Book Memes/Tags/Challenges, Russian books, Wednesday Shelf Control

Wednesday Shelf Control: Watch series

Wednesday Shelf Control is a bookish meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies on a weekly basis.


So hiiiiii.

Yes, I’m sorry I didn’t do Top Ten Tuesdays the past two weeks, like… nobody is oblidging you to do every single meme every single week, right? I guess so 😀

So let’s talk about another book series that have been on my TBR list for way too long. Like, waaaaaaay too long.

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Do The Talking, Do The Talking: Recommendations, Russian books

Do The Talking: Russian Fairy tales + Recommendations


Hello, and it’s THAT time again!
Another Do The Talking: Russian books  post is here!
I won’t deny: I feel somewhat special when I have something new I can share with you guys, because you know how other countries books deserve their exposure time!

I know that I’m not the only one talking about Russian books, there are several other more experienced bloggers who talk about them professionally, but I want to introduce you to Russian literature in a way it doesn’t feel overwhelming, and at the same time attractive to you! And I’m always happy when someone decides to at least give a try to Russian books from those recommended lists I put up, because this is how your effort should be paid with!

So today I would like to talk about Russian Fairy tales, and, of course, at the end of my ranting, you will see recommendations. Remember, everything written here is complied from a subjective point of view, so don’t blame yourself (or me) for not matching your tastes and/or expectations!

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Do The Talking, Do The Talking: Recommendations, Russian books

Do The Talking: Russian Dystopian books + recommendations


Hi! Welcome to another post on Russian books rant!

Considering latest trends in literature overall, I’d like to cover up another topic that is known little to noone outside Russia, and that is Russian dystopian books.

For those who love The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, and similar book series – this post can be interested for you!

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Book reviews, Russian books

REVIEW: S. Naumova, M. Dubinina, “Sintar. The Killer Island”

Sintar. The Killer Island
by Sora Naumova & Mariya Dubinina


Original name:
Синтар. Остров-убийца
Rating: ★★★★★
LiveLib | Goodreads
Published: 2016
Format: Ebook/eARC

Synopsis: Sintar is a lonely abandoned island in the middle of the Sea of Japan, and even after years it is still full of mysteries. One of them reunites Henry Macalister and Kimura Sorata in the face of an unknown danger. What will be more important, and old friendship with a common past, or a new life away from each other that they tried hard to have? Only the island can put everything in its place. Or kill it.

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Do The Talking, Do The Talking: Recommendations, Russian books

Do The Talking: Russian Fantasy + Recommendations

Hi! Welcome to another my ranting post under [Do The Talking] segment.

Today’s topic is – TADAAAM! – Russian fantasy, and everything around this genre. At the end of this post, most noticeable fantasy authors will be listed, and, if they have books already translated into English, I will also provide related links for your information.

So let’s hop on!

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Book reviews, Russian books

REVIEW: Max Frei, “Old Vilnius’ Tales”, Vol.5

Old Vilnius’ Tales, Vol.5
by Max Frei


Original name:
Сказки старого Вильнюса V
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Livelib | Goodreads
Published: 2016
Format: Ebook

Synopsis: There’s always something going on in the Old Town of Vilnius. Here, magical hats fall down on the heads of sad passer-bys, mermaids argue with werewolves, dreams constantly throw fun parties, ghosts start scamming with real estates, cats sometime tranform into fiery serpents, coffee shops serve cakes with thunders, and the number of streets keeps changing – when we started telling you these stories, there were only 108, now they’re at least two dozen more.
Which means, a sixth volume is needed.

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Do The Talking, Do The Talking: Recommendations, Russian books

[DO THE TALKING] 10 must-read Russian classics

Hello wonderfuls, how’s your week going on?

Last time I ranted about Russian classics and how they affect Russians, and now we’re moving on recommendations of what I think are the must-read Russian classics.

Less ranting, more recommendations, let’s go!


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Do The Talking, Russian books

DO THE TALKING: Russian Classics

Hola again!

Here comes the scheduled Tuesday post, and, since I’m still trying hard to finish two books at the same time (probably all reviews will come in the beginning of March), let’s have a intellectual talk.

You know that I plan to use this blog to recommend you good Russian books, and I’m 110% sure you mostly heard of only Russian classics, so I’ll rant about them first.


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Book reviews, Russian books

REVIEW: S. Naumova, M. Dubinina, “Juusan. The Phantom Academy”

What’s up folks!
Finally here I am with my very first review on this blog! Really WISH you find it interesting, and for me to be completely bonkers to actually TRY TO MAKE AN ATTEMPT on translating it. Because who knows, maybe this can become a big hit internationally?.. /yes, Liliana, keep dreaming impossible dreams, like you’ve always done/

Juusan. The Phantom Academy
by Sora Naumova & Mariya Dubinina

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Original name:
Дзюсан. Академия-фантом
Rating: ★★★★☆
LiveLib | Goodreads
Published: 2016
Format: Hardcover

Synopsis: The investigation of little sister’s disappearance leads the former detective Henry Macalister to a lonely island in the Sea of Japan, to “Juusan” – an elite Academy for special teenagers. Here, the age-old mysteries come to life, people disappear without a trace, and the ghosts roam the corridors of the old mansion. But Henry still has no idea that he got caught in a web that’s hard to escape from not only for the living, but even for the dead…

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