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2015 Reading Challenge, a few weeks in

16 February, 2015 Leave a comment

So we’re at the end of week seven of the year and I’ve read six books, although I plan on getting done with books seven and eight tomorrow or the day after.

Two of the six books I’ve read have been audio books and I will keep doing that, because it means that I get some reading done here and there, like in the car on the way to and from work. That’s good. As for the physical books, my first targets are books I’ve borrowed at the library. The Famous Five, A Christmas Carol, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Birthday Party, Northanger Abbey and Oryx and Crake are my next challenges, probably in that order too. And I’m probably going for Harry Potter for my next audio book. Or The Disaster Artist, since I want to listen to Greg Sestero make his legendary Tommy Wiseau impression.

Anyway, I’m keeping pace and that’s what matters. Hopefully I can get ahead of the game the next month or so. I’ll get through the library books and two audio books until the end of March and I’ll be ahead. My girlfriend shakes her head at my planning and list-making, but it’s actually what keeps me motivated in something like this, I find.

Oh, I’m also going to write reviews, or something like it, of the following:

Affektion (affection), by Martin Jern
9/11, by Noam Chomsky
Söta pojkar är bara på låtsas (cute boys are only make-believe), by Moa Eriksson Sandberg
Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
Sex Criminals #1, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

We’ll see when I get my thumb out of my ass to do that. I had this blog post open a day and a half before actually writing anything in it. But I’m excited and motivated and that’s what counts.

2015 Reading Challenge, getting started

31 January, 2015 Leave a comment

Hello again! It’s been a while!

I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon that is the 2015 Reading Challenge that has been circulating here and there on the internet. I saw it linked to 9gag and after talking with my girlfriend about it, we decided to give it a go. Then I got sort of carried away with the planning phase of it all. Now I have a very serious Excel file with all the books, grades, number of pages, genres, formats and whatnot. I like lists, okay??? It’s my coping mechanism…

This is what the list looks like. Click it and have a look.

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The following is the list I came up with after A TON of searching, thinking, talking about it, thinking some more and wavering back and forth. It’s by no means final.

A book with more than 500 pages: James S.A. Corey – Leviathan Wakes
A classic romance: D.H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
A book that became a movie: Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
A book published this year: not yet, waiting to see what comes out
A book with a number in the title: Haruki Murakami – 1Q84, Part 1
A book written by someone under 30: Jonathan Saffran Foer – Everything is Illuminated
A book with non-human characters: David H. Wilson – Robopocalypse
A funny book: Tony Hawks – Round Ireland with a Fridge
A book by a female author: Alice Munro – Runaway
A mystery or thriller: A.D. Miller – Snowdrops
A book with a one-word title: China Mieville – Kraken
A book of short stories: Ryan North – Machine of Death
A book set in a different country (from which you live): Neal Stephenson – The Diamond Age
A non-fiction book: Jacob Gudiol – Skitmat (Swedish for junkfood)
A popular author’s first book: John Green – Looking for Alaska
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
A book a friend recommended: Neal Stephenson – Snow Crash
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: Cormac McCarthy – The Road
A book based on a true story: Conn Iggulden – Stormbird
A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Barbara Ehrenreich – Bright-Sided
A book your mom/dad loves: Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha (originally a book my mom loves, but she died 20 years ago and I have no clue what books she loved)
A book that scares you: Mark Z. Danielewski – House of Leaves
A book more than 100 years old: Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
A book based entirely on its cover: Joyce Carol Oates – Karthage
A book you were supposed to read in high school, but didn’t: George Orwell – Animal Farm
A memoir: Greg Sestero – The Disaster Artist
A book you can finish in a day: Noam Chomsky – 9-11
A book with antonyms in the title: Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast and Slow
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
A book that came out the year you were born: Astrid Lindgren – Ronja Rövardotter
A book with bad reviews: Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
*A trilogy (First): William Gibson – Virtual Light
*A trilogy (Second): William Gibson – Idoru
*A trilogy (Third): William Gibson – All Tomorrow’s Parties
A book from your childhood: Enid Blyton – Five on Finniston Farm
A book with a love triangle: Martin Jern – Affektion
A book set in the future: Joe Haldenman – The Forever War
A book set in high school: Stephen Chbotsky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A book with a color in the title: Matthew Quick – The Silver Linings Playbook
A book that made you cry: holding off on this one until I know what book makes me cry
A book with magic: J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
A graphic novel: Matt Fraction – Sex Criminals #1
A book by an author you’ve never read before: John Scalzi – Old Man’s War
A book you own but have never read: Chris Kluwe – Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies
A book that takes place in your hometown: Moa Eriksson Sandberg – Söta pojkar är bara på låtsas (“Cute boys are only make-believe”)
A book that was originally written in a different language: Neil Gaiman – The Sleeper and the Spindle (I’m Swedish and this is written in English)
A book set during Christmas: Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
A book written by an author with your same initials: Thomas Jefferson – Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
A play: Harold Pinter – The Birthday Party
A banned book: Wilbur Smith – When the Lion Feeds
A book based on or turned into a TV show: George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones
A book you started but never finished: Tom McCarthy – Remainder

The plan for this is to get it its own blog tag and for me to write about each book that I read this year. I can’t remember a year when I read 52 books, but there’s a first time for everything. I need to average about 45 pages per day to keep this on track, but not all pages are the same. Some go by in a blur and some take forever.

I’m fairly sure about 90% of the list. There are a few books that I could very well be changing along the way. It depends on what I can get my hands on. I have most of them already and I have borrowed a handful from the library, so I’ll be reading those first. I’ve already read three of them and I’ve started a handful more. Reviews/impressions on the first three will be coming up shortly, along with pictures of my book piles, because pictures are always fun.

This is a new kind of challenge for me. When I went to university and took literature courses I probably came pretty close to 52 books in a year, but I don’t think I got there all the way. I’m really pumped about this because I’ve managed to get books that I’m very excited about. I’ll be elaborating on all of my book choices when I read them and write about them here.