Books with Jewish Protagonists that are NOT set in WW2 [Literary Lists]

Laugh silently to keep from yelling and kicking down a shelf in the library/bookstore‘..

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Shanah Tovah Dudes!! 🍎🍯🍏 [Literary Lists]

That means ‘Happy New Year’ in Hebrew…. BECAUSE IT’S THE JEWISH NEW YEAR!!! Also known as Rosh Hashanah.

I’m in the midst of my intensive second week of my Publishing MA here at UCL in London, but I thought I’d compile a ‘listicle’ of some Jewish themed or centric books in honour of the new year.

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Top 10 Translated Books [Literary Lists]

In honour of Han Kang, and translator Deborah Smith, winning the International Man Booker prize for the novel The Vegetarian, I decided to compile a list of my top 10 translated works.

Translators of books don’t often get the credit they deserve, which is really sad because it is almost on the same level as writing the book in the first place!! Correctly translating all sorts of hidden motives in the original language and all sorts of subtle nuances and even jokes can be a difficult task, even for a native speaker, let alone someone who is fluent from learning. LOVE ALL TRANSLATORS EQUALLY!!!!

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So now I present to you, in no particular order, my favourite translated books!!!

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Top 5 Fictional Londons [Literary Lists]

Currently I’m living at home again in Singapore. And I really really REALLY miss London.

I spent about 5 years doing a foundation degree and then completing my undergraduate degree there, up until last year when I moved back home. I made a lot of close friends and had a lot of fun adventures, and now I am half a world away and Sad.

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SO to make me feel better I decided to compile into a list, in no particular order, my top 5 fictional novels that are set in London!!


[ 1 ] NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman

I used to live near to Angel station at the same time that I read this for the first time and it gave me a new way of looking at London, albiet a fictional one! I still think about this London every once in a while when I’m walking around the ‘real’ London.

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[ 2 ] THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY by Oscar Wilde

While this London isn’t as fictional as the Neverwhere London, it still is one where Dorian Grey threw the best parties of Victorian England. The London Wilde writes about is very typically Victorian, but also it feels a bit unhinged in an exciting way. Pls invite me to your parties Dorian. I promise I’ll bring wine!!!

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[ 3 ] THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud

This London has magic!! AND DJINN!!! And it’s a slightly more grim and dark magical London as compared to the one in Harry Potter for example. Which is exciting because when I first read this as a kid that was basically the main type of wizarding world you could find in books.

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[ 4 ] MAURICE by E.M. Forster

Oh Maurice. Sweet sweet Maurice. This is the London I’d visit if I wanted some sad queer drama in my life, like the kind of drama you reach for when you’re in Shark Week and the like. So you sit there and eat everything that is bad for you watching other peoples drama and maybe getting involved and then feeling sorry for yourself when everyone gets a nice ending BUT YOU.

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[ 5 ] THE BFG by Roald Dahl

There are just some books that stay with you for your entire life and quite a number of those books for me, have been by Roald Dahl. Including this one about the big friendly giant. I wanted to live in a world where I, a small pale girl who was very weird and not cool, could make friends with a super tall and kind and incredible being like the BFG. I’m still waiting to stumble upon a BFG in London. It’s been like 5 years, it’ll happen eventually… Right?????

New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, but 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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Favourite Books Read In 2015 [Literary Lists]

I’ve managed to read quite a lot of books this year! Well at least it’s a lot for me. I’M NOT A FAST READER OK CUT ME SOME SLACK.

ANYWAY take a look at some of my favourite books that I read this year!

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Books read in 2015: 74 out of 55!!!
[full list here]

Some of the books have reviews that I’ve written on my GoodReads account. Click the images if you’d like to read them!!

   

    

   

      

 

 

Hayao Miyazaki’s 50 Favourite Books [Literary Lists]

I found this list a while ago from Le Petit Prince‘s official website, which is quite coincidental as at the moment there are themed decorations for Christmas in Singapore from the book!

The prettiest seasonal decorations in SG this year are #LePetitPrince themed and hiding inside Wheelock. 👑🚀✨

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Hayao Miyazaki’s affection for the author of The Little Prince, pilot and writer, is at the heart of his movies. Many aerial scenes and flying machines that came out of his imagination are inspired by the life and work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Porco Rosso, Castle in the Sky, From Up on Poppy Hill). The director, a recognized specialist of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has also prefaced and illustrated the Japanese edition of Night Flight.

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This list of his resulted in an exhibition in 2011 which also included handwritten notes where he wrote about his feelings in relation to each book he chose.

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#DiverseDecember: In Which Diversity Is Not A Myth [Literary Lists]

Recently I noticed a hashtag going around twitter, #DiverseDecember. Turns out it’s a celebration of books by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers (aka BAME), for this month!

It even has it’s own twitter account, which you can find @DiverseDecember!!! The account mainly retweets posts with the hashtag, so it’s worth having a look through if you want some diverse books to add to your to-read list, or if you still haven’t bought a Christmas or Hanukkah gift.

The original poster of this post has now deactivated their account, so I can’t credit them for their work. 😡 I just thought it was such a great master post of diverse spookies and creatures that more people had to know about it!!

Under the Read More, there is a MASSIVE list of links showing you the immense diversity that exists for fantasy creatures! From Inuit mythology to Filipinx Ghouls, Persian fairies to Nigerian water spirits.

DIVERSITY IS NOT A MYTH FOLKS!

EVEN IN MYTHOLOGY ITSELF!!

GO FORTH AND DIVERSIFY YOUR FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES!!!

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