Read 2008/7 – Sense and Sensibility

29 May 2008

Book: 7
Title: Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Literature.
Why did you get this book? Because I am trying to catch up on some of the great classics of English literature.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes: though not as much as Pride and Prejudice. I was struggling to get through this one. Next time I will download the audio version. I suspect I will find that easier to assimilate.
Was the author new to you? No. I had previously read Pride and Prejudice.
Would you read something by this author again? Yes. I want to read Mansfield Park and Emma.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I am keeping it – when have I ever done otherwise?
Anything else? Two sisters experience trials and tribulations. Their circumstances largely parallel one another but they react with different temperaments – one with sense and the other with sensibility.
Number of pages: 323
Total pages for the year: 2383

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14th November 1907 – Astrid Lindgren born

14 November 2007

Being a father of two daughters growing up in Norway during the end of the seventies and the eighties Astrid Lindgren (14th November 1907-28th January 2002) was an important figure in the life of my family.

Several of her books have been serialized for children’s television and since Swedish language is almost perfectly understandable to Norwegians the tales were also televised on Norwegian children’s television.

Most popular with my kids was perhaps Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking). Probably because the main character in the book was a girl, was unconventional, extremely independent, had a father who was a sea captain and later king of a south sea island, lived alone (her father was on the south sea island being a king of course), she had a horse and a monkey, and she was extremely strong (she could lift her horse).

Other favorites were Emil i Lönneberga (Emil of Maple Hills), Vi på Saltkråkan (Life on Seacrow Island), and of course Ronja Rövardotter (Ronja the Robber’s Daughter).


2nd September 1666 – The Great Fire of London starts

2 September 2007

Excerpt from The Diary of Samuel Pepys

September 2d. (Lord’s Day.) Some of our maids sitting up late last night to get things ready against our feast today, Jane called up about three in the morning, to tell us of a great fire they saw in the City. So I rose, and slipped on my night-gown and went to her window, and thought it to be on the back side of Mark Lane at the farthest; but, being unused to such fires as followed, I thought it far enough off, and so went to bed again, and to sleep. About seven rose again to dress myself, and there looked out at the window, and saw the fire not so much as it was, and further off. So to my closet to set things to rights after yesterday’s cleaning. By and by Jane comes and tells me that she hears that above 300 houses have been burned down tonight by the fire we saw, and that it is now burning down all Fish Street, by London Bridge. So I made myself ready presently, and walked to the Tower; and there got up upon one of the high places, Sir J. Robinson’s little son going up with me; and there I did see the houses at the end of the bridge all on fire, and an infinite great fire on this and the other side the end of the bridge; which, among other people, did trouble me for poor little Mitchell and our Sarah on the bridge. So down , with my heart full of trouble, to the Lieutenant of the Tower, who tells me that it begun this morning in the King’s baker’s house in Pudding Lane, and that it hath burned St. Magnus’s Church and most part of Fish Street already.

Samuel Pepys

The Great Fire of London

More on the Great Fire of London.


Books read this year #16

3 August 2007

Book: 16
Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë
Why did you get this book?
It is an audio book from Librivox.
Do you like the cover? What cover? It was an audio book.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes she was new to me. I do plan to read more of Charlotte Brontë’s works.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? It will stay on my hard drive until I need more space.
Anything else? It took a while to get through the book. Not because it was uninteresting but because of other priorities. I plan to get round to reading more of the Brontë sister’s books eventually.
Number of pages: about 300
Total pages for the year: 5694


100 books meme

20 May 2007

Found this at Living the scientific life.

Look at the list of books below:

  • Bold the ones you’ve read
  • Italicize the ones you want to read
  • Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in
  1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
  2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
  8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
  12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
  14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
  16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
  17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
  18. The Stand (Stephen King)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
  20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
  22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
  29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
  33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  34. 1984 (Orwell)
  35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
  37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
  38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
  39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
  40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
  42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
  44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
  45. The Bible
  46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
  51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
  54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
  57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
  58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
  59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
  61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
  63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
  65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
  66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
  68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
  70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
  72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
  73. Shogun (James Clavell)
  74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
  77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
  79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
  80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
  81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
  82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
  83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
  84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
  85. Emma (Jane Austen)
  86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
  87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
  89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
  90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
  91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
  92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
  94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
  96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
  98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
  99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
  100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I am of course missing some that I would add. Next time maybe.


Books read this year #5

5 March 2007

Book: 5
Title: The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Why did you get this book? Actually an audio play from http://librivox.org/
Do you like the cover? No cover. It was an audio book.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes. I remembered it from English class at school.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? I have not read anthing by him since school. One of the main reasons for listening to it now.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it on my MP3 player until space runs out.
Anything else? No.
Number of pages: 3 act play – about 150 pages?
Total pages for the year: 1179


Books read this year #4

8 February 2007

Book: 4
Title: The Country of the Pointed Firs
Author: Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett
Why did you get this book? Actually an audio book from http://librivox.org/
Do you like the cover? No cover. It was an audio book.
Did you enjoy the book? Sort of. Not my kind of thing really.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? New to me – yes. That was one of the reasons I listened to it.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it on my MP3 player until space runs out.
Anything else? No.
Number of pages: 101
Total pages for the year: 1029