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Carsten (ctpress) Take and Read 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Feb 16, 5:29am Top

Danish artist Anna Ancher, 1891.

I'm living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Working as a journalist and I'm almost always reading some classic. But new literature will slip through.

Currently reading:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Confessions by Augustine
21 kyrkofäder by Peter Halldorf (21 Church Fathers)

Edited: Feb 16, 5:30am Top

Books read

1. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954) reread (audiobook) 5/5
2. Kristendommens jødiske Rødder by Oskar Skarsaune (The Jewish Roots of Christianity) 3/5

3. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (1928) 4,5/5
4. Mærk Gud af Henrik Højlund (2013) 4/5
5. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955) reread (audiobook) 5/5

Dec 29, 2018, 9:53pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 30, 2018, 5:40am Top

Thanks, Jim. Hope I will be more active on LT in 2019.

Dec 31, 2018, 3:00am Top

Happy New Year Carsten!

Dec 31, 2018, 4:06am Top

Happy New one Carsten. Hope 2019 is a good year for you. I will be following along.

Dec 31, 2018, 11:08am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Carsten!

Dec 31, 2018, 7:37pm Top

Happy New Year Rachel, Charlotte and Anita.

Jan 1, 8:11pm Top

Wishing you great reading n 2019!

Jan 2, 3:55am Top

Thanks Mary. It can only get better this year, after my bookslump last year.

Jan 2, 6:16am Top

Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Carsten, this year.

Jan 2, 10:34am Top

And a happy new year to you, Paul. Hope that there will be more to keep up with on this thread this year.

Jan 4, 7:41am Top

Happy New Year, Carsten! Great to see you back. I intend to be back shortly, once I get a few more things in my life in order. The House at Pooh Corner, that sounds like fun. I read about the turmoil at your workplace last year, and I'm glad to see that you survived that. Take care my friend.

Jan 5, 4:20am Top

And a Happy New Year to you, Deborah. Great to hear you're planning on a new thread on LT. Hope you are able to get things in order in your life - I know you have been having a hard time on the home/family front, so I wish you a happier and blessed 2019.

The workflow has changed in this new year at work, you could say a demotion of sorts, at least less responsibility, which actually means less stress, better working hours, same pay, so it's not a bad deal at all :)

Oh, I enjoy The House at Pooh Corner - got it as an old hardback in a second-hand bookshop in Scotland last summer. Edition from 1942. Someone probably got this in their hands during the war. Watched the new movie Christopher Robin a few days ago, and it renewed my fondness for Pooh and the rest of the gang. Not perfect, but perfectly nostalgic.

Edited: Jan 19, 4:05am Top

1. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954) reread (audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis) 5/5

I can't overstate the importance of Rob Inglis' narration for the Lord of the Rings-trilogy. It's a joy to reread and for the first time listen to this saga.

Jan 19, 4:05am Top

2. Kristendommens jødiske Rødder by Oskar Skarsaune (The Jewish Roots of Christianity) 3/5

I’m reading a bit about the first centuries of Christianity - a fascinating time where the church had to define itself, specially how to understand who Jesus was, and how to identify itself with the mixed jewish/gentile Christians.

This book show how Christianity was very much influenced by judaism in the first century. Quite scholarly at times.

Jan 19, 7:46pm Top

Carsten, it's fabulous to see you! You do love your Tolkien, don't you! Kristendommens jødiske Rødder does sound quite scholarly, but interesting. Thinking about The House at Pooh Corner is interesting . I never done a re read, but I'll bet there is a lot of wisdom in the pages that I missed as a child.

Yes, 2018 was not really my year and there is a lot going on so far in 2019, but I am hoping it will be a better year. I wish you the very best too, Carsten!

Jan 19, 8:01pm Top

One of the oldest books that I have is The House at Pooh Corner that was my mother's when she was a child. It is falling apart, but I would not part with it for anything.

Jan 20, 4:40am Top

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Carsten.

Jan 21, 5:13am Top

Deborah - Oh, yes, as a grand epic story nothing comes close to Lord of the Rings for me. I'm already near the end of Return of the King. The wisdom of Pooh is so understated, and I chuckle a lot. There are so many life lessons here on friendship and the enjoyment of everyday blessings.

Stasia - I understand that - hold on to that one. I just got an old copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, so I have both in old hardback copies.

Paul - Thanks - I had to work this weekend, but it was a nice quiet weekend and nothing big happening in the news.

Jan 21, 7:21am Top

Glad to read you had a nice quiet weekend - >20 ctpress: "Nothing big happening in the news". This report makes me want to move. Although no freedom of movement, so that's off the cards...

Jan 21, 8:15am Top

Charlotte - Ha, ha, yes that sentence is quite a relief these days. I guess you have been sick and tired of all the Brexit-quarrels for a long time. Watched the voting in the House of Commons the other night. Sad. Disheartening. We have a Danish election coming up probably this spring, so there will be a lot of politics on the menu this year with Brexit continuing as well.

Jan 22, 8:57pm Top

Canada also has a federal election coming up in the fall. I like our current PM , so I hope we aren't going to go " blue' with the Conservative party. Ugh. Watching the voting the British House of Commons had me confused for few moments. When the speaker of the house ( I think it is) counts the votes he says " Ayes Right , No's Left" and initially I thought he meant " Eye's Right and Nose Left." I'm not sure how we announce votes in our parliament, but I think we just called them " yes votes " not " ayes - or eyes.

Yes, the world is all kind of crazy right now. Trump in the USA, Brexit , Canada's hassles with the Trump administration. Oh let me just go read a good book.

Jan 23, 7:05am Top

>22 ctpress: It's always reassuring when you turn on the breakfast news and the banner headline is BREXIT CRISIS...

