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Booking through Thursday: Visual

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme in which we answer a question about books or reading.

This week’s meme is: So … the books that you own (however many there may be) … do you display them proudly right there in plain sight for all the world to see? (At least the world that comes into your living room.) Or do you keep them tucked away in your office or bedroom or library or closet or someplace less “public?”

Our apartment isn’t that big, so the books are where ever there’s room. In the living room you’ll find dvd’s, cd’s and books about cooking, knitting, needlepoint, photography and other hobbies. The TBR-shelves are also in the living room, overflowing.

The rest of the books are spread around. In our bedroom you’ll find non-fiction and cartoons, in the guest room you’ll find fiction and photo albums, and in the hall you’ll find fiction, travel guides and maps.

And then there are the books laying around the tables, there are always some. My Kindle is also usually to be found in plain view.

In my opinion books aren’t meant to be hid away and I my first thought upon entering a home where no books are visible is: What’s wrong with these people????

No picture of our books, but instead you’ll get the view from my room at Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik 🙂

View from Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik


Booking Through Thursday – Heavy

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme in which we answer a question about books or reading.

This week’s question is: What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?

The longest must be Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. It beat out  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell by a few pages. (At least the editions I checked came out with them in this order.)

They were all read for pleasure. The only one I can remember where I was when I first read it is Kristin Lavransdatter. It was read on an interrail vacation in Europe with my sister in 1989. I needed a thick book so I’d have something to read on the whole trip. This plan failed miserably as I finished it in Italy. I then had to search for hours before I finally found a place that had any books in English. Books in Norwegian was totally out of the question.

It is a really good book and it earned Sigrid Undset The Nobel Prize  Literature. Certainly not light reading.

The only one of the books I’ve reread is The Lord of the Rings. I’ve also listened to it as an audio book and seen the movies.

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