Etikettarkiv: Dan Brown

The Pre-Readathon Post

Once again it is time for Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. This will be my first October readathon, since it is the first year I don’t have exams a few days after it. I do have a huge deadline though, that I will have to work with a little bit during the readathon hours, but hopefully I will spend most of the time reading, reading and reading some more. I did not make the full 24 hours in April, so I will probably sleep for a while as well during the readathon. I might try for the full 24 hours, but I don’t think I will manage.

Below I’ve listed the books I will try to read. As last time I have listed more books than I know I will be able to read, but that just mean I have a greater pile to choose from when I want something new to read.

  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

About the book: The narrator of Atwood’s riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

Why I chose it: I am already reading this book and had planned to finish it before the readathon. I was actually supposed to send it to another reader in September, but I have not found the time to sit down and read it. So this will be perfect for the readathon!

  Britt-Marie var här (Britt-Marie was here) by Fredrik Backman

About the book: ”Britt-Marie was here” is a love story and a love declaration. About a woman who has waited a whole life on hers to begin, about society along roads where soccer and pizza places are the last things that abandon the people.

Why I chose it: I’ve read one of his other books ”Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt” (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry) and I loved it. This is kind of a sequel to this book, and I hope to get to know more about this one character that I already knew since before. I think this is a book that will keep me reading!

  Alligiant by Veronica Roth

About the book: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

Why I chose it: I finished the second book in the series during the past readathon, and thought it was only right to have the sequel on the list for this readathon. I really enjoyed the last book, so I hope this book will keep me occupied as well.

  Inferno by Dan Brown

About the book: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Why I chose it: I read a Dan Brown book during my first readathon, and I know that his books usually keep me trapped turning pages. This is thus a perfect choice for a readathon book, and if this is one of the book I pick up during the hours I hopefully will not stray far from the pages.

Sweet 16 Series #3 Kari, #5 Marisa

About the book: Life begins at 16 … Driving. Dating. A real social life. And the one night where it all comes together … the Sweet Sixteen is the ultimate party. Whether a total blast or a total bust, it’s a memory to last a lifetime. This is a series by different authors that all focus on or around a 16th birthday party.

Why I chose it: These are short and easy reads that I can turn to if the other reads feel to heavy or boring. I read the first two in the series at a young age (around 12-14), and I have no recollection of reading the third even though I’ve owned it since then, and the fifth I know I have not read since I bought it from a second-hand store a few years back when I recognized the series cover. I own all of these translated to Swedish.

More preparations?

I have some seafood salad (skagenröra) to put on sandwiches, some coleslaw and falafel to eat and a partner that will hopefully provide me with fully cooked meals at least twice during the readathon! Now I will head off to sleep a few hours before the reading begins.

Happy reading!

The End is Near

Not too close though, but close enough for me who finished the small quickread on 112 pages (The Book Boy) to go pick out a new book.

So far in this readathon:

Books finished: 3
Books started: 2
Pages read: 539
Total amout of books opened: 4

The fourth book that I’m now opening is Deception Point by Dan Brown. As I easily got stuck in almost all of his other books, and this is the only one I haven’t read I think it is perfect for the end of the readathon.

My Favourite Rereads

Well, I made it so far, and now I’ve just finished Un Lun Dun. That means: 2 halves of books down and a total of 427 pages. Wow. Now I was planning on joining the mini challenge at The Bluestocking Society called Rereads. As I am not doing any rereads today I will instead tell you about my top 4 rereads of all time, those books I can’t help but read over and over and over again.

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling

Everytime I start reading this book I am caught within it. It is my over all favourite Harry Potter book for that reason, and also the only reread book that came to mind instantly and without any thinking. As soon as I get to that part where Harry hear the voice of the basilisk I can’t put the book down until I’ve finished it. It is almost as if I’m afraid that something else is going to happen this time I read it, that Harry and Ron won’t figure it out or that Hermione will forget carrying that mirror.

2. Sejtes skatt av Moni Nilsson-Brännström (Goodreads)

This is a Swedish fantasy book for kids, and I don’t know how many times I reread it. I just loved it. It originally belonged to my little sister, but I think she was too small when she got it and thought it was scary. I read it instead and I have reread it many times during my teen years. Now it was a long time since I reread it, maybe it is time for me to pick it up again?

