For today's geek week post,I decided to feature one of my favourite pastimes, Reading.Or to be more specific,reading books about Russia.
I have no idea when my geeky fascination with Russia started. I vaguely remember having to do a geography project about it in grade 6,but I didn't actually start reading about it until I started working in a bookstore during my foundation year of college. The very first one I owned was a collection of essays called Vodka,Tears and Lenin's Angel by Jennifer Gould. It was written while she was working in Moscow as a freelance journalist shortly after the fall of communism. I loved that book,and what's more,I fell in love with the country. Since then I've added several more titles to my 'Books about Russia' collection (24 to be exact), along with some classic Russian literature (War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, and The Collected Works of Nikolai Gogol -to name a few.
Another favourite is Lost in Moscow by Kirsten Koza. It is written from the perspective of an 11 year-old Kirsten, who was forced to spend an entire summer at a communist summer camp.I loved it.It perfectly captured the mood of 1980's USSR,and made me feel like a kid again-especially when reading some of the author's more precocious observations.
Despite the fact that I've read a lot about this country,I still think I don't know much about it.It's a complex nation that is forever in transition.One of the things I admire most about Russia is its indomitable spirit. They've gone through hell as a country (numerous times), but they've maintained their nationalistic pride and have left an awesome cultural legacy.
For this post I chose Quirius Red Square (for obvious reasons) It's a gorgeous vampy red with gold shimmer.Beautiful :)
Now tell me something I don't know.
*FYI; The yellow book is over 2000 pages long*
Other book obsessions I've had? Books by Indian authors (Arundhati Roy,Jhumpa Lahiri) Books by Irish authors (Maeve Binchy,Frank McCourt) depressing classics (Jude the Obscure,Tess Of the D'Urbervilles...ok, make that depressing books by Thomas Hardy!) and books by Native authors (Sherman Alexie,Louise Erdrich) and fluffy fun reads (Confessions of a Shopaholic,Something Borrowed) It's a good thing I've kept my library card :)
So do you have any weird and wonderful book fixations?
Have a great evening!
Ginger-who just might have to move to another country if I tell one more person that I like Alex Ovechkin better than I like Sidney Crosby.Yeah,I said it. *ducks*
P.S. I totally freaked out when Niki told me she was reading a book about Rasputin.This confirms that she is my sister from another mister :)