2017.

Nok en runde rundt sola. 2017 var et godt år. Jeg har fått gjort mye av det jeg liker (lese, reise, drikke, musikk – gjerne kombinert) og fått bedre kontroll på det jeg ikke liker (å bo alene husarbeid, rettebunker). 2017 startet i et nytt land og ble avsluttet på et gammelt og kjært sted med for mye champagne (sånn i ettertid) og gode venner. 

Favoritt2017? Havenfestivalen i København med fantastisk øl og Bon Iver og the National på samme scene. 2017 var et utmerket konsertår med 3x Conor Oberst, 2x the National, pluss Radiohead, Bon Iver og the New Pornographers for å nevne noen.

Lesemessig var 2017 et år med mye middels og lite progresjon på målene mine. Det å ha fullført hele Booker2017 gjorde at det ble mye fokus på nye bøker. Dessuten så har jeg nok lest meg lei på nytt norsk (men tør man å gi slipp? Nei.). Jeg måtte også være streng på slutten og la ned amerikaner-forbud, pga overvekt, så er jeg sjeleglad for at det er januar og Steinbeck endelig kunne finnes fram (det tok ei time å lokalisere boka i hyllene – må rydde og gi bort!).

2017-mål og refleksjon:

  • Read more than 50 books. But with a twist. I have already decided which 50 books to read.: Klarte 59, noe jeg er godt fornøyd med. Men bare 15 fra den lista, selv om jeg prøvde både Den siste Mohikaner, the Wild Boys og Hard Times uten hell.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books. 2 1/2. Så nesten? Grensen av Erika Fatland var fantastisk. Og Hvis vi overlever krigen av Bjarnhild Tulloch var en fin måte å lære mer om krigen i Kirkenes.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (52 countries so far) Opptellinga mi på listchallenges viser nå 57, men det er fordi den har delt opp Storbritannia. Leste bare bøker fra et nytt land (Albania – Sworn Virgin av Elvira Dones: veldig interessant om kjønnsroller og kjønnsforvirring).
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (13,8%) and Nobel Prize winners (30/113). Oppe på 14,5% på 1001-lista, så progresjon. Føler at det ble særdeles få 1001-bøker og særlig klassikere i år. Ligger på 32/114 på Nobellista nå, takket være Hamsun (nesten skammelig å si at jeg ikke har lest han før i mitt 34. leveår) og at de endelig valgte en vinner som jeg hadde lest fra før.
  • Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page. Stort sett suksessfullt, unntaket er de dagene hvor jeg har tilbragt hele dagen med rettebunken og da er det lett med tv før leggetid og ikke bok.
  • Write more. Som kidsa sier: lol. Nytt år, nye muligheter!

Nye lesemål blir det egentlig ikke. Men siden jeg driver å fornorske bloggen min, så kan jeg vel alltids oversette dem.

 Nå skal det leses.

2015: annus horribilis

Well, maybe horrible is a stretch too far. But, it has definitely not been one of the best years in my life. I spent most of January to April off work due to an illness that was only getting worse until my doctor had a vague diagnosis and gave me some pills that worked wonders. It turned out that I have hypothyroidism which really fucks up your body, but is easy to manage. And because of that, I slept through most of the autumn. My grandma got really sick just before Easter, and I decided to spend the summer taking care of her. It was really tough, but luckily she recovered and is in her 86th year doing better than she has in years. It hasn’t been easy to live a good life the last year (a proof of this is all the things I ended up not going doing – concert, parties, travel plans).

So, here’s to 2016! The year of getting out there and doing things. I’m going to quit my job and sell my apartment. It may result in travelling the globe, or just moving to a different city. Perhaps I even take a swing at writing out the two ideas that have been stuck in my head for years.

Fortunately we who read have the chance to escape to other worlds when things are lousy. My reading has been influenced by the year I have had. I read very little before April, and I read a lot through the summer and then less as the autumn progressed. And as 2014, I barely managed to read 50 books. Looking back, my reading goals seem very hairy. So, how did I do?

