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{Summary} Cultural Buffet Challenge – Week One

First of all, I’d like to say thanks to Synthesist Chronicles and The Lupine Librarian for their recommendations. 🙂

This week has been quite exciting: after months of studying and revising, I can sit in the shade with a big bottle of water and a croissant and read for as long as I want. I can take as much time as I like to read the same paragraph or poem several times and I can get as carried away with making notes as I like without being crippled by guilt for not sticking to my daily schedule.

The only downside is that my mind’s whirling with so many concepts and ideas that every time I sit down to write a review, I only manage up to type a hundred words or so before my eyes stray back to a book or a film or my Polish vocabulary book.

So, I’ll start putting reviews up for the asterisked books in the next few days.

If you’d like me to review a particular book or film on the list, just ask. 🙂

Books Read This Week
1) The Prince – Machiavelli *
2) The Age of Innocence – Wharton *
3) The Spectacular Group Suicide – Paasilinna *
4) Sonietchka – Ulitskaya
5) Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum – Stevens
6) The Character of Rain – Nothomb *
7) The Gourmand – Barbery *
8) Travels Around Kazakhstan: After the fall of the Soviet Union – Deonna *
9) The Spellman Files – Lutz
10) Water for Elephants – Gruen
11) Italian Shoes – Mankell (re-read)

Films/ Series Seen
1) Dark Shadows
2) Things to Do Before You’re 30
3) The Bridge (series)
4) Medieval Lives (series) *

And I’ve completed the first CD of the Michel Thomas Polish course, so all in all, it’s been a rather good week. 🙂


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Introducing: Cultural Buffet ‘Challenge’

Yes! It started yesterday and today I named it. That is logic and planning at their finest. I’m starting a new page in the drop-down 2012 challenges section so as to keep track of what I’ve watched, read and (hopefully) learnt.

It’s called the Cultural Buffet Challenge because I’m hoping to read books from at least 20 countries, of which at least 3 are in Spanish and 17 are in French.
Finally, I’ll try to review 10 of the books…. Or maybe 15. We’ll see!

The films have to include 4 re-watches and 10 in French or Spanish.

So far, so good!

I’ve read:

1) The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz
2) Kazakhstan: a journey across post-Soviet Central Asia – Laurence Deonna
3) The Gourmand – Muriel Barbery
4) The Character of Rain – Amélie Nothomb
5) Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum – Mark Stevens

And I’ve seen:
1) The Full Monty (U.K.) – re-watch
2) How to Train your Dragon (U.S.)


Posted by on May 24, 2012 in 2012 Book Challenges


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