what a week in new york gave me.

Now I’m officially out of space. But for the first time ever, I brought home more clothes than books. The first time I went into the Strand, a store with 18 fucking miles with books, I was completely bookstrucked and came out with none. The second time, I was prepared with a long list of what to get. I really liked the way they mixed old and new books, found the exact copy of Buddenbrooks which I lost on a plane a month ago.


The view from our hotel room was pretty magnificent. If you want somewhere cheap to stay and don’t mind sharing a bathroom with the entire floor, I recommend Hotel 31.

I spent more time looking up instead of watching my step.

(and this is just an excuse to show off some of the far to few pictures I took and to brag about my superawesome trip.)

My favourite book about New York.

what a week in canada gave me.

Posters bought at postertext and shipped to my Canadian friend. Will be hanged on my walls eventually. The books are bought at used book stores, Chapters, airports and one even in Duluth, Minnesota. And one I got from a friend when I asked about indigenous writers.

And because it was my birthday yesterday, I made a great order from amazon; Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, Queer by William S. Burroughs, the Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, What I loved by Siri Hustvedt, the Still Point by Amy Sackeville, Night Waking by Sarah Moss and Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb.

left and leaving.

So, after struggling with Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for about two months, I accidentally left it behind on a table in Thunder Bay. On several occasions I have wanted to throw this book away as it is bleak and I have never understood those Soviets anyway, but out of spite I have carried on. And that is probably why I’m sort of not happy for leaving it.

Oh well, new exciting books are in my suitcase and I will read Kanata by Don Gillmor on my long transatlantic flight back home.

books you should read 2010

epic fail.

I and Ikea furniture do not get along. I always get something wrong. This time as well. The top shelf is the wrong way, I couldn’t get the screws out again so it is stuck, and therefore I couldn’t get the cardboard fitted on the back either. I’m not touching the other bookshelf until I have someone of the opposite sex present.

As I had just one suitcase with me when I moved down south, most of the books are bought in the two past months. Will bring some more with me when I go home for Christmas, still have plenty of unread books in my bookshelves there.
I also bought my first proper plant today. Hopefully it will live a prosperous life.

ps. A new camera is on my wishlist for Christmas, can’t take good pictures when you see nothing.

kindle and bookshelves

I have been wanting a Kindle for a long time and now I finally could afford one. I will mainly use it for non-fiction as I still intend to have a library one day. It sucks that it will take over a month before it’s delivered, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

I also went to Ikea today and bought bookshelves and I’m in the midst of putting them out (and other Ikea furniture, takes forever apparently). Will take pictures once my books have found their new home.

reading goals and such

As this year is approaching its end, and as I reached my reading goal of 50 books already in August, I think it’s time to look ahead to the new year.

My main goal will be the same; read 50 books during the year. But I have been thinking about what books I should read and have come up with some aims:

  • Read non-fiction, a genre I have ignored as I love fiction, but there is so much to learn from non-fiction books. Non-fiction books I own are King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Empires and Barbarians by P. Heather and A Carpet Ride to Khiva by C.A Alexander.
  • Read those classics. Many of them have been gathering dust on my bookshelf for years.
  • Read contemporary young adult fiction. I need to be able to recommend some books for my students to read. So far, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is the only book on my list.
  • Cross off some more books on the 1001 books you should read before you die list. Only 5% complete. The shame! Also work on my life-time goal; read something by every Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Continue my journey around the world in literature. This year I covered 17 countries.
  • Read indigenous authors, and especially from the Arctic.
  • Read the books I own instead of buying new ones. Almost half the books I own are unread, circa 200.

Recommendations on how I can reach these goals are greatly appreciated, especially tips on indigenous Arctic authors.

2011 in books should be as entertaining as 2010 was.

mine lesevaner.

Norunn har laget en test hvor du kan finne din lesepersonlighet. Hvordan du skal tolke svarene står på bloggen hennes.

1) Leser du rutinemessig bøker om igjen?

Fra jeg var 14 til den første filmen kom ut så leste jeg Hobbiten og Ringenes Herre årlig og i fjor leste jeg de endelig igjen. I tillegg så har jeg jo lest Harry Potter omtrent årlig. Akkurat nå har jeg funnet fram noen bøker som jeg vil lese på nytt, men ellers så prioriterer jeg nye bøker.

2) Er du opptatt av å holde bøkene dine pene?

Tja. Jeg skriver aldri i de (gjelder også pensum), men jeg leser når jeg spiser og de blir litt krøllete, men det er jo fint når det ser ut som de har blitt brukt.

3) Har du lister av bøker du planlegger å lese?

Jeg har over 100 uleste bøker i hylla, men som oftest velger jeg en når jeg nærmer meg slutten av en annen så det er tilfeldig. Akkurat nå har jeg dilla på Afrika. I tillegg så har jeg store ambisjoner om å lese minst et verk av alle som har fått Nobelprisen, samt jobber sakte men sikkert med 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die og Guardian’s 1000 Novels Everyone Should Read.

4) Hvordan velger du ut hvilke bøker du leser?

Tema, utseende, anbefaling, anmeldelse, pris, impuls. I tilfeldig rekkefølge.

5) Finnes det bøker du aldri ville nedverdiget deg til å lese grunnet omtale?

Man skal aldri si aldri, men jeg tviler på at jeg kommer til å lese Knausgård.

6) Leser du alltid ferdig en bok hvis du ikke liker den?

Hvis det går tregt så gir jeg den opp før side 50. Har jeg kommet over det så tvinger jeg meg igjennom, ofte tar det månedsvis. Akkurat nå måtte jeg legge fra meg Coming Up for Air av George Orwell, var visstnok ikke i humør for en så pessimistisk begynnelse.

7) Hvor mye leser du hver dag?
Det varierer veldig. Akkurat nå som arbeidsledig adjunkt med ingen sosialt liv så blir det veldig mye.

8 ) Tenker du noen gang på at du burde skjerpe hva eller hvordan du leser, på samme måte som du tenker at du burde spise sunnere eller trene mer?

Kanskje litt mer variert? Men jeg får som regel i meg en god blanding i løpet av et år.

9) Språk eller handling, eller er dette et absurd spørsmål? Tenk fort.
Fungerer ikke språket så har handlingen lite å si, og omvendt.

10) Regner du mer enn 60% av din lesertid som avslapning?

Absolutt. Kunne til og med kose meg med pensum.

11) Er litteratur hovedsaklig underholdning, dannelse eller flukt?

Jeg tror jeg har lært mest av bøker, men det er også god underholdning og tilfluktssted.

12) Har du noen gang likt en bok og nektet å innrømme det av kulturstatusårsaker?

Tror ikke det.

Så må jeg bare dele det jeg fant under oppussingen av mine foreldres kjellerstue: