Gilmoreathon started on Sunday and I have not done a lot of reading yet but the week is not finished. So far I have been reading Naked Heat by Richard Castle and I really like it so far.
I got an email earlier today that some of the books I ordered are on their way, one of those books is a short story set during winter that I plan to read during the readathon. I cross my fingers that it arrives today so I get to go and pick them up!
NaNoWriMo is a little slow at the moment. It started out really well but during the week days I am not writing as much as I thought I would but it is not over yet! So, I guess I will stop writing this update and write some words there instead.
Today is first of November and I am once again participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to, during November, write a 50000 word long novel. I have participated every year since 2012. I will admit that I have never completed the challenge, I am at the beginning of November usually very excited to write but has really never a plan on where I am going. Yes, I do not really have a plan this year but I am going to try anyway. I like writing. And now, when I am currently working from home, I might at least be able to squeeze in some writing when I would have traveled to and from work.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
I am also wanting to participate in at least one reading event in November, a Gilmore Girls inspired readathon called Gilmoreathon that will be the 15th to 22nd of November. I have not started planning anything for the readathon yet so I will do a better update on this closer to the event, probably I’ll just read what I feel like and then check of the prompts if any of them fit.
I am current reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I think this was the very first book I put on my to read shelf on Goodreads when I became a member. I have not come very far yet but I think I will like it.
I ordered some books today and I am very excited for them to arrive. I do not think they will be sent until the 16th so I will have to wait for a while but I am excited in any case! I have been wanting to read some short stories for a while and two of the books are short story collections and they are so pretty!
I bought a planner second hand from the internet last week and it arrived today! It’s very pretty and I can’t wait to start using it. I already have another planner where I mostly keep book lists at the moment but this one was yellow (and no one else had bought it for more two month – that has to be a sign, right?) so I bought it. Yellow is pretty. If I know myself right, it’s probably be some book lists in this one as well but I am planning on having my calendar in it.
It’s starting to be dark quite early now so the colour might not be on point but you’ll probably see it again, someday in the right colour.
I am currently reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Bokutmaning 2020: 2 (8/12) Goodreads-mål: 10 (84/70) Inkomna böcker: – Lästa böcker från egen hylla: 5
Under september var jag med i Bookoplaton och de flesta böckerna var med i utmaningen. Jag har fortfarande alla intentioner att skriva ett separat inlägg om hur det gick i utmaningen så jag tänkte inte fördjupa mig i det här.
Stanna hos mig och Maigret på semester var båda bokcirkelböcker. Stanna hos mig var väldigt svår att betygsätta, jag hade lite blandade känslor för den men jag gav den 3 stjärnor i slutändan. Maigret på semester fick också 3 stjärnor, det var en ganska mysig bok. Jag har några fler Maigret-böcker hemma som jag ser fram emot att läsa.
Alla Tamora Pierces böcker var omläsningar. Jag hittade ljudböckerna av The Immortals-serien på ljudbokstjänsten och de hade en väldigt trevlig inläsare så årets omläsning blev i ljudboksformat. Tidigare i år köpte jag del 2-4 i Alanna-serien så jag passade på att läsa den första som ebok för att gå vidare med de andra böckerna sen.
En oscariansk skandal och En midsommarnattsdröm är båda med i årets bokutmaning. En midsommarnattsdröm hade jag egentligen tänkt att läsa på engelska, mitt fysiska exemplar, men det var lättare att hänga med på svenska så jag läste majoriteten av boken som svensk ebok.
Snittbetyget för september blev 3.9, inte så pjåkigt!
Crossing Over Easy var en ganska mysig lyssning, en pysselmordare som var lite rolig. Jag störde mig dock lite på att alla var så snygga. Eller, de får vara hur snygga de vill men det kändes lite onödigt att kommentera att alla var det.
Och så var de bara en ska vi ha läst två kapitel i till i morgon. I skrivande stund har jag läst lite mer än ett kapitel och jag insåg redan från början att det kommer vara ganska många karaktärer så jag skrev upp på en lapp vilka karaktärer som är med och på vilken sida de introducerades så att jag lätt ska kunna gå tillbaka och fräscha upp minnet.
