Sommerlæsningen 2018

Jeg er som bekendt ikke meget for at forhåndsbestemme min læsning for en bestemt periode, for jeg ender alligevel aldrig med at nå målet, men får i stedet sprunget rundt til en masse forskellige andre bøger. Her er dog et bud på nogle bøger, jeg skal have med i min sommerlæsning i år.

Sommerlæsning

Harry Potter af J.K. Rowling

I år har jeg dog et mål for min sommerlæsning. Jeg skal have genlæst Harry Potter. Alle syv bøger. Det er simpelthen for længe siden, jeg har læst dem – så længe, at jeg refererer til filmene, når vi taler om dem herhjemme. Og så kigger min kærestemand på mig med store øjne og skræk i hjertet og siger noget med: “Sådan er det slet ikke i bogen!” eller “Kan du ikke huske den scene?! Den er selvfølgelig heller ikke med i filmen.) Så nu skal det være!

De første fire HP-bøger har jeg læst mange gange. De sidste tre har jeg kun læst en gang. Det forstår han heller ikke. Men han er nok også den største Harry Potter-fan, jeg kender.

Dragon Ball af Akira Toriyama

Udover Harry Potter skal jeg i gang med Dragon Ball-serien. Det er en serie, min kæreste ikke forstår, jeg endnu ikke har læst, og han taler jævnligt om, at jeg burde læse den. Så det vil jeg også gerne have gjort her i løbet af sommeren. Min bror var helt vild med serien, da vi var små. Mit eneste bekendtskab er dog det, jeg en sjælden gang imellem fik set i Barracuda inden jeg skulle af sted til træning. Og helt ærligt – det var altså ikke det bedste indtryk, jeg fik der. Det var blot en masse skrigeri og flyven rundt i luften.

Call Me by Your Name af André Aciman

Jeg har villet læse denne roman længe og vil også virkelig gerne se filmen. Men jeg er typen, der helst læser bogen først, hvis jeg både skal læse og se historien. Jeg har ikke hørt meget om denne historie, men jeg ar fået den anbefalet flere gange (også inddirekte af Litfix både som film og bog). Det er mit helt klare indtryk at denne bog egner sig rigtig godt som sommerlæsning, og jeg glæder mig helt vildt til at komme i gang med den.

Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training af Hal Higdon

Jeg har løbet det meste af mit liv og konkurreret i mange år. De sidste par år har jeg dog været holdt tilbage af en skade i min læg og hæl, samt været enormt umotiveret for konkurrenceløb. Det sidste års tid er jeg dog kommet tilbage igen og elsker det endnu engang. Derfor har jeg tilmeldt mig et halvmaraton i efteråret, og selv om jeg har løbet det før, er det spændende at læse lidt om, hvad andre tænker om den sag.

Offer uden ansigt af Stefan Ahnhem

Som noget nyt prøver jeg at læse en bog sammen med nogle andre, og vi læser Offer uden ansigt af Stefan Ahnhem her i løbet af to uger i sommeren. Jeg er meget spændt på, hvordan det kommer til at gå. Indtil videre er det en udelukkende positiv oplevelse, og bogen er også utroligt velskrevet indtil nu. Jeg er knap en femtedel inde og meget spændt på historiens videre udvikling!

Sommerbogen

Som led i min sommerlæsning har jeg tænkt mig også at deltage i bibliotekernes Sommerbogen for voksne. Jeg har dog endnu ikke udvalgt mine lån hertil endnu, men jeg er sikker på, det bliver en spændende oplevelse! Sommerbogen er altid en god måde at sikre en alsidig sommerlæsning på, da bibliotekernes hylder kan være enormt inspirerende.

Jeg kan bestemt anbefale alle at deltage i bibliotekernes Sommerbogsaktivtet, da det er en fantastisk måde at dele bogoplevelser og anmelde bøger med og for andre. Samtidig støtter man også bibliotekerne ved at låne deres bøger – og det er jo også en skøn ting!

A stack of books that spell Cherryblossomreads

Quarterly Wrap-Up of 2018 #2

Spring was a hard time for me to get through, personally. I listened to a lot of audiobooks and read more than a few children’s books and shorter books in general, which I really needed.

I have received a lot of books these last three months. Some of which I have won in contests and giveaways. So you guys – it really pays off to participate, even when the chances are slim! A handful of review copies have also found their way to my shelves and I have already read and reviewed some of them, but a few are still on for the summer holidays.

Also, I have decided to change the language of my blog to Danish, which I know means, that I will lose a lot of you guys and vice versa, but I’ve just come to the conclusion, that it makes more sense that way.

Look for he headlines to read about what you find interesting here below:

Books read

I have read an astoundig amount of books still – I can hardly believe it! During the second quarter of the year I actually managed to reach my reading goal for the year and have passed it by six books already. It is incredible. The only change I have made this year is to actually make reading a priority. I have had days and evenings where I chose to read instead of watching a film or catch up on some series. Instead of reading whenever I have the time, I now make time. And it obviously works (for me)!

April Reads

April was a busy reading month with both Easter holidays and Dewey’s Readathon. I therefore got to read a lot of interesting books, some of which I would definitely recommend and some I will definitely reread some day.

