‘ve been wanting to do this for a while now, mostly because I want to challenge myself a bit and only take books I haven’t had in my earlier posts. However, I don’t own many books at all so it’s difficult but I think I did an alright job. Apparently, this is a lot over the internet and comes with a lot of different titles, so I have no idea what to call it. A lot of people seem to call it “the biggest to the tiniest” but I felt like it was a bit wrong. What I’ll be doing is the thickness of it, not the size of it. Well, well, let’s get on with it. I’ll be going from the smallest to the thickest book, and I’ll begin with the smallest.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
An unforgettable story of the violent, intolerant, eccentric, humorous and prejudiced Deep South seen through the eyes of children.
With warmth and understand Harper Lee brilliantly recreates not only her characters but a whole town and its way of life.
Scout and Jem Finch lose their innocence when their lawyer father defends a Negro charged with the rape of a white girl.
The lawyer is the town’s conscience, but with conscience makes more than cowards…
bout a year ago my English teacher came up and told me that if I wanted to advance a little I could read a classic. Like Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens or Harper Lee. When I went to my grandmother because all the books she owns are either English literature or classics. I took one Dickens, Jane Austen and To Kill a Mockingbird. Honestly, the story didn’t intrigue me the same way Oliver Twist did but the English was so difficult for me to read so I had to DNF it. Then I just took To Kill a Mockingbird because I had just read Hunger Games and it was thin. The story was incredible good, sure, I had some major trouble with words and I had to look up so many words I constantly forgot what was happening but it was just so good I read it twice. Yup, right after each other as well. And oh dear, it smells so good, like I’m just flipping the pages in front of me, smelling it, just like a junkie snortar koakain. Now, this is the smallest book I own, if you count the pages. In the edition I have – from 1974, paperback – it has 285 pages. Most books I own are between 300-500 pages so it was easy to find the thinnest.
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
At the back of the book synopsis:
TO SAVE MANKIND
THEY NEED A HERO
BUT ARE THEY CREATING
’ve always wanted to travel to London, ever since I discovered they have a bookshop dedicated to science fiction and fantasy I wanted to go there (and to Waterstones obviously) and when I was about thirteen my parents gave me a three-day trip to London with my mum and we went to Forbidden Planet and Waterstones, and at Waterstones I bought Ender’s Game. I remember being so lost in the shop, I could not understand the system, and there were so many floors I was like ”ehhhh…..ummm…ehhh” so I went asking a dude who worked there. And he had trouble understanding what I said. Yees, it was so funny because I just stuttered the words out. I have never spoken English outside my English class and it felt so weird talking to an actual English person instead of a Swedish-English teacher. After a while though, my English knowledge came to me and I could actually ask what I wanted. It was very embarrassing because he was talking so fast I was like ”ehhhh…. wa?” so he had to walk me to the book. It was easy to find the thinnest and thickest book I own, the problem was to find books in the middle. Like, 90% of the books I own are 300-500 pages and I was like, “jahapp, shall I take a 300 book now?” Anyway, I came out with this one and I own it with the movie cover, (movie edition in paperback) and it has 326 pages.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
At the back of the book synopsis:
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
it’s a small story, about:
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
ack to Waterstones and my shitty speaking English. After getting my hands on the Ender’s Game I also wanted The Book Thief but because I was so embarrassed by previous moment I didn’t dare to ask where the book was. I just went around the shop, pretending I belonged there, pretending I knew where I was going. Me being lucky I found the shelf where it was and I was so happy I didn’t have to ask the guy for help. Again. But of course, when I was going to pay for the books he’s there. Yes, he’s pointing on the machine and registering my books and all the other kinds of things they do. And him being nice, he tells me that I found The Book Thief on my own. Basically, he was praising me, and that was awkward. Have you ever heard of the thing that Swedish people do? Yeah, we do a lot of weird things, but the first rule of being Swedish is: don’t talk to strangers. Don’t even look them in the eye. Of course, people say “hi” and “can I help you?” and stuff in shops but if you’re outside walking or whatever not many Swedish people will say hi. I don’t really know why, it’s just a thing we do. But me being thirteen, I was just lost for words, the cat had gotten my toughen and I had no idea what to do. I just stood there like a moron and mumbled: ”mmmm, thanks”. But at least the guy wasn’t cute since he was so old, he looked like Santa Claus with his white beard. So a big plus in the corner. This book is actually just one in a crowd in my bookshelf when it comes to size. I have it in paperback, with 554 pages so really it’s nothing special. But I adore how it looks, how it smells and how I’ve read it so much it looks so old and worn. Man, I love those books.
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You – Todd Hasak-Lowly
A bit of the Goodreads Synopsis
Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all
s I’ve said earlier I usually get gift cards on Akademibokhandeln on my birthday or on Christmas and perhaps two years ago I received a gift card and I bought this book because I wanted some comedy and it had the strangest title I had ever heard. Like, literally, the title is so long I’m too lazy to pronounce it all and usually I mess it up as well. However, I am somehow drawn to strange titles and that title drew me in. It’s not really any more special than that, no weird moments with the woman who works at the shop, didn’t bump into a friend (cause my friends don’t buy stuff at Akademi). This book is on the third place with its 646 pages and is in English (hence the title) and paperback. I don’t think many of my books are 600 pages because either they are between 300-500 or like 700-1000 pages so 600 is unique in my bookshelf.
Kungarnas Krig (A clash of kings) – George R.R. Martin
At the back of the book synopsis (that I’ve translated hehe)
IN A GAME OF THRONES
YOU EITHER WIN OR DIE
THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN
hen I was fourteen I had a friend (she’s still my friend tho) who loves Game of Thrones, the HBO series and she was like ”you have to watch it!” and I was like ”njaaa”, I had heard it was really good but had a lot of rapes and stuff and I wasn’t very keen on watching that kind of stuff. Anyway, then I found Kampen om Järntronen (A Game of Thrones) on Akademi and it was on a discount so I thought ”why not?” and I tried it. It took me like two months to read and I thought it was alright, nothing to hype about really. Then for my birthday the same year, my friend bought me the second book cause she wanted me to read it so she could discuss it with me. Now, it has been two years and I’ve finally finished all five books, puh. These books are so thick, I thought A Dance with Dragons was going to be my thickest book but I was surprisingly wrong. Nevertheless, this book is in the second place in thickness with its 728 pages, note that I’ve read it in storpocket (paperback) in Swedish.
The Complete Novels – Jane Austen
A word from Sense and Sensibility:
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
A word from Pride and Prejudice:
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine”
A word from Mansfield Park:
“Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions”
A word from Emma:
“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another”
A word from Northanger Abbey:
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”
A word from Persuasion:
“Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter”
This book contains all Jane Austen’s novels with illustrations (yay!); Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
emember when I said I had a period where I borrowed some classical books from my grandmother? Well, this was one. She said Jane Austen was a good choice so I decided to read one or a few novels of hers. The problem was though that we couldn’t find her books anywhere, they were completely gone, poof! So I went and bought Pride and Prejudice because my friend (the Game of Thrones fan) and she said Pride and Prejudice was the best. Then a few weeks went and I jumped on a bus and went to my grandmother and then, in the basement we found this book on a table and I was like ”jahapp, kul”. I was a bit frustrated but yada yada, I love the penguin edition so well well. Thickness was a big surprise for me. I thought City of Heavenly Fire (Cassandra Clare), or A Dance with Dragons (George R.R. Martin) were the only two options but then I saw this spine and I thought, ”maybe this one” and as I flipped through the book I realised it has more pages than A Dance with Dragons, – 1047 pages. This was a harback edition, published in 1995 and I love the simplicity of it.
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Now that was my tag for this tuesday. As I did this I tried to take books I usually don’t talk about – in other words, trying to avoid Cassandra Clare and George R.R. Martin to which I did a pretty good job – not with George R.R. Martin tho. Well, well, what I can do, right?
Have a lovely Tuesday folks.