Stikkordarkiv: challenges

NEWTs Readathon

Since I managed to tick off a few OWLs in July’s resit, I might as well make a stab at NEWTs in August.

I found out about the readathon from Liz at Travels in Retrospect, but the idea comes from Gintare of Bookroast, and the announcement video can be found here (with links to the rules and tasks in the video description).

Since which NEWTs I can sit is determined by which OWLs I managed to pass, the following are my subjects and tasks. I should surely manage at least an Acceptable in each, right? The book I am about to start right now is Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, which should get me going on Charms at least, and then we’ll see how I go from there.

Arithmancy

A – At least 300 pages long: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

E – Ends on an even page

O – Not the first in a series

Care of Magical Creatures

A – Has an animal on the cover

E – Book with less than 160 pages

O – Includes dragons in some way

Charms

A – Has magic in it: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

E – A cover that charmed you

O – You think it will leave a mark

Muggle Studies

A – Book from a favourite Author: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

E – Biography

O – Retelling

Potions

A – Has a name of a colour in the title

E – Read a book with a male lead character

O – Book over 350 pages long

Another readathon

I don’t really follow any vloggers, I very occasionally follow a link to one and watch half a video, but it’s not a format that I enjoy much. However, that does not mean that vloggers might not have some very good ideas. Like Gintare, at Book Roast, who apparently organised a Harry Potter themed readathon in April: The OWLs Exam Readathon. I found out about it now because Liz at Travel in Retrospect is planning on resitting her exams in July. And there is a NEWT Readathon planned for August, but it would obviously not do to sit your NEWTs before having passed your OWLs.

So I’m contemplating joining. The idea is pretty straightforward: There are twelve subjects and for each a task is given that fits the theme, such as «Read a book with a symbol on the cover» for Ancient Runes. If you «read and pass» at least five OWLs you get an O for «Outstanding», and to get a pass level (A for «Acceptable») you need only pass two. That, at least, should be doable. You can peruse the full instructions yourself, but here are all the subjects and their set tasks:

Ancient Runes: Read a book with a symbol on the cover

Arithmancy: Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title: Lilla Berlin 5 by Ellen Ekman

Astronomy: Read a science fiction read

Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that includes magical creatures OR features a magical creature on the cover: The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles 1) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Charms: Read a fantasy book: Mort by Terry Pratchett

Defence Against the Dark Arts: Read a book featuring/about secret societies/clubs: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett (ok, that’s stretching it a bit, but Unseen University is certainly closed and what goes on in there is a secret to those outside).

Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies

Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title

History of Magic: Read a historical fiction

Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book: Grensen by Erika Fatland.

Potions: Read a book about/with alchemy: Chasing the Dram by Rachel McCormack (distilling is alchemy, right?)

Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or similar theme OR a book with a cat on the cover

Update at the start of August: I’ve added the relevant titles. I didn’t actually set out to read anything particular for this challenge, but I’ve managed to tick off a few subjects anyway. So that’s OWLS in Arithmancy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Muggle Studies and Potions. So I juuust scraped an Outstanding. Now for the NEWTS in August. That’s going to be a lot harder… Separate post to follow when I’ve thought about my TBR.

Bingo!

Vel, ok, ikke ennå. Men jeg satser på å kunne rope det i løpet av sommeren, for jeg har tenkt å prøve å delta i Sommerbokbingoen som Ann-Sofie på Breakfast Book Club har satt opp.

Bingobrettet ser slik ut:

Det er en tilhørende Facebookgruppe også, om du har lyst til å slenge deg med.

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

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 – Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda av Becky Albertalli (09.07)
3. En debutbok – Tante Ulrikkes vei av Zeshan Shakar (18.05)
4. En bok som även finns som film eller tv-serie – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy av Douglas Adams (22.02)
5. En grafisk roman – Zita i verdensrommet av Ben Hatke (22.05)
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 – We Should All be Feminists av Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (09.07)
11. En bok av en författare som kommer från Sydamerika
12. Läs om en gammal favoritbok – The Rivers of London av Ben Aaronovitch (31.05)
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 – The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander (07.01)
20. En bok om en resa – Grensen – Erika Fatland (02.07)
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 – Musikk for rasende kvinner – Line Baugstø (08.08)
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 – Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett (07.08)
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 – Amulet #7: Firelight – Kazu Kibiushi (08.01)
34. En Augustprisvinnare
35. En bok från 2018 – Nordlys: Reisen til Jotundalen – Malin Falch (22.02)

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) – Grensen by Erika Fatland (02.07)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – Aya fra Yopougon: Sesong 2 by Marguerite Abouet (23.04)
  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 – The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (07.01)
  12. A celebrity memoir – The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (30.03)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book – We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (09.07)
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (09.07)
  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.

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):

Bout of Books

Even though the reason that I suddenly have a bit of time to read is not such a pleasant one, having time to read sure is. And since the start of my involuntary downtime coincides pretty well with Bout of Books 20, I may as well join.

Bout of Books

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, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team