  • Read more than 50 books: Yes, just in time!
  • Read the alphabet (author’s surname of course): I think I gave it an attempt, then gave up.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books: 3 of 5, fail.
  • Read A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. That’s 12 books in all: Didn’t even think about it. A great idea, though.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (47 countries so far): I counted, and I have just read books from 8 different countries this year. But, two of them were new (Slovenia and Bulgaria).
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11, 9%) and Nobel Prize winners (27/111): Up to 12,6% and 29/112 (Lagerlöf and Kawabata + another Steinbeck) so that’s at least something. Need to focus on 1001 books again.
  • If I want to buy a book, I’ll have to read one off my shelf first: I haven’t counted, but I did a pretty good job of restricting my bookbuying. But I bet I bought more than 50 books.
  • Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page: This has been fairly successful and a good goal.

Well, there it is. Not too happy, and especially about how little varied my reading has been. Too many Norwegian books (18!) and books published in 2015. I also hardly participated in any reading circles, and I feel like I have been missing out. I’m most pleased by finally getting to read Moby Dick, even though it wasn’t the best book.

New goals:

  • Read more than 50 books
  • Read Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (49 countries so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (12,6%) and Nobel Prize winners (29/112)
  • Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page
  • Write more

 Nothing too difficult, except perhaps Ulysses.

And finally, the list of books I read in 2015 which you should read in 2015

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818)
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
  • Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle (2003)
  • the Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)
  • the Hobbit and LOTR by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)
  • the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
  • Morvern Callar by Alan Warner (1995)
  • the Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahata (2015)
  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers (2015)
  • Career of Evil by Robert Gailbraith (or J.K Rowling, 2015)
  • Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata (1952) 

 I don’t ever think the list of books I recommend has been so small as this year. I blame it on annus horribilis. Bring it on, annus mirabilis!

Midnight at Grense Jakobselv, Norway. A fine summer’s day in July 2015.

2014, where did you go?

I read book 50 just hours before midnight while putting on my make-up and getting ready for the last evening of 2014. I remember who the killer was, but not too sure about the reason. And I think that sums up my reading year perfectly. Wtf happened? I have no idea, but I haven’t read this little in years. I have a sneaky suspicion that Netflix and the iPad are a big part of the blame, so less tv and games this year! But at least I managed to reach the goal of 50 books.

Time to analyse the what went wrong:

  • Read more than 50 books As I mentioned, I made it just in time.
  • Participate in a few online reading circles; Line’s 1001 books, Clementine’s Booker prize, Ingalill’s biographies and Bjørg’s off the shelf challenges. Nope. I ended up skipping books in all the reading circles, despite them being good books. I think this is what went really wrong as I felt that I didn’t get to choose what to read as I always had books I needed to read.
  • Finish Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset No, nei, njet. I put it away, possibly for good.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books 2 of 5. Better luck next year.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (43 countries so far) Up to 47 now, so 4 new countries. Yay!
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11%) and Nobel Prize winners Up to 11,9% and one new Nobel (Saul Bellow), so that’s something.
  •  Buy bookshelves, not books Hahahaha who am I kidding? Current number of unread books is 1035.

So how am I going to make this year a success? No reading goals at all? Of course not! This year I will:

  • Read more than 50 books
  • Read the alphabet (author’s surname of course).
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books
  • Read A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. That’s 12 books in all. 
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (47 countries so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11, 9%) and Nobel Prize winners (27/111)
  • If I want to buy a book, I’ll have to read one off my shelf first 
  • Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page

 I think this is doable. By reading the alphabet I mean that the next time I’m not sure what to read I’ll use the alphabet and my endless tbr-pile to decide which book to pick up. In that way I believe that my reading will be more diverse and surprising. The last goal is also going to be really interesting and probably the hardest to keep. But I cannot continue buying the piles of books I do. (And just to be on the safe side I sent an order of about 20 books just before the New Year). Does this mean that I won’t be participating in any reading circles? Of course not. I’ll do Line’s 1001 books challenge and this year it’s full of classics, so that’s going to be interesting. Bjørg’s and Hedda’s off the shelf also looks interesting, but I feel that this was the one I least managed to keep up with, so I’m sceptical. Clementine’s Booker circle depends on the books and how busy I am next autumn. And Ingalill’s biography also depends on the topic and if I have time (and how good she’s at swinging the whip).

