The Book Thief is written by Markus Zusak and was first published in 2005. It was made into a movie in 2013.
The story is about Liesel Meminger, a German girl who gets put into a foster home by her own mother, at the beginning of the Second World War. The story about Liesel is not told by herself, but by none other than Death, who also calls her the book thief. Liesel’s story spans over several years, following her and her friends and family.
I briefly looked at some Goodreads reviews of this book, and not all of them are that good – some are really mean actually. And I dare to claim that they just don’t get the book. Because I absolutely love it. I love the writing style, I love that Death is the storyteller, I love the story. Fun fact: I tried to get through this book on two separate occasions, but as an audiobook, with CD’s and a Walkman. The book in written form is much better. Less fun fact (and a spoiler): The ending made me cry, in a way that tears and snot ran down my face, and I didn’t even bother to wipe it off at once cause I just wanted to keep reading. It’s a brilliant book in my opinion, and I’m pretty sure I’ll re-read this a couple of times before Death picks me up and carries me away in his arms.
The reading challenge: Two points: One since the main character, Liesel, has a different ethnicity than me, and two: A book that’s from a nonhuman perspective.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel written by Zora Neale Hurston. It was published in 1937.
In the book we get told the life story of Janie, an African-American woman living in the East of the US, during a time where slavery was over, but where white people were still considered a higher range.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a beautifully written novel; Hurston really had a talent for writing surroundings and feelings in a poetic matter. It is overall well-written without being overly complicated, which makes it easy to read as well. And last but not least, the story itself is really interesting.
The reading challenge: Two points – one point because it is written by a person of color. And one point because the book is about an interesting woman.
Fast Food Nation is a book written by Eric Schlosser, and was published in 2000. In 2006 a movie loosely based on the book came out.
Fast Food Nation is a documentary book, being the product of three years of research and interviews. It’s divided into sections of the fast food industry, having chapters about the farmers, the fast food workers, the facory workers, and so on. It gives a lot of facts and history about the fast food industry as a whole, but especially about McDonalds.
My opinion of this book…although it is starting to be a long time since it was published, I really feel like this book should be on everyones reading list! It is such a valuable piece of information, and it really could be life-altering for some. And a spoiler alert: no one in the entire industry is winning on this, except the guys at the top, which by the way doesn’t give a fuck about anyone but their own. If you have the ability to read, read this book right now.
The reading challenge: Two points – it’s a best-seller in a genre I don’t normally read (documentary), and it’s a book about food.
Murder on the Orient Express is a book from 1934, written by Agatha Christie. It is the tenth book (counting with a couple of short stories collections) about the detective Hercule Poirot.
Hercule Poirot is finding himself on the Orient Express, heading back home. But during the train’s route, they get stuck in a snowbank in the middle of the night and are unable to move. At the same time, one of the passengers are brutally murdered in his compartment! But none of the other travelers are admitting to a crime…
I love Agatha Christie. I love her writing style, and I love Poirot. Murder on the Orient Express is a very easy book to read, and the story is intriguing and interesting. I love crime books where the guilty-of-charge doesn’t get exposed until the very end, keeping the reader guessing.
The reading challenge: One point – a book that is becoming a movie in 2017. Apparently there’s a remake of this story, although I don’t see the need for it. (I will probably still watch it though.)
As I’m writing this, I’m about 5 days too late, but then again, this game can start whenever you feel like it. The rules are all very simple: Every day of a full month (30 days), get rid of things equal to the date – On the 1st you get rid of one thing; on the 2nd you get rid of two things, etc.
You can get rid of whatever small or large object you want, and you can either donate, sell, or throw it away (but don’t do that unless it’s completely broken or absolutely no one wants it). At the end of the month, you will have gotten rid of 465 things if you stick to it!
You can invite friends and family to join and make a competition out of it if you want, seeing who will withhold the longest. I myself am doing this alone, to get rid of things in my own tempo. So far, after 4 days, my list look like this:
- 2. Red dotted dress
- 3. 3 bookmarks
- 4. Green longsleeved top
- 4. 1 pair of slippers
- 2. A chain for a memory stick
- 4. A buddhist necklace
- 4. A broken pair of sunglasses (that I was totally gonna fix two years ago)
The numbers before each object is the date when I decided on it, to stay oriented on how much I’ve done. This should get really interesting in the end…
Edit: I know the original game, created by The Minimalists, says that by the end of each day, the items should be out of your house. But I honestly don’t see how constructive it would be to drop off one or two piece of clothing to donation every day when you can gather it all in one pile, and then get rid of it all at the same time. Also I’m not sure what to do about things that wouldn’t be sold on the course off just one day..?
Some days I manage to get myself up pretty early (ok, most days; I’m an earlybird). Last Saturday I decided to get up in time to be one of the first visitors to the Botanical Garden in Oslo, so I could try out my new macro lens in peace and quiet. They open at 7AM, and I was there 07.01. Here’s some of the pictures I got that day:
The toughest subjects were the bumblebees. They do not stick around long! Especially when I stick my lens an inch from their work area. Hope you like the results. 🙂