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Amazon.co.uk’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

My reading mojo seems to have gone into hibernation these last couple of weeks, so to keep up some activity I thought I’d jump in on this tag.

1. Include a link back to Amazon’s official 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime 
2. Tag Perfectly Tolerable, the creator of this meme
3. Tag the person who nominated you (I saw this on Travels in Retrospect)
4. Copy the list of books and indicate which titles you have read.
5. Tally up your total.
6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and share your total count. (For some reason I’m not able to comment…)
7. Tag five new people and comment on one of their posts to let them know. (I’m not going to tag anyone, feel free to nominate yourself.)

Here’s the list:

1984 George Orwell

A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking

A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

A Game of Thrones George R R Martin

A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil MacGregor

All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque

American Gods Neil Gaiman

American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

Atonement Ian McKewan

Bad Science Ben Goldacre

Birdsong Sebastian Faulks

Brideshead Revisted Evelyn Waugh

Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding

Brighton Rock Graham Greene

Casino Royale Ian Fleming

Catch 22 Joseph Hellier

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevesky

Dissolution C J Sansom

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Philip K. Dick

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J K Rowling

High Fidelity Nick Hornby

In Cold Blood Truman Capote

Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin

Last Orders Graham Swift

Little Women Louise May Alcott

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

London Fields Martin Amis

London: The Biography Peter Akroyd

Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

My Man Jeeves P G Woodhouse

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson

Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier (dnf, though)

Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz

Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

The Book Thief Markus Zusak

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne

The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett

The Commitments Roddy Doyle

The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

The Enchanted Wood Enid Blyton

The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

The Fellowship of the Ring J R R Tolkien

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

The Hare with Amber Eyes Edmund de Waal

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks

The Mill on the Floss George Eliot

The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

The Road Cormac McCarthy

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Sue Townsend

The Secret History Donna Tartt

The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins

The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes

The Stand Stephen King

The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr

The Time Machine H G Wells

The Worst Witch Jill Murphy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John Le Carré

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf

The Wasp Factory Iain Banks

Trainspotting Irvine Welsh

Venice Jan Morris

Watchmen Alan Moore

Watership Down Richard Adams

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Helen Oxenbury

White Teeth Zadie Smith

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Jung Chang

Winnie the Pooh A A Milne

Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

37. Or 36,5, since I only skimmed most of Rebecca (since I hated it…). I’ve also at some point read a digested version of Great Expectations, though, so I’m sort of at 37 in total. Anyway, some interesting books here compared to a lot of other «top 100» lists.

Giveaway

Avsluttet og trukket, se kommentarfeltet for vinnere.

Jeg har diverse bøker som vansmekter her hjemme. Bøker jeg med ett unntak har fått i forbindelse med forlagenes bokmøter, men som jeg av forskjellige grunner vet jeg ikke kommer til å lese. Og hva er vel da bedre enn å gi dem bort? Kommenter hvilke(n) du kunne tenke deg, og jeg trekker vinner(e) tirsdag 13. februar, så kommer kanskje bøkene fram til vinterferien (iaf vinterferien i Trøndelag).

Lena Andersson: Rettsstridig forføyningBok 1: Lena Anderssons Rettsstridig forføyning (heftet). Denne har jeg faktisk lest, men på svensk. Jeg var vel sånn tålelig middels fonøyd, men andre har definitivt likt boka.

Levi Henriksen: Harpesang

Bok 2: Levi Henriksens Harpesang (innbundet). Denne kan jeg forsåvidt godt finne på å lese på noe tidspunkt, men det holder i så fall å låne den på biblioteket når ånden eventuelt kommer over meg, jeg trenger ikke å ha den støvende ned i hylla.

J. D. Vance: Hillbillyens klagesangBok 3: J. D. Vances Hillbillyens klagesang (heftet, merket forhåndseksemplar). Jeg er ikke uinteressert i denne heller, men om jeg skal lese den vil jeg lese den på engelsk.

Peter Frankopan: SilkeveieneBok 4: Peter Frankopans Silkeveiene (innbundet). Denne skal jeg lese, men på engelsk. Jeg har den på hylla i pocketutgave.

Ruth Hogan: Vokteren av tapte tingBok 5: Ruth Hogans Vokteren av tapte ting (heftet). Denne boka har jeg kjøpt – på Bunnpris – i panikk en kveld i desember når jeg plutselig måtte overnatte på sykehuset sammen med femåringen og ikke hadde med meg lesestoff. I litt mer sober tilstand ville jeg kanskje husket at jeg har både ebokbib og kindle på mobilen, og at det uansett neppe ble så mye lesing, men boka ble nå i alle fall kjøpt. Men når jeg har hyllevis med uleste bøker å ta av blir den garantert ikke lest, i alle fall ikke på norsk.

