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25/04/2015

Readathon!

This is my 6th readathon and for the first time ever I'll try and contain it all in one post. Usually I have a mini-review post per book I finish as I go along, but this time those reviews can be found right here in this very post :)

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~*~ Merry reading to you all! ~*~

Books finished: 7
Pages read: 1077
Minutes listened: 48

End of Event Meme:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I didn't really have one that was daunting. I know from years of experience that I need to go to sleep or my next entire week will be off. So I stayed up till I think the 11th or 12th hour (1-2 AM in Denmark) and then I slept for 7 hours.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
It obviously depends on the individual, but I really like books by authors I know (so that I know their style) or short and engaging books in general. Humoristic books are also a good choice.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really. I'm stunned by the amount of work is done already, and they do a really good job with it.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
For me personally I really managed to balance the reading more with being social. I've previous years been a bit too stressed focusing on reading, but this time around I managed to comment a bit more on others' progress.

How many books did you read?
I read 7 books, 1077 pages.

What were the names of the books you read?
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce (audiobook), A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Cat out of hell by Lynne Truss, The Hedge Knight by George RR Martin (graphic novel), KICK-ASS by Mark Millar and John Romita JR (graphic novel) and Do androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K Dick

Which book did you enjoy most?
Either Cat out of hell or The Hedge Knight

Which did you enjoy least?
Probably The Little Prince.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
While I totally understand the cheerleaders were swamped, getting a copy paste cheer completely out of context with my blog post seems a bit silly. Only solution to that though is more people cheering or less people asking for cheers.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'm definitely participating! I might just sign up and be a cheerleader too.



Update #12 - All done! [14:01]
When there was 20 minutes left, I had 20 pages left to go of the Blade Runner book and I finished it just in time :) The book is pretty good, but the final ending is a bit weird. It's all about existentialism and quite heavy. 3/5


Update #11 - 2 hours to go! [11:52]
I got started on my 7th and final book for this readathon and while it's really good, it's taking me way longer to read than I'd expected - I'm worried I won't be able to finish it in time!
I am of course talking about Philip K Dick's classic novel Do androids dream of electric sheep? I've read 68 of 183 pages so far,





Update #10 - Goodmorning!  [09:36] / [10:08]
My alarm clock woke me up an hour ago and I got straight back to reading. After rewatching the movie Kick-Ass a few weeks ago I suddenly felt like reading the comics behind it and borrowed book one from the library. I'm warned in the introduction by Rob Liefeld that the creators of KICK-ASS is known for hyper-real super-violence and yeah, it's pretty violent. But also pretty good. 3/5




Update #9 - book 5 [01:12]
I've finished the graphic novel The Hedge Knight by George RR Martin and it was really good. 4/5. Very tired now. Night night




Update #8 - Zzzz [00:10]
Where did the past hour go? I haven't read a word of my next book yet, and now I'm just so tired >_<
On the upside I was just announced as a prize winner for hour 11 :D


Update #7- [23:13]
I've just finished Cat out of hell and it was amazing! It's excellently written and absolutely mental. A brilliant mash of humour, horror and Sherlock Holmes. 5/5.
I've been reading on my couch so far and have had the telly on for the past couple of hours to provide a bit of background noise as darkness fell outside. I think it's time for one last book before sleep claims me and it's time to relocate to the bedroom.


Update #6 - Meow![20:53]
After a nice walk with some loud music in my ears and a look around the other blogs to see how other readers were doing, I got back to reading.
I started on Lynne Truss' Cat out of hell which I bought on a whim in London last December, and 30% in it's so good! It's funny and spooky and really engaging :D



Update #5 - The third book! [19:06]
I've finished my third book  A Clockwork Orange and rather liked it despite it's very confusing style and wording. I couldn't have done it without Wikipedia for clarification though xD
It's just after 7 PM and while it's been overcast and raining most of the day, it's currently sort of dry out and I think I'll go for a quick walk before my next book.


Update #4 - Uuuugh [18:05]
I started reading A Clockwork Orange and holy smokes, this isn't a book you just read. It took a while to get used to the pseudo Russian gibberish language the narrator uses and while I usually read roughly 100 pages an hour, this book takes me an hour just to read 50! Thankfully I've only 46 to go, and I must admit it's not half-bad. I am however forced to reading the English Wikipedia entry on the book whilst reading it in order to be absolutely certain what I'm actually reading. 3/5.
It's also just about time for some supper soon and I need to do some exercises, I keep getting these weird pains in my wrists, not sure why. I think I've just been too dormant today.


Update #3 - The second book [15:47]
Struggling with a bit of a headache I decided to let my second book be an audio book. I've been listening to Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series and had just about an hour left of the fourth and final book, Lioness Rampant. I love being able to just lie back, close my eyes and listen. I've been a huge fan of Tamora's books since I was a kid and still enjoy rereading them over and over again. 4/5 stars.


