Disclaimer: This is another one of those Norwegian books I’ve read that haven’t been translated to English (yet!), therefore the title is my own translation.
Death and Other Beggars is a collection of poems, written by Anne Helene Guddal. It was first published in 2016.
This book consists of poems about many parts of life; love, loneliness, politics, war, self-evolvement and self-destruction. There’s mostly short poems, but they all hit hard. A book I really like!
I got my hands on this book through the Norwegian e-book library eBokBib – it’s pretty useful if you want to read Norwegian books, maybe especially young adult books! I don’t think it’s too popular though, unfortunately. Hopefully more people will get an interest for it soon.
The Reading Challenge: One point – A book recommended by a librarian.
As seen in my previous post, the 2018 Reading Challenge was kind of…very feminine and had doodles and pink all over it. No offense to those that like that kind of design, but it’s just not my style. At all. It feels too girly-girl, and I’m pretty sure every semi-masculine person reading it just signed off completely. (I almost did.) Previously the design has been neutral and clean and nice, so I wanted that. And since no one was gonna do it for me (except for my sister in case I failed the mission myself), I redesigned the list. So here it is; feel free to use it if you like (give some credit, though). 🙂
Obviously I’m not a designer, but it’ll do. The picture was taken from here.
I’m way too late for this, cause this was published already November 2nd, but the reading challenge for 2018 is here! And based on my excitement already, I think I’ll join!
(Btw, why is this so pink..? It feels like only girls and women are doing this…)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a children’s fantasy novel, written by C.S. Lewis. It was first published in 1950 and has had several series- and movie adaptations since.
The book is about the siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, who during World War II is sent to live with a professor, far out on the countryside. During their explorations they stumble upon a wardrobe which happens to also be an entrance to the magical country of Narnia.
Having grown up with this story, I had a pretty good image of what was gonna happen in the book – and there weren’t any surprises lurking in the pages. It’s a children’s book, so obviously the language is simple and easy to read, which I sometimes enjoy. I did miss having some more background information though, but that’s me being an adult.
Also, I heard a long time ago that Lewis wrote this on sort of a background of himself being a very Christian person, and having the book reflect that. And that kinda makes me dislike the whole concept; I don’t dislike religion, but I don’t like it being sneaked into children’s books. Aslan the lion is this divine, eternal good character who everyone admires, and he’s always so wise and, well, God-like. And the children, especially the girls, just adore him without having the book telling how they get to know him.
(On a side note – there’s this scene in the book that really bothers me: Susan is being attacked, and climbs up in a tree, but only barely high enough to escape. And Peter is seeing this and wonders why she doesn’t climb higher, until he suddenly realizes – of course – if Susan were to climb higher she would simply faint and fall down. There has been no mention of Susan being afraid of heights, so it would seem that all us lady-folks are just too weak-hearted to be higher up in the air! Personally I think Lewis could’ve just written that the branches didn’t go any higher…)
Reading Challenge: One point – The first book in a series you haven’t read before.
The Secret Garden is a children’s novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was first published as a book in 1911 after being a magazine serial starting in 1910.
The book is about Mary, a young girl growing up in India, but who suddenly finds herself all alone in the world, and gets shipped off to an uncle in England. The uncle is rich, but lives on a dreadful moor, and is constantly away on his travels, leaving Mary alone with some servants. What could possibly happen?
Despite how immensely long it took for me to finish this book, I actually quite like it! The story is very sweet, following Mary, her transformation, and some friends she makes on the way. It is, in my eyes, a lovely story about friendship, belief, and love for nature.
The Reading Challenge (Yes guys, I’m still doing this): A book by or about a person with a disability. (Popsugar themselves recommended this book for this point on the list, although I don’t really agree with it – but I can’t say more, cause spoilers – and now I’ve read it, so I’m getting that point checked off anyways!)
Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era is a documentary book written by Michael Kimmel. It was first published in 2013.
Angry White Men is about – you got it – angry white men. And Kimmel deep-dives into why they’re so angry. The book has chapters dedicated to different angles of it; angry white boys, school and mass shootings, why women are to blame, angry white fathers, white supremacy… Kimmel concludes that they are so angry because they feel they are missing out on what the feel they are entitled to; a good paying job with benefits, a loving and obeying wife, good children, a good pension etc. And they feel that the foreigners, the women, and the gays are taking it all from them.
Turns out there’s a reason or two for the anger, which in their eyes are totally valid, even though the rest of us sees that they might not be. I mean, no one is entitled to anything, really. But a lot of the men (and of course some women) are angry because they have lost something because of the government screws them or their fathers or grandfathers over – that part is indeed true. But the worst part of it all is, in my eyes, that the angry white men are politically turning towards the same goddamn right-wing that continues to screw them over! No wonder Trump came to power when so many narrow-minded people does that! And there are literally angry white fathers out there blaming feminism cause they think that’s what makes them lose custody over their children, when feminism gave them more time with the family in the first place! And there are organizations made up of angry white fathers who’s only goal is to sit around and complaining about women and feminism, instead of actually go out and change something!
I can ramble about this book forever, because it frustrates me so fricking much. I just don’t get how they can be such idiots!
Seriously though. The book is well-written, well-documented – go read it, get frustrated yourself, turn to socialism and feminism, cause that’s the only goddamn righteous way to get humanity out of the hell-hole we’re digging right now.