John mentionitis

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This journal is "friends-only". in the sense of "only visible to friends." It contains personal pictures and posts I do not want to share in public.
I prefer to choose these friends myself, so i
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Some pictures from today...

Having seen all those snow pictures in some journals I promised to show how the weather is in Germany at the moment. Actually I am on holidays in a small town in the Eifel, that is near Cologne/Aachen/the border to Belgium. If you want to google it: Schmidt or Nideggen would be the town you have to look for....
Today the weather is absolutely fine, sunny, 18 degrees Celsius....a late summer's day yet it is the last day of October. Well, we had no real summer this summer so it makes up for it.
We took a walk with our Beagle Lucy and here are some pictures I took....

Colours everywhere.....Collapse )


Who is your favorite mythical creature/character, and why?

I would go for Lancelot, the knight from King Arthur's court. Being infected with the legend of Artus from my early childhood (once in my life I have to say THANK YOU to Disney for this....The Sword in the Stone was my first contact to the story and I still love the film and have the book where I found the story first) I soon had my favorite knight: the best friend of Arthur, one of his best knights, with mythical background and a sad love for Arthur's wife.
Artus and the legends about him were the reason why I decided to study English and German.Today I know that Arthur was a real person, the story which the legend is based on was first written by Geoffrey Monmouth...

Another mythical character I love is Loki from the Norse Mythology. The mixture of God and scoundrel, intelligent and sharp....hilarious.

John mentionitis

Writer's block

Which song by The Beatles is your favorite, and why?

It is a Latin motto, "Dum spiro, spero." It was Cicero who said that, you can translate that as "As long as I breath, I have hope." Which is actually my view on life.
There is another one, which hits the nail on the head either, it is from one of my favorite German writers, Bert Brecht: "Wer kämpft, kann verlieren, wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren." "If you fight, you can lose. If you don't fight, you have lost already."

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According to the BBC, if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (One of the most important books on my University Reading List I remember)

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (LOVED it before even the films were made.....I hate the boring parts though, these descriptions of Elven families or of the wars)

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (another one from my university reading list)

4 Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling (infected my best friend and my daughter with it)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (reading list again....)

6 The Bible (went to school led by wonder, huh?)

7 WutheringHeights - Emily Bronte (reading is boring though)

8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell ( I think we read that at school already, but if not I read it at university...yes, reading list again)

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles-Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (reading wait, we did that at school!)

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I studied English, you know....any more questions? not reading Shakespeare when you study English is like not reading Goethe when you study German (what I did too..)

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (school already.....I liked the book, but today I connect it with John's death...which means that I still read it, but there is a bit of a bittersweet feeling behind)

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (yes..although I gave up in the middle and watched the film instead....I am sure this was on the reading list for University as well and I remember everyone laughed)

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (love this book....we read that at school already, everyone else was bored, I loved it because I love the time of the American 1920s in books and films. And I loved the film, Robert Redford as a young guy is sweet although he is blond)

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (not the whole book.....but you can guess why.)

25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (reading list again.....)

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (this will be my alltime favorite...the English version of course, not the translation which really really sucks)

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis ( the German translation though...)

34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (German translation again....we have the whole edition here=)))

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (that was very early at school already....)

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown  (in German again.....belongs to my husband, the film was terrific but I am not into such books)

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding ( that had to be read at husband and me share the same experience though we went to different schools....we both hated that book.)

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ( we did this at school.....and I still love the book!  Listen to Brave New World by Iron Maiden at the same time!)

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas ( I remember having read the book when the film was on TV.....I loved the count!)

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (the one and only!!)

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens ( I love the Muppets version as film.....)

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker ( seen as film...does that count?)

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas ( make them

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (why do they list the Complete works and this? like the Complete works of Goethe and Goethe's Faust?

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

41/100......I think I read a lot. Could have been more as I skipped a lot, there were many more from this list on my University Reading List, but I read only those I saw any use in.

I would love to do this for German books though....

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