Books I read in 2014 which you should read in 2015.

  • the Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (2013)
  • the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)
  • Harvest by Jim Crace (2013)
  • the Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)
  • A True Novel by Minae Mizumura (2002)
  • We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (2013)
  • Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (1998)
  • the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (1984)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1928)
  • the Alberta Trilogy by Cora Sandel (1926-1939)
  • the Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner (2014)
  • the Bees by Laline Paull (2014)
  • the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (2002)
  • the Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (1996)
  • the Blindness of the Heart by Julia Franck (2007)
  • Våke over dem som sover by Sigbjørn Skåden (2014)
  • Til Nuuk by Espen Haavardsholm (2014)
  • Bare et menneske by Kristine Næss (2014)

I hope you all have a fabulous reading year 2015! I still have two more blog posts to make from 2014, so I’m not quite ready to move on yet. Happy New Year!

hva?!

Jeg har endelig fått fingeren ut av rævva og kommet meg på biblioteket og skaffet meg lånekort. Circa ti år etter mitt siste (som ble borte med lommeboka etter en fuktig kveld på byen). Tror somlinga kan være knyttet til traumer av å bli sjekket opp på biblioteket i Trondheim hver gang jeg var der. Der burde det ha hengt plakater med Pick up books, not girls. Uansett, jeg har allerede registrert meg på eBokBib. Planen er seff å lese så mange norske 2014 bøker at jeg kan nominere til Bokbloggerprisen.

Hva skal jeg lese????

Takk for tips. Betyr dette at jeg skal blogge mer på norsk? Who knows, who cares?

Kings, queens and infidelities.

Three weeks away. Two of them were spent in New York, partying it up and sweating it out. A week was spent in Quebec and Nova Scotia, never enough time and I’m seriously considering migrating. I’m happy to report that I had an amazing time and only bought 5 books, and read 2 and a half of them. To celebrate my accomplishment, I made 3 orders at Amazon and 2 at BetterWorldBooks.

I don’t think I have ever read so little as I have done this summer. Only 4 in 5 weeks. Let’s start with the one I liked the least and end with the one you should read. Why, oh why, won’t you let me have as many tags as I want, Blogspot?

 Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow (1959)
Tags: not impressed, family and self, war and travel

Henderson is a millionaire who has all his life been driven by his inner voice saying I want, I want. This voice has driven him to primitive tribes in Africa where he tries to impress them with his greatness. Henderson is a serious contestant to the most annoying character award and that made the book really hard to read. The ethnocentric view didn’t help either. I had such high hopes for this Canadian Nobel Prize winning 1001-book, but was disappointed. So I’m reluctant to pick up Saul Bellow again. I read this as a part of Bjørg’s off the shelf project, this time the theme was books first published in English and it was supposed to be finished in May. Oops.

the Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham (2014)
Tags: family and self, queer, sex drugs and rock’n’roll


Barrett Meeks lives with his almost famous drug addicted brother and his dying wife. Barrett is too smart for his own good, never able to hold on to boyfriends or jobs. One night while walking through Central Park, he sees a light in the sky and he believes it has to mean something. I really enjoyed reading this book, but when I finished it was that all ran through my head. I expected something more out of this story and it is definitely not Cunningham at his best.

