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December 30th – Books read in 2010

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  • Klokkemakeren / Gert Nygårdshaug
  • Ruffen : sjøormen som ikke kunne svømme / Tor Åge Bringsværd
  • We never talk about my brother / Peter S. Beagle
  • The Road / Cormac McCarthy
  • Den 4.parallell : Lasarus-fenomenet / Kjetil Johnsen
  • If I stay / Gayle Forman


  • The House of the Mosque / Kader Abdolah
  • Myren / Arnaldur Indridason
  • Foten veit : fortalt av Merry, prinsesse av Europa
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / J.K. Rowling


  • Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban / J.K. Rowling
  • And another thing / Eoin Colfer
  • Landet under isen / Lars Mæhle
  • Den 4.parallell : Carrington-katastrofen / Kjetil Johnsen
  • A Princess of Landover / Terry Brooks


  • Fire / Kristin Cashore
  • Hyddenworld : Spring / William Horwood
  • Lavinia / Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Hungry Ghosts / Anne Berry
  • Stolen / Lucy Christopher


  • Blackout / Connie Willis
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J.K. Rowling
  • Blogging / Jill Walker Rettberg
  • Lad den rette komme inn / John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • I can’t think straight / Shamim Sarif
  • This Book is Overdue! / Marilyn Johnson
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J.K. Rowling
  • Dystopia I / Terje Torkildsen
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / J.K. Rowling


  • Blodleie / Johan Theorin
  • Kvinnen som kledte seg naken for sin elskede / Jan Wiese
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J.K. Rowling


  • Litany of the Long Sun / Gene Wolfe
  • People of the Book / Geraldine Brooks


  • Imot kunsten / Tomas Espedal
  • Dypet / Tom Kristiansen
  • Sea of Poppies / Amitav Ghosh


  • The Eyes of a King / Catherine Banner
  • Fire & Hemlock / Diana Wynne Jones
  • Fedrenes Løgner / Tom Egeland
  • My Own Kind of Freedom / Steven Brust


  • Artemis Fowl : The Time Paradox / Eoin Colfer
  • The Kiss of Death / Marcus Sedgwick
  • Den 4.parallell : Aeon-paradokset / Kjetil Johnsen
  • I shall wear Midnight / Terry Pratchett
  • Feit : mitt liv som tjukkas / Kristian Fjellanger
  • All Clear / Connie Willis
  • Syren / Angie Sage
  • Thirteen Cents / K. Sello Duiker


  • Die Trying / Lee Child
  • Killing Floor / Lee Child
  • Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
  • The Years best Science Fiction Stories 25 / ed. Gardner Dozois
  • Cryoburn / Lois McMaster Bujold
  • A Galaxy Unborn / Thomas De Prima
  • The City & The City / China Miéville


  • The Devil you know / Mike Carey
  • Her Fearful Symmetry / Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Atheists Guide to Christmas
  • Ship Breaker / Peolo Bacigalupi

Currently I’m reading “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The New Space Opera 2” edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, but I don’t know if I’ll finnish any of them before 2011.


December 28th – 2011 Reading Goals

This is the time for summing up the old year and making resolutions for the new year. Inspired by several bloggers, including Migrating Coconuts (I just adore the name), Stines notater, Lesehesten fra Sørlandet and Silje I have made my own list of reading goals for 2011. It’s not a very ambitious list, but I think it can be nice to have. Now I just have to follow it and remember to sum it up in a year.

  1. Start reading all the books in my to-be-read-pile and don’t finish the ones I don’t like. This is a part of “10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader” by Daniel Pennac, but I quite often need reminding.
  2. Watch less tv and read more.
  3. Read at least 2 collections of short stories – I like short stories but usually it takes me forever to get through a collection, so I figured 2 was enough.
  4. Read the nynorsk versions of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. (Internal Norwegian language squabble.)
  5. Read at least 3 non-fiction books.
  6. Don’t let my pile of books-to-blog-about get higher than 2 books – this is going to be hard, so I really need this resolution.
  7. Read at least one book with a story from each of the continents and some with the story taking place on another planet – I think South-America was missing this year, but other than that I did good.
  8. Read the books I want to read and not give up any of them for books I feel I ought to read.
  9. Keep on reading as much as possible in English – good for my language skills and there’s also so many more titles to choose between.
  10. Whine less to my dearest about boring language almost every time I read a book in bokmål, it’s not her fault that she grew up in Bergen. (Internal Norwegian language squabble.)

