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Readathon: Wrap-up

Well, it’s two o’clock here, so the 24 hours are up. From the point of view of reading the most number of pages, I should have stuck to YA or graphic novels or something. As it is, though, I continued my reread of Aubrey/Maturin, both from expediency and inclination, and as the hour struck I had finished the last 240 pages of Clarissa Oakes (being on page 16 when the readathon started) and 85 pages of The Wine-Dark Sea. 325 pages is far more than I normally read in 24 hours these days, so I call that a success. With breaks (some of them extended, like when I suddenly decided I HAD to make crackerbread to go with my cheese), I basically read for 13 hours (5 pm to near midnight and 9 am to 2 pm).

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Since I opted to sleep at my normal time, none, really.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Clarissa Oakes and The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brian
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
I’d certainly recommend reading the whole Aubrey/Maturin oeuvre.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
How about a mini-readalong? It would have to be something short, perhaps a two-three page short story, but wouldn’t it be fun if everyone read the same thing? (Says she who hates short stories…)
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
If it falls on a convenient weekend, certainly I’d participate again. I might even make more of an effort to get closer to 24 hours of reading. It depends a lot on what the rest of the family is doing, however.

As for that crackerbread…

I used the recipe from Trines matblogg, which is similar to one I’ve got written down somewhere. Due to lack of supplies (it was, after all, because I couln’t get to the shops that I had to make it instead of just buying some), I made some substitutions, so my recipe went as follows:

3 dl wholemeal rye flour
1 dl rye meal
2 dl oatmeal
2 dl melon seeds
2 dl pumpkin seeds
2 dl sesame seeds
1 teasp salt
7.5 dl water

All mixed to a sticky «batter», divided on three baking sheets lined with paper and spread (inexpertly) with a spatula to an evenish 2-3 mm. All into the oven (hot air) at 160 degrees Celcius, cooked for ten minutes and then scored to mark rectangular crackers, then cooked for 4 times 15 minutes or thereabouts, circulating the baking sheets ever 15 minutes.

Break up along scored lines and cool on a rack, then eat.

Readathon: 10 Years in 10 (well, 11) books

It may be my first Dewey’s readathon, but it’s been going on twice a year since 2007, and so this is the 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, one of the challenges is to recommend a book from each of the years, and though the challenge says 10 books, I make that 11… Anyway, I made another Instagram bookstack.

Here’s a handy-dandy list, with links to my blog posts about each book (if I ever wrote one):

2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Hardly needs an introduction.

2008: Bad Science by Ben Goladacre.

2009: Shades of Grey by Jasper Ffforde.

2010: Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson.

2011: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.

2012: En man som heter Ove by Peter Backman.

2013: Hyperbole and a Half by Alleie Brosch.

2014: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. I haven’t technically finished this book, but I’ve finished the essay which gives it its title, and it’s brilliant.

2015: Evna by Siri Pettersen. Never blogged, bad blogger. I did manage to write something about the first book in the trilogy, though, Odinsbarn.

2016: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronowitch. Also never blogged. I’ve written about two other titles in the series, though, and I heartily recommend reading every single one.

2017: Tegnehanne: Blod, Svette og Tress-is by Hanne Sigbjørnsen.

And now to get back to reading for the remaining… 102 minutes.

Readathon, a belated blast-off

So it’s almost three hours since the official start of the readathon, but I had a book-launch to attend (good excuse, right?) and had to get back from town, and then we needed dinner, too, so here I am. I’m getting stuck into my book in a few minutes. First I just HAD to participate in the Traveler’s Log mini-challenge (see my entry below) and obviously I have to answer the opening meme questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Trondheim, Norway.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
All of them!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Applewood cheese…
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Well, I’m certainly too old to think that staying up for 24 hours to read is going to happen (or even that it’s a good idea). That’s a fun fact, I suppose 😛
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
It’s my first! I’m looking forward to following along with what everyone else is doing (as well as reading, obviously). I can see the challenge being balancing social media and actual reading.

Bokhøsten 2017: Cappelen Damm

Jeg prøver generelt å unngå å pådra meg leseeksemplarer fra forlagene, rett og slett fordi jeg leser så etter innfallsprinsippet at det kan ta ti år før jeg kommer så langt som til å lese en bok jeg egentlig hadde tenkt å lese «med en gang». Og selv om det ikke ligger noen forpliktelser i å hverken lese eller omtale (og langt mindre omtale positivt) en bok bare fordi man har fått den fra et forlag får jeg dårlig samvittighet om jeg ikke i det minste får lest den (eller lest nok til å avgjøre om jeg synes den er verdt å lese) innen rimelig tid.

