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No, this is not a happy tale. I have always tried to keep this blog upbeat and jokey. Today that won't happen. Just a fair warning...

Currently I am under investigation. The institution that handles disability support, Försäkringskassan (Insurance Cash Register, I have NEVER claimed ANY institutions in Sweden are aptly named) is questioning my dis-ABILITY. In their minds, I'm not disabled. I can go back to work. No worries.

This is scaring me. One of my main "problems" is anxiety and worry. The more worry or stress I am put under, the more energy is drained from me. The end result being that I sleep a HECK of a lot. Two years ago when it was at it's worst (thanks to Arbetsförmedlingen, Work Distributers, abtly named because they NEVER distribute any work) I got up in the morning, ate breakfast, went back to bed, got up, ate lunch, got back to bed, got up, ate dinner, went back to bed, got up and ate breakfast. That was me at my lowest point. I am worried sick that the current investigation will push me back down!

So I will be meeting with a work therapist, a physical therepist, a doctor and a psykologist. What I am on disability for is Asperger's Syndrome and being Burned Out. I have had the meeting with the work therapist. Where I peeled a banana and an apple. And then I sliced the banana and divided the apple in four. Because people who are burned out can't do cooking! So if I can do that, I'm not burned out any more! Or something... Everybody I've related that story to scratch their heads and can't understand what the heck is going on. Add worry on that and I more or less slept for two days straight after that meeting...

Another thing is time. Not knowing what is happening and having NO IDEA what the end results might be sparks my anxiety, making me feel WORSE. So to help with that, the first meeting was two MONTHS after being told it would happen. Meeting two is in January. A month and a half after the first. If they had ANY ability to plan these things, meeting one would be on a Monday, etc, and a conclusion drawn in a meeting of the four that Friday. One week, quick and efficient. Now it's taking six MONTHS?! The wait is what drove me over the edge the last time and they're doing it AGAIN?!?

Why do I claim that I can't work? I mean, it's obviously just because I'm lazy and want money for nothing. One symptom of being an Aspie is our UTTER inability to read between the lines. So if I can see it, how is it for neurotypical people? The insult must be far greater for them! Yes, I claim it is an insult, their doubt of my honesty. Aspies don't lie, as a rule, and if there is ANY group you can trust it's Aspies.

I have tried working 8 hours a day. 6 hours. 4 hours. On trial basis, as an internship, as a temp, full time employment, any constellation you can think of, I have tried it. The end result ALWAYS being the same: burned out and sleeping non-stop for weeks after the employment being terminated. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! And they know this! They have my papers, they have my medical records, they have EVERYTHING they can POSSIBLY want! But no. I have to meet up with four people, prepare their lunches for them and convince them that I can't work...

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Let's leave me for a second. Yes, it's my blog, but this is bigger than me.

The way they treat me is NOT personal. They do this to EVERYBODY that is on disability leave. People dying of cancer being forced to apply for work, people without a driver's licence being forced to apply for a job as a busdriver, people with such severe mental handicap that they can't TALK being investigate again and again and again.

I don't usually use strong words but:

THIS FUCKING SUCKS!

Empathy has utterly left health care. We are no longer human beings, we're production units to be used up, burned out and replaced by someone else. There is NO SHORTAGE of people without a job. And if there was, there wouldn't be for long since those who are unabled to work are forced to do so.

One group I want to mention in this that I feel is not given much attention is the one making the decisions. How would YOU like to work full time as a person who is FORCING people back into the workforce, knowing full well that it won't work? This group went to univeristy for 3-4 years, EAGER to HELP people. But the government gives them the job of decreasing the number of people on disability. A job ONLY possible by returning HUMAN BEINGS back into the meat grinder.

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I don't like it. Nobody I know likes the idea of forcing people to burn themselves out, the people doing it probably don't like it. But someone, somewhere IS playing the system and is getting something for nothing. Because of that ONE guy EVERYBODY who can't work is being hassled.

I've made this claim before and I'll keep making it: much of the "help" I've gotten over the years is almost IDENTICAL to what the Gestapo did during WWII. Then it was torture and a war crime, now the tax payers are paying people to do it everyday to everybody.

I am paying them to do this!

Could I get a cookie, please? I'm paying for it, at least give me something to look forward to...
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Another year, another challenge ended. Maybe I should write something to round things off with?

