Winter & Birthday Book Haul

Hey there! Remember me? No? Well, that’s okay…

Hey there guys and girls! I am finally back. My exams are over and I am ready to get back to blogging. I’ve missed being able to write my posts so much, but I am finally back with a book haul and some very special news.

Yesterday was my birthday! I am now officially 23 years old! Even today at the age of 23 I still get excited about my birthday to a point that no adult should get excited about. We’re talking about counting down the days to my next birthday starting from the number 364.

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haulAnyway, I will be talking a bit more about my news in my Sunday Post so stay tuned for that. Now, on to the book haul.

dokimia1. Δοκίμια για τα Θέματα της Έκθεσης στη Β’ Λυκείου by A. Kolokotsas & M. Dimopoulos.

 Sometime around Christmas I found out that my local library was having a book bazaar where every book cost only 1€. O course most of the books were in a pretty bad shape, but still they only cost 1€ each, so I didn’t really care. In fact, most of the books in this haul are former library books.

This was one of those books. What is it about? Well, it is a collection of short essays on subjects that are being discussed during high school. I honestly love reading stuff like that.

16447682. Spiderweb by Penelope Lively.

I got this one in the book bazaar as well, when I got frustrated with the lack of fiction in the book bazaar shelves. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to read it, but I won’t say that I didn’t think that I would buy it so that everyone else after me would only have non-fiction books to choose from. (evil laugh)

At age sixty-five, retired anthropologist Stella Brentwood buys a cottage in Somerset, England, and slowly acquires neighbors, a dog, and a professional curiosity about the country village where she intends to settle and put down roots for the first time. She has spent her life studying communities of people–their families, social structures, how they welcome outsiders into their midst-remaining an observer, privileged to share in their intimate life but not obliged, and finally unwilling to tie herself closely to any lover, friend, or social group. In Somerset, Stella once again finds an opportunity to become part of the web of relationships that make for human society, as well as a chance at true friendship and love. How will independent-minded Stella, Lays reluctant to make an emotional commitment, respond? Written in exquisitely nuanced prose, Spiderweb is a captivating and deeply moving novel, a brilliant vision of our modern experience.

166457313. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward

I got this one for myself for my birthday. It’s one of my favorite books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I already have the entire series in e-books, but I’ve wanted to buy printed copies of the books for so long. So when I found this one in the bookstore, I decided that it was time for me to buy it.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?

under gemini4. Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

I got the Geek edition of this book from the library. It’s a very old edition that is literally falling apart. But I really don’t care. I feel that books like that are like holding history in your hands-if that makes any sense to anyone but me. Also, Rosamunde Pilcher is an author that I have always seen in my parents bookshelves-one of my mother’s favorite authors-and I really wanted to read one of her books.

Every family hides something, but Flora Waring discovered a devastating deception in hers. At twenty-two she learned she had an identical twin, Rose, who lived with the mother Flora didn’t remember at all. And when Flora ended up impersonating the high-spirited, spoiled Rose, she would have to face how cruel lies can be. When she agreed to accompany Rose’s fiance to meet his grandmother in a picturesque town on the Scottish coast, she would quickly fall in love with the lush green countryside, the Armstrong family, and a rare, wonderful man. But she would also confront Rose’s shocking secrets and a betrayal that could break her heart.Every family hides something, but Flora Waring discovered a devastating deception in hers. At twenty-two she learned she had an identical twin, Rose, who lived with the mother Flora didn’t remember at all. And when Flora ended up impersonating the high-spirited, spoiled Rose, she would have to face how cruel lies can be. When she agreed to accompany Rose’s fiance to meet his grandmother in a picturesque town on the Scottish coast, she would quickly fall in love with the lush green countryside, the Armstrong family, and a rare, wonderful man. But she would also confront Rose’s shocking secrets and a betrayal that could break her heart.

9786180113662-200-11415405. Βαθύ Γαλάζιο by Rena Rossi-Zairi

This was a pre-order I had made just a few days before my exams started. The author is Greek and I first read her books 5 years ago, when I was on vacation in Samos. I have only read one other book by her, but it was amazing. So, I really have very high hopes for this one.

«Είσαι η μικρή Πορτοκαλένια μου!» της ψιθύρισε. Μέθυσε εκείνη από τον χυμό του ήλιου και έγειρε το κεφάλι της και δέχτηκε να γίνει σιγά σιγά η μικρή Πορτοκαλένια του. Η φωνή του την έστελνε ψηλά, πιο ψηλά κι από τους εφτά ουρανούς του ποιητή του, το πάθος του την παράσερνε. Κι όλα μαζί έγιναν ένα: ο έρωτας…

Η Αλίκη προδίδει τον άντρα που αγαπάει, χαϊδεύει τις πληγές της στην αγκαλιά ενός παιδιού.
Ο Γιάννης απογοητεύεται από την απόρριψη, μετατρέπει το μίσος του σε εκδίκηση.
Η Χριστίνα νιώθει ευάλωτη μπροστά στον έρωτα, πληρώνει ακριβά το τίμημά του.
Ο Αλέξανδρος ταξιδεύει τα όνειρά του στα σκληρά μονοπάτια της αλήθειας.
Τέσσερις ήρωες που παλεύουν με τους ανέμους της ζωής τους, με τα παιχνίδια της ψυχής τους και οδηγούνται στην κάθαρση μέσα από αλλεπάλληλες ανατροπές. Και ανάμεσά τους η αγάπη. Που υπομένει και συμπάσχει, χορεύει και τραγουδάει.
Που είναι ουρανός και θάλασσα μαζί. Και γίνεται ένα.