Men forlagenes bokmøter, der de presenterer høstens nyheter, de prøver jeg å få med meg med om jeg har mulighet. For det første er det alltid noen forfattere til stede, og det er neste alltid interessant å høre forfattere snakke om egne bøker, samme hvor uinteressert jeg eventuelt måtte være i boka (og er jeg interessert er det selvsagt eksponensielt mer interessant å høre). Dessuten ender man alltid med tips om bøker som ellers ville gått en hus forbi – for min del ofte av det oversatte slaget. Siden jeg ikke leser engelske bøker oversatt til norsk vier jeg lite oppmerksomhet til den delen av katalogen, men det dukker ofte opp noe jeg gjerne skulle lest i orginal når jeg først blir gjort oppmerksom på det. I høst klaffet bare to av forlagenes datoer (av… 8? 10?), og i kveld skal jeg på Aschehougs Gyldendals høstmøte. I september var jeg på Cappelen Damms, og her er noen høydepunkter:

Torgrim Eggen

Torgrim Eggen snakket om sin nye bok Kunstrock, som omhandler David Bowie, Kraftwerk og Roxy Music. Det vil si han snakket først og fremst om det første pressebildet av Roxy Music, om det visuelle inntrykket og hvordan det hang sammen (eller ikke) med musikken. Dette er ikke min musikalske era, men dersom det er din, eller du kjenner noen som har hatt dette som soundtrack i livet, er dette en opplagt gave til deg selv eller rette vedkommende i høst.

Maria Reinertsen

Selv var jeg mer klar til å kaste meg over boka til neste forfatter ut, men den kommer ikke før mot slutten av oktober, så jeg måtte smøre meg med tålmodighet. Jeg synes navnet Maria Reinertsen virket kjent, og det var kanskje ikke så rart, for jeg leste hennes første bok Ligningen for lykke med stor glede i 2010. I høst kommer Reisen til Bretton Woods, som handler om «båtturen som la grunnlaget for verdensøkonomien slik vi kjenner den i dag 70 år senere» som forlaget skriver det. Deltagerne på overfarten fra Europa til USA med Queen Mary i 1944 hadde god tid til å diskutere, og før de kom fram var mye av grunnlaget for det som skulle bli Verdensbanken og IMF lagt.

Nå sveipet vi innom kokebøker og der var det spesielt to titler jeg merket meg. Jane H. Johansen aka Veganmisjonen kommer med boka Kjøttfrie burgere, og siden jeg er stor fan av vegetarburgere (gjerne servert med bacon, men pytt-pytt) er det en bok jeg kommer til å studere. Og Niru Kumra kommer, jeg hadde nær sagt endelig, med boken Masalamagic. Jeg har vært på Masalamagic-kurs en gang ifm jobb, og skulle gjerne deltatt på fler, men i mellomtiden sier jeg «Kokebok? Ja takk.»

Didrik Morits Hallstrøm

Sci-fi på norsk som utgis for voksne og ikke «gjemmes bort» i ungdoms-kategorien er ikke dagligdags kost. Lysår er Didrik Morits Hallstrøms tredje roman, og jeg har hørt bra ting om den forrige, Krø, så de var ikke negativt at Lysår var en av bøkene som lå i nettet vi fikk med oss fra arrangementet.

Nå kommer vi til en av de oversatte titlene jeg bet meg merke i; Ken Follett er jo ikke akkurat et ukjent navn, og i høst kommer hans A Column of Fire (Den evige ilden), som visst er en slags James Bond-historie fra 1500-tallet, en roman om Elisabeth den førstes etterretningstjeneste. Ellers er Geert Maks nyeste bok, Jan Six og hans mange liv, notert på tbr-listen, men den kan jeg vel lese på norsk like gjerne, siden orginalspråket er nederlandsk.

Ellers i sakprosa føler jeg at man burde få med seg Et uønsket folk, med undertittelen «Utviklingen av en ‘sigøynerpolitikk’ og utryddelsen av norske rom 1915-1956» kan man forutse at det blir ubehagelig, men nyttig lesing.

Roy Jacobsen, med Knut Gørvell fra forlaget i bakgrunnen.