>23 vancouverdeb: I love this image of all the MPs with their eyes crossed and noses pointing...

Jan 23, 5:02pm Top

Deborah - Ha, ha, I had the exact same misunderstanding. Took me a while before sorting those eyes out. It was my favorite video-clip from that day.."Ayes to the.....OOOORRRRRDDEEEERRR!!!!!! Ayes to the Right...." It certainly looks bleak at the moment with all the political turmoil.

Charlotte - yes, something doesn't change these days - a neverending crisis.

Edited: Jan 23, 10:45pm Top

Oh I'm glad it was not just me, Carsten! I was so perplexed for a while. I'm not sure we do in parliament when they have a vote. I think you just hold up your hand for "yes" or "all in favour", and then a second vote for those against a motion. I don't think in Canada we use the word " Aye" for yes. That's "pirate talk" to we in Canada ;-)

Jan 25, 6:19pm Top

Deborah - In Denmark it's mostly a boring push a button. No aye or yes (or not). I'm not sure what to think of the debate in UK. I like the Danish small banter, but the loud yelling during speeches in the House of Commons must be annoying to a debate in the long run - but also i respect the lively debate.

Like this classic Bercow: https://youtu.be/5FNey_iUrl8

Jan 26, 12:58am Top

Bercow is really a drama artist, yes. Our current speaker of the house is quite calm and impartial for the most part. Our parliament can get quite heated and raucous too,but in part I think that is for the camera. Wow! I can't believe you have push button voting in your parliament. Very discreet. Our MP's vote by standing for Yea or Nay and get counted and I think names area also recorded.

Jan 27, 10:31pm Top

Yes, Deborah - push a button is very discreet, although not anonymous, it's recorded - the debates in parliament are usually quite boring and very polite, so it's something to see a different culture of debate in UK.

Jan 27, 11:02pm Top

Don't waste your time watching this whole thing, but in Canada, parliamentary debates can get pretty heated. But I think a lot of the time, yes, it's pretty boring. At least of speaker of the house is very calm. A heated exchange in Canadian Parliament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAW-xCMB1k

Jan 28, 4:40pm Top

Certainly a lot more lively and heated than I've ever seen a Danish parliament - although your speaker is no match for Bercow. He has to practice a lot more on his loud "order" :)

Feb 5, 8:36pm Top

I am a fan of Bercow, I must say, because he has taken Parliamentary theatre to the next level. Wonderful drama some of the Brexit debates whatever your views on the matter.

Feb 12, 10:25am Top

Paul - they are indeed a spectacle for an outsider like me. We hold our breath and hope for the best for UK.

Feb 12, 10:34am Top

3. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (1928) 4,5/5

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”

Feb 12, 10:52am Top

4. Mærk Gud af Henrik Højlund (2013) 4/5

Translated into English: "Feel God" - Danish Lutheran priest Henrik Højlund writes about how we experience God - "feel God" in our everyday life. A book on spirituality for everyone I would say. Very direct and accessible. Not translated into English.

Feb 12, 1:04pm Top

>33 ctpress: Yup, holding my breath in the UK too!

>34 ctpress: Lovely quote. So touching.

Feb 13, 3:51am Top

Charlotte - Yes. It's those little moments of wisdom and love and friendship that makes the Winnie-the-Pooh-world so great.

Feb 13, 11:02pm Top

Bercow is quite something. Before the Trump administration, the USA ( not the Americans here on LT) used to be our friends. We also counted on the UK. The world order is toppling, I fear. I think if I was Theresa May, I'd just retire quietly in the background. She did not call the referendum and what a thankless task.

The House At Pooh Corner sounds like a wonderful, warm escape. Great quotations.

Glad you enjoyed Maerk Gud. It sounds lovely.

Feb 16, 5:15am Top

Deborah - I can't figure out Theresa May. From the beginning she should have had a clearer mandate that a majority could support and then tried to get the best deal in negotiations with EU. But now it's a total mess. No deal seems likely at this point.

With Trump freewheelin', trade wars, Brexit, Merkel on the way out, Macron in trouble there's no sign of stability any time soon.

Winnie-the-Pooh did me good :)

Edited: Feb 16, 5:31am Top

5. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955) reread (audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis) 5/5

One of the major differences between the brilliant movie version and the novel is the ending. There still awaits some fighting when the hobbits return to the shire. This I couldn't remember - but it was interesting to follow the Fellowship of the Ring departing one by one until the hobbits were left. And what a poetic dreamlike ending of the novel. Wow.

Feb 16, 7:52pm Top

I think Ms. May made a huge mistake going to the country to increase her mandate and then perform/ campaign so badly that she lost what little mandate she had.

It is heartwarming to see posts like yours, Carsten, actually wishing the UK well, as I get the impression that some of the Eurocrats in Brussels are actually revelling in the discomfiture. I don't see what the problem is with the Irish border issue. Neither side wants a "hard border" so the EU should just step back and recognise the special circumstances between the UK and Ireland. The EEC was formed as a trading community but has evolved into an attempt to govern Europe without representation. We shouldn't have left the EU but it really does need a good old shake up.

Have a great weekend.

Feb 18, 11:08am Top

Paul - Yes, the problem is that EU is now too big and too powerful and can regulate too much. I think the internal market or single market is a good thing, but people have grown weary of the many things the EU controls on a daily basis.

We had a similar situation in Denmark many years ago - the vote was "exit" - then we went back and got a deal to be part of EU but with some reservations - like the euro and defence and legal and some other things we are not part of. It was a clever move by our government and it worked - the new deal got a yes in Denmark. But that sort of thing can't work today.

I'm still scratching my head about Ireland border and backstop and what not. It's very confusing :)

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