Friday 1 November 2019

Weekend Blog Hops - 1 November 2019

Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again!  

Do you read classics? If so, what is your favorite?
Absolutely! I adore classics! Picking a favourite is so hard, though, as there are so many great ones. Just listing the first five that pop into my head in this moment, then, I will choose: Les Misérables, Eugene Onegin, Crime and Punishment, Northanger Abbey, and Jane Eyre.

Opening sentence:
The war had not yet come to us.


From page 56:
He had had the eyes of a child, but he had held himself perfectly erect as only those taught by the best court tutors could.

My Current Read 
Daniel Kehlmann

He's a trickster, a player, a jester. His handshake's like a pact with the devil, his smile like a crack in the clouds; he's watching you now and he's gone when you turn. Tyll Ulenspiegel is here!

In a village like every other village in Germany, a scrawny boy balances on a rope between two trees. He's practising. He practises by the mill, by the blacksmiths; he practises in the forest at night, where the Cold Woman whispers and goblins roam. When he comes out, he will never be the same.

Tyll will escape the ordinary villages. In the mines he will defy death. On the battlefield he will run faster than cannonballs. In the courts he will trick the heads of state. As a travelling entertainer, his journey will take him across the land and into the heart of a never-ending war.

A prince's doomed acceptance of the Bohemian throne has European armies lurching brutally for dominion and now the Winter King casts a sunless pall. Between the quests of fat counts, witch-hunters and scheming queens, Tyll dances his mocking fugue; exposing the folly of kings and the wisdom of fools.

With macabre humour and moving humanity, Daniel Kehlmann lifts this legend from medieval German folklore and enters him on the stage of the Thirty Years' War. When citizens become the playthings of politics and puppetry, Tyll, in his demonic grace and his thirst for freedom, is the very spirit of rebellion - a cork in water, a laugh in the dark, a hero for all time.


  1. I like the sounds of those snippets. I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

  2. Eugene Onegin is a new title to me. I must look it up. My weekly review and quotes

    1. It's a brilliant story. I recommend it. There is also a pretty good film of it (called Onegin) starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler.

  3. I love that cover - I'm going to have to give it a try. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  4. What a great cover! Sounds good. Have a great weekend!

  5. I hadn't seen this book before, but those snippets definitely have me curious. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

  6. Bit late to the party this week ;-) sorry. Great list! I've read classic literature over the years but these days I'm looking for more light entertainment. ;-)
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Nicki. Here's my BBH Post
    Flora x