Friday, 31 January 2014

What's your Top 5? Must-read lists of the Library's English Conversation Group

Every Wednesday the employees of the library have a closed English discussion group for practice and our little EVS team has been part of it ever since we arrived here. We set a topic for the following week which we rarely follow - usually we talk about random things, and each Wednesday afternoon we have a great cozy time. Last week we decided that this week we should bring lists of our favourite books, or rather our personal list of Top 5 must-read books, to share with the rest of the group and discuss. I have included them to share them with you, but also for our own reference. Some fantastic-looking titles in there...

I have also included Goodreads links (wherever possible) for ease of use.


1. Khaled Hosseini ~ "The Kite Runner"
2. Isabel Allende ~ "Paula"
3. Seneca ~ "Epistulae morales ad Lucilium"
4. Oscar Wilde ~ "The Happy Prince and Other Tales"
5. Albert Camus ~ "The Myth of Sisyphus"


1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky ~ "Crime and Punishment"
2. Ernest Hemmingway ~ "A Farewell to Arms"
3. Erich Maria Remarque ~ "Arch of Triumph"
4. Dimiter Dimov ~ "Doomed Days"
5. Yordan Yovkov ~ "Short Stories"


1. Khaled Hosseini ~ "The Kite Runner"
2. Anna Gavalda ~ "Hunting and Gathering"
3. Elif Safak ~ "The Forty Rules of Love"
4. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez ~ "Love in the Time of Cholera"
5. Dimiter Dimov ~ "Doomed Days"

Boryana (she chose to list authors instead of separate books)

1. Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. Mikhail Bulgakov
3. Truman Capote
4. Franz Kafka
5. Viktor Paskov


1. H.C. Andersen ~ "The Little Mermaid"
2. Ludvig Holberg ~ "Mascarade"
3. Cecelia Ahern ~ "If You Could See Me Now"
4. Stephenie Meyer ~ "Twilight" / "The Host"
5. William Shakespeare ~ "A Midsummernight's Dream"


1. Jonathan Safran Foer ~ "Eating Animals"
2. Bill Bryson ~ "A Short History of Nearly Everything"
3. Ursula Le Guin ~ "The Dispossessed"
4. Aldous Huxley ~ "Brave New World"
5. Jose Saramago ~ "Death With Interruptions"


1. Inga Žolude ~ "Sarkanie bērni"
2. Sofi Oksanen ~ "Stalin's cows" / "Purge"
3. Erlend Loe  ~"Doppler" "muleum"
4. Hallgrimur Helgason ~ "101 reykjavik"
5. Svetlana Alexievich ~ "Voices from chernobyl "


1. Vasily Grossman ~ "Life and Fate"
2. Marguerite Yourcenar ~ "Memoirs of Hadrian"

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