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2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Anouk has read 4 books toward her goal of 15 books.
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[“There was no 3G or anything there, so I thought: kill me now.”]

'My Home Library' meme

20. The funniest book you own.

Cheating again here, because technically two books. But these have been published as a single volume, so.. :P

These are books that you’ll only be able to appreciate if you are not only fluent in Dutch, but have lived in the Netherlands long enough to know the way the language is used socially.

The titles translate, roughly, to ‘Language is kind of really my thing,’ and ‘And another thing.’
Any attempt at a full translation would be doomed to fail, because what these books essentially are is a collection of mocking columns about the quirks of day-to-day use of the Dutch language.
All the silly, horrible, and highly irritating trends and oddities that have developed in recent years get examined here.
And then promptly given the two-fingered salute (well, one-fingered, since we’re talking about the Netherlands.)

It’s hilarious, witty, and very recognizable, and I laughed out loud multiple times.

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cellycyanide:

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iapollogise:

I love pirates because they have no concept on ableism. oh you have no leg? here have a peg leg. no hand?? well guess we gotta put a hook on that, give those sons of bitches a surprise. Blind in one eye, put an eyepatch on no one fucking cares, youre deaf??? go man the canons you glorious bastard.They dont care if youre disabled bcus as long as you can fuck shit up they literally dont fucking care.

I never thought about it this way. This is beautiful.

Pirates💚

Tiny history lesson: the eyepatch wasn’t put over an injured eye, but over a healthy one. If they were up on the deck in the bright sun, the eye with a patch on it stayed adjusted to the dark, so when they went below deck they could take the patch off and immediately see well.

'My Home Library' meme

19. Multiple copies of the same work.

These aren’t true multiple copies, since they’re in another language, but I think it counts.

…As for these being the only Harry Potter books I have in two languages: as a kid I never could afford all the Dutch ones, so my stepmother lend me hers and that’s how I read them over and over again.

Picked up my old recorder again (for some reason I have three of them) and teaching myself how to play with some basic instructions and a leaflet showing the grips for all the notes.

Why? Not because I’ve always wanted to play the recorder (stringed instruments are my thing. I considered picking up the violin, but my interest in self-flaggelation doesn’t run that deep).

…But I’m planning a fairly extensive deer-faun costume (half a meter of antlers, custom corset, shitton of embroidery, possibly stilt digitigrade legs if I can take the welding course at my school in time. Hey, I said extensive and I meant it).
And myth often has fauns and satyrs playing some kind of flute.

It is quite possible I am taking this entire thing too far, but THINK OF THE AWESOMENESS of hopping around a ren fair as a faun while whistling happy folk songs.

If there weren’t so many interesting things posted on Tumblr that I’m sure would completely pass be by otherwise, I’d take a break of a couple of months from this goddamn website.

I’m getting a bit sick of how out of hand some things are getting, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to keep my dash free of things that’ll put me off for the rest of the day.

'My Home Library' meme

3. Favourite male writer.

I’m going to cheat a little bit here: I’m including Jamie O’Neill as an honourable mention. Despite having read only one book of his hand, I was very impressed with it, flaws and all, and I would like to read his other two books to see if I like those two.

However, my actual favourite male writer will probably always be J.R.R. Tolkien.
It’s got nothing to do with writing style, because I can probably name ten authors who do that better off the top of my head.
It’s just that I picked up The Hobbit when I was 9, and I finished Lord of the Rings by the time I turned 11, and those characters and stories have become almost as much a part of me as the Harry Potter ‘verse.
(Incidentally, they also taught me a great deal about how to read difficult-ish texts and really long books.)
Obviously, the sheer expanse of the world Tolkien created demands admiration, but the man has done another admirable thing: he wrote one of the few fantasy books I do not absolutely despise.

Damn, I’m starting to feel sentimental.