Update #2 - The first book [14:42]
I've finished reading my first book, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry from 1946. I was given this book in 2007 when I graduated high school, but despite starting on it many times, I never finished it. This time I did, but I must confess it still doesn't move me. I just don't get it. 2/5 stars.




Update #1 - Vlog Warm-Up!
To those who don't know me, I should introduce myself a little bit. My name is Iben, I'm Danish, 26 years old and a librarian :)

24/04/2015

Danmark Læser

I går var det International Bogdag / Verdens Bogdag og dagen, hvor Kulturministeriet for fuld sejl afholdt kampagnen #DanmarkLæser

I den forbindelse havde jeg og tusinde andre meldt os som boguddelere, og jeg brugte lidt af eftermiddagen på at uddele min kasse med 25 bøger. Jeg valgte at stå med et åbent bagagerum på parkeringspladsen ved den lokale Rema1000 hen på eftermiddagen i forsøg på at komme i kontakt med de travle mennesker, der var på vej hjem fra arbejde - og det gik ret godt.

Knap halvanden time tog det at give alle bøgerne væk, og det var en rigtig hyggelig oplevelse. Jeg kunne godt mærke min indre bibliotekar overtog styringen, og det var en meget serviceminded litteraturformidlende Iben, der tog kontakt til en masse fremmede mennesker og spurgte, om de ikke kunne fristes med en gratis bog - og nu er det jo Nordjylland, så selvfølgelig kunne de det! ;)

Spøg til side, jeg kom i snak med en masse rare nysgerrige mennesker og langt størstedelen valgte at tage en bog med hjem.

Hvis du ikke løb på en boguddeler i løbet af dagen, så fortvivl ikke! Til og med i dag den 24. kan du downloade alle 5 bøger ganske gratis både som ebog og som lydbog - se mere på den officielle hjemmeside her.





23/04/2015

Readathon Book Pile

It's time to reveal what I'll be reading during this weekend's #Readathon!





*drum roll*




For the first time ever I'll be diving into graphic novels - George RR Martin's The Hedge Knight and Mark Miller's KICK-ASS. After owning it for years on end, I'll give Antoine De Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince a try. I've also got a couple of other older classics, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and Phillip K Dick's Blade Runner.
In the pile you'll also find Lynne Truss' Cat Out Of Hell, Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris, Andy Weir's The Martian and the Danish novel Resten af Sommeren af Tamara Bach as well as the Danish children's book Tempus Fugit by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen. I might reread the very first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher's Stone.

As per usual my book pile contains very slim books, but this time even more so than usual. I do enjoy progress :) I do also have a few digital books stashed on my ipad in case of emergency and I look forward to finding out what I end up reading - you never know what you'll fancy in the moment :)

What will you be reading?

22/04/2015

Malebøger for voksne #1

Efter en buzzfeed-artikel tilbage i marts havde gjort mig opmærksom på Johanna Basford's smukt illustrerede malebog Secret Garden - An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book, bestilte jeg straks bogen på SAXO. Og fik kort tid efter en mail om, at bogen desværre var gået i restordre, og man ikke vidste, hvornår den ville være klar til salg igen. Efter et par ugers sukken blev ventetiden mig for lang, og jeg bestilte en anden malebog til at fordrive tiden med. Valget faldt på forlaget Tankesport, der også er godt kendt for blandt andet deres Sudoku-hæfter. Malebogen hedder slet og ret Malebogen! og indeholder 48 A4 siders flotte illustrationer af forskellige kaliber, der er lige til at gå i gang med.

Til forskel for barndommens malebøger hvor felterne er store/enorme og tegningerne simple, er kompleksiteten og minimale detaljer i fokus her. Man skulle måske tro det modsatte, men det er faktisk meget afslappende at sidde og farvelægge en milliard små blade og cirkler og bølgende streger. De 48 sider er af meget forskellige karakterer, og der er helt sikkert noget for enhver smag og til mange timers fornøjelse og afslapning. Hidtil har jeg brugt omtrent 2-4 timer pr side.

Malebogen!'s papir er af rigtig god kvalitet, der tager godt imod farve uden at løbe ud eller bløde igennem. Jeg har malet med mine elskede Staedtler tuscher (0,3 mm og 1,0 mm), og det er bare blevet så pænt. Allerede når man har farvelagt nogle enkelte elementer i illustrationen, popper det helt vildt fra det hvide papir.







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En fredag eftermiddag fik så jeg lige pludselig mail fra SAXO om at min ordre var på vej, og dagen efter lå Secret Garden klar til afhentning i Pakkeboksen. Jeg har endnu ikke fået malet i den, men mit umiddelbare indtryk er, at også dens papir er af rigtig god kvalitet, og at de mange have/naturinspirerede illustrationer (96 sider) nok også skal gøre lykke :) Der følger en mere dybdegående anmeldelse, når jeg har indviet den.
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