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The Belgrade Book Fair 2017

The last week of October is the week of The International Belgrade Book Fair. This time, I’ve managed not to buy 50+ books. I bought 40+, and you see some of them in the picture above.

Of course, I don’t buy books only in October. I bought a huge fencing encyclopedia before the Fair, and I bought some books after the Fair, too. What can I say, I’m hopeless.

Anyway, this year was a lot of fun. It was wonderful to see a lot of children and teenagers happily buying books or just hanging around and enjoying themselves. The Wonder Woman pictures were fun. Spending time with fellow authors and bookworms is always great (hey, who doesn’t like that?). And, of course, there were books. Many books.

About 25% of the books I bought were those written by local authors (and after the Fair, I bought more books by local authors). Mostly fantasy, a bit of horror, a bit of science fiction, and one wonderful book for children.

Then, there was a bunch of YA books (Leigh Bardugo, John Green, Angie Thomas, Sherman Alexie, Becky Albertalli), and books by David Mitchell, Lovecraft, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Victor Pelevin, Thomas Bernhard, Herman Melville (Bartleby the Scrivener), Andrzej Sapkowski, Thomas Ligotti, Ransom Riggs (stories), W. Somerset Maugham (The Magician)… You get the picture. Many books, various genres, classics, old stuff, new stuff… And three graphic novels (two Deadpools and We3).

There’s always the question: when am I going to read all those books? Honestly, I have no idea. I mean, I’ve read 19 out of 40+, but considering that I keep buying new ones, the question remains.

Oh, well. At least I’m unlikely to run out of books to read.

Take a look at the pictures!


Fun for kids!




Comic books!





Look, a kitty!



People, people everywhere!



Scary stuff



A friend had a book promotion



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Friday Fun: Blonde Again at the Belgrade Book Fair

The last week of October is the week of the Belgrade Book Fair, and this year, I’ve changed my hair color mid-fair.

In other words, I went from this…


…to this:


There were some other fun photos, too:



The book you see in my lap is the “notebook” of Gavrilo the Monk (it’s the same name as Gabriel), one of the main characters of the epic fantasy series Kosingas by Aleksandar Tešić. The “notebook” is not for sale, since it would be too expensive, but it’s definitely interesting and fun to look at the illustrations of the various mythological creatures that the monk encountered during his travels.

The fair itself was also fun, of course, and I bought a bunch of books; I’ll write a bit more about them the next time. This time, it’s all about the new blonde moment. 😀

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The International Belgrade Book Fair, Part III

On Friday, I went to the Book Fair for the last time (well, last time this year); the fair itself ended on Sunday. This time, I brought a total of two books, and a free comic/magazine.

It was pretty crowded, because it was Friday afternoon, and because a lot of people received their paychecks. As happy as they were because of so many visitors, publishers and their staff seemed to be ready to drop (while being perfectly aware that the real crowd would arrive on Saturday). I kept running into friends, met some new ones, and also heard some really sad news.

Overall, the Book Fair was fun… And now I have almost 50 new books to read (I’ve read 3 short ones so far, and I’m reading the 4th). Not bad. Not bad at all.

Here are a few more pictures, and the rest is at the old place.

No rest for the wicked, err, the writers
I translated these!
Old friends, new friends (and everyone is tired)