january – march.

I have read 21 books so far this year. And only written about 2. I wanted to write about more, but I have never gotten around to it because life is simply too much everything right now (and that is why I’m reading so much – escaping reality).

So. I’m just going to list them (except the recent Norwegian ones, they will get a post of their own).

6. Disgrace by J.M Coetzee (1999): Race and rape. Bleak. It is still on my mind. Won the Man Booker Prize, is on the 1001 books list and Coetzee has a Nobel prize. Read for Line’s 1001 books challenge: books by a Nobel prize winner.

7. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski (2000): Scary, but too much academic writing and nonsense. Disappointing in the end. 1001 books.

8-16. Harry Hole book 2-10 by Jo Nesbø (1998-2013): I developed a love/hate relationship to Harry Hole and the books. Too many similar plots. But at least Harry Hole has a great taste in music.

18. the Radetzky March by Joseph Roth (1932): The downfall of a family and the Austrian-Hungarian empire. Read it with a smile on my face and also learnt a lot of history. Read for Hedda’s off the shelf challenge: books written in German.

20. the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892): Sherlock Holmes #3. Short stories. Entertaining, but some were too predictable. Read for Line’s 1001 books challenge: crime and mystery

21. the Black Echo by Michael Connelly (1992): Harry Bosch #1. I watched the Bosch series and fell in love. The book was tougher to get through, probably because I overdosed on police corruption reading the Harry Hole books. Ingalill says it will get better. Started on #2.

Clean slate. I’m enjoying Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel tremendously, all I want to do is read about the Tudors all day long. Luckily I have Bring Up the Bodies to look forward to.

I also set up an instagram account and it is more up to date than this blog. 

eight.

the Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1890)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are getting used to another although Dr Watson is concerned about his friend’s drug habits; cocaine or morphine depending on the day. 
A young woman is looking for Holmes’ advice concerning a strange case. Although her father is missing, she is receiving a pearl once a year and a letter that claims to know the whereabouts of her father. She asks Holmes and Dr Watson to join her and they are eventually led to the house of a Mr Shonto. But they find Mr Shonto dead inside a locked room and Sherlock has to solve the case.
The second Sherlock Holmes book and I did not really enjoy it. The main reason is that it is too short and too rushed. I’m sure the next one will be much better.

six.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing… My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System.

 Dr Watson moves in with a complete stranger, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is an eccentric man who calls himself a consulting detective. And because Dr Watson has nothing better to do, as he was discharged from the army, he joins Sherlock in solving mysteries. And their first crime to solve is the dead American found in an empty apartment.

 My first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was an impressive one! Sir A.C Doyle has a style of writing that really impressed me. It didn’t feel like I read a 120 year old crime novel (except for the obvious lack of modern technology and horses). I especially liked how it suddenly changed the setting from London to Salt Lake City. And although this should be about Sherlock and Watson, I think I enjoyed the Utah part more. Really interesting to read about the founding of Salt Lake City and the Mormons.

I’m already well into the Sign of Four, the second Sherlock novel!