søndag den 30. oktober 2016

Efterårsstemning og The Autumn Reading Tag




Det er endelig blevet efterår. Og selvom luften stadig er lun, er bladene på træerne blevet gyldne og sprøde. Efteråret er den årstid, jeg læser allermest, og da Rikke sendte disse efterårsspørgsmål i min retning, tænkte jeg, at det var den perfekte mulighed for at spamme jer med varme farver og nedfaldne blade. 

Ps.  Jeg synes, det er lidt ærgerligt, at det kun er bloggere, der kan være med i disse lege, og det kunne være så hyggeligt at høre, om I har nogle efterårstraditioner, eller om I har en yndlingsefterårsbog? Eller måske I har lyst til at svare på et af spørgsmålene nedenfor? Det kunne være smadderhyggeligt at høre fra jer! 

Er der nogen bøger, du planlægger at læse i løbet af efteråret?
Jeg er adskilt fra alle mine bøger, og jeg har derfor ikke haft mulighed for at gå dem igennem i jagten på efterårslæsningsmateriale, som jeg plejer. Og derfor er mine planer også lidt anderledes i år og omfatter i virkeligheden bare de bøger, som jeg har til rådighed. 

September bringer minder om skolestart: hvad er den bedste bog, du har læst i skolen? Og hvad var henholdsvis dit yndlingsfag og dit mindst elskede fag i skolen?
Jeg husker ikke særlig tydeligt de bøger, vi læste specifikt i skolen, fordi jeg - da jeg havde lært at læse - endevendte skolebibliotekets hylder og læste alt, jeg kunne komme i nærheden af. Men i universitetssammenhæng er den bedste bog, jeg har læst, Johannes V Jensens Kongens Fald. I folkeskolen var jeg, så vidt jeg husker, nogenlunde glad for de fleste fag. Dengang troede jeg, at jeg skulle tage en naturvidenskabelig uddannelse (hvorfor jeg endte med matematik, biologi og kemi-linje i gymnasiet), men når jeg ser tilbage i dag, er det tydeligt for mig, at dansk-faget allerede dengang var mit bedste. Det vidner de lange, tætfyldte kladdehæfter med stile, tekster og tanker hvertfald om. 


Oktober betyder Halloween: Kan du lide uhyggelige bøger og film? Hvis ja, hvilke er så dine favoritter?
Ja! Gys og gru har altid fascineret mig. Generelt er jeg bare fascineret af den litteratur og de film, som formår at påvirke en kropsligt. Og det er horror særdeles god til. Jeg husker tydeligt den første gang jeg læste Bram Stokers Dracula, og hvor skuffet jeg var over det langsommelige plot og manglen på reel uhygge, indtil jeg læste det afsnit, hvor Dracula kravler ud af vinduet, ned langs muren med hovedet ned af. Der er et eller andet ved det billede, af et menneske, som kravler på den måde, som virker dybt forstyrrende på mig, og jeg blev bange, at jeg måtte lægge bogen fra mig. Jeg får stadig kuldegysninger af at tænke på det. Jeg er også vild med Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde af Robert Louis Stevenson og mere psykologisk-uhyggelige, apokalyptiske romaner, såsom The Road af Cormac McCarthy. Det samme gælder film og serier, selvom jeg i den sammenhæng også har en stor kærlighed til alt med zombies. 


Til november er det tid til bålaftener og fyrværkeri. Hvad er den mest spændende bog, du har læst, som virkelig holdt dig fanget?
Man kan blive fanget på mange forskellige måder, men den sidste bog jeg læste, som virkelig fangede mig på den der "jeg bliver nødt til at læse videre, fordi det er så uhyggeligt"-måde var Gone Girl af Gillian Flynn. Det konstante skift mellem hvem, man stolede på, gjorde, at jeg ofrede flere nattetimer på at læse videre. 

Hvilken bog er din foretrukne cosy comfort læsning?
Sådan én, tror jeg ikke jeg har. Jeg genlæser sjældent bøger, så der er ikke én bog, jeg vender tilbage til på den måde. 

Hvilken varm drik er din yndlings, når du er fordybet i en god bog?
Jeg er et af de mennesker, som står på midten af vippen mellem kaffe og te. Kaffe til morgenlæsningen og te til aftenlæsningen. I løbet af dagen afhænger det af humør.

Har du nogen planer i løbet af de næste måneder, du ser frem til? 
Jeg ser frem til at aflevere min første eksamen på UCL om et par uger, at deltage i det årlige winter ball, at gå lange ture i Londons parker og ikke mindst glæder jeg mig til decembers gensyn med alle mine yndlingsmennesker i Danmark. 

Jeg vil gerne sende spørgsmålene videre til Amanda, og jeg håber, hun har lyst til at være med. 






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Autumn has finally arrived! And when Rikke sent me this list of autumn-related questions I thought it was the perfect opportunity to spread some warm colours and fallen leaves with you ;-) 



Ps. I think it's a shame that these games are only for bloggers, and I would really love to hear if you have any special autumn traditions or if you have a favourite autumn book? Please feel free to answer any of the questions below as well, I'd love to hear from you! 



Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?
I'm currently separated from my books, so I haven't been able to plan my annual autumn list by looking through my unread books. Instead my plan is to just read the books I've got on hand. 

September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

To be completely honest I don't actually remember any specific books that we read in school because I, as soon as I could read, pretty much went through the whole school library. They're all mixed up now. But the favourite book I read during my bachelor degree was without doubt Johannes v Jensen's The Fall of the King
As far as I recall I was pretty content with all the courses we had in school. Back then I thought my future was in science (which is why I did my A-levels in math, biology and chemistry), but when I look back upon it today, it's clear to me, that Danish was what I enjoyed the most. At least it seems that way when I read through the many written essays and scribbled pages in note books. 

