My Current Reading

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since Wednesday, when I went to the library at my university and checked out some books.

Academic libraries take the covers off books because they're no fun. Boo.
Academic libraries take the covers off books because they’re no fun. Boo.

The most prominent book you see there is Yuri Shevchuk’s Beginner’s Ukrainian. It’s a fun book for me to go through because I know most of what is taught due to my mad Russian skillz. I take about twenty minutes each day to learn a bit of Ukrainian with it. So far, though there are some grammatical and vocabulary differences, Ukrainian does have many similarities with Russian.

Underneath that, in the center, is Gideon’s Spies by Gordon Thomas. It’s a book about Mossad. I haven’t started it yet, because I’m reading the book in the left of the photo: Vengeance by George Jonas, which is about Operation Wrath of God, Israel’s plan to take out all the terrorists associated with the 1972 Munich massacre. As you can see, I’m on a bit of a Mossad kick right now.

What books are you reading?


6 thoughts on “My Current Reading

  1. Good Morning…. ( I’m writing from Italy ). At the moment I’m reading two books:
    – Evgenij Onegin : I love it, very difficult to translate,but in Russian is absoulutely amazing
    Should be the forth time I read it,and it’ll not be the last one for sure !

    – The chrysanthemun and the sword , author Benedict Ruth, essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture. A real masterpiece !


    1. I have read bits of Onegin and loved it. I ought to read the whole thing sometime. Thanks for the second recommendation. I know nothing about Japanese culture so I’ll have to read it and learn. 🙂


  2. Pretty cool reading list! Is there enough similarity between Ukrainian and Russian to cut down your acquisition time? I suppose the obvious answer is yes, but it’s always hard for me to tell if that’s exactly right so I’m curious what you think.

    As for my reading: nada. I’m handing in my English major card. I’ve been doing crossword puzzles, though, so that’s…something.


    1. There is a TON of similarity between Russian and Ukrainian. I watch Ukrainian TV sometimes, just for fun, to see how much I can understand. (Depending on the topic, I understand between 90% and 95% of the content.) As of right now, I understand (both spoken and written) Ukrainian at a higher level than I can actually speak it myself.

      Not that you asked, but Belarusian is even more similar to Russian than Ukrainian. One of the very nice things about learning Russian is you basically get three languages for the price of one. 🙂

      You’re not reading anything?!? I’m shocked. I always have a book of some kind going, even when I’m super-busy. 😉


      1. Pretty cool! You can get me Klitschko’s autograph! (haha)

        Yeah, for the last couple years I’ve only been reading stuff in Spanish or German (except for “Love in the Time of Cholera,” which was incredible). I’m planning on taking a pretty basic German test and I’ve been prepping for that specifically, so I eased up on reading. I need to do more reading-reading though.


      2. Haha, will do. I’m sure he’ll appreciate that I’m learning Ukrainian. He speaks Russian, but in light of recent event I’m sure he has been speaking Ukrainian a lot more often.

        I’ve wanted to read Love in the Time of Cholera for ages! Would you recommend it? I read a ton in English and Russian. I’m currently reading a vampire novel in Russian (don’t laugh, I’ve learned lots of good vocab from it, haha). I am actually in between books in English, though I have a lot on my Kindle waiting to be read.


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