Month In Review: January 2015

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I can’t believe it’s February already! The first month of 2015 has flown away, and now it’s time to review the numbers. I’m going to do things slightly different this year and include an update for the different challenges I’m participating in as well. That way I won’t be having a dozen update posts wandering around. 😉

This year I’ve decided to take things slowly and bringing the focus back on simply enjoying books. Not that I don’t do that normally, but I guess I’ve taking high pressure away by not setting high reading or blogging goals. That said, I was actually able to get a higher page count than last month! I’ve been away on vacation so I haven’t been able to blog that much, but I will definitely try to make up for it in February. On to some quick numbers:

  • Number of books read in January: 8
  • Total number of books read this year: 8
  • Total number of pages read in January: 2.928
  • Total number of pages read this year: 2.928

Eight books is not a bad start considering I haven’t been able to read a lot during my  two week vacation. It’s also 3 books ahead of the Goodreads reading challenge so that leaves some breathing space for the next months… A good thing since I will be trying to tackle some classics and books over 600 pages in the future. Below you can find a list of the books I’ve read so far this year going from favorite to least favorite. The last two reviews are still pending and will be posted within the next few days…

 

On to the challenges and other goals part! I’m currently participating in five all-year reading challenges and I’m still trying to fill the gaps in my Reading Through The Centuries challenge as well. To be completely honest, I haven’t been paying too much attention to the challenges yet. With eleven months still ahead to complete them, I guess there is still no pressure. I’m glad I was able to at least make some progress anyway…

# CHALLENGES #

Goodreads Reading Challenge: 8/60
The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge: 1/10
Dusting Of The Shelf Reading Challenge: 1/10
Bookish Bingo 2015: 10/45
2015 When Are You Reading? Challenge: 5/12
Reading Through The Centuries Challenge : 1/10

As far as the other reading and blogging goals I’ve set myself this year, the same thing happened. I haven’t been able to blog that much so I didn’t touch the older reviews and I’m behind on the new ones. Oops! I’m still far away from reaching my reading goals and my TBR pile is nowhere close to the 50 books mark. Which was kinda what I was expecting anyway haha. Fingers crossed I can get a lot of reading done in February!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics: 1/5
  • Finish rereading the Harry Potter series 4/7
  • Complete at least 5 series: 1/5 (The Infernal Devices Trilogy)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 50 books: 80/50
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages:
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 0/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 0/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 0/32

 

Happy February and Happy Reading! 😀

BOOK REVIEW: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared – by Jonas Jonasson

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Title: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Contemporary
First published: 2009
Finished reading: January 25th 2015
Pages: 396
(Originally written in Swedish: ‘Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann’)
Rating 5

“There are only two things I can do better than most people. One of them is to make vodka from goats’ milk, and the other is to put together an atom bomb.”

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The first time I saw this book mentioned, I was immediately intrigued by both the cover, title and blurb. I remember adding The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared to my wishlist straight away and wanting to buy a copy as soon as possible. But even though I was able to get a copy not long after that, I somehow never came around actually reading this novel by Jonas Jonasson… Until now. Now that I’ve finished it, I can easily say this one will end up being of my favorite reads in 2015. I loved everything; the main character, the humor and prose, the altered historical references… The novel takes you on a journey through Allan Karlsson’s long and VERY interesting life where he played a role in various key moments in the history of the 20th century. Not only that: on his one-hundredth birthday he manages to escape the old people’s home and find a suitcase full of money before he disappears. How awesome is that?! There are a lot of funny moments in the novel that will definitely make you laugh. And Allan is a genius. Definitely recommended!

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Allan Karlsson just reached his one-hundredth birthday, but he isn’t about to give up living and end his days in an old people’s home. Allan decides to escape his fate and climbs out of his bedroom window. Without knowing where to go, he ends up at the bus station. Just as he is about to take the first bus out of town, he decides to steal a suitcase that was left in his care by the only other passenger there. An unlikely journey starts where the old man is trying to escape the angry passenger, meeting a lot of interesting people on the way. The fact that the suitcase holds a lot of money does help…

We follow Allan and his new companies when they try to escape and hide from both the police and the owners of the suitcase. And not everybody comes away unhurt… We also learn more and more about Allan’s earlier life; a very interesting journey where he meets various important political leaders like Franco, Truman, Stalin and Mao. Allan doesn’t like politics and that is partly why he was able to survive for so long… That and the fact that he turns out to be an explosive expert and the different political leaders need his help. This way, he played a role in many key events of the 20th century.

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People seem to either hate or love this book. I guess it depends on how you decide to read The One-Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. If you are easily offended by certain historical facts being altered or don’t like comedy, don’t pick up this title. I think Jonas Jonasson ment this book as an entertaining and feel-good book where the actual facts of Allan Karlsson’s life aren’t supposed to be credible. It is ment as a fiction novel, so who cares if Allan really met all those presidents or if an elephant really can fit into a big yellow bus? The fast pace and easy-to-read prose just make you want to keep on reading… You won’t regret picking up this title!