Friday, 1 March 2013

Bulgakov's Friday

I have really missed being part of the Friday memes, so here is me returning to the arms of the blogosphere!
This week I am reading 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov. Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and  F56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

BB:
'At the hour of the hot spring sunset two citizens appeared at the Patriarch's Ponds. One of them, approximately forty years old, dressed in a grey summer suit, was short, dark-haired, plump, bald, and carried his respectable fedora hat in his hand. His neatly shaven face was adorned with black horn-rimmed glasses of a supernatural size.'
F56:
'And here it seemed to him that a whiff of some putrid dankness was coming in under the office door. Shivers ran down the findirector's spine. And then the clock also rang out unexpectedly and began to strike midnight. And even its striking provoked shivers in the findirector. But his heart definitively sank when he heard the English key turning quietly in the lock. Clutching his briefcase with damp, cold hands, the findirector felt that if this scraping in the keyhole were to go on any longer, he would break down and give a piercing scream.'
Ok, perhaps I didn't stick to just one line per meme, but I just really liked all of these sentences so I felt like I should post them all!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee, and this week's question is:

Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you've done, that as you gained more experience you were like -- oops?

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowI think I do more wrong now than I did at the beginning. I was really on top with posting every day and reviewing a lot, not forgetting when what should be posted. And now I sort of get caught up in life and I forget to review the books when I actually finish them! What I did do at the beginning that I no longer do is review books that I don't really like. At the beginning I was just really happy to be allowed to read books, if that makes sense, now I pick more carefully so that I review books I know I can be critical, but positive, about.




Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer. This week's question:
You're going on a long train ride. What books will you bring to read?

Well, I would bring my Kindle because it is my walking library! I just got a new skin for it, which sound scarier than it is. I guess I should narrow this question down on which books on my Kindle I would read. At the moment I'm reading 'The Master and Margarita', so I would continue reading that. I also have a craving to reread 'Wuthering Heights' after we discussed 'Jane Eyre' in one of my modules this week. I just love that book too much. I have been wanting to finish 'Breakfast of Champions' for weeks now, so I should probably get onto that too! How long a train ride are we talking about? I once went on a 10 hour one, that should be enough to finish at least 'Breakfast of Champions' and 'The Master and Margarita', right?

So, how about you on this splendid day?

16 comments:

  1. I think all book review bloggers start out on top and than realize they can't review everything on time! Now I'm more selective when accepting requests because I hate to let down authors. Great FF!

    New GFC Follower!

    My FF HERE.

    -Seirra @ Dear, Restless Reader

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  2. Oh M&M... I can't want enough for more people to read this absolutely hilarious, funny, intelligent, witty, overthetop masterpiece! :)

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  3. Yep, I think I would bring along my Kindle, too. That way, I'd have tons to choose from. If one thing bored me, I'd just move on to something else. E-readers are so great for that.

    Happy Hopping!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by!! I was cracking up bc I would so be running after the train screaming IM GOING ON AN ADVENTURE with my messenger bag flapping in the wind... although I am going to say it looks like I should be investing in a kindle!!

    Amber @bookgeekspeaks.blogspot.com

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  5. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books of all time! Followed close by Jane Eyre.

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  6. Pulls you in for sure! I've read this one and I hope you enjoy it.

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  7. Those lines are so descriptive and really draw you in to the story.

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  8. Great answer. I try not to request too much either, but still find myself with way too many to review xD

    New follower.

    - Nyx @ Unraveling Words

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  9. Very nice answer.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  10. Uh oh... I'm really on top of things now, as a new blogger! OH LIFE! Blogging is such a commitment - but it's a good one. I know you are a fantastic blogger :)

    New GFC follower!

    My FF Post!

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  11. What atmospheric prose. The Master and Margarita is on the list of classics that I've been meaning to read for some time - will have to bump it up the list.

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  12. Both of those sections are great. And I hear ya about life getting in the way of reviewing. Stupid life!

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  13. This book has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. I no longer remember which of my Must Read lists prompted me to get it. I am going to pin your post to my Pinterest Book Beginnings board to remind me to read it.

    Welcome back to Friday memes. And thanks for sharing the opening on Book Beginnings on Fridays! I signed up as a new follower.

    Rose City Reader

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  14. I like your answer hahahah thanks for sharing

    new GFC follower

    http://lite-rate-ture.blogspot.com/2013/03/feature-and-follow-friday.html#links

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