Popsugar Reading Challenge Week 5 Update!

Hiya! Time for another Popsugar Reading Challenge Update, this time for week 5! I’m happy to say this week has been quite productive! Since my last update, my challenge now stands at: 28/50 (Week 1: 5 books, Week 2: 4 books, Week 3: 7 books, Week 4: 3 books, Week 5: 9)! A bit more than halfway through, yes! 😀

  • A book with more than 500 pages: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  • A classic romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • A book that became a movie: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • A book published this year: The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • A book with a number in the title: Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
  • A book written by someone under 30: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • A book with nonhuman characters: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • A funny book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • A book with a one-word title: Aftermath by Tom Lewis
  • A book of short stories: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
  • A book set in a different country: Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck
  • A popular author’s first book: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A book a friend recommended: Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  • A book based entirely on its cover: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • A book you can finish in a day: The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • A trilogy: (Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee) Angelfall, World After, End of Days)
  • A book with a love triangle: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A book set in the future: Flash Point by Nancy Kress
  • A book set in high school: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  • A graphic novel: Sisters by Reina Telgemeier
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before: Animal by Nikki Rae
  • A book you own but have never read: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • A book that was originally written in a different language: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • A book you started but never finished: Wicked by Sara Shepard
  • A banned book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

9 books in one week! Definitely my best. (The fact that Sisters is graphic novel and Aftermath was really short will be ignored…) I would love to celebrate my progress, but as a result of all this reading, my studying has been… procrastinated. I will most assuredly not be getting good grades this year… Oops! Better get to it. Exams almost over, though, woo-hoo! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish up the many rough drafts of my reviews that I have pending soon.

How are your reading challenges going? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Translation & Literature | Book Snacks Babbles

Hi! Recently I’ve discovered a company called Smartling, a translation software company that translates website content into many languages so that businesses can effectively communicate with their audience. This company raised several thoughts in my head. After all, there are so many books that have been translated, to and from so many different languages! How would the world be today if these books hadn’t been translated? Completely different, wouldn’t it be?

I recently finished re-reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, and I loved it! I might even consider one of my favorite childhood books, but how would’ve I read this if it had not been translated from German to English? I wouldn’t have, and I would’ve missed out on a quite wonderful story. Another example would be Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, a book also originally written in German. I quite enjoyed this story, and I would’ve missed out on it had it not been translated. For other good examples, you should check out Poulami’s post

Translation is wonderful, in allowing us to have access to pieces of literature and novels that we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. As translation is so crucial in sharing literature with the world, there are of course several issues that must be addressed. When I read books translated from another language, I often worry about whether the same story has been translated, and whether the writing style will remain the same. After all, a different language means for a whole different way of communication, and there are of course language slip-ups that happen when translating a whole story. I know from my personal reading as well as from other readers’ opinions that translated books do not always provide satisfying reading experiences. If this issue could be resolved, translated books would have a larger value and would reach more readers.

So those are my thoughts on translation and literature! We all know the value of the written word (or so I hope!), and the world would definitely be different if books hadn’t been translated; they wouldn’t be accessible to many people today. What are your thoughts on translated books? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

Analee 10

WWW Wednesday #8 (May 27)

Formerly featured @ Should Be Reading, WWW Wednesday is a meme now hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words.

We simply need to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading?

I’m so close to finishing Inkheart!! It’s really good. As for Ignite Me, I’m super excited to finish it, as it is the third book in the Shatter me trilogy. I’m perhaps… 40% through it? Fire in Frost is quite interesting and I’m looking forward to finishing it. Around 10% through it.

Recently Finished?

I finished quite a lot of books since last wednesday! I don’t remember them all, of course. Most recently I finished: Aftermath by Tom Lewis & Wicked by Sara Shepherd. Other books I finished include End of Days by Susan Ee, Animal by Nikki Rae & Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. Hopefully reviews will be coming soon!

Read Next?

I know I’m participating in a read-along for A Court of Thorns and Roses (along with several other bloggers) sometime in June, as well a buddy read with Tasha & Poulami in July for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I don’t know when exactly I’ll be starting these, but I know I’ll be reading them! Other than those two, I’m going to continue with books on my Popsugar challenge, which will include:

I also have review copies I will be getting to:


So that’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! I’d love it if you link your posts below or answer the questions in a comment.

Happy reading!

-A

Teaser Tuesday #7 (May 26): Aftermath by Tom Lewis & Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Hello! Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm, and all you have to do to join in is post a teaser or two of the page you’re on in your current read.

So, I’m currently reading Aftermath by Tom Lewis and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Here are one teaser from both:

“Paige”, she smiled, watching the back and forth between them, as she shook his hand. The kid seemed friendly enough, if not a little full of himself. He looked to be a few years younger than Paige, skinny as a rail, and with a face full of pimples. She was sure she could take him in a fight, but quickly brushed that thoughts aside. If he could help her find Chad, then he was her new best friend.

-Aftermath by Tom Lewis (53%)

They both listened for any sounds in the night. The window was open just a crack, and it was quiet outside. The tom cats had fallen silent, probably licking their wounds. For a moment Maggie thought she could hear the sea breaking in the distance, but perhaps it was only the traffic on the nearby motorway.

-Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (52%)


What do you think of these teasers? What are your teasers for this week? Let me know in the comments below or link your post! 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

-A