Plusbogs sommerlæseleg (in Danish)

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Jeg risikerer ganske vist at forringe mine chancer for at vinde, men jeg synes nu alligevel I lige skal høre om den her sommerkonkurrenceting. Hvis I ikke allerede kender den. Plusbog udfordrer alle til at læse 10 bøger med 10 forskellige temaer inden 31. august og derved deltage i konkurrencen om en bogpakke med 10 bøger. Jeg aner ikke hvilke bøger det er og om de er værd at læse, men det er bøger og siden der ikke er noget rigtigt starttidspunkt, kan de fleste nok præstere 10 bøger. Altså hvis man nu siger sommeren startede lidt tidligt.

De 10 temaer/kategorier og de bøger jeg indtil videre har læst og planlægger at indsende.

En bog anbefalet af en ven 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North af Richard Flanagan (anmeldt her)- ganske vist anbefalet af en ven, jeg aldrig har mødt, og som ikke selv havde læst den. Men ikke destro mindre…

En bog der har vundet en pris
Det bliver nok All the Light We Cannot See af Anthony Doerr, men hvis jeg ikke når den, så bytter jeg bare lidt rundt og smider Flanagan ind her.

En paperback
Her tager jeg nok bare en, der ikke passer ind andre steder. Jeg læser næsten kun paperbacks.

En e-bog
Wise Blood af Flannery O’Connor, som jeg godt nok ikke er helt færdig med endnu. Ellers bliver der nok tilpas andet at vælge i mellem efter ferien.

En bog om kærlighed
Americanah af Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie (anmeldt her) – finder også sted i et land jeg aldrig har været i, Nigeria, men jeg planlægger at læse en anden bog, der nok kan bruges på denne i løbet af ferien.

En bog der finder sted i et land du aldrig har været
Vi får se.

En bog om familier
So Long, See You Tomorrow af Maxwell Williams (anmeldt her)

En bog af en dansk forfatter
Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden af Kim Leine, selv om jeg læste den i for-forsommeren. Sssh.

En bog der finder sted om sommeren
Den sværeste af dem alle. Intet jeg læser finder sted om sommeren. Så her må jeg nok være lidt kreativ eller udvide definitionen lidt. Måske bare et sted, hvor der er sådan lidt varmt.

En bog der handler om at rejse
A Walk in the Woods af Bill Bryson (anmeldt her) – Plusbog foreslår selv Wild, så den fornøjelse skal de ikke have.

Hvis du selv vil være med, og man skulle da være et skarn, ikke sandt? Så kan du finde info på Plusbogs side. De har også forslag til bøger, der passer til kategorierne. (To Kill a Mockingbird har man vel læst, hvis alt andet fejler).

Glædelig (sen)sommerlæselyst!

 

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Vacation book picks

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Choosing which books to bring is normally one of the harder things about planning a vacation. That’s under normal circumstances. This year, it’s been even worse. Why? Because I can’t take more than 2 (two!) books with me. And if I do see a bookstore along the way, I can’t go in and buy anything. All because my boyfriend and I have decided to spend our vacation time hiking around the Swedish and Norwegian wilderness. That means we’ll have to carry everything around with us in our backpacks, and let me tell you, 12 days worth of food takes up a lot of room. It also means that the books I decide to bring will probably get roughed up a bit. So I’ve decided to take books with me that are, first of all, not the heaviest reading (it’s a vacation, after all) and second, that I probably won’t be too upset about creasing. A mean thing to say, I know. Don’t tell them.

So far, I’ve picked Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I’ve come across it several times in the past few years, but the main character is a Russian agent, and I don’t really like detectives and crime fiction. However, it was long listed for the Man Booker Award; the first thriller to be on that list, as far as we know (the lists weren’t always public). I know that makes me sound like a big ol’ snob, but I have generally enjoyed the Man Booker books I’ve read, so why not use that as a kind of guide? I’ve tried to read other thrillers or crime books that made big commercial splashes and found them to be tedious and silly. So here’s hoping this one got that “nomination” for a reason and is as thrilling as they say.

