Bout of books 18: Day 4-7 stats

Bout of Books 18

Reading’s going well, blogging… not so well. I’ll make this a Bout of Books 18 roundup post.

Thursday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 164 to 282, 118 pages.

Friday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 283 to 432 and
Sweet Masterpiece 89-114, 174 pages.

Saturday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 433 to 517 and
Sweet Masterpiece 115-121, 90 pages.

Sunday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 518-674, 156 pages.

Which gives a total of pages read this week of 940. I’m happy with that. Only one book finished, but since I happened to be reading the two thickest books in the Harry Potter canon, that is not surprising. I’d have gotten more reading done this weekend if it hadn’t been for the eldest turning ten and family descending for a party and we had to, ahem, tidy and clean a bit in preparation.

Bout of Books 18: Day 3 stats

Bout of Books 18

Busy day yesterday. Still, I managed to squeeze in 86 pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Which takes me up to 408 pages so far this week. So, not too shabby.

I didn’t get around to doing the challenge, but I showed off my most excellent new bookmark from Beedoo (Etsy) on Instagram:

This morning I came across Popsugar’s 2017 reading challenge. I printed out the list for this challenge two years ago, but never followed it up. Now I’ve printed out the 2017 list and will glue it into the Bujo along with the Read Harder list. Perhaps that will make it easier to remember. It’s a pretty good mix of quite random things, so it should be fun to try to find books to match.

Bout of Books 18: Day 2 stats

Bout of Books 18

I read 90 pages in (/the rest of) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and got started on Order of the Phoenix with 69 pages. I also read 15 (ebook) pages of Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton. So all in all 174 pages (if you count the ebook pages as normal pages, which for the sake of my sanity I am going to do, if not I’d have to find some way to convert them).

And since I finished a book I got to fill inn the first line of my stats tracker:

Cool, eh? Ok, I may be a little over-enthusiastic about this.

And as actually using the Bujo is one of my goals for 2017 I could use the picture I shared on Instagram yesterday as my challenge entry, too.

Read Harder 2017

Despite never making it past the half-way point of the 2016 challenge, I will attempt the 2017 Bookriot Read Harder challenge. The list of task is just as (if not more) interesting as last year’s, and even if I don’t complete it will be a reminder to read a bit more diversely.

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.
  21. Read a book published by a micropress.
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

Looking at what I read last year, I’d say 9 and 12 should be the absolute easiest, followed by 2, 6, 8 and 18. The rest I may have to consciously go in search of matches for. Which is, of course, part of the point. We’ll see how it goes.

Bout of Books 18: Day 1 stats

Read pages 398 to 546 in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (so 148 pages). Decided on the spur of the moment late Monday evening to sign up for Bout of Books.

Started several book-related collections in my bujo (something I’m testing for 2017, we’ll see how it goes). I thought I might as well share them.

Books read. Reasonably self-explanatory. I’ve cheated with GoF as I wanted to see how a book would fit on the shelf. Will probably decorate the shelf a bit more and colour it in. I’m planning on colouring the books I blog about, to give me a bit of a visual push on that front.

Mount Toberead. It’s in reality a lot bigger than this would seem to indicate, but I’ve only noted the three books I KNOW I need to read in the next few weeks so far.

Book stats tracker. Saw this idea somewhere and had a go at my own version. So far tracking: Target age, gender (of author), genre, origin of author/place of action IN Europe/North America our outside, and whether the book is relatable to a challenge. In the empty column I may add score, or perhaps track some more diversity markers. We’ll see.

As you’ll notice, all these pages are in English. They just came out that way. Some of the other pages in the bujo are in Norwegian, some are mixed. This is pretty much inevitable, unless I make a concentrated effort to remember to use only one language, and since part of the point of the bujo is to make it effortless enough so I actually use it, «concentrated effort» doesn’t really come into it.

The pages above are not very exciting at the moment, of course. I’ll get back to them in a blogpost later in the year to show how they progressed (well, if they do).

Bout of Books 18

Bout of Books 18

Oh, go on then. Might as well start the reading year off on the right foot, right?

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 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Hereby signing up.

Oppsummering av leseåret 2016

I følge Goodreadsoversikten leste jeg 96 bøker i 2016. Tallet burde vært 99, siden jeg leste de tre første Harry Potter-bøkene om igjen i jula, men jeg gadd ikke å legge dem inn på Goodreads (siden det mangler en god «har lest om igjen»-funksjon, så vidt jeg har klart å finne ut av). Det er absolutt et akseptabelt antall, men siden en ganske stor andel var tegneserier eller korte barne-/ungdomsbøker (som jeg til og med har lest før) er det nok ikke så imponerende likevel. Noen fler tall:

Antall bøker totalt: 99
Antall nye (for meg) bøker: 44
Antall gjenlesinger: 55 (ekstremt, selv til meg å være)
Antall tegneserier: 19
Antall bøker skrevet av (bare) damer: 65
Antall bøker skrevet av (bare) menn: 18
Antall bøker skrevet av forfattere fra OG med handling fra verden utenom Europa+Nord-Amerika: 3 (patetisk)
Antall bøker som er teoretisk kvalifisert til Bokbloggerprisen 2016: 4 (også patetisk, heldigvis var fler av dem verdt en nominasjon)

For 2017 har jeg satt som Goodreads-mål å lese 80 bøker. Ut over antall må ambisjonen være å lese fler bøker for første gang, noen fler romaner som ikke er fantasy (ikke at det er noe galt med fantasy, langt derifra) og definitivt fler bøker fra andre verdensdeler og kulturer. Jeg morer meg med BuJo i år, så jeg tror jeg skal få inn noen av de kategoriene på en tracker for å visualisere.

