søndag 29. april 2012

Ukens smakebit: The Last Echo


Den ukentlige utfordingen hos Flukten fra virkeligheten: del ett par setninger fra en bok du leser nå på bloggen din.


Smakebiten denne uka kommer fra The Last Echo, den tredje boka Kimberly Dertings utrolig spennende Body Finder-serie. The Last Echo er, som de to forrige bøkene i serien, veldig vanskelig å legge fra seg, både når spenningen er på topp og i de roligere scenene. Smakebiten er fra side 87-88:

The moment was surreal, as Violet felt immediately detached from everyone around her. It was just her...and the boy. And the echoes - the imprints - that whispered to her.

One a haunting choir of voices, constant and eerie.

Simultaneously, candied apples, sweet and tart, licked across her tongue, making her mouth water. That was another.

And then there were the tattoos. She almost didn't notice what was so unusual about them at first. One seemed to blend with the next - those were the ones that were real, the ones that were visible to everyone, and not just to Violet. But she saw some of them move, shifting and slithering like black vines just beneath the boy's skin. They snaked in and around his permanent tattoos, the ink that would never move or change. They stopped now and then to form a new pattern or shape: interlocking circles, a rose, smokey swirls, a dagger dripping with blood.

tirsdag 24. april 2012

Vinnere av giveaway



Da er det bare å gratulere Beathe og Mai Lene. :)

Hvis dere kan sende meg en e-post på  askine09 @ gmail.com med navn og adresse så skal jeg sende bøkene.

Gratulerer igjen. :)

Topp 10 favorittkarakterer fra bøkenes verden

The Broke and the Bookish har hver tirsdag en Top Ten-liste, en ukentlig topp 10-liste med et boklig tema. Denne uken er temaet Topp 10 favorittkarakterer fra bøkenes verden.

 01. Luna Lovegood fra Harry Potter-bøkene
- "I've been able to see them ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."

02. Harry Potter fra Harry Potter-bøkene
- "I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."

03. Anne Shirley fra Anne of Green Gables-bøkene
- "There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting."

04. Matthew Cuthbert fra Anne of Green Gables-bøkene
- "Oh, you can talk as much as you like. I don't mind." (Vanskelig å finne et sitat for noen som ikke sier mye!) 

05. Matilda fra Philip Newths bøker om roboten Matilda
- "Jeg kan svare på de fleste spørsmål, og er programmert til blandt annet å lage mat, vaske tøy og fjerne alle dådyr som sover i sengene....piiiip! Vasker jeg gulvet, blander jeg først såpepulveret med tre gummistøvler, to ekorn og en ....PLING!... hvis du forstår hva jeg mener, Dott."

06. Idgie Threadgoode fra Fried Green Tomtoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
- "Well, Stump," Idgie said, "the truth is, we caught a fish, it was so big we couldn't get it out of the water. We took a picture of it though, and the picture alone weighs twenty pounds..."

07. Mamma'n til Torbjørn fra Torbjørn Isbjørn
- "Alle kjenner seg litt annleis og utanfor av og til. Bestemor, Bestefar, Tante, Onkel - dei er alle unike på kvar sin måte." Ho knytte skjerfet rundt halsen til Torbjørn og gav han ein suss på snuten. "Og hadde me ikkje vore unike alle som ein, så hadde me ikkje vore ekte, skikkelege isbjørnar."

08. Gilbert Blythe fra Anne of Green Gables-serien
-
“I've loved you ever since the day you broke your slate over my head.”


09. Jessica og Dain fra Lord of Scoundrels
- “Jessica, you are a pain in the arse, do you know that? If I were not so immensely fond of you, I should throw you out the window."

She wrapped her arms about his waist and laid her head against his chest. "Not merely 'fond,' but 'immensely fond.' Oh Dain, I do believe I shall swoon."

"Not now," he said crossly. "I haven't time to pick you up.”