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend was a truly magical and inspiring read. I am so excited for the next in the series, which is supposed to be published September 25th.
  • The Ganga Shift by Mary Bernsen was a powerful and very interesting story about shifters and power. I’d recommend it to you if you love stories like The Hunger Games and Twilight.
  • Er du okay, Mathias? by Anika Eibe completely took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to recognise so many of the situatons that Mathias found himself in, but I did. And it honestly shook me a little. But it is a wonderful story and I love Eibe’s Okay-series.
  • Er du okay, Nanna? by Anika Eibe is also a part of the Er du okay-series, and I love how Eibe lets the characters live outside of their own story. We do not get final closure, we only get a hint of whether or not everything will be okay. Nanna however really annoyed me, and this is the book in the series, that I like the least.
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was in my Fairyloot for February and I was so excited to read it. And I was not disappointed! It was every bit as dark and disturbing as I had hoped – even more, actually – and still it was marvellous and incredible!
  • Hvad er sex? by Sabine Lemire is a book for children about sex, attraction, bodily change, puberty and reproduction, and it is really well done. There are small parts of the book, that focuses on what the parents should discuss with their children in the current chapter. It is one of the best books on the topic that adresses younger children.
  • Mors nye ven by Anke Wagner is a sweet story about children whose parents divorce and find somebody new to introduce to ther lives. It tells the story of a young boy, who definitely does not like his mother’s new friend and how he reacts to this.
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager was my first book for Dewey’s Readathon and it was a bit of an ambitious pick. The story was thrilling though, and I really enjoyed it and the course of trying to figure out the plot, but I was severely annoyed by some of the main characters.
  • Sindstequila by Sofie Riis Endahl is a beautiful and very modern story about youth in Denmark and the importance of fitting in and the consequences that follow. I think it is a very important read for the young adults of Denmark (and everywhere else, if  you read Danish or the book were to be translated).

May Reads

  • Stilleleg by Julie Clausen was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t bad, but I felt it moved a little slow and I didn’t quite like either of the characters. The plot was interesting though, but it could have been executed better.
  • Kraften by Naomi Alderman was an interesting read. I liked the ideas that Alderman presented and the overall plot, but I never really cared for either of the characters, which made it feel almost pointless at times to read on.
  • Papmachereglen by Hella Joof was a delightful read and it sincerely lifted my spirit. Although there were a few of the rules I disagree with and found stupid. But hey – those rules just don’t apply to me then.
  • Dyt båt coconut by Glenn Ringtved was a real punch in the gut to read. Ringtved writes ecxeedingly well and the story was a true page-turner.

June Reads

  • Mercedes-snittet by Anne Mette Hancock is probably the best book I have read so far in 2018. It has everything I love, and is just wonderfully well-written.
  • Mor by Kim Fupz Aakeson is the sweetest story about a young boy and his huge mother. He is so ashamed of her figure that he tries to get her to eat a carrot, but his mother keeps proclaiming that she is indeed no rabbit – she’s a mother. For children of all ages.
  • En lille bog om det hele by Kim Fupz Aakeson is another children’s book. This was not as good as Mor, but I still enjoyed it.
  • Skæbnemageren by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen is one of the most beautiful graphic novels I’ve ever read. Both the drawings and the story were breathtaking and I loved it all the way through.
  • Mathilde (I forgot to note the author) is a book for children about loss and death. It is beautiful and slow paced and I recommend you read it with your child, so you can also discuss what death means to you in your family.
  • Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury is a magnificent fairytale inspired story about a mermaid and her longing for the world outside the ocean. The use of Danish words made it an even more fantastic read.

The Future of the Blog

I have had doubts about the language of my blog from the very beginning and despite loving to do this in English, I must admit that it has started to make more sense to me to do most of my posting in Danish. I don’t know if I have changed or if my target group has. Maybe it’s both. Either way I have decided to change the main language of my blog to Danish. This does not mean, that I will never post in English again, but at the time being I don’t see when it would be neccessary. If you are one of my English readers, who now decides to stop following me, I want you to know how incredibly thankful I am for your support this far! It has ben a blast to run this blog! Even at times, when I have felt I had no energy to do so, I have missed it and wanted to come back quickly, because of you guys! Because I can see that there a people checking out my posts.

If you are one of my Danish readers then fear not! The only change I am currently making is the language. And well – it will be easier for you to find posts in Danish seeing as they will be top priority from now on.

Personal business

Also I am in a far better place today than I have been most of the winter and spring time. I was dealing with a lot of stress and had to put a lot of my strength towards feeling better, which meant I neglected my blog and even Instagram profile a lot during this period of time. I can however breathe freely again now, and even though I still have to pull the plug once in a while and just be me, I think I can promis that my blog will now go back to it’s regular posting schedule with at least one post each week around the weekends. You still have the ability of signing up to receive a reminder every time I post. You can do so to the right of this post. It is solely up to you of course, but I promis I will not spam you with anything! The only thng you will receive after you’ve signed up is an e-mail whenever I post. If you receive anything else, please let me know so I can stop it, since that is not my intention!

Post wrap-up

So in short: I read a lot! Again. Unbelievably much, I think. But I love it, and I belive it has to do with making time to read instead of only reading when I have the time.

The laguage of my blog will change from English to Danish as I have noticed that it makes more sense to me this way, and most of the peoplw visiting my blog are from Denmark anyway.

I hope to be able to post regularly again from now on, which means at least once a week around the weekends. This works for me and I hope it works for you too!

Thanks for reading!

Anne Mette Hancocks bog Mercedes-snittet

Mercedes-snittet

Bogen er et anmeldereksemplar tilsendt fra forlaget.

