21 Oct 2017

Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon - October, 2017

T-1, 13:00 I've got almost everything ready and am just waiting for my partners in crime :-) A soup's simmering on the stove, I've got our snacks and most importantly - I've got our books. Haven't had quite as much time to prepare for this readathon as usual, as I started this morning helping Mum, Dad, Rebekka and her family close up the summerhouse we've been spending the past few days in. I arrived home at 10am and have been busy ever since, getting ready for everybody to show up... which they just did, so I better get the last things ready so we prepared for 2pm to roll around :-)


Hour 1: Mum, Rebekka and Michala have all arrived, and we're getting ready to start :-D

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Copenhagen, Denmark. Back in my library after having held the spring readathon at Rebekka's place.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Mixi: I never know ahead of time.
Rebekka: The last book of the trilogy I've been putting off reading for 1.5 months in order to have it available for today.
Maria: The Distance From Me to You which I got for my birthday and have been saving for today.
Mum: No clue!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Mum: Macaroons!
Rebekka: Macaroons.
Mixi: I've already eaten my macaroons.
Maria: A little bit of everything. Chips, chocolate, grapes and of course macaroons.

4) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Mixi: Wanna make a guess? I'm NOT going to give birth this time around.
The rest of us: Read a bit more than last time, perhaps? Having Mixi's water break 10 minutes after it started, made for a rather confusing start.

5) Which book are you going to start off with.
Mum: A Danish classic: Amiks Spanske eventyr - always good to start off with a short book.
Mixi: Wish Upon a Star - a feel good book :-D
Rebekka: Marrying Christopher - the book mentioned above.
Maria: Probably "The Crucifix Killer" which I've wanted to read for almost a year, but never got around to. I bought it at last years' book fair and as it's the first in a series and this year's book fair is in a few weeks' time, I wanted to see if I should buy the next one ;-)


Hour 2: The last few days at the summer house has set its marks on all of us - we're a LOT more tired than usual, but no way I'm going to admit defeat and take a nap already! We're all enjoying our books (well, Mixi's and Mum's are both rereads, so they knew they would). "The Crucifix Killer" is very similar in style to the other crime novels I've been reading recently, so it's moving at a good pace. It's fairly long though, so may still be the only book I read before dinner.

10 Years in 10 Books
As this is the 10-year anniversary of the Readathon, the challenge of this hour is to come up with recommendations of books from the last ten years. So with no further ado, here goes (a collaborative effort between all of us)...
2007: Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
2008: The Host - Stephenie Meyer
2009: Library of the Dead - Glenn Cooper
2010: Room - Emma Donoghue
2011: A Modern Witch - Debora Geary
2012: Wonder - R.J. Palacio
2013: Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
2014: A Soft Breath of Wind - Roseanna M. White
2015: Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone
2016: The Chemist - Stephenie Meyer
2017: Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel


Hour 3: My book definitely took a turn for the more thrilling, so it hasn't been at all difficult to stay awake this past hour! I'm not even half-way through yet, so am eager to see what happens next.

The others are also all still working on their first books, although Mixi has changed to audio.


Hour 4: Still working on the same book. It's turning out REALLY good, so assuming it also has a satisfying ending, I'll probably end up buying the next one after all. I have another 120 pages to go, so might just finish in time for dinner.

Mum finished her first book, and moved on to "Every Last Word" by Tamara Ireland Stone on Mixi's and my recommendation.

Readathon Memories
Every reader knows how difficult it is to pick a favourite book, but fortunately this challenge is to pick a favourite book you've read in a readathon! According to my tags this is my 14th readathon, so I've listed a favourite from each:
April 2017: Where are the Lions - Claus Tondering
October 2016: Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman
April 2016: Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
October 2015: Cancer Vixen - Marisa Acocella Marchetto
April 2015: A Dip in the Ocean - Sarah Outen
October 2014: Reden - Estrid Ott
October 2013: Guilt By Association - Gilbert Morris
April 2013: Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
April 2012: Before I Go To Sleep - S.J. Watson
October 2011: Dragonsinger - Anne McCaffrey
April 2011: Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
October 2010: Page - Tamora Pierce
October 2009: Who Do I Talk To - Neta Jackson


Hour 7
I finished "The Crucifix Killer" with 15 minutes to spare before dinner :-) I really liked it and while a tad longer than I usually choose for my readathon books, it still fit the bill perfectly as it was both a page-turner and an easy read. I've now turned to "The Distance From Me To You" which I've wanted to read for ages, and finally got my hands on specifically with this readathon in mind. I'm only two chapters into it so far, but am enjoying it.

