Man, I feel like it’s getting busier and busier. I haven’t posted even once this month, not because I wouldn’t want to but because I genuinely have no time. But let’s stop making excuses and let’s proceed to my favourites!
L’ASSOMMOIR by ÉMILE ZOLA
I’ve always loved this book and this month, I was reading it again for my Maturita Exam. And once again I had to appreciate Zola’s talent, his ability to decribe the awful reality of Paris in the 19th century, to describe the dirt, the poverty, the destructive power of alcohol. His naturalism is so shocking, yet so amazing. I love this man’s work, I really do.
THE HUNGER GAMES by SUZANNE COLLINS
I read the Hunger Games books for the first time when I was thirteen. I saw the last film two years ago. And since then, I haven’t come across the Hunger Games because I’ve been too busy doing other things. But this November I’ve decided to read it again, see it again. And I did. I was really curious as I thought that it might not be as good as I had thought before – people sometimes like strange things when they’re thirteen. But it IS good. Both the books and the movies. So let’s make it clear – I still love Catching Fire the most. And I still want to marry Peeta. But now I actually like Katniss as well.
SOKRATES AND HIS ETHICS
Apart from being in love with philosophy, I’m also in love with Sokrates (for a moment let’s forget that he probably molested young boys okay) and his ethics. Sokrates claims that every person who knows what GOOD is will never do anything EVIL because why would they do it if they know what goodness is? And if someone does evil deeds, it only means that they don’t know GOOD. This kind of thinking is very strict and it kind of reminds me of Kant’s Categorical Imperative. But I really like it – sometimes we need to be strict in order to become a good person. He also says that GOOD can be found in knowledge, whilst EVIL in ignorance.
MY TRIP TO VIENNA
Two weeks ago I went to Vienna only on my own in order to explore the city in just one day. The main reason is that the ending of my first novel takes place in there and I didn’t want to write about something I didn’t know. The second reason is that…. why not?
There will be a whole post about this trip but unfortunately I haven’t had enough time to write it yet. But I will find some. One day, haha.
FINISHING MY FIRST NOVEL
Talking about my first novel? Yes, I finally finished it this November!!! It took me almost one year and it has 122 A4 pages so I guess it would be something between a novella and a novel. I’m sending it to one competition, I don’t really think it would actually win it, but I can at least try, right? I’m so happy about it! (but it’s only in Czech, unfortunately my English is not good enough to translate it on my own… yet)
CONDITIONAL OFFER from GLASGOW
This is it, people! This November I sent my application to five universities in Scotland and the Uni of Glasgow replied to me within just 5 days – they are so fast, I love them! I have a conditional offer – as expected – and I need to pass my Maturita Exams with straight 1 (that’s an A in Czechia) – as expected. And I also need to pass CAE but in this case, it doesn’t matter what grade I get, so that’s at least something I don’t have to worry about… that much (I still kind of have to because the exam is hard as f*ck).
I’m reaally nervous and I study all. the. time., but I’m so excited! The dream is coming true!