What a year it has been. From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. Readingwise it has only been impressive in numbers; I managed to read 63 books. And for the first time ever, I read most books from my own country. I guess I can blame Jo Nesbø for that as I spent three weeks during the winter reading all the Harry Hole books. I also read mainly books published in 2016, and that may be why I felt like this was kind of a meh-year of reading. And maybe the most tragic thing is that I can count the times I have written here on two hands.
Let’s see how I did on my reading goals:
- Read more than 50 books: 63!
- Read Ulysses by James Joyce: I gave it a real try, but then I didn’t even notice that I had read the same chapter twice – thus I gave up. I probably need to age a little before giving it another go.
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books: 1! I guess reality was too hard to handle last year. But the book I read (To søstre by Åsne Seierstad) was one of the best.
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (49 countries so far): 3 new countries: Austria, Australia and Greece.
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (12,6%) and Nobel Prize winners (29/112): Up to 13,8% and one new Nobel Prize winner (J.M. Coetzee)
- Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page: This was pretty successful.
- Write more: Wrote less than ever. But started instagramming.
So, what about this year? Just a repeat of last year’s, minus Ulysses.
- Read more than 50 books. But with a twist. I have already decided which 50 books to read.
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books.
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (52 countries so far)
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (13,8%) and Nobel Prize winners (30/113).
- Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page.
- Write more.
The best books I read last year, in random order:
- Max, Mischa og Tetoffensiven by Johan Harstad (2015)
- Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (1939)
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009)
- the North Water by Ian McGuire (2016)
- the Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (2015)
- Neljäntienristeys by Tommi Kinnunen (2012)
- the Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972)
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (2016)
- the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
- To søstre by Åsne Seierstad (2016)
My favourite shot from 2016. Taken at the re-enactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn, Montana.