Dad came over to join us for dinner, but he's left again now, and we're getting back to reading :-)


Hour 9
All my reading companions have left me now. Michala and Rebekka half an hour ago (one of these years, Rebekka's gonna stay the night, so she can stay up late reading) and Mum just now (20 pages before finishing her second book! Fortunately she seems to be enjoying "Every Last Word" just as much as Mixi and I did), so now I'm back to reading by myself for the rest of the readathon. I'm just over half-way through "The Distance..." and am really enjoying it. Yes, it's very obviously YA, but with just enough travelogue (even if a fictional one) to make it just my cup of tea! I should have no problems finishing this one before heading off to bed.


Hour 10
This is a much faster read than my last book! I'm on page 250 already and should easily be able to finish within the next hour... assuming I don't get too sidetracked! Then I have to decide if that's it for today, or if I want to get just a few chapters in of a new book before heading off to bed. Rebekka texted me earlier that she wants to finish her book too, so she's reading with me from afar for awhile yet too :)


Hour 11:
Finished "The Distance From Me To You" 5 minutes ago. Unfortunately around 100 pages from the end it had a twist that I thought rather pointless... or rather, I guess it just proved that it was a novel rather than a travelogue. Still a shame though, as it had potential to be a new favourite, but ended up being just alright.

Ah well. C'est la vie. Right now I need to decide what my next book should be... whether I want to go for another new read, or if I should turn to something tested and true. At this hour (midnight) I need something light and engaging, so this is when I usually turn to graphic novels, but didn't have time to get any out of the library this time. I'll have to see what else I have on my shelves that might tempt me.


Hour 20:
Aaaand I'm back at reading again :-) Before going to bed last night I started on an old favourite ("Karen Kurér" by Estrid Ott), but only got 38 pages into it before I had to give up and call it a night. This morning I needed something I could read in bed without turning on the lights, so I picked up "Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire which I'd loaded onto my iPad for just this reason. I'm on page 62 of that and LOVING it! It's just the right mix of whimsy and crazy for me, so I'll definitely finish this before returning to Karen-Kurér again.


Hour 21:
Well! That certainly took a turn for the twisted. I only have another 18 pages left of "Every Heart a Doorway" and am insanely curious to see how everything will get wrapped up in those 18 pages. Goodreads' telling me that it's the first in a series, which makes me worried that it won't - I just might have to check out the others after the readathon.


Hour 22:
I finished "Every Heart..." not long after my last update, and fortunately it did have a proper ending. I still really want to read the next one though. I'm now back at "Karen Kurér" - one of my favourite novels about WW2 in Denmark. I only have another 22 pages to go though, so I'll have to decide on another book soon. With 3 hours to go I should be able to finish another 200-250 pages.


Hour 23:
As expected, I finished "Karen Kurér" just 15 minutes after my last update, and as my next (and probably final) book, I decided to pick up "A Mango-Shaped Space" by Wendy Mass. I "read" it as an audiobook several years ago, and have wanted to reread it pretty much ever since. It's one of the most fascinating books about synesthesia I've ever read, and as I have it myself (although a very mild 'case'), I find it very interesting. At 270 short pages I should just be able to finish it in time.


Hour 24:
The last hour has just started! I managed 100 pages in the last hour and need to read another 102 to finish the book, so I should manage fine, as long as I don't allow myself to get sidetracked ;-)


Hour 25:
And that's it - my 13th readathon is all over. I finished the last book with just 15 minutes to spare, so decided that was it. I ended up with a very respectable 5 books finished and a total of 1274 pages read.

Books Read: "The Crucifix Killer" - Chris Carter (365), "The Distance From Me To You" - Marina Gessner (339), "Every Heart a Doorway" - Seanan McGuire (172), "Karen Kurér" - Estrid Ott (128), "A Mango-Shaped Space" - Wendy Mass (270)
Pages Read: 1274
Currently Reading: Nothing

29 Apr 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Progress Report - April 2017

T-3 (11am): It'll be rather interesting to see how this crossposting goes when I keep updating the same post over and over again! So if you're reading this on LJ and it doesn't seem to update on a fairly regular basis (at least for the next 12 hours) - head over to DW and catch up with me there :-)

In two hours Mum will come and pick me up and we'll head to Rebekka's place. It'll be really weird not to have readathon in my library, but anything to allow my sisters to attend :-) We're going to try to FaceTime with Isabella in Thailand as well, so she can join us at least for a little while. Hope it works!

