67. Gaston Leroux – ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ (1911; tr: The Phantom Of The Opera)

BRAZIL

68. Paulo Coelho – ‘Onze Minutos’ (2003; tr: Eleven Minutes)

SPAIN

69. Arturo Pérez-Reverte – ‘El Club Dumas’ (1993; tr: The Club Dumas)

70. Arturo Pérez-Reverte – ‘La Tabla De Flandes’ (1990; tr: The Flanders Panel)

71. Arturo Pérez-Reverte – ‘El Pintor De Batallas’ (2006; tr: The Painter Of Battles)

ITALY

72. Umberto Eco – ‘Il Nome Della Rosa’ (1980; tr: The Name Of The Rose)

BELARUS

73. Olga Gromyko – ‘Profession: Witch’ (2007)

74. Olga Gromyko – ‘Witch The Caretaker’  (2010)

75. Olga Gromyko – ‘The Supreme Witch’ (2011)

Comeback

I’ve just finished my “writing holidays” which were caused by… well, I’m not really sure by what. Lack of time? Lack of ideas? Laziness? Too many things on my mind? Probably all of them somewhat.  Anyway, I’ve created this blog to drop a line from time to time, so here I am. Alive and kicking. I’ll do my best to devote more time to writing and maybe to reading as well, cause the more, the better, right?

Prologue

To begin with, my name is Kasia and I admit, I am a bookworm… I have always been.

Before I start sharing my views on diverse books that I have had pleasure to read,  I would like to write some introductory words in order to familiarise potential viewers of this blog with my general attitude towards reading.

Unfortunately, modern times are not very welcoming when it comes to reading books. I do not intend to generalise or follow any stereotypes, but from what I have observed in my surrounding, reading is not the predominant form of spending one’s spare time.  Several reasons for such a situation may be enumerated, however, I do not think it should be the issue I will try to focus on right now. What I want to fix my glance on, are the reasons for which I get lost in pages very often.

Reading is not only the way of filling your time with something. It is a wonderful chance to close yourself in a warm shell, get separated from the world around you and be moved to a different reality for a few moments. It is a perfect way to make your imagination work or your emotions set free. Reading may make a person richer, not only in terms of language skills, but also when it comes to feelings. And I am pretty sure that it can be the cure for some “diseases” that we are prone to suffer from sometimes… boredom, stress, tiredness… just take a “miraculous pill” in the form of a good book and you will see.

Coming to an end, I would like to present the list of my favourite books, with which I have fallen in love at the first reading. Different authors, different genres, but one thing in common. All of them are simply masterpieces for me.

  1. Mikhail Bulgakov – ‘The Master And Margarita’ (1967)
  2. Diana Gabaldon – ‘Outlander’ (1991)
  3. Henryk Sienkiewicz – ‘The Deluge’ (1886)
  4. Ira Levin – ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1967)
  5. Arturo Pérez-Reverte – ‘The Club Dumas’ (1993)
  6. Arturo Pérez-Reverte – ‘The Flanders Panel’ (1990)
  7. Elizabeth Kostova – ‘The Historian’ (2005)
  8. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ (1880)
  9. Anne Rice – ‘The Queen Of The Damned’ (1988)
  10. Alexander Dumas – ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo’ (1844-1845)