week 17.

A week spent either sick with the flu or on a train led to a lot of reading. So much, in fact, that I’m already halfway to my goal of 50 books this year, and it’s only April. I’ve come up with the conclusion that it’s partly because of escapism and fear of never getting through my unread books before dying.

Books I finished
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris – all excellent in very different ways.

Currently reading
Happiness is Possible by Oleg Zaionchkovsky – I haven’t really started but it sure does look good. Hope I won’t be disappointed. Maybe a good idea to read a contemporary Russian before Anna Karenina. 

Books I bought

Next week’s plan
Maybe not read at all?  

I’ll leave you with a picture which very much worries me right now – I’ve run out of space!

 

week 16.

I haven’t been reading much the past week, was good to slow down after all the excessive reading during Easter break. I have read a few more short stories in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and they’re all awesome. And I’m really enjoying Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have no idea why I have always thought Jane Austen would be boring to read.

I have two long days on the train ahead of me with plenty of time to grade essays read. My Kindle is charged and ready to go. I decided to buy one new book for the journey, and landed on Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates after reading a great review in a newspaper. I have a tendency (or a rule, perhaps) to just buy crime, mystery and young adult books for my Kindle.

I also donated about 15 books to my school’s library. Most of them have been in my overloaded bookshelf at my parents’ for a decade now. The English section there is starting to look decent. One of my classes are currently reading self-chosen books and it’s fun to walk around discussing the books with them. 

week 14 and 15.

Easter week went like a whirlwind, with skiing, socialising and watching crime on the telly. I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted, but then again, I didn’t really have access to the books I wanted to read either. But I got a lot of reading done this week, and this weekend all I have wanted to do is read. But the problem seems to be that I do not have the patience to read just one book, I want to read them all at the same time.

Books I finished
the Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves – not very impressed by my first meeting with Vera, but the nature in Ann Cleeves’ books always impresses me.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – a brilliant plot, but not very good writing. No real personalities in this one. Would have been better with Poirot or Miss Marple!
We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee – a true account on the process of buying and opening a zoo.
the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – Monks. Books. Murders. Interesting, but I’m too stupid for Eco.
Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi – A brave book about a feminist prostitute in Cairo.

Currently reading
the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – trying hard not to read this one too fast. Will finish it on the 29th.
Squirrel seeks Chipmunk – a wicked bestiary by David Sedaris – the book on my night stand; one funny story before bed time. Loving it! And the illustrations.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – My first Austen!

Books I bought

  Pay day! And although most of the money was spent on flights across the Atlantic, I had to buy some books as well.

Films I have seen

We Bought a Zoo (2011) – Although it is nothing like the book, except the name of the owner, I loved it! Such a cute film.
 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) – It’s been a long time since I have read the book, and I’m glad. Sometimes it’s good not to compare the book and the film. But the kid really annoyed the hell out of me, and I can’t remember that being so in the book. One on the long list of books I need to reread sooner or later.

Next week’s plan
Keep reading. Maybe get down to just read one book at the time again, too much pressure with three books at once.

And oh!
 Browsing Amazon, I stumbled upon Shelfari. It’s like a mix between Goodreads and Wikipedia. I’m sure it will be a good place to discover interesting things about your favourite books in the future, but right now it seems to be in the very start, so there’s not much content there yet. 

week 13.

Yes! Finally got my reading groove back! And yes! Finally a week off work to devour books!

Books I finished
the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – take what you know from before + add a mad priest + a handsome man + quite a lot of ramblings about architecture, the development of Paris and philosophy = a love square (or whatever you call it when you have three guys chasing one girl) and a lot of pages skimmed. But at least the end was tragic and beautiful.
Dance dance dance by Haruki Murakami – I occasionally danced when reading it. Murakami is simply awesome!
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant – Sex, money and power? In the 19th century? Awesome!!

Currently reading
the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – I’m just at the beginning and I will try my best to read a chapter a day so I’m done by the end of the month for Line’s reading challenge. The setting reminded me a lot of the Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, but I do believe this one is better.

Books I bought
None! But if I had money…

Next week’s plan
As I only brought my Kindle with me, it’s either whatever I got on that one, downloading some new free classics or try to dig up something readable in the bookshelf here at my parents’. 

And oh!
I stumbled upon Small Demons, a site which links all the places, people and things in books! A great site if you’re a book nerd. 

week 12.

I didn’t read a single page until Friday which is very unusual, and since then I have tried to finish the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. But then this weekend turned out a lot more social with sleepovers here and there, so I’m not done.