10. Captain Frederick Wentworth fra Persuasion
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"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you."


Verdens bokdag-giveaway'en er åpen til kl 20:00 i kveld. Klikk her hvis du vil delta. :)

mandag 23. april 2012

Bok-meme: Verdens bokdag 2012

Stine kjører et artig bok-meme i forbindelse med Verdens bokdag, hvor man skal skrive "ned 15 bøker du har lest og som du alltid vil huske. Bruk kun 15 minutter! Send deretter utfordringen videre til dine bloggvenner."

Her er mine 15:

01. Anne of Green Gables-serien av L.M. Montgomery
02. Harry Potter-serien av J.K. Rowling
03. The Perks of Being a Wallflower av Stephen Chbosky
04. Vi kaller ham Anna av Peter Pohl
05. Fried Green Tomatoes av Fannie Flagg
06. Persuasion av Jane Austen
07. Excellent Women av Barbara Pym
08. Torbjørn Isbjørn av Titus Kodzoman
09. Saffron Sky av Gelareh Asayesh
10. Nesten til stede av Bjørn Olav Nordahl
11. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian av Sherman Alexie
12. The Language of Flowers av Vanessa Diffenbaugh
13. Speak av Laurie Halse Andersen
14. Godnatt Mister Tom av Michelle Magonian
15. Hard asfalt av Ida Halvorsen

Hvilke 15 bøker vil du alltid huske?

Giveaway: Verdens bokdag 2012


Inspirert av blandt annet Bokelskerinnen, Mari, Beathe og Elin blir jeg og med å feirer Verdens bokdag. Så, jeg en kikk i bokhyllene mine og fant noen bøker:

Jeg er nummer fire av Pittacus Lore

Snakk til meg av Vigdis Hjort

Edward Nansen av Robert Reed Flatjord

Ghetto Cowboy av G. Neri

Gone av Michael Grant

Pure av Julianna Baggott

Med unntak av Gone, er alle bøkene leseeksemplarer.

Alt du behøver å gjøre for å delta er å legge igjen en kommentar med hvilke tre bøker du er interessert i og e-postadressen din før kl 20:00 i morgen (tirsdag 24.04.12). Da blir det trekning av to vinnere ved hjelp av Random.org

søndag 22. april 2012

Mini-Challenge: Mad Libs

The Hungry Readers are holding a mad libs mini-challenge where you use the book you are currently reading to complete sentences.

The sentences: 

This ____(1)____ is ____(2)____!  ____(3)____  has never ____(4)____ so much.

The ____(5)____ I'm currently ____(6)____ is ____(7)____ and ____(8)____.

When this is over, I will ____(9)____ for ____(10)____.

My results using Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler:

This cat is gleaming!  Missy has never practiced so much.

The dragon I'm currently glinting is old and red.

When this is over, I will rebuild for six months.


If I tried to get my cats gleaming, I'm pretty sure they'd be growling:


The glinting dragon (is colour blind and a heavy user of anti-wrinkle cream):


Heh. I'm easily amused when tired. It might take six months to recover. ;p

Mini-Challenge: Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic


Book Drunkard's acrostic challenge was a, well, a challenge. I have many words for Godmother, but finding the right once to spell out the title was not easy. It was fun though, even if the sentence might not make too much sense. :)

G - golden
O - otherworldly
D - dreams
M - mourning
O - once
T - tense
H - happiness
E - ethereal
R - rift

Ukens smakebit: Godmother - The Secret Cinderella Story



Den ukentlige utfordingen fra Ladybug: del ett par setninger fra en bok du leser nå på bloggen din.

Ukens smakebit kommer fra Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story av Carolyn Turgeron, en nyskriving av eventyret om Askepott hvor den gode feen har blitt forvist til vår verden. Denne smakebiten er fra side 124.