But not having it at my place means that I haven't really done many of my usual preparations... I have a huge box of books to bring with me, and my fair share of snacks, but the library hasn't been made ready, and I don't have dinner cooking in the crock-pot... like I said - weird. But I'm sure I'll live ;-)


See you in a bit for the opening questionnaire. I expect it's going to be exactly the same as always, but it's part of the tradition :-)


T-0 (13:30) We're getting ready to start. As always the table is groaning with books and snacks and we're all exchanging information about the books we've brought along and finding others we want to read too ;-)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Copenhagen, Denmark. Although from Rebekka's house this time.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Mum: "Ravnenes hvisken" - a new Danish book that's been nominated for an award.
Rebekka: "Probably The Chemist."
Mixi: "Don't really know... I probably won't be able to concentrate all that much on reading.
Maria: "Rosemary and Rue... although I have a TON of books I really, really, really want to read :-)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Rebekka: The flødeboller Mixi brought.
Mum: Rebekka's pistachio cake.
Mixi: Yes, me too.
Maria: The strawberries with chocolate I brought.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
As always we're turning the readathon into a family event. This will be our fourth or fifth time reading together. Mum and my sisters had read my updates for years and thought it sounded like lots of fun, and after I moved they were finally able to join us!

Mixi really hoped she could come today, but now that she's here, she'd actually rather just have given birth already! :-P

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Maria: Everything will be different! First time ever we're not at my place.
Mixi: Go into labour!
Rebekka and Mum: Yes!


Hour 1 (15:00): Well! After the first hour I've read all of 49 pages! No, that's definitely not usual for me, but after just 10 minutes Mixi jumped up from her seat, "My water just broke!" Cue general befuddlement and confusion. So I guess she was more correct in her wishes for this readathon than she'd even expected herself! She'd rather just be at home while waiting for it to be time to go to the hospital (understandable), so Morten arrived 15 minutes ago to pick her up, and Rebekka, Mum and I agreed that this will probably be the most memorable readathon ever... and probably also the one where I read the least ;-)


Hour 2 (16:00): Managed another 90 pages this past hour :) Still not quite as much as usual, but as Rebekka commented, with all that happened the first hour, it's a bit hard to get into the zone. Still, I'm enjoying myself, and that's really all that matters.

Isabella has been FaceTiming us every hour on the hour which has been lovely :-) It's nice to be able to share the readathon with her, even just a little bit.


Hour 3 (17:00): Isabella was heading off to bed when we spoke to her last (they're 5 hours ahead of us), but Mum, Rebekka and I are still going strong. I've finished "Sue Barton, Student Nurse" (love that series! :-) ) and have now picked up "Rosemary and Rue", which the always awesome so kindly sent me for the readathon! Have only read 30 pages so far, but I'm liking it!

Both Mum and Rebekka are reading much longer books (500+pages), so they've still got quite a way to go before finishing. Mum keeps giggling though - I think I'll have to add "Ravnenes hvisken" (The Whispering of Ravens) to my to-read list too!


Hour 4 (18:30): We paused for dinner, Mum left to take Nora home (she'll be staying with Mum and Dad while Mixi and Morten are going to the hospital) and Rebekka's kids just arrived home, so it'll be very interesting to see how much more reading we'll get done ;-) Mum was my lift home, but I'm DEFINITELY not ready to call it a night just now (waaaay too early for that), so I'll probably get a cab or something once it's time.


Hour 6 (20:00): Only got another 70 pages read since I updated last. This will definitely be the readathon where I get the least number of pages read, but instead I get lots of hugs from my nieblings, so I don't mind too much :) I'm rather liking "Rosemary and Rue". It's not my usual fare (I generally stay away from anything Fae-related), but it's growing on me. I'm only a third of the way though, so it'll probably be part of my updates for awhile yet. Rebekka's working her way through "The Chemist" by Stephenie Meyer and seems to be enjoying it.


