Aborted Book – Our Revolution

Our Revolution is an autobiography/ political book written by Bernie Sanders. It was first published in 2016, and I spent around 2.5 weeks reading it before putting it away.

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I picked up this book because… I noticed it in the shelf of the library I’m working at, while looking at other political books, and I’ve always liked Sanders’ political message, so I thought…why not?

Now, first off – this isn’t a bad book, and that’s not why I decided to stop reading it, and I’ll get back to the reason why…

The first 200 pages of the book is about Sanders’ political experience, history, and his road towards becoming a presidential candidate. That part I found to be really interesting, and I’ve certainly learned a thing or two (or ten) about American politics.

The book is however on a staggering 464 pages, meaning more than half of the book is about Sanders going in detail about what’s wrong with the system today, and how we can fix it on a grassroot level! This is where he sort of lost me. Don’t get me wrong, Bernie and I agree completely when it comes to 96% of the politics, I’m pretty much an early incarnation of him. But that was the part where the book wasn’t for me. See, I don’t live in America; I can’t vote there, therefore I can’t really participate in his revolution (which frankly makes me a bit sad). Also it gets kind of dull to read someone suggesting things that I completely agree with; “Bernie, just take the wheel.”.

I’m not saying I’ll never complete this book, but maybe at a different time in the future. Hopefully when he runs to become president again.

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Aborted Book – Fire and Fury

Welcome to this possible short-lived aspect of my blog – aborted books! Let’s face it: some books are not worth forcing yourself through, no matter how popular they are in the eyes of others.

First book that I’ve chosen to write about is Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House. It was published at the end of 2017 – and I stopped reading it after about 3 weeks.

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I first chose this book because of the publicity it was getting. Plus I’m an avid anti-Trump’er, so it was kind of an opportunity to just indulge in my own arrogance, reading this book and proving to myself I was right about him.

However, the book isn’t that great. I started reading it in the beginning of March, but it wasn’t the page-turner I wanted, so I stopped instead. It feels more like a big book of gossip, and didn’t really prove anything other than what I already kinda knew: Trump isn’t fit to be a president, and most of the time he and his staff are just (completely) winging it. And I really don’t need to get that message a couple of hundred times over, packed in different sentences…

It might’ve become more interesting after 150 pages, but I’m highly doubting it at this point. I am still an anti-Trump’er, the book didn’t change that in either directions, but this book is, to me, just not worth my time.

If you’ve read it and have a different opinion of the book, let me know!

Nattmennesket/ The Night Human – a Tiny Book Review

Disclaimer: Older Norwegian book, so the title is my own translation.

The Night Human is a crime novel written by Bernhard Borge/André Bjerke, and was first published in 1941.

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In this book the author himself writes about a trip he took during summer, spending it in a house in a forest with his cousin and a group of acquaintances. But after some days together his cousin is found brutally murdered in his bedroom. Who is the killer – and why?

Since the book is “written by” Bernhard Borge, I think I can safely say that I do prefer the author behind the pseudonym (André Bjerke), even though some of the descriptions in the book is kind of haunting – in a good way. There’s definitely an ongoing red thread in the books about Borge, which is slightly too obvious.

The reading challenge: A book with a time of the day in the title.

Middle-of-March Update

Greetings! You’d think I had harvested up quite the collection of book reviews incoming, but alas, I have not. Since my previous post five weeks ago, I spent three of them in the US with my husband ( ❤ ), and immediately after coming back to Norway I was moving my butt into a different living space. So I’ve been a busy (and stress) bee.

Good news is that I now live in a massive space compared to my previous room! but unfortunately there hasn’t been a lot of reading going on. I’m still early in House of Leaves, and I’ve also started on Fire and Fury, in addition to starting on several books about various subjects. What can I say, I’m a scatterbrain sometimes. My other hobbies have also gotten a boost of my interest, which also affects my reading habits.

But no worries! I’ll get back in a great routine in no time, seeing as my new living space is so frickin’ amazing I never want to leave it. Also Easter is coming up, and I’m staying right where I am, having six whole days reserved for books (plus all the other hobbies, but six days should be enough to finish a book or three).

Talk soon!

When Breath Becomes Air – a Tiny Book Review

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir written by Paul Kalanithi, and was first published in 2016, after his death.

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In this memoir 36-year old Paul tells the story about himself – his younger years, his love for literature, his longing to discover the answer to what makes a life worth living – how he felt closer to the answer more than ever when becoming a neurosurgeon. And then, the story about getting diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, his struggles, his marriage, his thoughts about dying and leaving everything behind.

When Breath Becomes Air is an extremely well-written book, filled with philosophical, loving and heartwarming thoughts and conversations. Tears were shed, and my heart both grew and broke at the same time reading this book. A definite must-read.

The Reading Challenge: One point – A book about death or grief.

The Trick is to Keep Breathing – a Tiny Book Review

The Trick is to Keep Breathing is a novel written by Janice Galloway, and was first published in 1989.

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The book is about Joy, a 27-year old teacher, following her thoughts and actions in a downward spiral, catalyzed by the death of her partner. The story alternates between the present and Joy looking back at memories, traumas, and conversations.

The Trick is to Keep Breathing won a Book of the Year award, as well as got shortlisted for a couple other awards. I do get why it was awarded – the story is honest and recognizable when it comes to mental diseases, which is a good thing cause we could always use more honesty about that. However (and this is a small however), I did find it sort of a bit too messy and hard to decipher at times (but that’s what mental diseases often are, so…).

The Reading Challenge:  Two points – A book set in the decade you were born (1980s), and – A book with song lyrics on the title (Garbage – The Trick is to Keep Breathing).