There was so much to see, so much that I had never noticed. As a human it took so much work, I thought, to be in the world. Once it had all been spread out before me like a huge feast.


lørdag 21. april 2012

Mini-Challenge: Find a Poem

The Hungry Readers are hosting a Find a Poem challenge, so I've been picking words and sentences from Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story and put them together into something resembling a poem:


like two halves to one heart
my wings unfurled

far above us
the water bright blue
tangled branches dripping
half in shadow

her eyes flung open
drifted toward the surface

gnarled branches swayed
vines stretched out
like stars and waving grass
bathed in sunlight

fluttering like a hummingbird
I turned

written in the leaves
in the branches and the vines
the air like mist
a great joy

she gave herself to it
laughing

all light
always light
to the flowers and grass
quiet and calm


everything seemed possible

Mini-Challenge: Book Sentence

On the Wings of Books (love the name!) is hosting the book sentence mini-challenge, where you use the titles of books to create a sentence. I had a lot of fun with this challenge last time so I was looking forward to trying it again. Though this time I couldn't help myself, and made three:


Sentence 1: Some girls are excellent women ten miles past normal.

I think I might have passed normal about 20 miles back. ;)


 Sentence 2: Some girls are the eyes of darkness ... tick tock....

Slightly creepy?


 Sentence 3: Ethan Frome, the wise man's fear [is] the statistical probability of love at first sight.



This was a fun challenge. :)

Mini-Challenge: Reading in Translation

Reading Through Life is hosting the "Reading in Translation" mini-challenge, which entails answering three questions:
  1. If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be?
  2. Include the original book’s cover if possible; if you want, also post the English cover for comparison.
  3. Optional imaginary bonus points: post a sentence from the book in its original language.
Here are my answers:
1. I would choose the epic Sanskrit poem The Mahabharata. In college, I read this version for a class, and found it fascinating. The full poem in its original language is sure to be even better. A short summary:
The Mahabharata, an ancient and vast Sanskrit poem, is a remarkable collection of epics, legends, romances, theology, and ethical and metaphysical doctrine. The core of this great work is the epic struggle between five heroic brothers, the Pandavas, and their one hundred contentious cousins for rule of the land.
2. I wasn't able to find the original cover, but I did find a few. Here are three of them from GoodReads:

 



3. I don't have access to the book in Sanskrit, so I'm unable to find a quote that I can be certain is accurate.

Dewey's Read-a-thon: a running update

 Just five minutes until starting time.

To keep things easy for myself I'll be keeping a running update on what I'm reading etc in one post, just as I did last time. First, here's a picture of the books I'll be choosing from for this round:


Let the reading begin. :)

Updates:
- 14:00, Started reading Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler.
- 15:40, Took part in Reading Through Life's mini-challenge: Reading in Translation
- 17:08, Took part in Reflections of a Bookaholic's mini-challenge: Turn the Page
- 18:20, Finished Hunger and began Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
I really liked Hunger, sort of a Wintergirls with a paranormal twist. It's the sort of book that sticks with you, that manages to balance the serious with humour and good writing. Am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Riders of the Apocalypse-series.
- 19:00, Took part in On the Wings of Books' mini-challenge: Book sentence
- 20:00, Took part in The Hungry Readers' mini-challenge: Find a Poem
- 23:00, I'm starting to feel my morning-person ways. It's getting more difficult to focus on my book so the reading is going slower.
- 01:18, Trying not to fall asleep, and took part in Fictionally Inclined's mini-challenge: Name That Book
- 06:10, Woke up after accidentally falling asleep on my book. *sigh* Guess it'll be a 20 hour challenge for me instead? Next time there will be caffeine.
- 08:30, Finished Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story and began The Wit of Tenali Raman by Devika Rangachari.
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story was wonderful. So full of dreamy melancholy and longing. Just lovely.
- 09:10, Took part in At Random's mini-challenge: Culinary Catastrophy
- 09:48, Finished The Wit of Tenali Raman and began Broken Memory: a novel of Rwanda by Élisabeth Combres
- 10:50, Finished Broken Memory and began Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler.
Broken Memory was just heart breaking, a strong and important story.
- 11:05, Took part in Book Drunkard's mini-challenge: Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic
- 12:20, Took part in The Hungry Readers' mini-challenge: Mad Libs 
- 14:20, 20 minutes on overtime, but Rage is finished and here are my answers to the End of Event Meme:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    - The twelfth hour. It was 2am and faceplanted on the couch, and didn't wake up until 6am.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    - Jackie Morse Kessler's Riders of the Apocalypse-books should be good.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    -More cheerleaders?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    - The mini-challenges were a lot of fun and provided some breaks.
  5. How many books did you read?
    - I read 5
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    - In order read:
    1. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
    2. Godmother: the Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
    3. The Wit of Tenali Raman by Devika Rangachari
    4. Broken Memory: a novel of Rwanda by Élisabeth Combres
    5. Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    - Godmother, such an excellent and different twist on the Cinderella-story
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    - I liked all of them. :)
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    - N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    - I think I'm very likely to participate again as a reader.