 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
Tags: family and self, love

Fanny Price comes from a poor family with too many children and is therefore sent to live with her richer relatives at Mansfield Park.  Being an Austen novel, there will be love and there will be drama. But the build up was so slow that it took two months to finish the 500 pages, but when the drama finally started (around page 300 or so), I wasn’t able to put it down. There’s quite a scandal in this one. Of the 3 Austens I have read, this is a solid number two after Pride and Prejudice. This was June’s read in Line’s 1001 books reading circle, but I’m way behind. Another oops.

the Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner (2014)
 Tags: books you should read, books that made me cry, family and self, sex drugs and rock’n’roll, supernatural, crime and mystery

The Kings have been lobster fishers on Loosewood Island for generations, and now Cordelia has her own boat. The family legend says that when the first Kings settled on the island, the sea gave him food and a wife, but in return, the family have to give a son back to the sea. The interesting thing about Loosewood is that it is disputed, both Canada and USA claim it. There is also a feud going on with lobster fishers from another town because they fish in their waters and bring drugs to the island. I had been waiting for this book ever since I read Touch and it didn’t disappoint. I love how the island itself is a character and that it suddenly turned very gangster. Cordelia is a wonderful heroine and the selkies and mermaids brought their magical touch. Y’all need to love Zentner!

Hopefully my reading will pick up during the last two weeks of my summer, but those will be busy as well with wedding, music festival and general fun coming up! I’ll leave you with a picture of a fat woman wearing a bikini (scandalous I know) gazing at her childhood dream destination, Prince Edward Island. Hope you have a great summer!

I’m not here because I’m here.

Brooklyn, that’s it. Two weeks, then a week in Canada.

I didn’t finish the books I meant to before going. Henderson the Rain King has turned annoying and difficult, and I’m about to choke Mr Henderson. Leaving Mansfield Park alone for too long was a mistake and now I struggle with the who’s who. 
My plan is to limit myself to buying one book and then read it before buying the next one. I know exactly which book to read first, I just need to go shopping first. Three days and no shopping, just a lot of wining and dining. 
I only brought my ipad so pictures and links will be added once I get back. 

2013 in books.

A couple of days early as I’m heading off to celebrate the new year in Berlin.

Last year’s reading goals were:

  • Read more than 50 books 57 so far, so that’s a success. But I have read less this year than before, I blame work, travelling and Netflix.
  • Complete Line’s 1001 books 2013 challenge Will succeed once I finish the History of Love.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books 4 of 5 isn’t that bad. One book about World War I, one about World War II, Edna O’Brien’s autobiography and the Manson murders. I still love fiction more than real life.
  • Read something by Henry James, Selma Lagerlöf, Thomas Hardy, Knut Hamsun, Henry Green, Sigrid Undset and Nancy Mitford Yes to Henry James and Thomas Hardy. Working on Sigrid Undset. Tried Henry Green, but no. The rest I didn’t even give a chance.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (37 so far) 43 now, so 6 new countries.
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (9%) and Nobel Prize winners Up to 11% on all of the 1001 books lists. No new Nobel Prize winners read. Something must be done about that next year.
  • Own more than 1000 books (no more holding back! current number is 939.) Current number is 1259, so I bought over 300 books this year. 

Not as bad as I thought, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. The next year’s reading goals will be as following:

  • Read more than 50 books
  • Participate in a few online reading circles; Line’s 1001 books, Clementine’s Booker prize, Ingalill’s biographies and Bjørg’s off the shelf challenges. 
  • Finish Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • Read at least 5 non-fictions books
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (43 countries so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11%) and Nobel Prize winners
  •  Buy bookshelves, not books

 Books I read in 2013 which you should read:

  •  Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
  • the Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (2008)
  • Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton (1941)
  • the Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)
  • Touch by Alexi Zentner (2011)
  • the Inspector Barlach Mysteries by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1950-1951)
  • the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1994)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
  • the Twins by Tessa de Loo (1993)
  • Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995)
  • the Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K Rowling (2013)
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (1958)
  • the Honorary Consul by Graham Greene (1973)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  •  the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood (2003-2013)
  • Kätilö by Katja Kettu (2008)
  • Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos (2012)
  • the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • the Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (2013)
  • the Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998)
  • Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (1937)
  • the History of Love by Nicole Krauss (2005)

 I’m satisfied with this year’s reading, and I hope that next year will be just as good.
Happy New Year!

    leserprofil

    Tora på bloggen bokmerker.org oppfordrer oss til å svare på noen spørsmål om lese(u)vaner.

    1. Hvilken bok leste du sist?
    Country Girl av Edna O’Brien til biografisirkelen til Ingalill. Interessant dame som er flink til å skrive og som må leses mer av. (Og en av mine favoritter til Nobelprisen, faktisk).

