I’m addicted… Murakami!

GAAAAH!! I’m addicted (ADDICTED!) to the works of the Japanese author Haruki Murakami!
(Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruki_Murakami )

Obviously I don’t know Japanese, so I’ve read some of his books in Swedish and English. (Typically when reading translated novels I prefer to read in English since they have less grammatical errors)
Kafka on the Shore (in English)
1Q84 (currently reading in English)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (in Swedish)

I LOVE all of these!!! If you want to read something amazing and spectacular and wonderful and just AH! then I would definately recommend Murakami to you 🙂 I especially love how he keeps the story going even when it seems as though nothing important is happening – you won’t get bored!!!

Now, since I haven’t had the chance to read in a few days (due to an exam), I’ll get my butt to a sofa and drown myself into the weird year of 1Q84! 😀

//jz

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A summer full of reading!

Next week (week 23) will be a week full of reading! I’m going to do my best to finish Haruki Murakami‘s 1Q84 (all three books) – I’m currently halfway through the 1st book 🙂

The following week (24) I will read Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi. I’ve seen the movie, and I have extremely high hopes of the book!

Week 25 I’ll read something in Finnish – Sofi Oksanen‘s Stalinin Lehmät (Stalin’s Cows). It’s about bulimia and marriage-issues, as well as cultural differences between Finland and Estonia. I’m really looking forward to reading this book – it’s been on my to read-list for quite some time now 😉

Week 26 I’ll try to work my way through a Swedish book; Stieg Larsson‘s book Flickan som lekte med elden (The Girl Who Played With Fire). You can read my post about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo here -> https://jenzzrandom.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/reading-non-stop-for-8-hours/.

Week 27 will be another English week as I will tackle Laurie Graff‘s novel You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs (I bought it at a thrift shop for 1,20€ today). I have no idea what to expect 😀 SURPRISE!!

Week 28 I will spend tons of time with Desirée and Vivian, so I don’t think I’ll be able to finish anything linguistically superb and mind-blowing. Instead I’ll take on a super-short novel; the Swedish translation of George Orwell‘s Animal farm. Since we discussed this quite a lot during one of my English courses I have to say that my expectations are quite high, but not up in space 🙂

Week 29 I’ll tackle another one of Murakami‘s novels; Kafka on the Shore! I started reading it when I first bought it a few years back, but due to lack of time I never managed to finish it (I’ve read around 90-100 pages). Can’t wait to get back to it!

Week 30 will be a week of translations. One of the books I’ll get through is Marie Desplechin‘s novel La belle Adèle although I’ll read the Swedish translation Ihop på låtsas – together “pretendingly” 😛 Also, since that book is quite short, I’ll read the Swedish translation of Jess Rothenberg‘s The Catastrophic History of You and MeI have no expectations for these two 😀

Week 31 will be a Swedish week (again?) as I take on Jenny Jägerfeld’s novel Här ligger jag och blöder, which would translate into ”here I lie and bleed”. I’ve once read 1/5 of the book – I don’t remember any of it since this was in primary school or something?

I was also thinking I could read Johanna Thydell‘s novel Ursäkta att man vill bli lite älskad, which would translate into something like ”sorry for wanting to be a bit loved”. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I have some expectations.

Week 32 is reserved for quite a few books. 5 to be more precise 😛
Actually, since I’ll probably be able to finish a few books faster than I expected, I think there will be 3 left of these 5 for this week. 
The 5 books are The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje, Tusen gånger starkare (= a thousand times stronger) by Christina Herrström, Tänk om det är jag (“what if it’s me”) and Min typ brorsa (“my like brother”) by Johanna Lindbäck and frost (the Swedish translation of Shiverby Maggie Stiefwater.

After I finish a book I’ll write a short review with my reactions and thoughts 🙂 In other words “even if a book sucks I’ll read it in order to be able to write a post about it” 😉 Best of luck!!

Happy reading everyone! Now I’m returning to my maths (statistics and probability.. didn’t pass the exam so I’m off to try again tomorrow  – yay… not!)

//jz

Wisdom you acquire through reading!

Something interesting I came across in the novel “Oryx and Crake”:

“Crake had made the bones on the Children of Crake out of the coral on the beach, and then he made their flesh out of a mango. But the Children of Oryx hatched out of an egg, a giant egg laid by Oryx herself. Actually she laid two eggs: one full of animals and birds and fish, and the other one full of words. But the egg full of words hatched first, and the Children of Crake had already been created by then, and they’d eaten up all the words because they were hungry, and so there were no words left over when the second egg hatched. And that is why the animals can’t talk.”

Margaret Atwood

Can you see what makes this novel so exquisite? (such a fancy word) On a serious note; this book is really quite addicting. Sadly it’s really complex and even though it’s easy to read it’s complicated to understand. All the best for the remaining part of the book (about ½ left, the part I quoted was from much earlier in the story)! 😛

//jz

Reading non-stop for 8 hours!

Yes, I think I’ve gone mad… I woke up at quarter to eight and immediately picked up a book I needed to finish by Monday, which conveniently happens to be tomorrow (who ever told you school stresses people out? 😛 )

Anywhoozies, I finished reading about half an hour ago and Yess (!) I have finished my book.

Swedish author and journalist’s Stieg Larsson‘s amazing novel called “Män som hatar kvinnor” – literal translation ‘Men who hate women‘, actual translation of the title “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Someone may recognize it as the title of a movie – yes, the movie was based on the book.

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I gotta tell you the book was beyond my imagination; I loved it!! Despite the rather gross details and extreme sense of reality it was really nice!! I seriously encourage everyone to read the entire series (it’s been published in around 50 countries and has sold more that 60-million copies worldwide)!

Oh, let me point one thing out: I didn’t finish the entire book in 8 hours, I read 8 consecutive hours yesterday, too 😛 School drives me mad at times!

Now I’m off to read Margaret Atwood‘s novel “Oryx and Crake” (I’m supposed to write an analysis/report on Tuesday – yay!). We read an extract from another book of hers called “The Handmaid’s tale” and it seemed great too!

//jz – I’ll return later today!