Jørn Horst: Katharina-kodenBok 6: Jørn Horsts Katharina-koden (innbundet). Denne boka er til og med signert (se nedenfor). Jeg leser jo nesten ikke krim, og skal jeg lese Horst kommer jeg ikke til å begynne med den 12. boka om Wisting.

Jørn Lier Horsts signatur i boka

Så der har vi det. 6 bøker som vansmekter hos meg, vil du gi dem et bedre hjem?

Diktlesesirkel

Optimismen min for lese- og bloggåret 2018 har visst ingen grenser. In for a penny, in for a pound, tenker jeg, så når Anita lanserer diktlesesirkel slenger jeg meg selvsagt med, i alle fall forsøksvis.

Kategoriene er som følger:

1. Januar: Les en ulest diktsamling fra bokhylla di. (har du ingen der, så kan du låne av noen)

2. Mars: Les en diktsamling av en debutant.

3. Mai: Les en samling av en prisbelønnet lyriker.

4. Juli: Les en diktsamling av en utenlandsk lyriker.

5. September: Les en norsk diktsamling fra 2018.

6. November: Les en klassiker.

Januar skulle ikke være noe problem, jeg har flere (og har allerede plukket fram to til Bokhyllelesing, så jeg kan ta en av dem nå og den andre i mars). Resten kan biblioteket hjelpe med, og siden jeg er medlem av gruppa Lån ei diktsamling på Facebook, kanskje jeg kan få skrevet noen ord om de jeg leser der også, så bidrar jeg til litt aktivitet. I alle fall er bare det å låne lyrikk på biblioteket en form for lavterskel aktivisme på lyrikkens vegne, som gruppebeskrivelsen sier det:

Dette er meint å vere både ei påminning om at dersom me ikkje låner lyrikk, forsvinn den frå biblioteka, – og ein stad der ein kan tipse andre om lyrikk ein meiner fortener å bli lest.

Ikke at du ikke bør kjøpe lyrikk, altså, selvsagt bør du det, men selv om Ragnhilds første lov lyder «Det er alltid plass til en bok til» er det jo faktisk begrensninger for hvor mange bøker hver av oss kan ha i hus på et gitt tidspunkt…

Bokhyllelesing

Joda. Det er greit å ha ambisjoner, sant? Boktanker har nå annonsert listen med temaord for Bokhyllelesing 2018, og siden jeg, som de fleste, har en tbr-liste lang som et vondt år(tusen) skal jeg gjøre et forsøk i år.

Her er listen, og mine mulige kandidater, i alle fall for de første måneden. Det blir neppe akkurat slik.

FØRSTE RUNDE – JANUAR
– Les ei bok med gult omslag: This is How You Lose Her av Junot Díaz eller Den kongelige egyptiske automobilklubben av Alaa Al Aswany. Pluss for nr to er at den også fyller målet om ikke-europeisk/nordamerikansk, pluss for nr en er at jeg kan registrere den på Bookcrossing og dumpe den i London. Vi får se.

ANDRE RUNDE – FEBRUAR
– Les ei bok som blei skrevet eller utgitt mellom 1700 og 1850: Maria Edgworth, tror jeg det blir. Jeg har Ennui (1809) og Castle Rackrent (1800) i ett volum, så får jeg skikkelig flyt kan jeg jo lese begge.

TREDJE RUNDE – MARS
– Les ei novellesamling, ei diktsamling eller et skuespill av en forfatter du ikke har lest før: Jeg har to diktsamlinger utgitt av Heidrun forlag, mottatt som medlemsbok de årene jeg var medlem. Den ene er opprinnelig svensk og veldig kort, så den skal jeg i alle fall klare å få klemt inn: Vi sees på andra sidan av Christer Thempander. Den andre er oversatt til svensk, fra latvisk så vidt jeg kan forstå: Hjärtat på trottoaren av Aleksandrs Caks.

FJERDE RUNDE – APRIL
– Les ei bok som handler om eller tar utgangspunkt i en familie

FEMTE RUNDE – MAI
– Les boka bak filmen: Teller Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? For jeg har den liggende og har hverken lest den ennå eller sett filmen.

SJETTE RUNDE – JUNI & JULI
– Les ei tjukk bok du lenge har utsatt å lese

SJUENDE RUNDE – AUGUST
– Les ei bok av en forfatter fra et ikkeeuropeisk land: Kan jo bli Aswany om jeg leser Díaz i januar, men temaet passer jo utmerket til lesemålet i alle fall.