fredag 20. april 2012

Fremtidige favoritter #1

Denne uken tenkte jeg å henge meg på Bokelskerinnens spalte Fremtidige favoritter, hvor hun skriver litt om bøker hun ønsker seg, gleder seg til å lese og er spent på.

Her er fire bøker jeg ser fram til å lese denne fredagen:

The Vanishers av Heidi Julavits

Jeg hadde ikke hørt om hverken boka eller forfatteren før et leseeksemplar dukket opp som en overraskelse sammen med en bok jeg hadde bestilt hos Powell.com, men den hørtes ganske interessant ut.

Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death?
    
Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
    
Julia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person—a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.
    
As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter's love.



Struck av Jennifer Bosworth

Å være hekta på lynnedslag hørtes ganske orginalt ut, og med håp i bok-hjertet om at det er minst mulig klisjéer a la insta-love etc. i historien, så jeg gleder meg til å se hvordan boka klarer seg mot andre dystopiske romaner jeg har lest.


Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.



The Last Echo av Kimberly Derting

Body Finder-bøkene er en av favorittseriene mine så denne boka ventes spent på.


In the end, all that's left is an echo...

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....




Revived av Cat Patrick

Også litt science-fiction. :)


As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.


Har du noen bøker du gleder deg ekstra til?

torsdag 19. april 2012

Boktema hos Anette: Min favoritt-tegneserie


Denne uken er boktema hos Anettes bokboble favoritt-tegneserier. Jeg har to: en nostalgisk og en jeg både følger på nettet og kjøper heftene til.

Noen som kjenner igjen denne tøffingen her?

I min barndom (den gang dinosaurene vandret jorda i følge lillebror...) var jeg stor fan av Fantomet og eventyrene hans. Jeg var ikke den eneste: det var nesten konkurranse hver gang pappa hadde kjøpt det nyeste bladet, men det er noen fordeler med å være høyere og sterkere enn broren sin: en trussel med å sette meg på han (eller en bestikkelse med Donald), og jeg fikk Fantomet først. Hvis han ikke var snikete og klarte å stikke av med bladet. Etterhvert som jeg ble eldre ble det mindre Fantomet og mer bøker, men skuffelsen ble ikke mindre av den grunn da jeg ikke oppdaget at samleutgaven av Krønikene var i salg før etter at de var utsolgt fra forlaget. Snakker om nedtur.

De siste årene har favoritten vært den fantastiske Unshelved-serien til Bill Barnes og Gene Ambaum, om dagliglivet i et folkebiblioteket et sted i USA. Noen av hendelsene er gjenkjennelige, andre håper jeg at jeg ikke kommer borti. Barnes og Ambaum har også en bokklubb med anbefalinger: The Unshelved Book Club.

