Saturday, 7 January 2017

2016.

What a year it has been. From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. Readingwise it has only been impressive in numbers; I managed to read 63 books. And for the first time ever, I read most books from my own country. I guess I can blame Jo Nesbø for that as I spent three weeks during the winter reading all the Harry Hole books. I also read mainly books published in 2016, and that may be why I felt like this was kind of a meh-year of reading. And maybe the most tragic thing is that I can count the times I have written here on two hands.

Let's see how I did on my reading goals:
  • Read more than 50 books: 63! 
  • Read Ulysses by James Joyce: I gave it a real try, but then I didn't even notice that I had read the same chapter twice - thus I gave up. I probably need to age a little before giving it another go.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books: 1! I guess reality was too hard to handle last year. But the book I read (To søstre by Åsne Seierstad) was one of the best.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (49 countries so far): 3 new countries: Austria, Australia and Greece.
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (12,6%) and Nobel Prize winners (29/112): Up to 13,8% and one new Nobel Prize winner (J.M. Coetzee)
  • Read in a book every day, even if it's just a page: This was pretty successful.
  • Write more: Wrote less than ever. But started instagramming. 
So, what about this year? Just a repeat of last year's, minus Ulysses.
  • Read more than 50 books. But with a twist. I have already decided which 50 books to read.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (52 countries so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (13,8%) and Nobel Prize winners (30/113).
  • Read in a book every day, even if it's just a page.
  • Write more.   
 The best books I read last year, in random order:
  • Max, Mischa og Tetoffensiven by Johan Harstad (2015)
  • Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (1939)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009)
  • the North Water by Ian McGuire (2016)
  • the Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (2015)
  • Neljäntienristeys by Tommi Kinnunen (2012)
  • the Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (2016)
  • the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
  • To søstre by Åsne Seierstad (2016)
 My favourite shot from 2016. Taken at the re-enactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn, Montana.

3 comments:

  1. Støtter målet om å skrive mer, håper på å lese flere innlegg fra deg i 2017. Jeg tenker jeg skal prøve å plukke opp boktips fra deg for å finne interessante forfattere fra land jeg ikke har lest noe fra enda. Også har jeg veldig lyst til å få til å lese hver dag, om det så bare er en side eller to enkelte dager.

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    1. Jeg er veldig glad for at du også har funnet fram tastaturet igjen! Jeg må også bli flinkere å kommentere.

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  2. Hvordan går det med 2017 så langt? Får vi en halvtårsoppsummering? :)

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