My other pick I’m even more uncertain about. I know very little about it and the user reviews on various sites are mixed, which has kept me from buying it sooner. But I came across it randomly in a store, so I figured I might give it a go. It’s California by Edan Lepucki. Unlike Child 44, California is one of my favorite genres; post-apocalyptic fiction. That’s about all I know and I have no expectations going in. Hopefully that’ll mean a pleasant surprise.

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No, of course I can’t go on three week vacation with only two books. Sure, we’ll be hiking a lot, but also hanging out in the tent, going on very very long train and bus rides, plane rides etc. Two books would never suffice. Maybe if one of them were The Stand by Stephen King or something (I’m still 13 hours away from finishing that audio book). So I’ll have to load up a bunch of other books on my Kindle. I’m thinking Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See, John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany, Flannery O’Connor – Complete Stories and maybe another thriller like Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train. There’s no telling what I’ll feel like reading, so it’s good to have choices.

How many books do you usually bring when traveling? Do you mind lugging around numerous paperbacks or do you just bring the Kindle, iPad, whatever? And do you, like me, often return home with way more books than you brought? I probably won’t this year.

 

 

Kindle vs paper

For years I refused to get an e-reader. I refused to read e-books period. I laughed scornfully when people suggested I get a Kindle. No, there was no way I’d ever betray my beloved paperbacks (and my few hardbacks), or in any way contribute to the death of the printed book. E-books weren’t real books, real readers read paper books. Real readers had shelves full of real books. E-readers did nothing for the decor.

Admitted, I still feel that way, more or less. And I still don’t think I could ever give up on printed books. Not only do I love looking at my books and getting new ones to put on the shelves (though it’s a lot of work when it’s all alphabetized), my reading experience is completely different when I read p-books compared to e-books. But I did eventually (because everything’s eventual, right?) succumb to the pressure and got a Kindle Paperwhite a couple of years ago. It’s a nice little gadget and when I first turned it on I was amazed at how much it looked like a framed sheet of paper. Not at all like reading on my phone or an iPad. But still, Kindle books cost almost as much as p-books and given that choice, I will always go with the printed one. Paying for a license to read a book just seems a bit… strange. I know Amazon has started the Kindle Matchbook, where you can get the e-book at a reduced rate when you buy the printed version. But the selection isn’t very wide. Not yet, anyway. So I mostly use my Kindle for different kinds of free books.

 

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A lot of people say that e-readers are great for vacations. People who need to work on those muscles, perhaps? I almost agree a little. But when I’ve been backpacking, I’ve had no trouble lugging 8 or 10 paperback books around with me, since I didn’t do long hikes with all of my stuff. So my Kindle has always been a kind of backup, in case I ran out of books. I always manage to find bookstores, so that hasn’t happened yet. This year, however, my Kindle might just prove its worth. I’m going hiking for almost three weeks in Northern Sweden and Norway. I’ll have to carry all of my stuff around all the time, and given the amount of food needed for that kind of journey, I won’t have room for more than 1 or 2 paperbacks. So I’ve made sure that a lot of the books I’ve recently bought for summer reading, I’ve also gotten as e-books. I feel a bit ambivalent about this. Sure, it won’t wear on my pretty books, but then, the wear is what makes the book…alive? Something like that. I guess I could just leave them open underneath other books to crease the spine…

 

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I’m sure the Kindle will do fine as a temporary substitute. Especially since I don’t have a choice. But overall I do find that I enjoy reading on my Kindle way less than reading a real book. I know this experience is different for everyone, and some people even prefer e-readers to real books (people be cray) but studies have shown that people comprehend less of what they read on an e-reader, compared to when reading a printed book. Not that I’m aware of not remembering what I’ve read – I think I do – but I do lose the sense of progress I have with a print. I’ve sometimes felt almost dizzyingly lost. Another argument for the p-book. A pretty good argument against it would be the whole environmental issue, but let’s not get into that. Or maybe just call it a draw?

No matter what, the Kindle just can’t compete with the p-book when it comes to making my house look all nice and bookwormy.

Every reader has an opinion on this. What’s yours? How do you do the whole e-reader vs printed book balancing? Do you also feel inexplicably guilty towards your real book when reading an e-book?