This week's Five Fandom Friday topic is - once more - not about gaming: it is about reading. I used to fill my hours reading anything I could get my hands on as a child. At school, we had weekly tasks, and each week I finished them as fast as I could, so I could spend half of Thursday and the whole of Friday reading. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that at university and since I now need to read so much professionally, I don't feel like reading for fun so much anymore. And now there is gaming, too, to distract me.
Fandom Friday seemed like a good opportunity to look at what books I have laying around that I want to read this year. Turns out it's a very diverse company! I love reading in my native language (Dutch) as well, but somehow I don't have any Dutch books waiting for me at the moment.
1) The Story of Kullervo (2015) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Many of Tolkien's writings have been published postumely by his family and I haven't read all of them yet. I gifted one of these, The Story of Kullervo, to Conrad for his birthday a few years back, so now it's sitting in the bookcase, staring at me accusingly, wanting to be read. I love Tolkien's world, and I want to read everything he has written, but I was a bit put off by the depressing nature of The Children of Hurin, Since Kullervo is said to be dark natured as well and currently everything seems to trigger anxiety attacks I probably should wait with it a bit. Later this year, then.
2) The Once and Future King (1958) by T.H. White
My mother was appalled that I never read The Once and Future King, so much that she ordered it online and surprised me by pushing it into my hands one week after we talked about it. For her this classic was what made her discover Tolkien. I rarely read any fantasy books and I am very particular in what I like and do not like, but my mother usually has the same taste, so if she is this enthusiastic about a book, I would be crazy to not give it a go.
3) Samurajsommar (2005) by Åke Edwardson
I practice Swedish daily, but I don't have the feeling I'm making much progress. Samurajsommar, a Swedish children's book, was gifted to me last year when I was in Uppsala. It was my friend's first book she read in Swedish, so it was a really nice gesture to give it to me. It will require some concentration to get through it, but I'll probably learn a lot.
4) The Call of Cthulu (1928) by H.P. Lovecraft
Someone (probably Rakuno) once made a Cthulu reference in a Ravalation comment, and I had no idea what they were talking about! Ever since, I've been planning to read the original short story by Lovecraft. I don't own this one as a physical book, but as the text is freely available online, it's just one click away from printing (more pleasing to the eye than reading from a screen). Actually, I should stop typing about this and instead just do it.
5) 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
I've heard 1984 has gotten more popular after Trump's inauguration ("alternate facts"). I never really got around to reading it myself, although I did read Animal Farm. Probably good to reserve this one, too, for when anxiety times are over: I already get depressed from scrolling through my Twitter feed and seeing Trump's face everywhere these days.
What books are on your to be read pile? If you have any opinions on the books above, I'd love to hear them (no spoilers, though, please)! Finally, if you've written your own booky blog post, feel free to link it below and I'll definitely check it out.
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