Friday, 31 May 2013

Umberto's Friday

I used to do the Follow Friday and the Book Blogger Hop together before I lost track of the latter, but I've decided that today I'll focus just on the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
What is your favourite series that you've finished all the books (more than 3 books) to?

I am guessing this'll be a very popular answer this week, but of course I have to say Harry Potter. I've read all the books, or had them read to me, and I am absolutely in love with it. I don't think I realised it until the 6th book, but I really grew up with the series. I don't know whether they helped me cope with things as such, but they were always there as this kind of guide or inspiration. The same thing happened with the movies.

A series I am not quite sure counts are Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books from The Shadow of the Wind to The Angel's Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. I haven't read the last one yet and I think another one is coming up. I loved the first two and anything else Zafon writes, and since all the novels are interrelated, reading the others really helps understanding them.

This might be the moment to drop in another quick request. If anyone is interested in being part of the 'Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan' blogtour, drop me an email at

I started reading Umberto Eco's 'The Island of the Day Before'. I am reading it in Dutch because it's Italian originally and that is a language I definitely cannot read. So the quotes below are my own translations. My dad loves his books and always told me to read this, so I started it on the train back to University yesterday. It's a whopper at almost 500 pages, but I am loving it so far.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice.

'And still I rejoice in my humility and gain,since I am condemned to such a privilege,perchance pleasure in my horrid rescue:I am the only creature of our species that,I believe since the dawn of history,has been wrecked on an abandoned ship.'
It starts of with a part of a dramatic letter that the main protagonist writes to his unrequited love interest while being stuck on an abandoned ship. It is pretty good at showing Umberto Eco's writing style, where sentences are constantly interrupted and sometimes the main sentence is hardly found. It's like a puzzle and I love it! Translating this was a lot of fun!

'He wanted to forget the incident. For years he had pondered over an invisible brother, that night he thought he had seen him, but if he had seen someone (he told himself, in an attempt to contradict his heart with his head), that someone obviously was not imaginary, and since Ferrante was imaginary, that someone could not have been Ferrante.'
Ferrante is the main character's imaginary brother, or so he thinks because he seems to keep on popping up and making his life more complicated. His sentence structure is really complicated, so I doubt I have been able to portray the magnificence that Eco's writing style is, but I hope you enjoy it!

So, what have you picked for this week? Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your post :)


  1. Good choice for book series and good choice for the BB and 56- I have always been tempted to read a book by Umberto Eco but have never done it.

    Here's my Friday Meme

  2. HP is my favourite series too :)

    My Book Blogger Hop:
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  3. I think Harry Potter has been on nearly every blog I've visited so far! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

  4. THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE sounds like a fascinating book! I enjoyed your Book Beginning and Friday 56 excerpts.

  5. Yeah for Harry Potter! Like Tasha, I have yet to visit a blog that hasn't mention him. Clearly because he is awesome. Thank you for visiting my blog, I'm a new bloglovin' follower.

  6. You're reading it in Dutch? Awesome!
    Happy weekend!

  7. I loved HP and can't wait for that tour, I'm one of the stops!

    Ashley @

  8. The Harry Potter series is definitely one of my favorites!! Although I didn't quite get to the end of it because of a tragic event in the middle of book 6, that I was totally NOT expecting! It traumatized me....and I have so far been unable to go back and finish. But I think I should try. Maybe this year....

    I've been meaning to read Zafon's and Eco's books and just haven't gotten around to them. I'm especially interested in Zafon, because "The Shadow of the Wind" was a bestseller dealing with books!

    It's great that you're reading "The Island of the Day Before" in Dutch, and have provided English translations here!

    Thanks for sharing, and Happy Reading!! :)

  9. It's pretty interesting, there are the expected answers, HP and Twilight, which I've seen a ton of, but then a lot of the other series people mention I'm just not familiar with at all! This has been a great chance to find a ton more to read!

    Old bloglovin follower!

  10. I LOVED Shadow of the of my all-time favorites. I read The Angel's Game too, but not the Prisoner of Heaven.

    THANKS for your post.

    I am late with my visit, but better late than never, right? :)

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  11. My favorite series recently would have to be George R.R.Martin's - A Song of Ice and Fire. I started reading these books early this year and I loved them all. Highly addictive!