Forfatter: Anne Mette Hancock

Udgivelse: Forlaget Lindhardt og  Ringhof, 2018

Serie: Nr. 2 i Kaldan/Schäfer-serien (læs om nr. 1 Ligblomsten her – dog på engelsk)

Efter den succesoplevelse det var, at læse Anne Mette Hancocks debutroman Ligblomsten, havde jeg virkelig set frem til at få fingrene i den næste i serien. Jeg forudbestilte bogen tilbage  marts, og da vi nærmede os udgivelsesdatoen den 1. juni, var jeg simpelthen så spændt! To uger inden dumpede der dog et anmeldereksemplar ind af døren fra de fantastiske mennesker hos Lindhardt og Ringhof, og jeg var jublende lykkelig! Det tog mig ikke mange minutter at være fuldstændigt fanget af handlingen og fyldt af gensynsglæde over de fantastiske karakterer Heloise Kaldan og Erik Schäfer!

Om bogen

I Mercedes-snittet forsvinder tiårige Lukas fra sin skole, hvilket får Heloise til at tænke, at hun har ret i, at det er farligt at sætte børn i verden. Hun bliver af avisen bedt om at dække sagen, og støder herved atter på sin gode ven Erik Schäfer, der efterforsker sagen.

Det viser sig at være en sag, der stikker helt af og peger i mange forskellige og forfærdelige retninger. Pludselig dukker Lukas’ telefon dog op, og herigennem opdager politiet, at Lukas er besat af pareidolia – af at fotografere ting, der ligner ansigter. Der er særligt et billede, som tiltrækker sig politiets opmærksomhed, men det virker stadig umuligt at finde noget, der peger konkret på, hvad der er sket med Lukas.

Mine tanker om Mercedes-snittet

Anne Mette Hancock trådte frem på den danske krimiscene med Ligblomsten, som indbragte hende Det Danske Kriminalakademis debutantpris, og nu markerer hun sig tydeligt og bestemt med Mercedes-snittet som en krimiforfatter, der er kommet for at blive. Og det har hun i den grad også fortjent. Anne Mettes sprog og skrivestil er levende og nutidigt. Karaktererne har dybde og sjæl, og Anne Mette formår på fineste vis at levere en krimi, der kravler ind under huden på sin læser. Mercedes-snittet er eminent og velskrevet, og der er ingen tvivl om, at hver eneste sætning er nøje gennemtænkt og bearbejdet.

Mercedes-snittet er dansk krimi, når det er allerbedst. En af de mere fantastiske ting ved serier, er den udvikling, man får lov til at følge hos karaktererne gennem helt små og for handlingen næsten ubetydelige øjeblikke. Dette er også et træk Hancock har tilføjet sit værk med umådelig detaljerigdom og skarphed.

Min eneste anke er, at Michala Friis er alt for lidt med! Så kære Anne Mette Hancock: Michala Friis må for min skyld godt få sin helt egen serie – hun er så skøn!

The Danish edition of The Power by Naomi Alderman on a wooden desk.

Kraften

Originaltitel: The Power

Forfatter: Naomi Alderman

Udgivelse: Forlaget Alhambra, 2018

Jeg er nødt til at starte med at sige, at dette er en af de smukkeste bøger, jeg nogensinde har ejet. Til et bloggerevent hos Carlsen om YA-litteratur i april (som du kan læse mere om her) sagde forlagschef Christian Bach at hans filosofi var, at bøger skal være lavet i lækker kvalitet, hvis man vil have at folk skal købe dem. Jeg kunne ikke være mere enig! Jeg fravælger altid pocketbooks (de der små paperbackbøger med tætskrevne sider, der sjældent er mere end 12cm bred og 18cm høj), og hvis prisforskellen er lav vælger jeg oftest min bog som hardback eller indbundet. Det gør bare oplevelsen lidt mere lækker!

Kraften af Naomi Alderman udgivet på forlaget Alhambra er smuk og virkelig lækker at have i hånden.

For det første er den i hardback format, hvilket betyder at den er nem at lægge i tasken uden at frygte, at hjørnerne bøjer, og at man kan læse den med en hånd uden at frygte at ryggen knækker og får revner.The book The Power showing of its beautful spine

For det andet er ryggen lavet, på en måde jeg aldrig har oplevet før (se billede)  – og helt ærligt: Det er så fantastisk! På den her måde kan siderne bevæge sig mere frit, når man holder bogen åben, uden at det slider på bogryggen! Jeg har ingen anelse om, hvad det kaldes at gøre det på denne måde – så hvis du ved det, må du meget gerne oplyse mig!

For det tredje kommer bogen med eget bogmærke i lækker og holdbar kvalitet og en flot rød farve, der passer til resten af farverne på bogen. Og når nu vi er ved farvevalget, så er jeg vild med valget af farver til bogens omslag. Farverne harmonere smukt med hinanden og omslaget er så gennemført at selv siderne er farvet i kanten.

Men nu skal vi videre:

Kraften

I Kraften følger vi fire liv fra forskellige dele af verden, der vikles ind i den samme historie. Overalt begynder teenagepiger nemlig pludselig at udvikle evnen til at give kraftige stød gennem deres hænder. En evne, der snart viser sig at kunne vende op og ned på kvinders skæbne overalt i verden, da det er en evne, der kan udfordre mændenes ellers overlegne fysik. Rundt om i verden håndteres denne forandring naturligvis på forskellige måder, men uanset, hvordan man forholder sig til forandringen, så har det konsekvenser for alle.