December 22nd – Books and stufff

This questions have turned up on several Norwegian blogs lately, among them Migrating Coconuts, Bokdama, Les mye and Julies bokbabbel. Here is an English version of the questions with my answers.

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1. Which book do you want for christmas?
I’m in the weird situation that there aren’t that many books I want right now. It might have something to do with the piles of unread books waiting on the bookshelves. In spite of this I constantly find myself buying new books for my Kindle and feel that the best book gift just now would be a gift certificate on That would protect my credit card from some of the damage like the pre-order of Doomsday book a few minutes ago – I’ve been waiting for the kindle edition of this book since I got my Kindle, and the likely ordering of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe that will soon take place. Oh, by the way, I want The Eyre Affair and the rest of Jasper Fforde’s books about Thursday Next (The Eyre Affair is available on Kindle, but not for me here in Norway…I can’t express how idiotic I find this!)

2) If you could give a book to a well known person, who would you choose and which book?
I would have given Ulovlig Norsk (Illegally Norwegian) by Maria Amelie to every Norwegian politician. They need to read it.

3) Mention a book you plan to give away for christmas.
There are three books on my give-away-list this years. Syren, no.5 in the series about Septimus Heap by Angie Sage (Norwegian version) and Lasarusfenomenet by Kjetil Johnsen. The third I won’t mention as I suspect the person getting it of reading this blog now and then.

4) Do you have any christmas traditions that you follow every year?
I have to bake the cakes called chessboards in Norway, it’s really the only christmas cookies I must have. I also don’t want any christmas decorations before December 20th or so, that way I can enjoy it all to around January 13th without getting sick of it. Lots of christmas music is also important.

5) What kind of christmas dinners do you eatl?
Lutefisk and/or pinnekjøt (Western Norwegian specialitites) on christmas night (the main time here in Norway), and the same or elk steak on christmas day and boxing day.

6) What do you want for christmas in addition to the book(s) already mentioned?
We want a good food processor, but don’t feel that the chances are any good this year. A Nespresso coffee machine would also be nice, but that doesn’t come on the serious wish list until we move to somewhere with a bigger kitchen. We also need some duvet covers and pillow cases for the bed. I also want a new camera (the old one has had too many falls and now the battery won’t stay in place), new red shoes with heels that aren’t too tall (I saw some early in December but didn’t buy them. Darn. All that’s left in the shops now are the one with 5 inch heels, and I can’t walk in those), hiking shoes, a nice rainbow necklace, dvd with different tv-series like Doctor Who and Babylon 5, and knitted socks. Peace on earth would have been nice too, and I’d gladly give up all my christmas gifts for that.

How about you?

The BBC Meme, or I bet you I read more than 6

Many, many weeks ago my friend Hege challenged me with this list.

The directions:

“Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

The list with my marks and snarks, favourites got a capital X:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling  X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible – x (at a time when I actually tried to believe in this nonsense)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell  x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman  X
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien  X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger  X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell  x
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald  x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams  X
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (does it count that I got to page 50 about 6 times?)
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck  X
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll  x
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame  x
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens  x
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis  x
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis  x
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini  X
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne  X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell  x
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown  x (Yes, but I still have no idea why.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving  X
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery  x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood   x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding  x (Hated it intensely, school has a lot to answer for)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert   x
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon  x (kept hoping it would improve and live up to a promising start, but noooo…)
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley  x
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon  X
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez  x
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck  X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas  x
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding  x
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville  (I’m not American and this is not on any “must read” lists around here)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker   x
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett  x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson  x
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransom
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt  (I tried, I tried…)
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens  x
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell  x
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker  X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams  x
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute  X
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – x  (Didn’t I see The Complete Works of Shakespeare furher up on this list? Anyway, I’ve giggled my way through Hamleg and Macbeth – fans of Terry Pratchett probably understand the giggling bit)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl  x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

40 total, as a part of my ongoing struggle not to be like most people I consider this a decent number. There are some on the list that I’ve started but not even gotten to page 50, and there are a few I’d really like to read at some point. In general I prefer modern literature to Jane Austen and her crowd.  The challenge have been forwardet to Silje who blogs at Tanks High School and Bergen Maritime High School.

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