Jag läser också Bokhandeln för ensamma hjärtan av Annie Darling. Jag insåg inte att det var ett kortlån som egentligen ska lämnas igen lite tidigare än jag tänkt så vi får se om jag måste överge den tillfälligt innan jag kan läsa klart den. Lite tveksam var jag i början men jag tror det går i rätt riktning!
Jag är ett Doctor Who-fan. Jag bestämde mig för att lyssna lite på några Doctor-historier.
Gemensamt för alla tre är att det var ganska många röster och första halvan var det delvis svårt att hålla koll på vem som var vem. Annars tycker jag att de var mysiga att lyssna på och trevligt att de var olika personer som läste in historien. Jag tycker också om att de är korta.
The Sirens of Time–Nicholas Briggs Serie: Big Finish Monthly Range #1 Längd: 2h 11min
Synopsis från Storytel: Gallifrey is in a state of crisis, facing destruction at the hands of an overwhelming enemy. And the Doctor is involved in three different incarnations each caught up in a deadly adventure, scattered across time and space. The web of time is threatened and someone wants the Doctor dead. The three incarnations of the Doctor must join together to set time back on the right track but in doing so, will they unleash a still greater threat?
Jag har nästan uteslutet tittat på de nyare doktorerna. I de tv-serie-avsnitten så översätter Tardisen språk så att the Doctor och hans kompanjoner alltid förstår språken runtomkring. Här så gör de inte det? Gjorde de inte det i de tidigare avsnitten tro?
Den här ljudboken var kanske inte den optimalaste att börja med. Jag blev lite förvirrad av tidshoppen och att det var tre stycken olika doktorer med, jag hängde inte riktigt med. Slutet knöt ihop det ganska bra och det blev förståeligt ändå men kan tänka mig att en del kanske slutar lyssna innan den är slut då den var lite rörig.
Jag gav den 3 av 5 stjärnor – jag tyckte om den.
Phantosmagoria – Mark Gatiss Serie: Big Finish Monthly Range #2 Längd: 1h 38min
Synopsis från Storytel: The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Turlough to the London of 1702 where a mysterious highwayman roams the streets, a local occultist has made contact with the dead and gentlemen of fashion are disappearing, only to find themselves in a chamber whose walls weep blood…
Jag tyckte att det var svårt att hänga med i vem som var vem i början, det svårt att höra skillnad. Gillar ändå att det är flera som berättar. I slutet var det lättare att skilja dom åt.
Jag tyckte att det var lite märkligt att personerna som levde 1702 inte tyckte det var konstigt med den ”nya” teknologin som Doctorn kom med, de bara accepterade den.
Jag gav den 3 av 5 stjärnor – jag tyckte om den.
Whispers of Terror – Justin Richards Serie: Big Finish Monthly Range #3 Längd: 1h 44min
Synopsis från Storytel: The Doctor and Peri find themselves in the Museum of Aural Antiquities, where every sound is stored for posterity from the speeches of Visteen Krane to security service wire taps and interrogation tapes. But they also find an intruder, mysteriously changed recordings, and a dead body. Before long the Doctor realises that there is more going on than a simple break in or murder. How can he defeat a creature that is made of pure sound?
Har inte jättemycket att säga om den här. Ett intressant ”monster” och lite mer politik-intrig än det brukar vara i de nya Doctor Who. Roligt!
The work book club has also finished reading Tre män i en båt and will have our first discussion of Agatha Christie’s Och så var de bara en next week. My other book club has also chosen its next book; Kretsen by Maggie Stiefvater.
I have several shelves on Goodreads with book recommendations from my friends. Och så var de bara en is one of those books so it was very fitting that this one was picked for the book club. I have also borrowed Ruta Sepetys’ Between shades of gray from the library, a recommendation from another friend. I hope I will like it even though it seems to be very sad.
No Bookaplathon update yet, opsie. I guess you’ll have to do with a summary when it’s over. What can I say, I have done other things instead, like reading.
I’ll give you a general update on what has happened in my reading since last week and what I’m reading now, I hope this won’t be too much of a ramble.
Buzzwordathon was last week, I thought this was going to be an easy finish to read my two books A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Nattsköterska (Night Supervisor), but I spent most of my week finishing the University book club book Stay With Me instead. I finished A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I ended up reading most of it in Swedish instead. I didn’t understand everything but I liked it anyway. I might re-reading it sometime in the future and see if I understand more then. This book is on my book challenge for 2020. I have now finished two books on the challenge this month, we’ll see if I manage to get to a third one as well before September is over.