Mine tanker om Kraften

Kraften er en stærk fortælling om magt og ulighed i en verden meget lig vores. Alderman eksperimenterer med magtbalancen, og lader kvinderne trække det længste strå, for dernæst at berette om, hvad det kunne betyde for verden. Kraften er en nærmest dystopisk science fiction fortælling, der er svær at lægge fra sig, og som samtidig sætter tanker i gang hos læseren. Alderman griber fat i mange vigtige tematikker, der er er aktuelle for vores samfund i dag, og får på en gang fat i både spændingslæseren og den eftertænksomme læser.

Jeg har haft rigtigt svært ved at finde ud af, hvilke ord, jeg skulle bruge til at beskrive min holdning til Kraften. Den er uden tvivl en page-turner, der samtidig sætter masser af tanker og overvejelser i gang i læserens hoved. Kraften er skrevet i et letlæst sprog, og ofte holdt i kortere sætninger, som medvirker til at gøre læsningen virkelig intens.

Samtidig følte jeg dog at denne skrivestil tog noget af karaktererne, og da jeg mere er en karakterdreven læser end en handlingsdreven læser, så følte jeg desværre, at der manglede noget, for at jeg skulle være helt og aldeles fanget. Karaktererne virkede flade, og var ikke særligt sympatiske, hvilket betød, at jeg havde svært ved at holde med nogen af dem. Det føltes som om, karaktererne ikke fik lov til at udfolde sig, hvilket desværre betød at jeg mistede lidt af interessen.

Kraften kan anbefales til alle, der interesserer sig for feminisme, for magtfortællinger og/eller for den reflekterende læser, der elsker at blive stimuleret af historier om aktuelle emner.

The cover of Song of Blood and Stone

Song of Blood and Stone

Title: Song of Blood and Stone

Author: L. Penelope

Published: St. Martin’s Press, 2018

Song of Blood and Stone

Song of Blood and Stone takes place in the world of Elsira, which is a land of Silents; people, who cannot use the magic that is Song. Those who can are called Singers.

In Elsira lives Jasminda, a child of a Silent and a Singer, who bears the Song within her and the skin of a Singer on her outside. Because of this, she mostly keeps to herself, since people are afraid of her and her Song.
Jasminda has lost her parents and her brothers and lives alone in the family cabin on a small patch of land outside the nearest town, and now she stands to lose this too.
One day a group of soldiers and the injured spy they have captured find their way to her cabin, and she is forced to let them in. Jasminda slowly forms a bond with the injured captive named Jack and when they manage to escape the soldiers, it is the beginning of a long journey for both of them. Jasminda is racing time in order to keep her land and her last connection to her family, while Jack is on a mission to save their country.

My thoughts

I cannot find the words to describe what a wonderful experience it was to read this fantasy! I was completely taken aback by the marvellous story, magical universe and compelling characters that this story holds.
The story is told through a third person narrator, but still juggling multiple point of views (POV’s), which I love. The main character Jasminda is so likeable and relatable and she has quickly climbed the ladder of my most liked characters.

I think L. Penelope has managed to write a story that will both take you away, but can also make you think about your own world and life. This is one of the strongest and most important possibilities of any fantasy ever, I believe.
I know we all love different things, and I am really afraid of overselling this, since I think it is important to go into a new book with less than high expectations, since your expectations can kill the reading experience. However, I sincerely recommend you read this, if you love a good fantasy novel!

Sneak Peek

I have been allowed to show you an excerpt from the book Song of Blood and Stone and I am so happy and so excited for this! You can find this excerpt by clicking on the title below this section and it will lead you straight to it! The excerpt is chapter two in which we meet a wounded soldier and a good samaritan. I sincerely hope you enjoy this chapter as much as I did! And if you wish to read the rest of the book, I can assure you that you don’t have to wait for long: It will be on sale on Tuesday May 1st 2018 right where you normally buy your books and can already be preordered many places.

Song of Blood & Stone excerpt

Find the excerpt through this link.

L. Penelope

The authoer L Penelope sitting and looking at the camera

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of new adult, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty-pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat.

Song of Blood and Stone is out on May 1st.

Dewey’s Readathon 2018 Spring #2

Dewey’s readathon has kicked off and I am (not so) ready! It seems that time flies and suddenly you were supposed to sit and read, but you are thrashing through the last few points on your to-do list for the day. I wanted to take some pictures before I got started, so I could update this blog post with photos along the way and not be dependent on good lighting, but now I think I’ll end up taking a break and do some photos then in stead. Oops.

However, reading should also be done! I am going to be active here and on Instagram, and feel free to drop by.

The stack for this Readathon

As mentioned in my previous post I expect to read (some – if not most – of) six books. The books I plan to read are a mix of different genres and are chosen partly because of that.A stack of books I hope to read at Dewey's Readathon next to a vase with pink flowers

Final Girls by Riley Sager. 440 pages.

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine. 248 pages.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. 207 pages.

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman. 248 pages.

Sindstequila by Sofie Riis Endahl. 267 pages.

Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi by Thomas Korsgaard. 314 pages.

The snacks

I forgot to make hummus! It’s so bad! But I will have to make it later. I did however shop both fruits and vegetables, and cookies and candy. So I think I will be set. I’ve made smoothie and bought and ice cream for later. The dinner has been taken care of and there’s not much left for me to do, but read.

Carrots in a glass and a bowl of hummus on the side. In the background is a book stack

 

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls will be my first read for today. I’ve wanted to read it for so long and I finally got my hands on it at my library. I will be reading it in the Danish translation, which I am quite excited to do! I normally prefer to read books in their source language, but lately I’ve been very fond of reading in Danish.