ÅTTENDE RUNDE – SEPTEMBER
– Les en oppfølger

NIENDE RUNDE – OKTOBER
– Les ei skandinavisk bok utgitt mellom 1960 og 2000

TIENDE RUNDE – NOVEMBER & DESEMBER
– Les ei bok av en forfatter som har mottatt Nobelprisen i litteratur

Bout of Books 21: Progress post

Bout of Books

I will stick to having just the one post for progress this week, rather than one per day, I think, so this post will be updated as the week progresses.

Monday

Castle of Llyr pages 42-170 (128)
Taran Wanderer pages 3-44 (41)
Amulet #7: Firelight pages 1-198 (198)

Monday challenge

Another book-related thing happened today, namely the announcement of the Bokbloggerprisen 2017 (the book blogger price for Norwegian books published in 2017) longlist. None of my nominees made it (I’m most upset about Keeperen og havet), and I’ve actually read 0 of the books on the longlist. I’ve got one, Nesten menneske, on loan from the library and need to get to that soon. For the others I will probably wait for the shortlist to see which ones I should prioritize and join the readalongs (one book a month from February to August).

Tuesday

Goodnight Punpun pages 1-424 (424)
Pondus 1/2018  (comic magazine) 1-50 (50)
Taran Wanderer pages 44-218 (174)

Tuesday challenge

The Tuesday challenge is to sum up 2018 reading goals. In the Goodreads challenge I’ve set 70 books as a goal, which I’m well on the way to (10/70 already!), but I don’t expect to keep up this progress. In any case, exceeding that number is obviously just a bonus. I’ve also noted that I need to read more books with author AND plot from outside Europe/North America. More than in 2017 shouldn’t be too difficult, as I had a grand total of one dubious fit. In fact, since I finished Goodnight Punpun today I have already exceeded last year’s total… Still, I mean to read more.

As far as challenges go, I intend to make an attempt at the Bookriot Read Harder as well as the Swedish bloggers’ Kaosutmaningen. I’m also hoping to participate in Moshonista’s Biography reading circle (waiting for the 2018 prompts to be published) and may consider Boktankers Bokhyllelesing – reading shelf-warmers – again waiting for the 2018 prompts (the link is to the 2017 prompts).

Wednesday

The High King pages 3-106 (103)

The Wednesday challenge was a book spine rainbow. I finally got around to it on Friday:

Thursday

The High King pages 106-248 (142)

The Thursday challenge is called All the Favourites, and there are a few prompts to set us going, so here goes (I may add more as I think of them):

Audiobook narrator
I don’t listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I don’t normally pay that much attention to who the narrator is when I do, but the most memorable narration I’ve ever heard was David Suchet’s reading of Murder on the Orient Express, where he does (perfect!) voices for all the different characters.

Illustrator
Thore Hansen has been a favourite for as long as I can remember, but Lisa Aisato is becoming a major contender for the top spot.

Series
I’d have to go with the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian.

Bookish blog
One I’ve read for a long time and which continues to delight and inform me is the Swedish bookblog Enligt O.

Vlogger
I don’t do videos.

Favorite library (librarian)
I’ve never had a conscious relationship to specific librarians since I moved away from my childhood library, Hamar bibliotek. There were two female librarians – and no, I don’t remember their names – who worked (mostly) in the children’s/youth section who were helpful and gave good guidance, but also annoyed me because they were the face of the rule that you couldn’t take out books from the adult section before the age of 12 (I got around it by reading in the library, but it felt massively unfair). At the time I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up, so they were both important role models.

Friday

Så du ikke går deg bort pages 7-48 (41)

Saturday and Sunday

Så du ikke går deg bort pages 49-111 (63)

The weekend was a bit of a disaster, reading-wise. I had a photgraphy workshop on Saturday (some of the pictures I took can be seen here) and on Sunday we had a birthday party for the (newly-turned) eleven-year-old. But I did finish a Nobel Prize Winner, even if it was short, so there is that.