Hour 7 (21:00) The kids have been tucked in, so perhaps we'll get some more reading done now :) On the other hand, Lars is also on his way home now, so I'm tempted to go home to him. We'll see how much longer I last ;)


Hour 9 (23:00) Left Rebekka's place shortly after 10pm and arrived home not too long ago. It was VERY good to see Lars again :-) I'm back at reading now, as I would reeeeally
like to finish my current book before calling it a night. So far I'm only at 415 pages - probably the lowest number EVER at this point in a readathon. But for a very good reason :-D


Hour 21 (11:00) I did indeed finish "Rosemary and Rue" before heading off to bed last night. I woke up at 8:30 this morning, and have already finished two more books! "An Age of License" by Lucy Knisley and "Sue Barton, Senior Nurse" by Helen Dore Boylston - both rereads. Now I'm trying to figure out if I want to continue with another Sue Barton book, or if I should pick up something completely different. There are still 3 hours left of the readathon, so definitely enough time to finish another book, if I pick one that isn't too long.

I also had a lovely follow-up chat with Isabella this morning :) She FaceTimed me about half an hour ago, so we got to talk about her reading as well. She's reading "Throne of Glass" by Sarah Maas and is really liking it, so I may have to pick that one up myself at some point :)


Hour 24 (14:00): And done! The readathon is over for this time. I managed another book and a half since my last update, putting me at a very respectable total of 5.5 books and 1131 pages! It's been lots of fun as always, and certainly the most memorable readathon ever... I don't think I'd mind if the next one was slightly less eventful though ;-)

(Oh, and still no news from Mixi. She said it was okay to post about her water breaking here, as it wasn't likely to get back to any of her friends, so I thought I'd just update you on that as well.)


Books Read: "Sue Barton, Student Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston (169), "Rosemary and Rue" - Seanan McGuire (346), "An Age of License" - Lucy Knisley (195), "Sue Barton, Senior Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston (143), "Where Are the Lions?" - Claus Tondering (228)
Currently Reading: "Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse" - Helen Dore Boylston
Pages Read: 1131

29 Jan 2017

Bøger gives væk til kærligt hjem

Jeg har været mit bibliotek igennem og fundet en række bøger, som det er på tide at sende videre til nye læsere.

Bøgerne er gratis ved afhentning, og koster ellers blot porto.

    Danske bøger
  • Ulvens folk / Ildens folk / Jordens folk - Michael Gear
  • Maleren fra Shanghai - Jennifer Cody Epstein
  • Kirstens breve - Susan Moody
  • En lang forlovelse - Sebastien Japrisot
  • Postkort til Annie - Ida Jessen
  • Sult - Knut Hansum
  • De magiske kapper - Diana Wynne Jones
  • Ensomme hjerters klub - Lotte Hammer
  • De strejfede - Sandro Veronesi (gammel biblioteksbog)
  • High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
  • Alle var der - Laura Weisenberger
  • Vampire Diaries 1-6 - L.J. Smith
  • Vampire Diaries: Stefans fortælling - L.J. Smith
  • Den løbende mand - Stephen King
  • En kvindes kærlighed - Alja Rachmanowa
  • Robin Hood - Gyldendals udødelige
  • Ridderne om det runde bord - Elizabeth Chadwick (roman baseret på filmen)

    Engelske bøger
  • Magyk - Angie Sage
  • Green Darkness - Anya Seton
  • The Devil Wears Prada - Laura Weisenberger
  • Idlewild - Nick Sagan
  • Mr. Allbones' Ferrets - Fiona Farrell
  • Monday's Child - Louise Bagshawe
  • If You Could See Me Now - Cecelia Ahern
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan
  • All the Rivers Run - Nancy Cato
  • Sacred Marriage - Gary L. Thomas (non-fiction)
  • The Reader's Companion to World Literature (non-fiction)
  • Saving Faith - Patrick Garry
  • Butcher of Dreams - Kay Williams
  • Deadly Design - Marion Moore Hill
  • Xenocide - Orson Scott Card (gammel biblioteksbog)
  • Skylark - Suzanna Roberts
  • Jessica Z - Shawn Klomparens
  • A Knight in Shining Armor - Jude Devareaux
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
  • Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld
  • Evermore - Alyson Noel
  • The Lost Diary of Don Juan - Douglas Carlton Abrams (ARC)
  • Good Things I Wish You - A. Manette Ansay (ARC)
  • Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
  • The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughin

Andet
Fuglane - Tarjei Vesaas (norsk)