Sist, men aldeles ikke minst, var det Roy Jacobsen sin tur. Jeg var så overmåte begeistret for De usynlige at jeg ennå ikke har turt å lese Hvitt hav. Nå kommer altså tredje bok om Ingrid Barrøy, Rigels øyne, og de som har lest den later til å være av den mening at jeg går glipp av noe om jeg ikke skjerper meg snart.

Readathon Prep: Challenge 1 roundup

Half-way through the week I needed to pick up my pace somewhat if I were to have any hope of completing 1000 pages by Monday. That worked out ok, though, because I had a lot more time to read over the weekend. So, to add the details:

The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian: 222-329, 107 pages.

The Surgeon’s Mate by Patrick O’Brian: 7-382, 375 pages.

The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’Brian: 7-26, 19 pages.

Lunch-blad 3/2017: 50 pages, Lunch-blad 8/2016: 48 pages and Lunch-blad 2/2017: 49 pages, total 147 pages.

Bobla by Siri Pettersen: 277 pages.

With the 402 pages from before, that makes a total of 1327 pages all together, so I can note challenge completed.

Readathon prep: Challenge 1

In addtion to the 30 Days of Readathon photo challenge (which is happening on Instagram daily, though I will post here as well in round-up posts), there are going to be a few more challenges, run in the Goodreads readathon group. Challenge 1 is to read 1000 pages between the evening of Sunday 24th September and the morning of Monday 2nd October (Pacific Coast time). I noted that I was on page 285 of Desolation Island in my sign-up comment, but I had already read quite a bit since the start of the challenge by that point. Still, I’ll see if I need to consider those 100ish pages or not at the end of the week.

So, here are the stats so far:

Desolation Island 285-325 = 40 pages

The Fortune of War 7-222 = 215 pages

Rammeplan for barnehagen (hey, it’s reading) 7-57 = 50 pages

Lunch-blad (comics):
2015/7 49 pages
2016/7 48 pages

So that’s 402, with three-and-a-half-ish days left. I need to step it up a little.

Yesterday was unintentionally busy, so I was one day late with my Instagram picture, but I’m all caught up now. Here’s 28-23 in the countdown.

28: Red: A stack of books, all good, happening to have a red spine. #30daysofreadathon #readathon #bookstagram

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30 Days of Readathon

I vår hadde jeg tenkt å delta på Dewey’s 24 Hours Readathon, men så endret planene for den helga seg og det ble særdeles smått med lesetid. Men 21. oktober er det ny readathon, og da har jeg tenkt å gjøre et nytt forsøk. Siden det er 10-årsjubileum for Dewey’s arrangerer de denne gangen også en 30-dagers utfordring som opptakt.

Den dukket ikke opp i Facebook-feeden min før i dag, så jeg starter en dag sent, men her er de to første bidragene (jeg kjører med Instagram-bilder):

Må ha det, bare må ha det

Se hva jeg fant på et supermarked i Tallinn i sommer:

Dette er altså en bokformet metallboks, og inneholder en pose løste. Jeg satset på Earl Grey, siden det er en te jeg faktisk drikker, men det fantes maaaaaange varianter. Egentlig hadde jeg lyst til å kjøpe alle, men jeg klarte å styre meg (den kostet nærmere 10 euro, så…).

Hva skal jeg bruke den til? Tja, jeg vet ikke, men det kan vel ikke nektes for at den er kul?

Bout of Books wrap-up

Well.

Bout of Books

I am afraid I was caught up in a wave of renewed enthusiasm for sewing this week, so I read… next to nothing. I am 72 pages into Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, and unless I’m having a blackout that is the extent of my reading for the rest of the week (well, apart from sewing instructions).

I made a bookspine rainbow, though, and decided it’s time to reread Jasper Fforde. I just need to find The Eyre Affair first, it’s gone missing.

The next Bout of Books is in January. I’ll probably give it a shot.

Bout of Books Day 1 and 2

Well, I must admit, the numbers are not looking particularly impressive so far.

Day 1 I read the entirety of Alex Rider Point Blanc, a graphic novel the eldest had borrowed from the school library and loved. I can see why she liked it, and I found it entertaining myself, but I am quite clearly not its target market.

Day 2 I read… well, at least 10 pages of a book about millinary. But I did go to a reading circle meeting, so that was a couple of hours of bookish activity, even if it wasn’t technically reading.

Must do better today.