The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 Reading Challenge – #4 Bonus

The #4 on my reading challenge was the first book in a series, and since it was so good I got my hands on the second book as well. I couldn’t find book 3 and 4 in my usual on-line book store, so the hunt will continue because I have a need to know how this ends.DSC_1016

The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 Reading Challenge – #7 Asian literary price

I can’t say that I’ve read that many books by Korea authors, this being the first what I know, I now know I want to read more. It’s been hard to put this away and revolving around the loss of a parent I can sympathize and receive comfort. Another highly recommend book and yet another good output from my reading challenge.

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The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reading challenge #4 – H.C Andersens Literature Award recipient

My choice of the list of authors that received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for my reading challenge, landed on a Japanese author called Nahoko Uehashi and the book The Beast Player I: The Fighting Serpent Chapter. I pretty much read it in a day because it was just so darned good and I have already ordered the second part. Unfortunately I recently discovered that only two of the four books are available in Swedish so I really hope that I can get the last two in english.wpid-dsc_0201.jpg

This far the reading challenge is doing exactly what I was looking for, it’s introducing me to authors I never heard about from countries all over the place. This book might be for young people, however the language, the story and the emotion grips you from page one and you just don’t want to put it away. Really longing for that book package to arrive (even though I have loads of other books to read).

Another highly recomended book!

The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reading challenge #6 – A book written by an African author

To choose this book for my reading challenge I did what anyone of my generation would do, I googled! Google brought me to a long list of books written by African authors that was worth reading and I pretty much closed my eyes and picked one. And what a book!!!!

Sitting in Sweden, it’s easy to loose track of what a good life and bad life is all about, opening a book written by someone that’s pretty much my own age that once was a child soldier in Sierra Leone, gives you a healthy dosage of reality and gratitude.

Not only is the book very well written, it also show a great deal of courage as it can’t be easy to write about the horrible things that he once did as a young boy. I recommend you all to read it, and have a think about what really goes on in our world. Not being able to afford the last version of the Iphone, a new sweater or going out to a restaurant for food is not that bad really if you look at the big scheme of things.

I should probably mention the book as well, it’s called A long way gone by Ishmael Beah.

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The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reading challenge #3 – A book by Astrid Lindgren

Spending the weekend in Stockholm, something was sorely missed – book stores, there are not that many of them. When we finally found one it was huge and the kind that I have a gift certificate for. So while we were there I had a look at their Astrid Lindgren selection an found one that I was sure that I hadn’t read – Rasmus and the Vagabond. Of course I got my hands on it, and finished it on the train home. It’s a real page-turner I tell you that!DSC_0676_copy

The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reding challenge #12 – A book from my mothers bookshelf

Wow, it’s not the first book I read this year, however it is the first one that falls under the reading challenge. The book Unbroken is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a while and knowing it was available in mothers shelf I finally managed to get my hands on it last time I was home 🙂

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The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reading challenge

For 2015 I want to read more books, I miss reading books that aren’t for school. Thanks to the book club I read at least one non-school book a month and that are books that I probably wouldn’t choose myself, which is fun, however for this reader it’s just not enough. So I decided that I was going to set myself a reading challenge for next year, twelve books, one for each month should be doable. How do one go about choosing books for a reading challenge? It’s not super easy, I figured it out though, awards and best-seller lists will have to help me. Twelve challenges, not to be completed in any specific order, let’s be a little bit Carpe Diem here and just take the books as they come along. I also almost convinced my sister to join the challenge, it worked until I told her that she had to report back on her reading progress (we’ll see how that works, she is a full-time worker and a full-time mum so she is a bit busy). If you want to join, you are more than welcome to, if you have a blog of your own I can link to it, or you can send me pics and comments of what you read and I’ll share it here.

  1. Nobel Prize recipient no reading challenge is complete without reading at least one Nobel Price winner. For you that never heard about the Nobel prize, Nobel was a Swedish dude, he died, left money, and now once a year people win prize money for being real good at something, like writing a book. I found a list of all the winners, so how hard can it be to pick one (small tip, Alice Munro is good, but damn that lady is depressing).
  2. No 1 on the Australian Best-seller list on the 16th of August 2015 obviously I can’t read this book until after the 16th of August. I also hope that my friends in Australia (does any of you still live there? or have you all moved to NZ?) could help me keep track of this one and report back to me, so I know what to read.
  3. A book by Astrid Lindgren you can’t have a reading challenge without reading Astrid Lindgren, I’m sure that there is a book by her out there that I haven’t read yet, or I just re-read one, her books can be read over and over again without issue. I’ll just pick one, or do you have a favorite you think I should read?
  4. H.C Andersens Literature Award recipient this obviously should be a Danish award (if you don’t know the obviously, it’s because H.C. Andersen was a Danish author that wrote real sad, depressing books like the Ugly Duckling and The Little Match Girl), and is awarded to authors that write children’s book, and there is no shame in reading children’s books, so this will be included.
  5. A book recommended by a friend. This might get interesting though, I have some real weird friends with strange taste in reading (because I’m totally normal, I promise).
  6. A book written by an African author not sure if I have read much by African authors, as I don’t have a tendency of reading up on the authors of the books I read, maybe a bad habit or maybe not. Not sure that it’s always that important to know much about the person behind the book. Anyhow, if you know any good African authors and their books, give me a shout out and I’ll read it.
  7. Asian Literary Prize (formerly the Man Asian Literary Prize) recipient wich is awarded to the best novel by an Asian author written in English or translated into English (according to Wikipedia), can’t say that I read that much by Asian authors so this could be interesting.
  8. A book written by a Hungarian author why hungarian you ask, it’s because that is the origin of my favourite Latte Mum and in honor of her I will read a book written by an author from her motherland, and who knows, she might be able to make it easy for me by recommending me something awesome.
  9. A classic I’m just wondering how you define a classic?!? I guess I just pick something that I think is a classic, I guess it must be written a long time ago and have difficult language in it.
  10. Jorge Luis Borges is according to Wikipedia (what would one do without the magic of Wikipedia?) the most eminent Latin American author of any century, so I have to read one of his books, hopefully he’s good.
  11. A memoir I’m sure reading about someone elses fantastic or sad life will be very beneficial, so this can be interesting, any recommendations? I think I might be leaning towards Hilary Clinton, but that can change during the year depending on what’s published or what recommendations I get.
  12. A book from my mothers bookshelf there are plenty of books at mother’s house, so I’ll randomly pick one of them and read it. If your mother doesn’t have a book shelf, or if sadly enough you don’t have a mother, borrow someone elses mother and her bookshelves.