October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites? 

Yes! Horror has always fascinated me. I think in generally that I'm just fascinated by all arts that has a physical effect on your body. And horror is especially good at that. I clearly remember the first time I read Bram Stoker's Dracula. I was so disappointed with the slow plot and the lack of scary elements until I read a specific passage, where Dracula crawls out of the window, down the wall with his head first. Something about that image of him turned upside down is just insanely scary and I had to put the book down for a while before I could continue. I still get goose bumps when I think of it... I also really like novels like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and the more psychological-scary and apocalyptic novels such as The Road by Cormac McCarty. Same goes for films and TV shows by the way, although I - in that context - also have a big love zombies. 


With November it's time for Bonfire Night and firework displays. What's the most exciting book you've read that really kept you gripped?
You can get gripped by a book in many ways, but the last book I read that gripped me in that "I just have to continue reading because it's so scary"-way was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The constant shift between who to trust made me willingly sacrifice my night's sleep. 


What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
I'm not too keen on re-reading books, so I don't think there is a book I read as a cosy comfort book. 

Curled up with a good book, what is your favourite drink?

I'm one of those people who are torn between tea and coffee. Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening and everything in between depends on my mood. 

Any plans you're looking forward to over the next few months?

I'm looking forward to handing in my first exam at UCL in a couple of weeks, to participate in the winter ball, to wander and get lost in London and last but least to see all my favourite people when I get back to Denmark in December. 


6 kommentarer:

  1. Hvor er det hyggeligt at læse om dine efterårsvaner, søde Ida!
    Jeg vil meget gerne lege med! Jeg kigger på spørgsmålene inden længe :-)

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  2. Hi Ida,
    You published an important topic. I agree with you, such a questionnaire is a very suitable instrument on the one hand for oneself and on the contrary for the book bloggers too. Oneself receives a significant boost to thinking about the reading habits, that means why reading specific genres. The book blogger learns what kind of people is reading the blog and what the reader's view is about the introduced books of the blog.
    I'll make it short:
    1. I put on my autumn list Knausgard's " My struggle" Volume 4 and 5. Unfortunately, there is still no German translation of Volume 6.
    2. At school I was deeply impressed by Heinrich Mann's "The Straw Man" (In German: "Der Untertan"); Theodor Fontane's "Effi Briest," Heinrich Heine's "Germany: A Winter's Tale."
    3. October means Halloween: I always prefer reading short stories by Poe, Bierce, Stevenson at this season.
    4. I got gripped by a lot of thrilling books. I started reading "Dark Flow of the Heart" by Dean Koontz some days ago. I'm dragged into the story because I felt that could be true.
    5. Re-reading books: You told us you weren't too keen re-reading books, but re-read "The little Prince" as you mentioned in your post from August. I'm very glad that you have some books worth to re-read, too. :-)
    6. My favorite drinks are coffee in the morning and in the afternoon, green tea during the day and a bottle of beer (I hope so not be an alcoholic! :-) ) in the evening.
    7. My reading plan for the next months as follow:
    " Jarett Kobek "I hate the Internet." I like Dave Eggers "The Circle" because I experienced some similar situations in my office life. Therefore Kobek's book must be right for me.
    " I follow your proposals: Carmen M. Gaite's "Back Room," Max Porter's "Grief is the Thing with Feathers" and some novels by Hanne Orstavik.
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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    Svar
    1. Hey Wolfgang!
      How is going with the Knausgård volumes? Are you still enjoying them just as much as when you started on the first one? I'm currently reading the last volume, and it's very interesting to hear his reflections on publishing the first volumes. I'm sorry to hear it hasn't been translated into german yet - maybe you can read it in English? Or learn Norwegian ;-)

      I haven't heard about "Dark Flow of the Heart", but it seems like something I should know, if you say that you were dragged into the story. Is it a book you would recommend me to read?

      Ah, it seems out drinking habits are pretty similar! And also a beer in the evening doesn't hurt anyone and it's a lovely way to finish a day.

      Let me know what you think of the books. I'd especially like to hear what you think of Grief is the thing with feathers. It moved me very much.

      All the best
      Ida

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    2. Hi Ida,
      Sorry, I goofed. The title of the mentioned novel by Dean Koontz is “Dark Rivers of the Heart.” I read the book in German translation (“Dunkle Flüsse des Herzens”). The German word “Fluß” specifies both, the river as even the flow, for instance, water flow through a pipe or current flow, a term used in the electrical engineering. Therefore I was a little bit confused, and I translated it to flow. In my opinion, the novel represents a real sight to nowadays reality. At first, I thought there is something made to seem greater or more important than it is, but on the second view, I recognized the story comes close to reality in many aspects. The epilog written by Koontz confirmed it. When you are a little bit paranoid, I can recommend that novel. :-D
      Please give me time to finish reading all Knausgard’s “My Struggle” books. I’ll give you feedback. Until now I can tell you that I have an unbroken admiration for these honest novels. By the way, I didn’t found an English translation of book 6. There are only Swedish, Danish translations and the Norwegian edition available. Learning Norwegian is a little bit far from me, at first I have to improve my English, and that is really hard work. I ordered the “Grief is a Thing with Feathers.” When I have read it, I’ll tell you my impressions. Promised!
      Best regards
      Wolfgang

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  3. Så fine billeder – og skønne svar. Herligt du ville lege med!

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