September 17, 2012

The Classics Club: Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

We are introducing ourselves over at The Classics Club and Jackie from jackiemania had the superb idea to post her introduction at her blog as well. Then, Jillian from A Room of One's Own followed her example, and now, it's my turn. Here you are:

Your online name:
My online name is the same as my real name; that is, Eszter (though I also use the username anneishia). Eszter is the Hungarian spelling of Esther. So, obviously I’m from Hungary, but used to live in several European countries and who knows where I’m going next . . .

Your blog name: 
I blog at

How many books you hope to read for the club:
I hope to read 50 classics in 5 years. This may not seem an ambitious goal but I have to read a lot of other stuff–mainly non-fiction.

When you joined:
I just joined September 9, 2012 and will start reading September 30, 2012. Interestingly, I have started my blog just for being eligible to join this club.

Describe your literary background:
Even though I’ve always been a bookworm and bored my friends with my imaginary adventures, I never considered majoring in literature. I am not skilled in creative writing either. But, in the course of my life as PhD student, I read ca. 100 non-fictions and wrote a ca. 100’000 words long doctoral thesis about the political and literary ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and Germaine de Stael.

Why you joined The Classics Club and/OR one interesting fact about you:
I joined The Classics Club because I wanted to share my experiences with kindred spirits and also because I thought it is time to actually read the 100 classics on my goodreads to-read shelf. One interesting fact about me is that I am not only a political scientist but also have an MSc in civil engineering.

The book you’re most intrigued to read:
I am very much looking forward to reading The Forsyte Saga because I cannot bear the thought that both my maternal grandmother and my mother had read it more than once and I still haven’t read this apparently wonderful piece of work.

Link ONE POST from your blog that you believe speaks to who you are: 
My blog is very new, so I don’t have reviews yet. But I think my post about the subtitle of my blog (Book Reviews From The Cherry Tree) lets you see who I am.

Answer the one question you wish everybody would answer who enters this thread:
Are you a book fashionista? That is to say, do you follow the trends when choosing your readings? I am certainly not. Sometimes I even avoid books that are trendy readings. Hence, I have not yet read the Harry Potter books. I am waiting till the hype surrounding it is over...


  1. Hi Eszter, I thought I would reply to your question here...I'm like you, I usually don't follow reading trends but if it is something that really interests me I will read it. I read The Help and Eat, Pray, Love when they were trendy. :). Oh, and I will take your advice and read the Bridget Jones books...eventually. :)

    1. How very nice of you, Joon Ann, to comment here. As my blog is very new, I'm happy about any events happening here. :-D

  2. I usually don't read what's trendy just because it's trendy, although I do read the "hot" new book when it's from an author I like or I see good reviews from other bloggers I respect. I started Harry Potter before it exploded, which makes me happy because I love them and might have avoided them if I hadn't read them before the insanity. I did read Twilight because of the hype and boredom during an unexpected six-hour layover, and regret wasting my time on that one. However, it is nice to be able to explain why I don't like it. :)

  3. I had never read the Harry Potter books either -- for the same reason. A few months ago, I finally began them. They are SO GOOD!! :)

    (Your blog is lovely.)

    1. Dear Mabel! Thanks for stopping by and also for your compliment on my blog. And guess what happened? I have finally given in and will read Harry Potter later this year. :-D


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