    2. Hvilken bok skal du begynne på nå?
    To Kill a Mockingbird av Harper Lee. Jeg leste den for 4 år siden og likte den, men husker lite av innholdet, så gleder meg til å lese den igjen. Startet akkurat på the Year of the Flood av Margaret Atwood, og er 104 sider i Kristin Lavransdatter.

    3. Er det mest mannlige eller kvinnelige forfattere i bokhyllen din?
    Hvis vi bare teller forfattere så er det nok mannlige. Men hvis vi teller verk så er det kanskje flere kvinner, noe som i stor sak er på grunn av Agatha Christie.

    4. Teller du alltid hvor mange sider du har igjen av en bok, eller tenker «nå har jeg kommet en fjerdedel/halvparten» eller lignende?
    Ja, klarer ikke å unngå det. Teller også hvor langt det er igjen av kapitlet. Leser som oftest også de siste 100 sidene i et jafs.

    5. Hvordan velger du hvilke bøker du vil lese? (For eksempel omslag, tips fra venner, anmeldelser, topplister, blogger osv)
      Jeg plukker opp tips overalt. Til og med fra eksamensoppgavene i engelsk. Mye takket være andre bloggere og anbefalingssidene til Amazon. Følger lite med på topplister. Og i butikker klarer jeg alltid å plukke med meg noe jeg aldri har hørt om takket være omslagene. Valget av hva jeg skal lese avgjøres mye av hva slags humør jeg er i når jeg avsluttet den forrige boka. Og så har jeg en prioriteringsliste som aldri blir fulgt.

    6. Når er en bok for lang?
    Når den blir kjedelig og jeg er for langt inni den til å avbryte den (men det kan hende den får seg et par kast i gulvet/veggen).

    7. Leser du like gjerne på engelsk (hvis det er originalspråket) som på norsk?
    Alle bøker som ikke er nordiske leser jeg konsekvent på engelsk. Først var det fordi jeg leste så fort på norsk at jeg mistet innholdet så jeg prøvde meg på engelsk som jeg leste mye saktere, nå er det fordi det har blitt en vane. Prøver å lese et par nordiske bøker i året, men jeg syns jeg burde bli flinkere til det.

    8. Hvilken bok var den siste du bare måtte overtale ALLE vennene dine til å lese?
    Tvillingene av Tessa de Loo. Suveren bok om to tvillinger som vokser opp på hver sin side under 2. verdenskrig. Bør absolutt leses! Ellers står Vi, de druknede av Carsten Jensen høyt oppe på anbefalingslista mi.

    9. Kan du slutte å lese en bok hvis den er kjedelig? I så fall – når gir du opp?
    Jeg gir vel aldri opp en bok, men setter den tilbake for å lese den senere. Om den noensinne blir plukket opp igjen er en annen sak. Jeg gir som oftest opp etter 20-30 sider hvis jeg ikke blir fenget.

    10. Hvilken sjanger er overrepresentert i bokhyllen din – og hvilken finnes ikke?
    Den allinkluderende sjangeren fiction er det jeg absolutt har mest av. Lyrikk er presentert med en eneste flis (Howl and other poems av Allen Ginsberg), og jeg har også lite sci fi og fantasy.

    all the books i never finished in may

    For some unknown reason I have only finished one book this month. I know I still have four days to go, but I doubt I will finish another one.

    The main reason is that I have had a difficult time picking the right book. All required a lot of philosophical thinking or guessing and my brain couldn’t cope.  the Book of Disquiet which is supposed to be one of the best books ever, went back to the shelf after a couple of weeks where I really tried. Same with the Flood. I didn’t even make it halfway through the prologue. And then there was Loving, which I had high hopes for, but thanks to the entire book is written in bloody dialogue, I couldn’t.