Dette er ikke en ukjent situasjon:

Kilde: Klikk

tirsdag 10. april 2012

Topp 10 bøker jeg elsket, men ikke skrev omtale for

The Broke and the Bookish har hver tirsdag en Top Ten-liste, en ukentlig topp 10-liste med et boklig tema. Denne uken har jeg valgt et av de eldre temaene: Topp 10 bøker jeg elsket, men ikke skrev omtale for. Denne lista kunne ha vært noen meter lang, så jeg har begrenset meg til bøker jeg har lest det siste året.

01. Nesten til stede av Bjørn Olav Nordahl
En av de beste oppvekstromanene satt i Norge som jeg har lest. Det var både morsomt, trist og vanskelig å lese om Bjørnar som prøver så hardt å passe inn i kameratgjengen samtidig som han skal holde seg til alle reglene og forventningene til moren og adventistkirken. Bjørnar må ikke bare forholde seg til å bli dratt mellom kamerater og kirke, men også mellom foreldrene som står på hver sin side når det kommer til adventistkirken. Livet blir ikke enklere for Bjørnar når han sendes til Tyrifjord, internatskolen til adventistkirken.

02. A Blue So Dark - Holly Schindler
Sår historie om å være den som blir sittende med ansvaret for en psykisk syk foreldre, og den effekten det kan ha på ens egen psyke. Nydelig og vond.

03. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
Frankie er bare kul. Og tøff. Frankie får ikke være med i skolens hemmelige klubb fordi hun "bare" er ei jente, så hun bestemmer seg for å ta over klubben (via e-poster etc) og vise guttene (og sin far) hvem som er smartere enn hvem. Gjennom det hele blir Frankie mer bevisst på hvem hun er, hvem hun kan bli og at det er ingen hindringer i veien hun ikke kan overkomme. Historien er skrevet med humor (ordspill!) og har karakterer som ikke er pappfigurer, om de er venner av Frankie eller ikke.

04. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick - Joe Screiber
Jeg satt og sto i kø under BEA i fjor og lo meg igjennom hele boka. Dette er James Bond for tenåringer hvor James Bond ikke har snøring på hva som foregår og Ms. Moneypenny har tatt over showet. Veldig morsom og full av action.

05. North of Beautiful - Justina Chen Headley
Nydelig, nydelig historie om familie, vennskap og å tro på seg selv.

06. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
Er det mulig å si noe om denne boka som ikke allerede har blitt sagt?

07. Ten Miles Past Normal - Frances O'Roark Dowell
Sjarmerende historie om å (jeg begynner å se en gjennomgående tema her) finne ut mer om hvem man er midt oppi all endringene tenårene bringer med seg, og akseptere seg selv og sin familie. Og det er en herlig familie i denne boka, noe som er ganske forfriskende med tanke på alle de dysfunksjonelle familieforholdene i skjønnlitteraturen.

08. The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder - Marissa Meyer
En velskreven og smart omskriving av eventyret om Askepott. Meyer har klart kunststykket å skape en historie som føles ny og frisk samtidig som den følger et av verdens mest kjente eventyr. Jeg gleder meg til bok 2!

09. Lips Touch Three Times - Laini Taylor
Jo mer jeg leser av Laini Taylor, jo mer imponert blir jeg. Illustrasjonene i denne boka er fantastiske og gir noe ekstra til de tre historiene Taylor har inkludert.

10. Five Flavors of Dumb - Antony John
Hadde jeg hatt muligheten hadde jeg kastet denne boka i hodet (eller muligens noe tyngre) på foreldrene til Piper, spesielt faren, for hva de gjør mot henne i begynnelsen av boka, for så å gi henne dårlig samvittighet for å ikke hoppe i taket av glede på grunn av handlingene deres. Broren er ganske herlig, og jeg likte den rollen han har i Pipers vekst i løpet av boka og hvordan forholdet dem i mellom utvikler seg. Det er vanskelig å forklare for fantastisk denne boka er, men jeg anbefaler den på det varmeste.
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