(you're reading this right now, so you know the answer to that)

I believe this year it became even clearer to me that the intended target audience of the list is Americans. Mostly due to the challenge I found the most, well, challenging. "A book translated to English". If your first language is English, that means a foreign book. I live in a small country, MOST of the books I read are foreign. Even FINDING a book translated into, for me, a foreign language was quite challenging.

"The first book you see in a bookstore" and "A book from the library" to me means that the norm is buying books. I visit the library often, I guess it's not that common?

"A New York Times bestseller" and "A book from Oprah's Book Club" means I, as a non-American, would have to do a bit of digging since that doesn't come automatically to me. (no, I don't own a TV anymore)

"A book and it's prequiel" the phrase prequel is quite a new phenomenon. I'm pretty sure that my interpretation is NOT what the challenge makers had in mind, but... Eh, what ever.

"A book written by a celebrity" and "A book written by a comedian", from what I've gathered, celebrities are a MUCH bigger thing in the US. In an act of rebellion, I chose Swedish authors for this one. The celebrity in question is VERY famous, locally, and the comedian kept winning humour awards a while back.

"A political memoir" and "An autobiography"... I read to ESCAPE real life. The challanges that include me going to the biography section of the library are not favourites of mine. Personal opinion, they happen.

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Enough dancing around the main topic: how did my change in methodology, the choice to read the challenges in order, go? I'd say about horribly. Possible disasterous. This year I reread a lot more books than last year. The reason being that during the previous challenge I chose the topic AFTER I read the book. With a few exceptions (biographies and non-fiction books are usually not read by me unless I'm challenged to). Also, I've borrowed more books from the library. Where I actively walked to the sections that had the topic in question. Another item of interest were the books I read OUTSIDE of the challenge. Simply because I wanted to read books that just didn't fit with the next topic.

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In short: I did it one way last year, a different way this year and next year? Who knows. There's still a month to go until that happens. Probably not in order next time though...

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A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy

No. No matter how I read that sentence it doesn't get any better. How do I know before I read something if I'll like it or not? I've been wrong in the past and will be in the future as well. What to do, what to do... I went with the author that has brought me joy in the past and read his latest book. (it came out in August, the author passed away in March, last year, he really had a lot of stuff on the way, didn't he?).

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Sir Terry Pratchett

A correction on the author there: it's actually "The Fantastically Funny" Terry Pratchett. Hyperbole? Does he really need that? His fans know who he was and I doubt any newcomers will be pursuaded to read what is basically a children's book just because they brag about his exploits on the cover. Of course, I might be wrong. I didn't look at the cover when I ordered the book. It was by my favourite author and I buy all his books as they come out. (with a few exceptions).

Description? Young Terry wrote for a paper called Bucks Free Press some 50 years ago. Some of those stories were then edited by a more muture Terry and released as Dragons at Crumbling Castle, which I read last year. This year, more of the stories from young Terry have been put into today's book. After all: times change, but reading for enjoyment still exists. True, a lot of readers read on their Kindle or listen to audio books, but the love for literature is still hanging on.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

17. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
38. A satirical book - A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
39. A book that takes place on an island - The Life & Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy - The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Sir Terry Pratchett
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So, last year, I read Tom Sawyer. Earlier this year I read Around the World in eighty days. And now I've read another book from my "permanent" collection. Those are books that have stayed with me for decades and now that I'm rereading them, I'm seeing them in a VERY different light...

The Life & Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Well, that's what is mentioned as "original title" in the book. The original title, according to Wikipedia is: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

The translated title? Robinson Crusoe. Almost 300 years later (it came out in 1719) you don't NEED to be overly descriptive. Everybody KNOWS the story by now.

I DO remember, back in school, that we read parts of the book in class. And it was chapters that were NOT in my copy? I guess there have been some editing going on to make the story more kid friendly. My copy IS labelled a Youth book. There are rather violent and horrific things happening in it though, I wonder what they cut out?

Recommended? Yes. If nothing else than for the oportunity to see what happened in the (semi-) original version. The story have been told and retold so many times now, that some things are rather surprising! Quick mention: we all remember that Robinson has a friend called Friday, right? He doesn't get this friend until after 20 odd years! The protagonist also has a dog that ... is very rarely mentioned? The dog lives with him for more than ten years, how is that not mentioned in every chapter? A dog can't climb ladders, which is how Robinson gets in and out of his home. Surely that deserves a mention?!

