Books

Book-Tube-A-Thon TBR 2017

This year the BookTube-A-Thon is taking place from July 24th – July 30th.

All information can be found here (Youtube) and here (Website).
Let’s get on with it.
Here are the books I will try to read next week. I have to say, it’s a very ambitious TBR because I’m working full-time… But we’ll see how it goes.
Challenge 1: A book with people on the cover
The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren (buy)
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Lots and lots of people on this cover.
Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, but he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the great hall of the Clan, the Norse gods, who were holding a party. But the festivities soon got out of hand, the guests began to argue with one another, and the mischievous shapeshifter Loki dealt a deadly blow. Set in a dystopian future that recalls Orwell and Zamyatin, Klas Östergren has weaved a dizzying story of magnificent scope and foul play. Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it is about one man’s search for justice for his son in a world on the brink.
Challenge 2: Read a hyped book
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller (buy)
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This has been everywhere on YouTube for a while so I’m counting this as my hyped book.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Challenge 3: Read a book in one day
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams (buy)
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A short and fun book. Can’t believe I haven’t picked this up yet.
On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun…
Challenge 4: Read a book where the main-character is different from you
Maus – Art Spiegelman (buy)
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Different from me in that this story takes place during the Second World War and it’s told in a specific way with cats and mice.
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.
Challenge 5: Read a book outdoors
Makkelijk leven – Herman Koch
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You may know him from “The Dinner”, “Summer House with Swimming Pool” and “Dear mr. M.”. Makkelijk Leven or ‘Easy Life” is a little book he wrote as a book-day-present. I don’t think it has been translated though… but it’s veeeeery short 😉
Tom Sanders writes popular self-help books. His books “Crime without borders” and “Easy Life” have sold over 40 million copies. He leads a comfortabel life with his wife Julia and two grown-up sons of which Stefan – his youngest- is his favourite.
During Julia’s birthday party, they get a visit from Hanna, Stefan’s girlfriend, on whom Tom and Julia are not too keen. She tells them how Stefan has hit her and how it was not the first time. Does Tom address the issue? Can he find a way to talk to his son based on his own self-help books?
Challenge 6: A book you bought for the cover
The Burial (new title: The Untold) – Courtney Collins (buy)
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I had never heard of this book but it looked amazing so I bought it… I don’t normally do that but look at it. It’s so beautiful!
It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.
Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.
Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.
But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.
Challenge 7: Read seven books
Heldere Hemel – Tom Lanoye
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Officially the shortest book I have on my shelf. So perfect for a read-a-thon..
Based on true events. During The Cold War, a Russian Sovjet fighter plane crashes in a small Belgian village. A small event on a global scale but it has a massive impact on one family.
Well, wish me luck!
Are you participating in the Book-Tube-A-Thon?
What are you reading?
Books

Booktubeathon 2016 – TBR

Hurray, it’s booktubeathon time again!

Unfortunately, I’m working Monday to Friday so I’m not sure how much reading time I’ll have. (I feel like I say that all the time, but it’s just the way it is..)

I made a TBR pile to go with the reading challenges and I thought I’d share it with you.

1 – A book with yellow on the cover

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I chose Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt because a) I’m already halfway through and I really need to finish it b) it has gold on the cover.. which counts.. right?

2 – A book to read after sunset

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I went for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I started reading this after I finished Shadow and Bone but I only got about 10 pages in. If it’s as good as the first book, it will be the perfect book to read in the evening. One I can pick up and put down before going to bed.

3 – A book you discovered through BookTube

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“I know why the caged birds sing” by Maya Angelou. I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if it wasn’t for book tube. I’m not too familiar with Maya Angelou but I’m really looking forward to getting to know her.

4 – A book by your favourite author

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If I have to be honest, I can’t go for anyone else but JK Rowling so I decided to continue my reread of the Harry Potter books. I’m on book three… 🙂

5 – A book that is older than you

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“As I lay Dying” by William Faulkner is probably one of the eldest books on my TBR shelf at the moment. The copyright dates back to 1930. So the book is definitely older than me.

6 – Read a book and watch the movie

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The only book that was adapted to the screen that I have on my TBR shelf is “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. I hope it’s good, I’ve heard nothing but great things but you never know of course. I only know what’s written on the back..

7 – Read seven books

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Once again, I’ve put Maus on my list. One day I’ll read it! One day!!!

 

And that’s it. I hope I’ll get some reading done. As it is festival season, my Sound Technician husband is very busy at the moment so I should have my evenings free. (After I make sure that my house doesn’t look like a bomb went of inside it.. #momlife… yeeyyyyyy…)

Are you participating?

What are you reading?

And have you read any of the books on my TBR?

Love

Ellen

Books, Random

Blogmas Dag 14: #XmasBooktubeathon

So Ariel Bissett (@ArielBissett) is hosting the Christmas Booktube-a-thon and I really want to participate. If you don’t know what a Booktube-a-thon is, it’s a predetermined period of time in which you try to read as many books as you possibly can, sort of like a marathon for books.

This Booktube-a-thon is from the 19th until the 21st of December. There are a couple of challenges if you decide to take part. (You can do the Booktube-a-thon  and not do the challenges too, your choice, I just think that it adds something extra).

These are the challenges:

IMG_1074.PNG And these are the books I’ll be reading for these Challenges:

1) A book with red and green on the cover
53ca2e889d01609da9c8196ade19f6daThis is the only one I could find that i hadn’t read yet. I’m actually halfway through (That’s probably cheating but hey.. I’m trying here). Maybe I should just start over.. We’ll see.. I’ll let you know.

I bought this book almost two years ago in Paris at Shakespeare and Company and I completely forgot. I only remember because of this bookmark.

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I love these silly surprises, things that I forgot and then rediscover. There are so many memories hidden on my bookshelf.

2) A book you wanted to read this year

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Since it was on my Christmas TBR anyway, I thought I would just read it as part of this challenge. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard it about.

3) A gifted/recommended book

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I don’t have a lot of books that were gifted to me so I chose this one because it was recommended to me several times. I’m really looking forward to reading this actually. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it before.

 

And those are the three books I want to try and read during the BookTube-a-thon.

Wish me luck!

 

Love

Ellen