I did also start reading Nattsköterska but I still have about 100 pages left.
My work book club has started reading Tre män i en båt (Three Men in a Boat (Say Nothing of the Dog)), this book isn’t in the Bookoplathon challenge because we won’t be finishing it in September. But starting this book most probable means that I won’t be able to finish all the books that I have on my reading list for September for the Bookoplathon. I have however read more this month that I have on average this year so I’m happy either way! I like Tre mänien båt so far. It feels like we’re following a storyteller that is very good at getting sidetracked in his storytelling.
I also wanted to throw in a reflection over my Goodreads reading goal.
33 books ahead of schedule, not bad! And 16 books before I reach 100 books. That should be reachable, yes? I hope I didn’t jinx it now.
I have been meaning to write a solid update on Bookoplathon because I did more rolls but things have gotten in the way. I think this update will require another, longer post so, here’s a fast version: I did a bunch of rolls and managed to squeezed in all the books that I wanted to fit into my to read list. I have also finished reading some of them. For example books 1-3 in the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce, the first Alanna book, also by Tamora Pierce. I have also finished reading En oscariansk skandal by Sven Sörmark and have one chapter left of Maigret på semester by Georges Simenon.
The final Buzzwordathon is starting today. I found two books at home that had the word night in the titles. I succeed in getting them to fit into the reading prompts for Bookoplathon so I can count them in both challenges. I am not sure whether to start with A Midsummer Night’s Dream or with the Cherry Ames book, we’ll see.
I have also started to read my other book club book Stanna hos mig by Ayòbámi Adébáyò. I was a bit hesitant to pick it up because I think it will be a sad read and I do not like sad books – they make me sad. I have gotten about 40 pages in and so far I like it more than expected. I hope this continues!
Do you take part in any challenges at the moment? How is it going?
I decided this weekend that I wanted to join Bookoplathon in September, the idea of choosing books from a Monopoly inspired book board game intrigued me.
I printed my board, the community shelf cards and the chance cards and started rolling the dices. I decided that I am going to do the variant where I roll dices as I go through the month, which means I don’t pick all my books at once. Since Bookoplathon started the 1st of September, I was already five days behind.
I was at my parents house during the game board setup so I went for a dice hunt. I found one in a bookshelf and stole the other one from a game (funnily enough, a kind of monopoly game). I chose to have a little stone as my game piece.
The first roll gave me five and I landed on dark cover. Here I could choose both of the two books I were currently reading (both started in September so I decided I could count them in the reading challenge). Before deciding which book I wanted to choose, I rolled once more.
This roll gave me two fives and I landed on middle grade. This was good, this meant that the dark cover pick was The Case of the Lame Canary by Erle Stanley Gardner and the middle grade pick was Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. Since the two dices had the same number, the rules said that I had to roll again – so I did.
The dices moved me five steps and I landed on first in a series. For this prompt, I chose Alanna – The First Adventure.
The Case of the Lame Canary is a book that has been in my possession for quite some time. Since I was in the mood for a Mason mystery (and started it the day before), this was an easy pick. I seem to be re-reading the TheImmortals series almost once a year, and when I found it in my audiobook service with a nice narrator – it was no brainer to start reading it. I was very pleased when I could fit it into one of my prompts (it actually fitted all three prompts but I picked one book for each). Then we had Alanna. I found three books in the Alanna series earlier this year, book 2-4, second hand. I felt like re-reading them and since the first is available as an ebook at my audiobook service, this seemed like a simple choice.
There are some other books that I have planned to read this month that I hope I can squeeze into fitting the prompts. There are the two book club picks for this month: Stanna hos mig (Eng. title: Stay with me) by Ayòbámi Adébáyò and Maigret på semester (Eng. title: Maigret’s Holiday) by Georges Simenon. I have also been thinking about taking part in Lala’s Buzzwordathon where one is supposed to read books with the word Night in the title. I have Shakespeares A Midsummer Night’s Dream (that is also on my bookchallenge for this year) and Cherry Ames Nattsköterska (Eng. title: Cherry Ames Night Supervisor) bu Julie Tatham.
All these books seems to be about a month worth of reading, but we’ll see how this reading month turnes out!