Yes, complaining about a book that is almost 300 years old, that should make me appear as a lover of literature...

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
38. A satirical book - A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
39. A book that takes place on an island - The Life & Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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Let's start with the US decleration of independance, wherefrom I'm stealing the much-quoted phrase:

"all men are created equal"

In my mind, that is incorrect. Half of the population aren't men for starters. (no, I won't go into the gender debate, how many are there now, 63?). But let's go for less obvious distinctions...

Parentage. If your parents don't have the financial means to send you to university, you might be the smartest person in the world, but nobody will ever know. The dumbest person in the world, however, DOES have rich parents and he gets an education. Is that really equal?

Physical. I'm sorry, but not all people can train their bodies to become Mr Universe. People have different body types and some of us just won't make it there. True, most of us COULD use more exercise but no matter what happens, not everybody has the same start off point... If all people could, the Olympics would have all events having a shared gold medal amongst all the contestants...

Intelligence. Remember that dumbest person in the world? Some of us will NEVER become university doctors. We simply don't have the brain capacity to achieve it.

Disabilities. I have a few... Some of us are BORN differently. In my case it's a missing eye and autism. Others are deaf, have deformed limbs, blind etc.

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Ok, my point is simple: we're NOT all the same. YOU can undoubtedly think of a dozen more differences.

So why is it, on a regular basis, I hear people saying things like "I quit smoking, it's easy!", "any idiot can do that job, I can do it twice as fast as YOU!", "I have a friend who is autistic, he can do the job, so you can too!", "I can pee standing up, women are just lazy!". Ok, the last one I haven't heard, but considering some of the stuff I HAVE heard... It wouldn't surprise me if someone out there thinks that way!

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Given that we're not the same:

STOP COMPARING OTHERS TO YOURSELF!!!

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So many times I hear people saying "just get a job!" when they see beggars on the street. Or "get up and go back to work!" to people who are on disability leave. Don't you think we would if we could? I would LOVE to go back to work! I REALLY would! I have just tried it over and over and over... Always with the same result: getting burned out. Sooner or later, you have to accept:

We are NOT all equals. Try to understand how YOU and those around you are different and try NOT to judge people from your own merits!

We all want to do our best and help others, but burning yourself out and trying to achieve goals that are unattainable is not the way to go.

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Going back to that decleration of independence thing mentioned in the intro, here's another phrase (from the same sentence):

The pursuit of happiness.

Having people standing over your shoulder, criticising you every step of the way, putting you down and eventually giving you a depression, that is NOT happiness!

Stop being the guy that belittles others!

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A biography, sure, go to that part of the library.
A sci-fi book, sure, the library has a BIG section for that.
Self-improvement? Part of the psychology section.
Graphic novel? Lots of those at the library.
Satire...

For today's challenge, I read the back of a recently acquired book that DOES mention that the book is funny, made the reviewers laugh, is original AND is very satirical. Bingo!

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes

Yeah... No. It didn't make me laugh. I have seen movies, read books and listened to music that made me go: that is a satire on X! In this case however... It MIGHT be a satire on books I simply haven't read. Maybe the joke comes from the comparison? As it was, it was quite depressing... To me.

The book is a collection of 12 and "a half" short stories (one of the chapters is three stories). Maybe some tickles your fancy. Sure, one or two wasn't half bad. It's just, over all, not that great... In my opinion. And that's always important: opinions are subjective. My favourite book might not be your cup of tea. Your favourite won't be mine. The "back of the book" writer viewed this book as a satire. I didn't. But now I've read it and I'm on to the next challenge!

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
38. A satirical book - A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes

39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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I'm a westerner. One culture I would be unfamiliar with would be the east. Simple.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Yes, that is Tao as in the eastern belief system of Taoism and yes, that is Pooh as in Winnie the Pooh. What they have in common? As I understand it: the other characters in the Winnie the Pooh books keep overcomplicating matters, while Pooh just does things. The idea being that real life is like that as well. You have a nail that needs to be in a wall. You can drill a pre-hole, you can plan and think about how to do it or just whack the nail with a hammer. The idea is that you need to just ... be who you are. The author views Pooh as being the embodiment of Tao.

Recommended? Well... Maybe it was a bit over my head, but the book is easily written and humorous at places. It just felt sometimes that maybe I didn't get the point... Yes, I overcomplicate things, that's who I am. Let me :).