    Then there are the books I started, but haven’t given up on yet. Portrait of a Lady has been my nemesis this month. It never ends! According to Kindle, both part I and II is over 600 pages long. Only 200 more pages to go. And because I’m a stubborn bitch, I rather struggle with that one, instead of giving the Twins a good, long, deserved reading. I have high hopes for that one. Why do I even bother to attempt to read the Second World War? I know I started because that’s what I’m currently teaching the kids, but soon school’s out. Will I continue? Only time will tell. I finished the Red Room on Friday, so naturally I had to find a new book to read. I landed on Tender is the Night because the world is again crazy about Fitzgerald. After reading about the Sisterhood, it went straight to the top of the books to read next list, mainly because I need something light as my head is full of Victorian ladies, war and about 200 papers to grade in the next weeks. Hopefully my reading mind is in a better mood before I turn to To the Lighthouse when the summer holiday begins.

    But at least May was a good month for buying more books. About 20 books found a new safe home, and I also downloaded a lot of free books to my Kindle for the next time I decide on something crazy as reading classics.

    And then the big question is, as always, what to read next? (Yes, all these books are unread. Also: find 5 things which aren’t made of paper)

    2012: how did it go?

    This time last year I cracked my head trying to find some reading goals and now, a year later, they should all be completed. Or not?

    • Read 50 or more books. Success! I rounded 50 some time in November and am currently at 64 books. I have a long list of books you should read, see below.
    • Complete Line’s 1001 books 2012 challenge.  A lot of heavy books on that list! Another great success! Read all 11 (12 if you count that I had already read Beloved previously). Many were great, but some like the Hunchback of Notre Dame I loathed.
    • Read something by Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and start on the books about Sherlock Holmes. Another yes! Read Pride and Prejudice and really enjoyed it, Mrs Dalloway was difficult and read the first two Sherlock before I got tired of him. 
    • Read at least 5 non-fiction books. Two and a half. The biographies (Wild and We Bought a Zoo) were good reads, but then I really struggle with a history of the Crusaders. Will try again next year.
    • Read more Nobel Prize winners and continue on the 1001 books lists (read 6% until now). Life long goals. Up to 9% on all the four 1001 books lists. I also read John Steinbeck and John Galsworthy so that means two new Nobel Prize winners.
    • Continue working my way around the globe in books. 27 countries so far. 37 now (if I counted correctly) so 10 new countries.
    • Own no more than 500 unread books, the number of unread books is currently 428. Which also means buying less books. Hahahahaha. Current number of unread books is 566. Which means that I have books to read for the next 10 years, still I buy new ones. 

    Almost there, at least. Better luck next year.

    My goals for next year are as following:

    • Read more than 50 books
    • Complete Line’s 1001 books 2013 challenge
    • Read at least 5 non-fiction books
    • Read something by Henry James, Selma Lagerlöf, Thomas Hardy, Knut Hamsun, Henry Green, Sigrid Undset and Nancy Mitford
    • Continue working my way around the globe in books (37 so far)
    • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (9%) and Nobel Prize winners
    • Own more than 1000 books (no more holding back! current number is 939 (I spent a lot of money I got for Christmas on books, there are about 30 coming my way right now)

    And finally: Books I read in 2012 which you should read

    • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
    • You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik (2011)
    • We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (2006)
    • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)
    • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
    • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2008-2010) 
    • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)
    • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (2010)
    • the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
    • Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant (1885)
    • Woman at Point Zero by Nawal el Saadawi (1975)
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
    • the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
    • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: a Wicked Bestiary by David Sedaris (2010)
    • Wife of Gods by Kwei Quartey (2009)
    • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac (1962)
    • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
    • the Country Girls trilogy by Edna O’Brien (1960-1962)
    • the Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
    • Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2011)
    • the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
    • the Latin America trilogy by Louis de Bernières (1990-1992)
    • the Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis (1987)
    • the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (1984)
    • the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1906-1921)
    • the Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah (2007)
    • the Crow Road by Iain Banks (1992)
    • the Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling (2012)
    • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver (2012)
    • the Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani (2002)
    • the Monk by M.G Lewis (1796)

    Woha! I hope 2013 will be as exciting when it comes to book reading and book buying as 2012 was. Happy new year everyone!