About The Friande


I recently graduated university, and am spending my time reading up on classic and popular literature (ie 100 books before I die, and then some). Basically, people told me that I couldn’t keep insulting books until I had read them. I said: challenge accepted.

My native habitat is the cafe, although I’m predisposed to drinking large amounts of tea. This means that when I travel, my foremost goal (other than checking out hidden shopping precincts) is to discover new coffee/tea shops.

To be honest, I dislike the majority of literature for reasons being:

a) the writing is pretentious

b) the “meaningful and thought-provoking”  plot is boring

c) classics, whilst being groundbreaking for their time, are often difficult to get through today; and

d) all of the above

I’m attempting to challenge my preconceptions, so wish me luck (I’m going to need it when I reach Jane Austen)!

– Ilona


16 responses to “About The Friande

  1. Dennis Sheehan

    Please allow Purchased Power to be one of the 100 books you read before you die. If you return this email I will attach a copy for you, just let me know if you liked it.
    you have a great blog by the way.


  2. hey! came across your blog. Good luck to you! Reading rocks ;)

  3. wow, you were born in Russia?? you should write a post about it ;)

    • I kind of want to keep my blog tightly focused – basically on the 100 books. I was born in Russia, but I don’t consider myself Russian, if you know what I mean…

  4. Will definitely be following your blog!

  5. Liking your blog very much. Will follow!

    And don’t worry about Austen. There’s a trick to her. Just read it fast, like you are talking to someone, conversational style. If you linger on every word, you’ll lose the plot. Same goes for Milton’s Paradise Lost lol.

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  7. i enjoy your blog, which for me is rare. you’re just pretentious enough without being boring. cheers!

  8. Interesting angle for your blog, when I pick up a classic these days I’m very aware of how publishers and agents now days probably wouldn’t read past the first page for all the reasons you’ve listed above.

    Are you interested in YA fantasy? If so, you might like to take a look at ch1 of at my new novel, ‘Lethal Inheritance’. You’ll find it at
    I’d love to know what you think.

    • I thought I replied to your comment, but clearly I hadn’t. Your blog is a great idea, I’ll have to go check it out. It’s quite interesting how publishing standards have changed over the years, especially when we consider how many excellent unpublished works there must be out there.

  9. Ha ha! Jane Austen! Can’t wait to see what you say about her.

    Great to meet you! We classics readers are a rare lot. I love that you’re doing this to have ‘proof.’ :D

    – Jill

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