Og som vanlig kan jeg jo ha som målsetning om å blogge om en noe større andel av bøkene jeg leser.

Angående Bookriots Read Harder Challenge kan jeg vel konstantere at framgangen første halvår endte med å være resultatet for hele året, mer eller mindre. Mission not completed. Bedre lykke neste gang.

Books read 2016

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling (29.12 – reread)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling (26.12 – reread)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling (23.12 – reread)
  • Fifth Formers of St. Clares – Enid Blyton (20.12 – reread)
  • Claudine at St. Clares – Enid Blyton (19.12 – reread)
  • Second Form at St. Clares – Enid Blyton (18.12 – reread)
  • Summer Term at St. Clares – Enid Blyton (17.12 – reread)
  • The O’Sullivan Twins – Enid Blyton (16.12 – reread)
  • The Twins at St. Clares – Enid Blyton (15.12 – reread)
  • Last Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (13.12 – reread)
  • In the Fifth at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (12.12 – reread)
  • Upper Fourth at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (11.12 – reread)
  • Third Year at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (10.12 – reread)
  • Second Form at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (9.12 – reread)
  • First Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton (8.12 – reread)
  • Stephen Fry in America – Stephen Fry (7.12)
  • The Unforgettable Fifth at Trebizon – Anne Digby (30.11 – reread)
  • Secret Letters at Trebizon – Anne Digby (30.11 – reread)
  • Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon – Anne Digby (30.11 – reread)
  • The Ghostly Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (30.11 – reread)
  • Fourth Year Triumphs at Trebizon – Anne Digby (29.11 – reread)
  • The Hockey Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (29.11 – reread)
  • Into the Fourth at Trebizon – Anne Digby (29.11 – reread)
  • Summer Camp at Trebizon – Anne Digby (28.11 – reread)
  • The Tennis Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (27.11 – reread)
  • Nemi: Med Grimm og gru – Lise Myhre (27.11)
  • More Trouble at Trebizon – Anne Digby (26.11 – reread)
  • Boy Trouble at Trebizon – Anne Digby (25.11 – reread)
  • Summer Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (24.11 – reread)
  • Second Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (23.11 – reread)
  • First Term at Trebizon – Anne Digby (22.11 – reread)
  • Tegnehanne: Ambisjoner minus gjennomføringsevne – Tegnehanne (19.10)
  • The Great Indoors – Ben Highmore (12.10)
  • Giant Days – John Allison (16.09)
  • Norsk sokkel – Heidi Linde (14.09)
  • 60 damer du skulle ha møtt – Martha Breen & Jenny Jordal (12.09)
  • The Comic Book Story of Beer – Hennessy, Smith, McConnell & Orzechowski (12.09)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling (31.08)
  • The Crooked Sixpence –Jennifer Bell (30.08)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True – Ryan North (10.08)
  • Aya –Marguerite Abouet (02.08)
  • Ms. Marvel, vol. 3: Crushed – G. Willow Wilson (14.07)
  • Ms. Marvel, vol. 2: Generation Why – G. Willow Wilson (13.07)
  • Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson (12.07)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol 1: Squirrel Power – Ryan North (25.07)
  • Lumberjanes, vol 2. – Noelle Stevenson (Writer, Creator), Grace Ellis (Writer, Creator), Shannon Watters (Creator), Brooke Allen (Illustrator), Maarta Laiho (Colourist) (26.06) (Read Harder task 17)
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl – Erin Faith Hicks (26.06)
  • In Real Life – Cory Doctorow (Author) and Jen Wang (Illustrator) (25.06)
  • Shotgun Lovesongs –Nickolas Butler (23.06)
  • Two Caravans – Marina Lewycka (21.06)
  • Pushing Up Daisies – Rosemary Harris (15.06)
  • The Blythes are Quoted – L. M. Montgomery (02.06) (Read Harder task 10)
  • Rilla of Ingleside – L. M. Montgomery (21.05 – reread)
  • Rainbow Valley – L. M. Montgomery (19.05 – reread)
  • Anne of Ingleside – L. M. Montgomery (17.05 – reread)
  • Anne’s House of Dreams – L. M. Montgomery (16.05 – reread)
  • Anne of the Island – L. M. Montgomery (15.05 – reread)
  • Anne of Avonlea – L. M. Montgomery (11.05 – reread)
  • Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery (09.05 – reread)
  • Paradisveien; En gate i London – Richard Herrmann (28.04)
  • Tanta til Roald Dahl – Sven Kærup Bjørneboe (21.04)
  • Den store rumpefeiden – Marta Breen og Jenny Jordahl (20.04) (Read Harder task 19)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (14.04 – read aloud, reread for me) (Read Harder task 4)
  • Jeg blir heldigvis ikke lagt merke til – Liv Marit Weberg (12.04)
  • Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve (06.04)
  • Kvit katt i snøen: Haikudikt – Sigurd Helseth (06.04)
  • Between Two Thorns – Emma Newman (04.04)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney (03.04) (Read Harder task 5)
  • The Bird of the River – Kage Baker (12.03)
  • Havboka – Morten Strøksnes (11.03)
  • The House of the Stag – Kage Baker (02.03)
  • The Anvil of the World – Kage Baker (27.02)
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (25.02)
  • Den norske ølrevolusjonen – Hugo Ivan Hatland, Gahr Smith-Gahrsen og Skjalg Ekeland (15.02)
  • Pjolter: Den norske cocktailrevolusjonen – Nadin Martinuzzi og Hanne Stensvold (15.02)
  • Fotturar i Norge – Gaute M. Sortland (14.02)
  • Whiskyboka: En guide til whisky – Arnt Steffensen og Lars Helge Eklund (11.02)
  • Du er menneske nå – Eirin Gundersen (10.02)
  • Slipp Hold – Heidi Sævareid (10.02)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson (03.02)
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas – Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks (ill.) (23.01)
  • Wandering Son, vol 8 – Takako Shimura (23.01) (Read Harder tasks 12 and 14)
  • Peace Like a River – Leif Enger (19.01)
  • Prins Charles känsla – Liv Strömquist (15.01 – reread)
  • Ja til Liv – Liv Strömquist (14.01 – reread)
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams – Jenny Colgan (12.01)
  • HB: En destillert norgeshistorie – Torgrim Eggen, Jon Bertelsen og Rudi Høynes (10.01)
  • Når livet er kjipt: En håndbok for unge folk – Oda Rygh (04.01)
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage – Bill Bryson (03.01) Getting ticked as Task 6: Read a Biography (Not a Memoir or Autobiography) in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated edition (03.01, read aloud, reread of story for both of us, first read of this edition, though)