3. The Beast is Watching You by Francine Pascal (Goodreads)

This is a book from the Sweet Valley Twins series, and as the previous two a book I have no clue how many times I’ve reread it (and the four following books that completes the story). It is one of few exiting horror books (for kids) that I have ever enjoyed reading, and the fact that the book still scares the shit out of me just tell me that either I just remember what I felt the first times I read it, or it is actually scary for a 23 year old as well.

4. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I might be able to count the times I’ve read this book on one hand. Maybe I might have to borrow a finger from the other hand, but well, it is still one of my most reread books. Right now (not as in during the readathon, but as in my life) I listen to the audiobook in English. I’ve only ever read it in Swedish before, so it is nice to hear it in its original language. I remember the first time I read this book. I was on a skiing vacation with my family and crashed in the top bunk. I didn’t have any watch, but read the second half of the book during that night because it was too exciting for me to put down. I guess it must have been at least 5 am when I fell asleep, and I was up and skiing before 9 that same morning. Anyone who knows me AFK probably won’t believe this story.

 

Att läsa 2011

Gott nytt år!

Efter att ha funderat en stund så har jag trots allt kommit fram till ett nyårslöfte. Jag ska läsa mer böcker än vad jag gjorde 2010. Eftersom jag i princip inte läste någonting 2010 så kommer det inte bli så svårt. Just nu håller jag på att läsa Fem personer du möter i himlen av Mitch Albom, vilken hittills är ganska intressant.

Nedan följer de böcker som jag vill läsa, eller har lovat mig själv läsa inom en ”snar” framtid. Ordningen är baserad på vilka böcker jag vill läsa allra helst, även om den faktiska läsordningen kommer bli en annan. Kursiva böcker är sådana jag redan äger, medan alla andra måste jag få tag i på ett eller annat sätt. Jag hoppas ta mig igenom åtminstone 5 av dessa böcker under 2011, och förhoppningsvis minst 10 böcker totalt.

  1. Roma, av Steven Saylor
    Samt även gärna uppföljaren Empire.
  2. Pompeji, av Maja Lundgren
  3. The Gates of Rome, av Conn Iggulden
    Och om den gillas vill jag gärna fortsätta på resten av Emperor-serien.
  4. Roman Blood, av Steven Saylor
    Samt resten av serien Roma Sub Rosa om första boken är bra.
  5. Rome: The Emperor’s Spy, av M.C. Scott
  6. Miss Chopsticks, av Xinran
  7. Deception Point, av Dan Brown
  8. 1984, av George Orwell
    Helst vill jag läsa den på Engelska.
  9. Harry, A History, av Melissa Anneli
  10. Katedralen vid Havet, av Ildefonso Falcones
    Den här är jag av någon anledning sugen på att höra som ljudbok.
  11. Drömmar bakom röda gemak: Guldåldern, av Cao Xueqin
    Tror inte att jag lyckas ta mig igenom den den här gången heller, men den är för bra för att ges upp helt.
  12. Magyk, av Angie Sage
  13. Twilight, av Stephanie Meyer
  14. The Lightning Thief, av Rick Riordan

Böcker och brev

Förutom allt skolarbete som jag har, från vilket jag knappast får fritid så har jag lite andra saker som jag vill klämma in, förutom den vanliga tiden framför datorn då. Som första prioritet ligger arbetet med konfirmanderna och det är enkelt att förhålla sig till. Sedan har jag även några böcker som jag vill läsa, en som till och med släpptes idag (i den engelska upplagan).

Boklista:
1. Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
2. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Gallaxy

Det är de böcker som ligger på en måste-läsas-lista. Dessutom är ju Liftaren fler än en bok, så det lär nog ta sin lilla tid, speciellt som att jag i princip inte har någon tid alls just nu. Därför behöver den här listan inte utökas.

Idag fick jag ett brev från Armand som sitter och fryser mitt på ett fält ute i skogen, stackarn. Fast det var ju trevligt att få brev och nu har jag läst det två gånger, funderar på vad jag ska svara. Dessutom fattar jag inte riktigt adressen till honom, men jag får väl skicka ett sms och fråga… även om det är fusk.