Totals for the week

Books finished

The Castle of Llyr, Chronicles of Prydain III – Lloyd Alexander
Amulet #7: Firelight – Kazu Kibiushi
Goodnight Punpun – Inio Asano
Taran Wanderer, Chronicles of Prydain IV – Lloyd Alexander
The High King, Chronicles of Prydain V – Lloyd Alexander
Så du ikke går deg bort – Patrick Modiano

Books blogged

Goodnight Punpun – Inio Asano
Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre (read prior to Bout of Books week)

Total number of pages read: 1364 (updated Friday)

And that’s pretty marvellous, considering I read all of 200 pages or so for Bout of Books 20 back in August, when my concentration levels should have been much better. This time around I managed almost 200 pages a day on average, even if almost half is comics/graphic novels that’s still over 100 pages of text a day, which is much more than I normally read (I just checked last year’s stats on Goodreads, and dividing the 17,924 pages they reckon I read by 365 I get 49 pages a day, and that number, too, includes a lot of comics/graphic novels).

AND I blogged about two books!

More importantly, perhaps: Fun was had.

Bout of Books will be back in May. So will I. Well, actually, I hope I’ll be blogging a bit between now and May, too, but you know what I mean.

Kaosutfordring

Flere av de svenske bokbloggene jeg leser har hevet seg på kaosutfordingen i år (igjen), blant annet Bokdamen og Looking for Mr. Goodbook. Vert for årets utgave er Fröken Christina, og utfordringen er å mellom 1. januar og 31. desember 2018 kunne plassere en bok på minst 20 av de følgende 35 punktene (hver bok får bare brukes en gang):

1. En bok vars titel består av 7 ord
2. En bok vars titel innehåller ett personnamn
3. En debutbok
4. En bok som även finns som film eller tv-serie
5. En grafisk roman
6. En novellsamling – This is How You Lose Her av Junot Díaz (30.01)
7. En klassiker
8. En bok med en siffra i titeln – The Book of Three av Lloyd Alexander (03.01)
9. En bok av en författare som kommer från Asien – Goodnight Punpun av Inio Asano (09.01)
10. En bok av en författare som kommer från Afrika
11. En bok av en författare som kommer från Sydamerika
12. Läs om en gammal favoritbok
13. En bok med en blomma på omslaget
14. En bok du inte läst från en författare du älskar
15. En förbjuden bok
16. En bok under 150 sidor – Jenta som ville redde bøkene av Klaus Hagerup og Lisa Aisato (06.01)
17. En bok med en karaktär med samma yrke som du
18. En bok från biblioteket
19. En bok du läste som ung
20. En bok om en resa
21. En bok som inte utspelas i en stad
22. En bok på engelska – The Black Cauldron av Lloyd Alexander (07.01)
23. En bok som har fått beröm i en bokblogg.
24. En bok med många berättarröster
25. En bok av en författare som skrivit över 20 verk – Så du ikke går deg bort av Patrick Modiano (14.01)
26. En bok i en genre du vanligtvis inte läser
27. En bok publicerad före år 2005 – The Dark is Rising av Susan Cooper (05.01)
28. En bok vari det inte finns någon telefon
29. En bok vars titel består av endast ett adjektiv
30. En bok med idrottsanknytning
31. En bok med en månad i titeln
32. En bok skriven av ett författarpar
33. En bok med ett av de fyra elementen i titeln eller på omslaget
34. En Augustprisvinnare
35. En bok från 2018

Bout of Books 21

Bout of Books

Bout of Books is a pretty good way to kick off the bookish year, and the 21st Bout of Books is happening next week. Here’s the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Apart from reading (a lot) I have every intention of blogging (a bit). We’ll see how it goes.

2017 End of Year Survey

A survey from The Perpetual Page Turner, who’s doing this for the 8th year running. I toyed with the idea of translating to Norwegian, but decided against it. I think I’d have more interesting answers if I were still at the series guzzling age (I used to read something like a book a day for years). Any questions I can’t think of answers to, I’ll just leave blank. Here goes:

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 71
Number of Re-Reads: 34
Genre You Read The Most From: Children’s/YA Fantasy OR Maritime Fiction (the latter being all Patrick O’Brian, but 20 books is a hefty chunk out of 71)

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Best of the non-rereads was probably A Shepherd’s Life.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Bobla, unfortunately.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Um sakne springe blome, as I couldn’t see what everyone was so VERY excited about at ALL.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I was a pretty bad (i.e. innefficient) book pusher in 2017, books for the book circle and suggested to my daughter don’t really count, do they?

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I have great faith that Keeperen og havet (which I’m reading at the moment) will be the best sequel published in 2017 that I’ll (ever?) read. As for the rest, it really is Master & Commander and Blue at the Mizzen, at least for the series I personally read in 2017…

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I really liked Vernon God Little, weird as it was, so hopefully D. B. C. Pierre has written more books.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Arbeidsnever was pretty good for a collection of short stories (I do not like short stories).