Tomorrow.

week 11

It started so well. Finished the Perks of Being a Wallflower on Monday. And then not a single word read since. Why? A hard week with lots of work and still ill. Oh well, better luck next week.

Books I bought
(or not exactly bought as it was the first book in my yearly subscription to & Other Stories)

Next week’s plan
Another month’s almost gone which means that the Hunchback of Notre-Dame should be read by Sunday for Line’s 1001 books reading challenge. So that’s the first priority. And then Dance Dance Dance by Murakami. I also want to read some non-fiction so either We Bought a Zoo because the film is out or Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee as we have been working with the American Revolution this week.

week 10.

You’d think that a week spent on the couch sick would lead to a lot of reading, but no. Alas, I must have been really sick. Birthday week is also an excuse to add some too many books to my collection.

Books I finished
Annabel by Kathleen Winter – a brilliant coming-of-age book about a hermaphrodite.

Currently reading
Dance dance dance by Haruki Murakami – Yes!!
the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – No! After having struggled through the first chapter I fear that this will be another 1001 book that will be a fight until the very end.
the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – rereading and reliving my teenage angst.

Books I bought (in alphabetical order)
Atwood, Margaret – Surfacing
Chiew-Siah Tei – Little Hut of Leaping Fishes
Cummings, E.E – the Enormous Room (from Project Gutenberg)
Dai Sijie – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
El Saadawi, Nawal – Woman at Point Zero
Enger, Leif: Peace Like a River
Frazier, Charles: Thirteen Moons
Frazier, Charles: Cold Mountain
Grahame, Kenneth – the Wind in the Willows (from Project Gutenberg)
Kaarstøl, Jette A – Din nestes hus
Kipling, Rudyard – Kim (from Project Gutenberg)
Mason, Richard – History of a Pleasure Seeker
du Maupassant, Guy – Bel Ami (from Project Gutenberg)
McCleen, Grace – the Land of Decoration
McEwan, Ian – the Innocent
McEwan, Ian – the Cement Garden
Oksanen, Sofi – Baby Jane
Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
Sagan, Francoise – Bonjour Tristesse
Sagan, Francoise – A Certain Smile
Sedaris, David – Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
Smart, Elizabeth – By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Smith, Dodie – I Capture the Castle
Stridsberg, Sara – Drømmefakultetet
Sæterbakken, Stig – Ikke forlat meg
Williams, Kate – the Pleasures of Men

Next week’s plan
Fight with Victor Hugo. Make love to Murakami. I also have the urge to reread all the saddest books I know, but hopefully I’ll snap out of it soon. Not buy any books! 

week 9.

Status quo. I haven’t finished any books or started any new this week. I’m loving Annabel by Kathleen Winter, I have about 100 pages left and I really hope the book won’t end with a suicide. I haven’t bought any books either, but the shopping carts at both Amazon and BetterWorldBooks are full, just waiting for pay day.

Next on my list to read is the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. And Dance, dance, dance by Haruki Murakami.

week 8.

Phew! Winter break turned into reading week. I started and finished 5 books in a week. The weather was too warm for skiing (saw a butterfly outside my window, what’s going on?) and I have so far corrected zero papers. I will pay for it the next couple of weeks, oh well.

Books I finished
the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Three books in three days. Go Katniss!
Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras – a sad yet witty book about 1976 in Argentina seen through the eyes of a 10 year old.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – One of the wittiest and charming books I have read in a while. Loving it.

Currently reading
Annabel by Kathleen Winter – just a few pages in and the Canadian winter is already haunting me. And the boy born with one testicle, labia and vagina, of course. Promising!

Books I bought

 I couldn’t just leave the Hunger Games, so I downloaded the two other books to my Kindle. In hindsight, I wish I had bought them as paperbacks because they would be great additions to the box with English literature at our school. Maybe if I find some cheap used ones while travelling this summer. I also downloaded Walden to my Kindle from Project Gutenberg because all the people who walk into woods have read this first.

Films I have seen

 the Help (2011) – Not as funny and charming as I had hoped. And the problem with just having read the book, is that then you remember it too well and I compared it too much with the book. Why this is nominated for best film at the Oscar’s is beyond me and I sincerely hope it doesn’t win. Not that any of the other films have impressed me either.

Next week’s plan

No idea, but I will definitely slow down the reading for a while. Unless Annabel gets horrible exciting and I just have to finish it at once. I also think I will just focus on one book at the time, as I have shelved Sherlock Holmes. But Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton and Dance, dance, dance by Haruki Murakami are high on my list over books to read next.

Which Jane Austen novel would you recommend and why?