I don’t really have a lot of expectations for this readathong-wise. Or, that may have come out wrong. What I mean is that I hope to finish it today/tonight, but I am not sure I will. I have high expectations for it bookwise. I have heard many good things about it and I am very much in the mood for a thriller right now! Also; both Karin Slaughter and Stphen King has praised it, so i really hope I’ll love it!

What are your first read for today?

19:12 – 5 hours into the readathon

I am halfway through Final Girls and really enjoying it! Although one of the characters annoy me so much it almost makes me want to put down the book and start something else. But the story is great and I want to keep reading it! I also like how the chapters are put together.

I should probably eat dinner by now, but I do not feel hungry. So I ate a kiwi instead and took a banana and a bag of store-bought cinnamon rolls (kanelgifflar) with me to the sofa. I’ve also eaten a pound of carrots with hummus since the readathon began, so maybe that’s why I don’t feel particularly hungry.

I will keep updating this post for the entire readathon!

Final Girls, Sindstequila, A Wrinkle in Time, Call Me by Your Name, Hot Mess og Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi spredt ud på en gråt underlag.

Dewey’s Readathon 2018 Spring #1

Dewey’s Readathon is coming up and I am so excited! Last time I had a birthday to attend to in the middle of it all and when I came back home I was really tired. Sunday morning though, I read like a crazy until the end and had a blast! I ended up reading 496 pages and did reach some of my reading goals for the event. If you’re interested in seeing how I did and what I read last time, you can see it here. But last time was my first time participating ever, so this time I walk into it a little wiser.

What is Dewey’s Readathon?

Okay, so basically Dewey’s Readathon is a 24-hours-readathon where you read as much as you can for 24 hours at a specific time. This time we start on Saturday April 28. People from all over the world participates and we all start at the same time. In Denmark that time is at 2pm. We then read until 2pm on Sunday April 29. If you are not located in Denmark you can find your start time here.

But it is not just about reading! People who participate bond over blog posts and Twitter updates or Instagram stories – or whereever else they decide to share their experience. Furthermore, every hour there will be a little challenge available that you can either do or decide not to do. It is completely up to you! Sometimes it is nice to have a little break from reading, but at other times, you cannot be bothered to look up from your book. And that is completely fine!

If you do want the chance to do these small challenges, you should sin up for the readathon here. If you just want to read and interact with other readers, you don’t have to sign up. If you do sign up though, you will have access to a list of places where you can follow other readers.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask them! Leave a comment or send it to me via my contact form!

My readathon

So last year I read an astounding amount of 496 pages. This year my list is a little more extensive than that. I have 1.748 pages on my list right now Not counting the books I’ve put in my “maybe” pile. It is important for me, to have a mix of genres and to have shorter books. I do not read plenty of books at the same time well. Therefore I need to have books in my stack, that I can hope to finish.

Despite being quite fond of graphic novels I actually haven’t put any in my readathon stack this time.

The stack

My stack contains a variety of books by both Danish and international authors. Only one book is in English though. This also means, that title with no English translation will appear. I will quickly list the books here in no particular order and afterwards write a few words about why these books are in my stack.

  • Final Girls by Riley Sager. 440 pages.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. 207 pages.
  • Sindstequila by Sofie Riis Endahl. 267 pages.
  • Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi by Thomas Korsgaard. 314 pages.
  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman. 248 pages.
  • Hot Mess by Lucy Vine. 272 pages.

I do not think I will get through all of these, but I needed something to choose between, that wasn’t my entire book collection. I think I have gotten the perfect mix between different genres and styles and hope it’ll help with my motivation. I rarely read for this long. Final Girls is a crime fiction novel and I think I will start with that one, since it’s supposed to be trhilling and captivating. I might also start with Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi but I’ve heard it should be a rather tough read, so maybe it’s a little hard to start with that one. On the other hand, I do not want to get to this in the darkest hours of the night.

A Wrinkle in Time is a children’s book that I have heard a lot of great things about and I really think it could make my readathon a little magic. Hot Mess is supposed to be hilarious, and I believe I will really need that at some point. I hvae plenty og sweet and funny books in my maybe pile, that I will also be able to go to, in case I need more of that when I get started.

Call Me by Your Name should be amazing and sweet, and I really want to read it. Moreover, I can also listen to this on audiobook if I get too tired and need to read in other ways. Sindstequila is a tough book too, but it sounds incredible and important, and I am really excited to read this! I think I will end with this one, but I am not entirely sure. It of course also depends on how much I will actually manage to read.

The snacks

I am not a big snacker when I read, but I do need to have something. I will make sure to have plenty of fruit, vegetables and hummus (I love hummus), but also some cookies and dried fruit. And of course a little candy, because I know I will crave it despite trying to live a little healthier.

My go-to drink is water, so that won’t be a problem, and I am also fully stocked up on tea. I am still not drinking sodas, and water and tea will therefore have to do.

The Updates

I will update here on my blog and on instagram throughout the event. And if you want to follow me, just swing by. I will be more than happy to share this readathong with you! Find me on Instagram here.

What about you?

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A stack of books I read in February.

Quarterly Wrap-Up of 2018 #1

When I first started this post, I had imagined that doing a quarterly wrap-up would be ideal, since I don’t read a lot of books in a month. Therefore, out of fear that one of my monthly wrap-ups would consist of me writing about this one book I started, but didn’t really finish – I decided to do quaterly wrap-ups. This would allow me to share more experiences with you in one post.