Ένα μαγευτικό βαθύ γαλάζιο.

Oh, and something else… It is signed! It is signed to me by the author!


birds6. Οι Όρνιθες του Αριστοφάνη by Paraskevi Roulia

Okay, so backstory. Here in Greece we have several Literature classes at high school. There is the common class where we study different works of Literature, of course, but there are others as well. These other classes are separated into two categories:

  1. Ancient Greek Language (where we learn the Ancient Greek Language and study the works of Ancient Greek writers/philosophers/etc written in their original form that we translate into Modern Greek in the classroom) and
  2. Translated Ancient Greek Literature (where we study one to two works of Ancient Greek Literature for the entire school year. This involves Homer’s epics, plays by some of the most important Ancient Greek playwrights, etc.)

This book is an analysis of the Ancient Greek play Birds by Aristophanes. It has been written for students and it is meant to help them get a better understanding of the play. It is a companion, if you’d like, to the book students use at school that parents may buy to help their children do better at that particular class.

Since I am obviously not in school right now and I obviously don’t have children of my own (and definitely not old enough for them to be in high school), I just got it so that I could have a very thorough analysis of the play.

odyssey7. Η Οδύσσεια του Ομήρου by Panagiotis Emmanoyilidis & Elli Petridou-Emmanouilidou

This one, just like the previous one I got from the library. It is an analysis of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. To anyone who has never read the Odyssey, I would highly recommend that you do. It is one of my favorite books of all time ever since I was a child.

9786188154384-200-11325088. The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs by Austin Kleon

I don’t know why but I found this journal really interesting. A lot like the Wreck this Journal books, but more about creativity and less about destruction. I’ve always thought that Wreck this Journal was a very creative idea, but I didn’t like the promotion of the concept of destroying books. Maybe that’s why I have never actually bought one.

The Steal Like an Artist Journal is the next step in your artistic journey. It combines Austin Kleon’s unique and compelling ideas with the physical quality that makes journals like Moleskines so enormously popular. Page after page of ideas, prompts, quotes, and exercises are like a daily course in creativity. There are lists to fill in—Ten Things I Want to Learn, Ten Things I Probably Think About More Than the Average Person. Challenges to take. Illustrated creative exercises—Make a Mixtape (for someone who doesn’t know you) and Fill in the Speech Balloons. Pro and con charts—What Excites You?/What Drains You?

The journal has an elastic band for place-marking and a special pocket in the back—a “swipe file” to store bits and pieces of inspiration. Because if you want to steal like an artist, you need a place to keep your loot.

182492339. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Another book that I bought from the library. I’ve wanted to read some Paulo Coelho for a long time now. I will probably wait to read this book for my Read the Globe Challenge.

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness — sexual pleasure for its own sake — or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

1317126610. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I don’t know why, but I have always thought that if I read this book I wouldn’t like it. Even so, for a while now I’ve wanted to read it so that I could have a real opinion on the book. However, I didn’t want to pay a lot of money for a book that I didn’t think I would enjoy. So, this deal was perfect for me. Not only did I get to add to my shelves a book that I’ve wanted to read but I also got to pay almost nothing for it.

First published in French as a serial in 1909, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster. Leroux’s work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik’s past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.

1641489611. The Last Juror by John Grisham

Another book that I got from the book bazaar in the library. I haven’t heard anything about this book, but the summary was really interesting and so I bought it.

In 1970, one of Mississippi s more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, life didn’t necessarily mean life, and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

9789604362219-1000-038176712. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

This is a book that my father had bought many years ago and he used to read small quotes from it to me. So, when I found it in the bookshop for less than 4€, I bought it. I need to read this one as soon as possible.

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

9786180113396-1000-111079913. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

There is so much hype about these coloring books. I wanted to buy one of them for a few months now, but thankfully my friend got me this one for birthday. I have already started coloring the pictures. I could show you some of the finished pages, if you want to see them.

These are all the books I got in the last 3 months. I am planning to buy one more book in a signing that I will be attending on Saturday. Would you like to see some photos or a video from the signing? I don’t know if it will be allowed, but I don’t see why not. Anyway, tell me in the comments below and, if you’re interested in it, I will write a post about it.

Now, tell me…

Do you own any of the books I just hauled? Have you read them? Which ones do you think I should read first? Are there any books that you’re interested in reading?

And also…

What else would you like to see in this blog? Is there any review that you want me to write? Do you have any ideas and suggestions?

Tell me all about it in the comments below.

Note: i will add any of the missing photos as soon as I get home tomorrow. I’m not at home today, but I really wanted to publish this post.

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