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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A road trip? What the heck is a road trip?! Google gives many definitions. Two things stood out though: extended or long trip and "It happened more in the 70s". So a book about a long trip that happened in the 70s? No worries, I've got that book!

Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]

I live in Europe, so the longest trip available to me would be to travel to... Europe. Around the world. And that is exactly what happens in this book. It takes place during the 70s (1873 to be precise).

The story? Read the title again. An excentric Englishman vagers that he can travel around the whole world in only 80 days. Others bet against him, so he decides to do so. Simple.

The introduction to the Swedish 1977 translation (which is what I have) mentions that the main characters are NOT really Phileas Fogg or Passepartout, but rather the locomotives and the steam boats. Having reread it, I believe I agree with that. Most of the journey, the main characters are simply sitting on trains, boats or coaches. Very little actually happens to them. But you have to add stories about them as well, so that is shoe horned in there.

Recommended? Seriously? Is there ANYONE out there that haven't read this book?! On the other hand, I hadn't read I am Legend until recently... Oh well, there is always time to do something about it: go do it!

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours by Jules Verne [Around the World in Eighty Days]
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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A biography, a political memoir and now an autobiography. I'm starting to really know that section of the library rather well. Although, I still don't really like the genre. Eh, to each their own. AUTObiography means it's the famous person writing his own story and since the local library is rather small, that doesn't leave much to choose from...

100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

Quick note on the title: I read the Swedish translation of this book. The title in Swedish? "My Story". His first album was called My World, so the book being named My Story made sense, right? Except the Swedish publishers didn't add any math or linguistic oddities. A 2 instead of the word to? Childish to the extreme! And that's part of this book. Childish. Why? Because the author was 16 when it came out. He was, by definition, a child. True, it's quite noticeable that an editor has gone through the material to make sure it's sellable...

My favourite bit? Chuck Norris. The book came out in 2010 so the Chuck Norris jokes were big on everyone's mind. Obviously it made it into the book. I liked that. Why? Because the book is about the music industry. The author keeps mentioning WORLD FAMOUS singers, song writers, producers, managers etc, etc, that EVERYBODY has heard of! Well, I'm not that much into music so...

Why the heck did I choose this book then if I don't care about the subject matter? Pictures. The book is full of them. Which means less text, which means less time spent on the book. Just like the poetry book, on challenge 31, I choose a shorter and/or more easily read book when it's a genre I don't really care for. It's just how I do things sometimes.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson
35. An autobiography - 100% Official, Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever: My Story by Justin Bieber

36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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We all know that vampires are as hard as diamonds, sparkle in the sun light and are as sexy as hell, don't we? Seems that someone forgot to tell Matheson that...

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

51 years before Twilight, the vampires of this book look NOTHING like Edward Cullen! In the termology of today they're best described as zombies. Shambling hordes, craving the blood of the living and their population is that of the entire world! Except... One.

The book is all about Robert Neville, the lone survivor of the human race. He spends his days hunting vampires, who are docile during the day time, and making repairs to the fortifications on his house. Because during the night, the vampires want to get in...

A sci-fi horror story set in the far-flung future of 1976. The third world war has happened but is mostly just mentioned in the back ground. The main plot is that of survival and, possibly, NOT going insane! Another big part is of experimentation. Garlic works? Why? Crosses work, but only sometimes? A stake through the heart kills the undead? Does Neville have TERRIFIC aim or is there another reason he hits the heart every time? Or is it even the heart?

Another point is the length of the book. 160 pages. The basic story is set up, some background is given in flash backs and [spoiler?] the last line of the book is the book's title. It felt like there was no dragging out to make the book longer than it needed to be. Highly recommended for... Everyone, I think. There is enough for anyone in there. And if there isn't: the book is short and easily read. It's a classic for a reason.

Oh, the challenge? A book from the library. The easiest challenge in the whole list. If you can't find a single book you want to read at your local library, go one city over, I'm sure they have something.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding
30. A book with a blue cover - The Third Secret by Steve Berry
31. A book of poetry - 121 Dikter till tröst published by Brombergs Bokförlag AB [121 Poems for Comfort]

32. The first book you see in a bookstore - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
33. A classic from the 20th century - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
34. A book from the library - I am Legend by Richard Matheson

35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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