However, I had not expected to read as much as I did. January was filled with six books, and I figured it was because I took my exam and then was left with almost two weeks before I started school and work again. But the streak continued into February, and then I just decided to do one quarterly wrap-up, but the rest of the year I will do monthly wrap-ups. I’d rather write a short post about this one book I didn’t really finish, than a loooooong post about all of these books I read, knowing that most of you will give up by the time you see the lenght of it, and the rest of you will give up after the first few paragraphs.

Wrap-up

I will briefly list the books I have read in the same order that I read them, and afterwards I will talk about a few of them and a bit about my reading motivation in this same period of time. Please note that some of the titles are in Danish (and consists of the odd letters æ ø å) because I read them in Danish! If the book has an official English title (and I know it) it will follow in parenthesis ().

January reads

  • Ligblomsten by Anne Mette Hancock
  • Stalker by Michella Rasmussen
  • Pigen fra Månehøjen by Lene Krog
  • Grænsebørn by Bent Haller
  • Nattevagt (Night Guard) by Synne Lea and Stian Hole
  • Er du okay, Fie by Anika Eibe

February reads

  • Krokodillevogteren by Katrine Engberg
  • A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Begin Again by Mona Kasten
  • Kåde Kvinder by Giovanna Casotto
  • Voksenlivet er en myte (Adulthood is a Myth) by Sarah’s Scribbles

March Reads

  • Wildwood by Jadie Jones
  • Farlige Fristelser by Giovanna Casotto
  • Den sidste gode mand by A.J. Kazinski
  • Søvn og torne (The Sleeper and the Spindle) by Neil Gaiman
  • Fordærv (The Few) by Nadia Dalbuono
  • Provinspis by Ditte Wiese
  • Pernittengryn og Lorelei by Helle Melander
  • Sjælens pris – Dæmonherskerens arving #3 by Haidi Wigger Klaris
  • Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
  • Suddenly Us by Marie Skye

Succinct Wrap-Up

I read a total of 22 books in these three months, which is almost my reading goal for 2016. That is quite amazing and frankly also quite unfathomable. But I have never felt forced to read this many books, it has almost come naturally, because I had a lot of books I wanted to read.

Seven of these books have been review copies from either an author or a publishing house, and I feel honoured to have had the chance to review these books. Except for one, I really loved reading all of them. And the one I didn’t enjoy as much, was mainly because it just wasn’t my kind of read anyway. It really wasn’t a bad book.

 

honourable Mentions

Stalker

by Michella Rasmussen is a Danish YA book about a young girl who suddenly has an admirer, that slowly turns stalker. It is amazingly well written and deals with an issue I haven’t read about before. It takes both the stalker’s and the victim’s point of view, which I think is absolutely fantastic and it works terrificly in this book. The audioversion of it is amazing too!

Krokodillevogteren

by Katrine Engberg is a Danish crime novel that has been translated into several languages (I do not think English is one yet, though – unfortunately). It is about a murder on a young girl that has been committed in the most gruesome way. The characters in this novel were brilliant and I fell in love with them as much as I loved the story itself.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

by Jen Castleberry is a fantasy story with a twist of a feminstic approach. It tells the story about a young girl, who has been raised as a boy in order to be able to slay a Fire Scale dragon and collect the winnings afterwards, so that she can save her family from poverty. It is brilliantly crafted and I really wish it would be longer, since I really connected with the main character Cayda.

Provinspis

by Ditte Wiese is a realistic YA novel, which has quickly climbed up to be one of my most valued reads. Again, this is Danish, and hasn’t been translated yet, but I think it should! The narration and the voice of the story is spot on with the youth and Ditte tells a tough story about growing up and wanting to get away. If you read Danish and love a good YA-novel, you should read this one! And please let me know what you think afterwards as I would love to discuss it.

Ligblomsten

by Anne Mette Hancock is again a Danish crime novel, but this one is a bit different from most othe crime novels I have read. Ligblomsten (Corpse Flower) deals with the notion of revenge and I don’t really think anyone is actually killed on the pages, which makes it even more interesting.

Song of Blood and Stone

by L. Penelope is a fantasy novel set in a magical land, and th characters are so compelling. I loved everything about this book and I cannot wait to share this with you, when I post a full review of it on Sunday, April 29. It is amazing and if you love fantasy you should read it. End of story.

Reading motivation

I have been on a roll reading wise. I have no idea how it happened that I already read 22 books, but I have in no way felt pressured to. I have just read. And listened at any available time. I did cut down a little on reading for school, but only because I am only following one course this term. And I have also cut down a little on my work hours since I have been dealing with some personal issues that demanded I took some time to myself.

in the future

As mentioned earlier in this post, I will post a monthly wrap-up in the future as this was far too comprehensive a post for my own liking.

A picture of the Egmont building where the publishing house Carlsen is located

Bogbloggerevent om realistisk YA-litteratur

Lørdag den 14. april stod i bøgernes navn, da jeg brugte min eftermiddag i selskab med andre skønne bogbloggere hos Forlaget Carlsen/CarlsenPuls til et arrangement om realisme i YA-litteratur , der var arrangeret af Julie The Book Cat. Som stadig forholdsvis ny bogblogger var det mit første af den slags arrangementer og jeg var spændt og helt tosset nervøs hele morgenen og formiddagen på at skulle af sted. Men af sted skulle jeg!

