These past two weeks have been horrible!! During that first week of doom, I had to hand in a lot of work. Then last week I had a test everyday plus a presentation. I hoped that this would be a peaceful and easygoing semester, but apparently my professor’s had other ideas LOL. The thing is that this is just the start cause I have tests throughout the whole semester. The only good thing is that in my grad class, there’s only one test because we need to focus on our research project (which I’m not sure if that’s better).
Anyways, I almost went crazy buying books and mangas, but in the end I was able to control myself XD and just bought 3 mangas, 2 Korean books and the last book of one of my favorite series.
Bride of the Water God is the English edition of 하백의 신부. I’ve been reading it for a long while in English, but it wasn’t till two years ago that I started buying the paper copies. I considered buying the rest in Korean, but my collection is in English so I will continue in that language.
Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead is the last book in the series called Bloodlines. I pretty much love anything that Richelle Mead writes lol.
I keep buying books in Korean that I take an eternity reading (I haven’t finished anything but the manhwas), but what can I say LOL. I can’t resist.
I bought the version of 1CM+ by 김은주 that came with a 2015 calendar and it’s so colorful, every page has drawings! You can see it in the picture below (it’s blurry though). I don’t know in which genre to classify it, but it’s similar to 멈추면, 비로소 보이는 것들 by 혜민. The writings are short but there are long ones as well. So far my favorite quote from that book is 앉은 자리를 바꾸지 않으면, 새로운 풍경을 볼 수 없다.
The other book is a Korean graded reader (finally!). It’s a collection of 100 books, but the first 50 books are for those who at least passed TOPIK 3 (definitely not me) so they can read it easily. The next 30 are for those are high intermediate (more or less) and the last 20 for those who passed TOPIK 6 I think. They’re really portable , they’re about 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches long (as wide as my 8 inch tablet lol).
I bought the one that contained these three stories: 젊어지는 샘물, 혹부리 영감 and 금고끼와 은도끼. Before each story there is a picture of at least one painting with a description. There are some underlined words that have in the right margin a simple definition in Korean. At the end of each story, there are some questions for you to think or answer, which is good if you want to practice writing a bit. I think they should make more graded readers, they are good!
I thought there would be a lot that I wouldn’t understand much like in my novels (descriptions ;A;), but even though I’m still in that gap between high beginner and low intermediate, I understood more or less what was going on.
Until next time~~