4. desember: Guilty og guilty, fru Blom.

Mitt största guilty pleasure. Vad gör du när ingen annan ser? Berätta/visa/youtuba om ditt ”guilty pleasure”.

Bokmessig tror jeg det nærmeste jeg kommer «guilty pleasure» er å gjenlese ting som Trebizon-serien og St. Clare’s (som jeg holder på med nå). Ikke at jeg føler meg så veldig skyldig, jeg er voksen dame og har ikke så mange fucks å gi, men det er i alle fall når jeg drar opp sånne bøker på bussen at jeg er nær ved å føle meg litt beskjemmet.

Hvilket gir meg en utmerket unnskylding for å sitere Piet Hein:

Hvad folk må tro

Den frygt, der røver
manges ro:
problemet om,
hvad folk må tro?
er der kun eet
at svare til:
at folk må tro
hvad faen de vil.

3. desember: Pros & cons

10 egenskaper som jag gillar hos mig själv (och 10 som jag inte är superförtjust i). Gör en lista!

(Allerede 3. dag falt jeg av lasset. Jaja, bedre sent enn aldri.) Skal jeg gjøre det bokrelatert vet jeg ikke om jeg kommer til 10, men vi kan jo starte:

Bra ting

  1. Jeg har lært å ikke føle at jeg må lese ferdig bøker som ikke gir meg noe.
  2. Jeg leser gode bøker om igjen.
  3. Jeg har blitt flink(ere) til å kvitte meg med bøker som jeg enten innser at jeg aldri kommer til å lese eller som jeg ikke likte godt nok til å ville lese igjen.
  4. Jeg leser fort.

Ikke fullt så bra ting

  1. Jeg har en tendens til å begynne på nye bøker før jeg er ferdig med den jeg holdt på med, og plutselig har det gått tre år og jeg er fortsatt på side 234 av 387. Ikke fordi jeg har tatt et bevisst valg om å la være å lese ferdig, men bare fordi jeg ble distrahert.
  2. So many books, so little time. Ofte leser jeg bøker jeg kan nesten utenat om igjen i stedet for å takle de tusenvis av bøkene jeg gjerne skulle ha lest.
  3. Jeg hoarder fortsatt for mange bøker i det håp at jeg en dag skal komme til å lese dem / lese dem ferdig / lese dem igjen.
  4. Jeg leser av og til for fort og skumleser slik at jeg går glipp av viktige detaljer. For eksempel kunne jeg dagen etter å ha lest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (dvs. dagen etter utgivelsesdagen, jeg var vel ferdig med boka rundt 2 om morgenen) ikke huske hva som egentlig skjedde med Snape. (Dette er selvsagt en medvirkende årsak til at jeg leser bøker om igjen.)