Realisme i YA-litteraturPose med sponsorgaver fra bloggerevent om realisme i YA litteratur

Programmet bød på hele tre forfattere, to redaktører og en forlagschef (og sådan én har jeg aldrig mødt før!), så det var et tætpakket program, vi skulle igennem på de tre eftermiddagstimer. Derudover blev vi overhældt med fantastiske gaver fra mange forskellige sponsorer, hvilket var en noget overvældende oplevelse for mig, og jeg turde næsten ikke tro på, at jeg fik lov til at slæbe det hele med hjem!

Hvordan skriver man YA?

The authors Caroline Ørsum and Camilla Wandahl talks about the process of writing YA literature

Først på programmet var Caroline Ørsum og Camilla Wandahl til en snak om hvordan man skriver realistisk YA-litteratur. Caroline lagde ud med at definere begrebet realisme som mulig virkelighed og menneskelig handling, hvilket er vigtigt at forholde sig til, når man vil skrive realistisk. Derfor er det vigtigt at researche og undersøge mange af de elementer i ens tekst, man ikke selv på forhånd ved noget om. Der er dog stadig en frihed til at ‘finde på’ i realistisk ungdomslitteratur, hvilket Caroline har gode erfaringer med, da hun opfandt bandet Pale Blue Horizon til sin nyeste bog Wiki over Miss Elises elendige liv.

De to forfattere kom også ind på deres skriveprocesser og fortalte, at de begge skriver forholdsvis ufærdigt. Derudover bød Camilla ind med gode råd til at få en god skriveproces uden skriveblokader (hint: skriv i små korte intervaller og accepter, at det du skriver kan ændres senere).

Hvordan udgives en ny bog?

Nanna Nørh fra forlaget Høst & Søn kom forbi og fortalte om hele processen bag en bogs udgivelse. Hun fortalte bl.a. lidt om, hvordan redaktørerne mødes og fordeler manuskripter, samt hvad der sker, hvis et manuskript antages eller afslås. Til hverdag arbejder Nanna både med danske og udenlandske titler, og processen er forskellig i de to, da de udenlandNanna Nørh fortæller om en redaktørs arbejde i forbindelse med bogudgivelsesprocessenske titler jo allerede er udgivet og derfor ikke skal redigeres i indhold. De skal til gengæld oversættes, så her arbejder hun meget med at finde den rigtige oversætter til teksten, hvilket glædede mit lille oversætter-hjerte. Nanna lagde også vægt på, at en redaktørs job ofte går ud på at foreslå ændringer, og faktisk ikke rette, som mange ellers kan tro.

Kan YA blive for råt?

Forfatter Ditte Wiese og redaktør Kaya Hoff fra Carlsen snakkede om grænserne for hvor råt man kan skrive YA-litteratur. Dittes egen debutroman Provinspis er en rå oplevelse, som faktisk får mange voksne til at fravælge den, når de køber bøger til deres børn og børnebørn. Både Ditte og Kaya mener dog ikke, at YA kan blive for råt. Det kan måske i nogle tilfælde blive for meget, men i sidste ende er de dog enige om, at det vigtigste er, at det rå og barske giver mening! For hvis det ikke giver mening, så virker det ikke. Derudover løftede Ditte sløret for, at hendes næste roman kommer til at være en lidt anden type rå roman, og jeg er vildt spændt på at se, hvad hun kan trylle frem! Ditte Wiese og Kaya Hoff taler om, hvor råt YA litteratur må være

Aflsutning og rundtur

Afslutningsvis gik forlagschef  Christian Bach fra forlaget Carlsen på scenen og fortalte kort om tilblivelsen af CarlsenPuls, samt præsenterede kommende udgivelser fra forlaget Carlsen og CarlsenPuls. Dette bød på en masse spændende titler, som fik mig til at genoverveje ideen om at droppe job og uddannelse og blive fuldtidsbogorm i stedet. Herefter sagde vi pænt tak og farvel til de dejlige mennesker, der havde afsat tid til at glæde en flok bogbloggere med en fantastisk arrangement på sådan en lørdag eftermiddag. Christian bød dernæst på en rundtur på forlaget hvilket undertegnede bestemt ikke kunne takke nej til.

Til sidst fik vi kastet endnu en bog i hovedet og sendt hjem med varme hilsner og masser af smil. Alt i alt var det en yderst givende dag, og det er bestemt ikke det sidste arrangement, jeg deltager i. Stemningen og muligheden for at stille spørgsmål var fantastisk! Og det var så meget anderledes end de større arrangementer, jeg plejer at deltage i (som eksempelvis Bogforum).

Hvad var der så i posen?

Arrangementet var sponsoreret af og posen fyldt med lækkerier fra: Forlaget Carlsen, People’s Press, Høst & Søn, Gads Forlag, Forlaget Cobolt, Tante Te, Coolstuff.dk, Forlaget Brændpunkt og boghandlerkæden Arnold Busck.

Farvel og tak for fisk

(Ja, en tyvstjålet litterær reference)

Det var en helt fantastisk eftermiddag, og jeg er lykkelig for, at jeg havde mulighed for at deltage. På trods af min sære personlighed, der ikke tillader mange nye indtryk af gangen, før jeg løber hjem og gemmer mig under dynen, så havde jeg en fantastisk oplevelse! Julie havde stablet et flot arrangement på benene og jeg er utroligt taknemmelig for det hendes arbejde har givet mig!

Af hjertet tak til alle.

