Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sunday Reading Challenge!

Remember how I said I read a lot? Did I mention that I will have Sundays off during the A to Z challenge? Do you remember how excited I sounded about guiltless reader's Monster List of Bookish Links?

Well, here we are! I want to try and do the combination Read A Nobel & Travel the World in Books challenges for April (in addition to my abecedarian promise). Each Sunday, I'll do a post about the book I'm reading and answer the prompts from guiltless reader's blog.

I'm reading The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof published in 1906.




She was the first woman to win the prize, so that's pretty special.



I had considered a Toni Morrison book, as she is on my TBR list already, but I wasn't able to get to the library in time to get a copy. A post by guiltless reader led me to this book and author, so I figured I'd go for it. It was free on the Kindle, and I had just finished Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland, so it seemed to fit. (Yes, I realize Finland and Sweden are not the same place...but in my brain they are pretty close.)



I had been trying to read through Hugo Award winning books, and did manage to read 16 of them last year. Sadly, I've found that many prize-winning books are a disappointment, although I often go on to love other things those authors wrote. So far, I'm liking the tone and imagery in this one.

10 comments:

  1. I'm pumped you decided to join in! I hope you saw the post with the free downloadable wallpaper featuring this book!
    http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2016/03/download-aprils-readnobels-wallpaper.html

    Since this book is in the public domain, I figured this would be free for download. Glad you got a copy for Kindle! I flipped through it online and thought it was extremely readable and the illustrations, as you say, are quite lovely.

    Happy reading :)

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  2. Thanks! I'm tempted to try and Read-A-Nobel a week, but that might be pushing it a bit far! :)

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  3. I love this story, though I have only read the short childrens version of this...! It is quite famous here in Norway and I saw the movie when I was little. Are you reading the shorter version or the long version?

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    1. I believe it's the long version. Is it still used as a way to learn geography in Norway for children? I think I read that was her original intention in writing it.

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    2. I don't think it is still used in Sweden, I doubt it was ever used as that in Norway but I don't know, I was always really bad at geography. :)

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  4. I'm eager to read this one too!

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  5. I love books. Sadly, I am already behind in keeping up with blog comments, etc that I havent had much time to read. But I do want to share with you a link to a new newsletter/blog (both feature different books, so check them both out!) that I just started the other day.

    Mary
    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Mary! I understand how easy it is to get overwhelmed with comments and reading and writing and all the rest of it! :)

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  6. Geez multiple challenges?! Good luck with that :) You are apparently a voracious reader. It's been a while since I've read anything substantial. A Nobel a Day? Pfft... I am still on chapter one of Stephen King's Under the Dome after months!

    I'll try to slowly getting to some blog comments, but doing 4 A to Z blogs has been rough (mainly the fiction one). Particularly tonight's. I thought I was going to have a breakdown lol

    Sounds like you have some fun challenges set up for your days off the A to Z which is awesome, just don't get too overwhelmed :)

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    1. I wish I could read one a day! I was thinking I'd be able to (maybe) squeeze in two this month, but it's not going to happen. I'd like to read a Herman Hesse Nobel next, I think.
      I'm amazed at you doing the FOUR blogs! I was ahead on my posts, but now I'm not, so I guess I know what I'll be doing most of the weekend. :) Thanks for coming over and reading my stuff.

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