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66 Books In One Year

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Last year I came up with an idea that I would register and rate all the books I would read during one year. I blogged about every book (a Swedish blog) and added some notes to each and rated them. Now it’s finished! I’ve finally completed a long term project ;).

I’ve read 66 books since last year and I’ve even have several periods when I didn’t feel like reading at all. So I thought I should share a list with you guys, a list with books that’s gotten 4 and 5 out of 5. I’ve linked them to Amazon so you can read more about them. If you want to read the titles in Swedish, take a look at this post!

I’v added a * to the books you really really should read!

66 books in one year

1 September 2009 – 1 September 2010

Rating 5: 12 books (in no particular order):

Rating 4: 19 books (in no particular order):

I’m not sure if I should continue with this for another year. Maybe.

Go a head and give me suggestions of books I should read!

Nobody Owens

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

“When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?”

(Silas says)…
And there are always people who find their lives have become so unsupportable they believe the best thing they could do would be to hasten their transition to another plane of existence.
They kill themselves, you mean?” said Bod. He was about eight years old, wide-eyed and inquisitive, and he was not stupid.
Does it work? Are they happier dead?
Sometimes. Mostly, no. It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.

I just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It was just as wonderful at I thought it would be. I loved the illustrations in the book as well (I read the adult version, I believe that the childrens version, illustrated by Chris Riddell is just as wonderful). So I’ll give this book 5 of 5! Go read it!

Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Two days ago I went to the library to pick up some new books to read. I found A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (I read the Swedish translation) that I’ve had on my “want to read”-list for quite some time. Even though it took a couple of pages to get used to the “foreigner-language” I loved it from the beginning to the end!
I can really recommend this book!

Z is a 23-year-old Chinese language student who has come to London to learn English. When the book begins she can barely ask for a cup of tea, but when language comes, so does love. As she gets to know British culture she also falls for an older English man who lives a resolutely bachelor life in Hackney. It’s a million miles away from the small Chinese town she comes from, where her parents want nothing more for her than that she should follow them into the shoe business. Z learns about sex, humour, companionship and passion, but she also learns the painful truth that language is also a barrier and the more you know about it, the less you understand. Written in short chapters, each the definition of a word, this is a brilliantly clever book that pokes fun at England and China and explores the endless possibilities for misunderstanding between East and West, men and women.

Swedish: Häromdagen traskade jag in på biblioteket för att låna några nya böcker. Jag hittade bland annat Kortfattad kinesisk-engelsk ordbok för älskande av Xiaolu Guo som jag haft på min “vill läsa”-lista ganska länge. Även om det tog en stund att komma in i språket eftersom den är skrivet på “invandrarsvenska” (eller invandrarengelska från början) om man nu kan kalla det så. Men sen gick det av bara farten och jag kunde inte lägga ifrån mig den. Jag älskade den från början till slut! Jag kan verkligen rekommendera den!

En humoristisk och mycket träffande roman om språk, identitet och kulturella skillnader!
Med ett lexikon försöker 23-åriga Zhuang från landsbygden i Kina lotsa sig fram i London. Ensam i en stad där alla mest verkar prata om vädret möter hon en engelsman och allting förändras. Hon träder in i en ny värld av sex och frihet och gör också en resa in i sitt inre liv. Men Zhuang förstår också att ordet “love” i väst inte betyder detsamma som i Kina…

Currently Reading

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Currently Reading: Sommardöden – Mons Kallentoft

(Nail polish: Depend no 163)

Christmas Calendar – Day 3

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I’ve finished these three books in one week!

1. Vi som aldrig sa hora av Ronnie Sandahl – Den var bra, inte jättebra men jag kunde faktiskt känna igen mig i boken.

2. Människohamn av John Ajvide Lindqvist – Konstigt nog var denna faktiskt lite sämre än hans tidigare böcker men den är fortfarande värd att läsa.

3. Dead Run by P.J. Tracy – I’ve read the other books in the series and this one did not let me down. I really enjoyed it!

Feel free to recommend some good books in the comments!

The Graveyard Book

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanHear this tragic tale: a sleeping family, a talented murderer, and an adventurous toddler—orphaned, but not assassinated.

Small and alone, by accident and luck he escapes the scene of the crime and climbs a grassy hill to safety.

At the top of the hill the boy finds a fence, and on the other side, a dark, quiet place.

It’s from Neil Gaiman‘s comming book: The Graveyard Book. I want to read this book right now! Give it to me! The release date says “late 2008” *sigh* Is there anyone else out there who want this book right now as well?

Neil Gaiman kommer snart ut med en ny bok: The Graveyard Book. Jag vill läsa den här boken genast! Ge den till mig nu! Och jag gillar inte att det bara står “senare under 2008″ som release datum! Någon annan som suktar efter denna lika mycket som jag?

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