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Apart from the whole Aubrey/Maturin thing? Percy Jackson was pretty hard to put down towards the end. I did go to bed and leave 50ish pages, so not impossible to put down, but it was a wrench.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Harry Potter series, since we’re seeing The Cursed Child at the end of January it seems necessary to prepare by rereading the original seven…

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Bobla!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

I’m going to cheat and say Carrie Fisher. I’ve never been much of a Star Wars fan so she hasn’t really been on my radar, but it was in 2017 I «discovered» her, and read Wishful Drinking. And now I want to read everything she ever wrote.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Ahem. It’s going to have to be O’Brian. All of them.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I can’t think of any that actually fit the bill, which is a bit sad. Some of the rereads were life-changing in ways when I first read them, but not so much the fifth and twentieth time around.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

I’ll go with Lars er LOL. I should have read it in 2016 so I could have nominated it for Bokbloggerprisen, I might have pushed it on to the shortlist if I had.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

«Neither fowl nor fish nor good red herring». Said by Jack Aubrey at some point in the series. It’s one of my favourite expressions ever.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Longest must surely be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Shortest might be Um sakne springe blome.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

As with question 13, none this year.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I’m not a shipper, really. I tend to be happy with letting the author ship for me.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Yes, well, it’s going to be the friendship between Jack and Stephen, isn’t it?

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Discounting rereads, I liked John Green’s story in Let it Snow more than I liked the one other book of his that I’ve read, The Fault in our Stars.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I liked Jane Ashlands gradvise forsvinning more than I expected to, and I’d never have read it if it wasn’t for Bokbloggerprisen.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I don’t think I read any.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Harry Potter all the way.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Tegnehanne: Blod, svette og tress-is.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

I sob through the last 80 or so pages of Robin Hood every time.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Reinertsens biography of Henriette Schønberg Erken. More people should read it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Vernon God Little.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Your blogging/bookish life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Jeg elsker vaffel. Mostly because I’ve been meaning to write about cookbooks more for probably the last ten years.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Et forsøk på oversikt, which I just managed to cram in before the new year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Bokbloggertreffet.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Getting the last book in Bente Lohnes fantasy series for kids, Gullridderen, quite totally unexpected as a gift after it has been the one book I was missing from the series for years and I had more or less despaired of ever finding it.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Getting around to blogging. Still working on it. Reading a lot less than I would have liked and rereading a lot more than planned, both due to concentration problems caused by tiredness following chemo.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Owlcrate Jr. I bought a three-month subscription for my eldest daughter for the summer months, she loved it and would definitely like a long-term subscription.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Not really, it was a bad year for challenges.

Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Already on it: Keeperen og havet.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Anything from The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, whether novel or comic (graphic novel if you will).

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Blog about a larger proportion of the books I read. Read somewhat more new (to me) books rather than rereads. That’s two things.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Not applicable.

Read Harder 2018

Og der dukket lista opp… Bookriots Read Harder for 2018 er som følger:

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person – Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano (09.01)
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Ingen av kategoriene er helt umulige, i alle fall.

Books read 2018

Tidligere har jeg publisert denne listen ved midnatt 31. desember, altså på slutten av året, men i år tenkte jeg å teste å publisere 1. januar, og så oppdatere når jeg har lest ferdig en bok.

  • Slightly Chipped – Nancy and Lawrence Goldstone (01.01 – reread)
  • The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander (03.01 – reread)
  • The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper (04.01 – reread)
  • Keeperen og havet – Maria Parr (05.01)
  • Jenta som ville redde bøkene – Klaus Hagerup og Lisa Aisato (06.01)
  • Kvinner som hater menn – Sumaya Jirde Ali (06.01)
  • The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander (07.01 – reread)
  • The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander (08.01 – reread)
  • Amulet #7: Firelight – Kazu Kibiushi (08.01)
  • Goodnight Punpun – Inio Asano (09.01)
  • Taran Wanderer – Lloyd Alexander (09.01 – reread)
  • The High King – Lloyd Alexander (11.01 – reread)
  • Så du ikke går deg bort – Patrick Modiano (14.01)
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Lies – Greg Rucka et al. (20.01)
  • Wonder Woman Vol 2: Year One – Greg Rucka et al. (20.01)
  • Wonder Woman Vol 3: The Truth – Greg Rucka et al. (21.01)
  • Nesten menneske – Alfred Fidjestøl (20.01)
  • Verda er ein skandale – Agnes Ravatn (25.01)
  • Alice Andersen – Torun Lian (26.01)
  • This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz (30.01)
  • The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher (05.02)

Utfordringer jeg forsøker å delta på i 2018: