At Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
At Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Eating Club, translated as The Dinner Club in the English edition, is mystery/thriller about city people who move to a village and find friends who they have dinners with, and then they get mixed up in affairs and murder.
A notable Dutch author they told me about, other than Saskia Noort who is also the woman on the left's favorite, is Suzanne Vermeer, who writes thrillers. I looked this up on Wikipedia and Suzanne Vermeer was a pseudonym for Paul Goeken, but after he died in 2011 the publishing company kept the name and an unknown writer or writers are, you could say, ghost writing???
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 19, 2015
One of his favorite books is Sea-wolf, by Jack London. (Do you notice a theme here?)
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 12, 2015
The best book he read in 2014 was a biography of Winston Churchill. He said that he likes to read about history from different perspectives, that we get used to reading about historical events from our own country's historians.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 05, 2015
The woman on the left, reading Fugitive Pieces, her favorite book is In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje, which is the prequel to The English Patient. The woman reading Truth, her favorite book is either The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, or The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. And, the woman on the right, she's holding the family's new puppy.
Of note, if you ever plan on swimming in a river in Australia, at least in this part of the country, there are no water snakes. I did get my toe nibbled on by a skink, though (on land).
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 31, 2014
She's here in Australia finishing her semester of study abroad, studying business at the University of Sydney, and will soon be returning to the cold winter of Sweden. She remarked that while she's been here she'd notice the few degrees in temperature difference between places around Australia - colder on the south coast - but that will be nothing compared to the 25 degree (Celsius) difference when she returns home.
She's been reading in English because it's hard to find Swedish books here. One of her favorite Swedish authors is Astrid Lindgren, who wrote the Pippi Longstocking books.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 29, 2014
One of her favorite books is Poppy, by the Australian author, Drusilla Modjeska. It's a book she's loaned out several times and still likes having on her bookshelf. It's a story that the author wrote about her mother, from facts and imagination.
She also really liked The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan, though she found it more difficult to read. The book won the 2014 Man Booker prize. It's about an Australian doctor and is about World War II and it's effects, and love. Richard Flanagan is considered one of Australia's best contemporary novelists.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 22, 2014
Here's the real story:
At Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia, where I am for winter break, on the other side of the date line
He is reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. He likes to read both old and new books, for balance. Before this he read the most recent Bourne book, The Bourne Ascendancy, by Eric Van Lustbader.
Some of his favorite books are the Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien. He also really liked a crime trilogy by Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square, set in the time in which the Soviet Union was collapsing.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 15, 2014
He likes the St. James Bible's Old and New Testaments and a book about angels (Book of Angels?) I wasn't sure if there was an A or a The at the beginning of the title and when I looked online, I found that the difference in article is two different books.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 08, 2014
No post today. Check back on Monday. I almost went out in the rain to find a reader, but home was just way too cozy.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 01, 2014
From the top of her head, some of her favorite books are Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; crime novels by Jo Nesbø (a Norwegian author) and Michael Connelly; and the Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling. When I told her I was reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, she said to add that to the list of favorites and that that book, and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones were two books that she consumed in one sitting.
She reads in English when the books are set in English-speaking places. For example, she said that she threw out her Norwegian translation of Gone with the Wind because of how the translator handled dialect. People who were harvesting cotton using the same dialect as potato farmers in Norway and she knew the story wasn't taking place in Norway, so it was too disorienting. The English version, she said, is better.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 24, 2014
One of her favorite books is East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. She likes it for the humanity. There's a character, she said, who wants to commit suicide, but doesn't because someone tells him to pretend he's happy instead. She thought that was good advice. Other authors she likes include Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, November 19, 2014
He said he goes through phases of reading -- A Jack London phase, a Jane Austen phase. One of his favorite Jack London books is The Valley of the Moon, which takes place in Oakland and Napa. Persuasion was his favorite of Jane Austen's books. I asked him if he would be reading more books about Roanoke and he said he didn't think so - this is the latest book on the topic, and he wouldn't want to read anything less current, but he might read about Jamestown next.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 17, 2014