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True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

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It took me a bit longer to finish this one. Not sure why because I really enjoyed it and reading this book never felt like chore.
I think the main reason why it took so long was that I read everything a bit slower. The book is written as a letter from a father to his unborn daughter. The story takes place in Australia in the 1870’s and is written in old Australian English style. Often I had to re-read a sentence. This is probably because English is not my native language.

I liked this book a lot. Again the story is sad and demands everything from the characters to survive and make the best out of their lives. It’s a story about how life can be so unfair for many people and hope is often the only thing that keeps you going.
Stories like this one feels like they make me stronger and make me think a lot about my own life and everyday decisions I make. I even feel guilty sometimes, I’m sitting there in my cosy chair with my cup of thee reading about all the misery these people have to go through.

“after we ate we was silent on our blankets looking out across the mighty Great Divide I never seen this country before it were like a fairy story landscape the clear and windy skies was filled with diamonds the jagged black outlines of the ranges were a panorama.

You’re going to ride a horse across all that.

I know.

He laughed and he were right I knew nothing of what lay ahead.

See that there he pointed. That is called the Crosscut Saw and that one is Mount Speculation and yonder is Mount Buggery and that other is Mount Despair did you know that?

No Harry.

You will and you’ll be sorry.”

I finished the book a couple of days ago and I’m reading another book already but I keep thinking about ‘ True History of the Kelly Gang‘. The fact that I keep thinking about it and had a lot of emotions throughout the book means it had a much bigger impact on me then I first realised. This is why I rate this book the maximum. Not sure everybody would like the way it is written and I have to admit it wasn’t always easy for me to follow the story.

Again a massive book and I’m so happy I found this one. Every great book I read makes me even more motivated for this challenge and the long-term satisfaction it will give me.

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Inspiring Quotes About Reading

40 Inspiring Quotes About Reading.

I found this post on another blog which is very inspirational and motivates me to no end. I cant wait to start my journey into literature.

My five favourite quotes from the list:

  • “We read to know that we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis
  • “We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them. Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!” – John Waters
  • “Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac
  • “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
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First selection of books ‘ 52 books in 52 weeks ‘ challenge

This is the list of books I would love to read in 2012 to help accomplish my goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. The list can and probably will change in the future.

There is no particular order in what books I will be reading.

How to read 52 books in one year

To be honest I have no idea. Reading books is something I love and there are times I can read multiple books in a couple of weeks and other times 6 months will pass without having read a single book. Reading one book every week seems a lot though. I’m planning on reading during the mornings before work and 1 hour every night before I go to bed. If I’m able to read 1 hour every day I should succeed in this challenge.

I will make a new post once I started the challenge and know what the best ways are to read at least 40 pages every day.

What I hope to gain from this

Basically three things; knowledge, pleasure and discipline.

Knowledge:

I’m a firm believer in keeping yourself educated. There is absolutely no reason to stop learning new things. Sadly many people forget this.

Pleasure:

Being part of a great story is something amazing. Let yourself loose and dive into all the incredible adventures that are out there.

Discipline:

Together with all the different challenges in my life this will make me a stronger, smarter and better human being.

My ” 52 books in 52 weeks ” book list

This list is in no particular order. I will add more books along the way.

  1. True History of the Kelly Gang   Peter Carey
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao   Junot Diaz
  3. Oh the Glory of It All   Sean Wilsey
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front   Erich Maria Remarque
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird   Harper Lee
  6. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress   Robert Heinlein
  7. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance   Robert Pirsig
  8. The Great Gatsby   F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Slaughterhouse 5   Kurt Vonnegut
  10. 1984   George Orwell
  11. The Catcher in the Rye   J. Salinger
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray   Oscar Wilde
  13. The Grapes of Wrath   John Steinbeck
  14. The Call of the Wild   Jack London
  15. The Dharma Bums   Jack Kerouac
  16. Catch-22   Joseph Heller
  17. The Master and Margarita   Mikhail Bulgakov
  18. Ishmael   Daniel Quinn
  19. Blood Meridian   Cormac McCarthy
  20. East of Eden   John Steinbeck
  21. Hatchet   Gary Paulsen
  22. The Boys of Summer   Roger Kahn
  23. The Stranger   Albert Camus
  24. Undaunted Courage   Stephen E. Ambrose
  25. White Teeth   Zadie Smith
  26. No Country for Old Men   Cormac McCarthy
  27. The Lovely Bones   Alice Sebold
  28. Never Let Me Go   Kazuo Ishiguro
  29. The Book Thief   Markus Zusak
  30. The Road   Cormac McCarthy
  31. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time   Mark Haddon
  32. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell   Susanna Clarke
  33. From Russia With Love   Ian Fleming
  34. The Spy Who Came in from The Cold   John le Carré
  35. Shogun   James Clavell
  36. Let The Right One In   John Ajvide Lindqvist
  37. Darkly Dreaming Dexter   Jeff Lindsay
  38. The Hobbit   JRR Tolkin
  39. The Little Stranger   Sarah Waters
  40. Absolute Friends   John le Carré
  41. Coma   Alex Garland
  42. Dead Souls   Nikolaj Gogol
  43. Carter Beats The Devil   Glen David Gold
  44. I Am Legend   Richard Matheson
  45. Dying Light   Stuart Macbride
  46. Starship Troopers   Robert H. Heinlein
  47. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher   Kate Summerscale
  48. The Power of One   Bryce Courtenay
  49. Great Expectations   Charles Dickens
  50. 1Q84   Haruki Murakami
  51. Litany of the Long Sun   Gene Wolfe
  52. The Pillars of the Earth   Kenn Follett

I’m not sure yet if I’ll write a review of each book or not. I will keep you updated on what book I’m reading at that specific time.

If some of you have suggestions or tips on what books to read send a message or leave a reply.

Wish me luck !

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