The book The Few by Nadia Dalbuono on a table

Fordærv

Original title: The Few

Forfatter: Nadia Dalbuono

Udgivet: Alhambra, 2018

Serie: Leone Scamarcio #1

Fordærv

Fordærv er første del i en serie om den erfarne kriminalkommissær Leone Scamarcio. Scamarcio er søn af en italiensk mafiaboss, men har valgt at gå en modsat vej og må derfor kæmpe for sin integritet som en af Roms politimænd. En dag bliver Scamarcio kaldt til et møde med sin chef, som beder ham om at undersøge en særlig sag – helt uofficielt.

Sagen handler om en død trækkerdreng, som er fundet myrdet i sin egen seng, og da der pludselig også dukker billeder op af denne trækkerdreng og en af Italiens højtstående politikere i en særdeles ømtålelig situation, er Scamarcio pludselig dybt involveret i en sag, der er svær at holde hemmelig. Som efterforskningen udfolder sig og trækker Scamarcio med ind i mere forfærdelige lag af det Italienske samfund, begynder Scamarcio også langsomt at miste sig selv lidt.

Mine tanker

Fordærv er en af den slags krimier, der tager læseren med politiet rundt i store dele af efterforskningsarbejdet, samt hovedpersonens tanker og privatliv. Det betyder, at man som læser kan få lov at udfolde sagen i samme tempo som hovedpersonen gøre det, hvilket også betyder, at man ofte føler sig lige så fortabt og forvirret som den stakkels kiminalkommissær, der er sat til at løse mysteriet.

Jeg havde svært ved at vænne mig til de italienske navne, og i lang tid følte jeg mig forvirret over, hvem der var hvem. Plottet var dog fængende og Scamarcio spændende at følge.

Mysteriet om den afdøde trækkerdreng leder Scamarcio til den italienske ø Elba, hvor en amerikansk pige er blevet kidnappet. Det virker næsten umuligt at finde en ammenhæng mellem disse to sager, hvilket gør historien endnu mere interssant. Når man som læser selv får lov at lege detektiv, synes jeg, man får lidt ekstra ud af historien. Jeg synes, det er fedt at få lov til at gætte løs og lave forskellige mulige scenarier i hovedet under læsningen.

Plottet var gennemtænkt, og der gik lang tid før, jeg begyndte at forbinde ledetrådene. De forbrydelser, man præsenteres for er barske og modbydelige, og jeg kan ikke lade være med at håbe, at det ikke er en gengivelse af virkeligheden. Den sørgelige sandhed er dog nok, at det er en ret virkelig gengivelse af virkeligheden. Og selv om det gør mig trist at tænke på, så er det også en stor del af, hvad jeg kunne lide ved bogen.

Scamarcio er en velskrevet figur, som på mange måder virker ægte og menneskelig. Dalbuono har med snilde sørget for at han er en karakter, man har lyst til at vide mere om. Han er meget uafhængig og arbejder hårdt for at gøre sit job godt. Han er brysk, men samtidig også meget relaterbar. Noget af det, der gør ham særligt interessant er hans retfærdighedssans, som er formet af både hans baggrund med en kriminel far og hans job hos politiet.

Samlet set synes jeg, at romanen var en anelse forvirrende, omend spændende og grotesk. Scamarcio er svær at holde af, men samtidig er han også svær ikke at kunne lide, og han betyder helt bestemt meget for at romanen fungerer. Dalbuono har gjort et fantastisk arbejde med at lade sine karakterer udfolde sig gennem handlinger og tale, fremfor at give direkte beskrivelser af dem.

Min største anke er, at jeg synes, historien bevægede sig langsomt fremad. I forhold til, hvor forvirret jeg følte mig over navne og det velsammenskruede plot, var det sikkert en god ting, fordi det gav mig tid til at samle tankerne undervejs. Det kostede dog lidt på læsemotivationen hele tiden at sidde og føle, at der var langt endnu.

Er den noget for dig?

Hvis du er nået hertil, vil jeg skyde på, at du generelt godt kan lide at læse krimi, hvilket jo bestemt er et godt udgangspunkt. Fordærv er uforudsigelig og tager dig konstant med på nye udviklinger i sagen, der ikke altid giver mening ved første øjekast, men som vil sætte tankerne i gang. Derudover er hovedpersonen Scamarcio som nævnt meget menneskelig og derved let at identificere sig med.

Hvis du også er ved at være en lille smule træt af den stereotype krimiromanhovedperson, (ham den midaldrende mand, der drikker og ryger lidt for meget, og som har opgivet familielivet (bevidst eller ubevidst) på grund af arbejdet) så frygt ej: Sådan en er Scamarcio ikke. Hans dæmoner er nogle andre, hvilket giver denne roman et friskt pust. Sandt at sige er han ikke gift, og hans kærlighedsliv halter godt nok også lidt, men han føles stadig anderledes. God anderledes. Jeg håber, det er intentionen, at han fortsat skal være lidt anderledes på det punkt.

Hvis du holder af at læse en krimi med et gennemtænkt plot, der også vil få dig til at undres, når du har lagt bogen væk for en stund, så kunne denne bog sagtens være god for dig. Hvis du foretrækker en krimi, der kravler ind under huden på dig med forfærdelige og virkelighedsnære forbrydelser, så vil du nok også kunne lide denne. Selv om man er sparet de groteske detaljer om forbrydelserne, så er de stadig væmmelige at tænke på, og jeg er stadig rystet over, hvad mennesker kan gøre mod hinanden…

Tak

Jegvil gerne takke forlaget Alhambra for at sende mig et eksemplar Fordærv til anmeldelse!