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.

January Book Haul

January has been crazy! I told myself I should contain myself this year and stop buying books just because they’re cheap. Then plusbog opened the year with an amazing sale to introduce their new audiobook app. That meant close to 300 titles on sale for 1 DKK (£0.12 or 0.13 or $0.17) each! Titles I will probably never listen to went in the basket simply because I told myself that I would maybe (though probably not) begin listening more to audiobooks.

Books on sale

We have this thing called January sale, which is one of the most silly things I know. Everybody has just spent millions (well, you know what they say about exaggerating) on Christmas gifts and food and ornaments and trees and decorations and fireworks and more food… and now the wallet is a little sore. “Great,” the shops say: “We’ll just lower the prices and then they’ll come shop anyways.” And we do. We do come running. And spend more than we normally would. Some of us at least. Most of us probably.

Well, I did fall for it and ended up with no less than 70 audiobooks, 6 e-books and 5 physical copies. It’s more books than I can go through in a year.

I will not go through all of the audiobook titles, but most of them I bought because they were books I sort of want to read, but they are not very high on my TBR. However, for 1 DKK I would give it a try. Hopefully they are all of good quality, so that it doesn’t ruin the experience of the book to have it read aloud.

E-books

It is way too easy to buy books for my Kindle. It’s one click and then the book is in my kindle library. And they are often just so cheap compared to the physical copies.

This month I have purchased six e-books and I really look forward to reading them all! They are a mix of genres, though mostly fantastical tellings.

Never Let You Go

The first one is Never Let You Go by Chevy Stephens. It is a story about a woman escaping an abusive relationship with her daughter and her husband goes to jail. One day her now ex-husband is released from jail, and she suddenly begins to feel watched…

I have high expectations to this one and really hope to read it this year! I don’t know though, ’cause I have a lot of books I want to read this year 😉 Probably also more than I will end up reading. Isn’t that every bookworm’s problem?

The Sophisticates Trilogy

Okay, so this was probably a stupid purchase. I mean, I may have ended up buying something wonderful, but I primarily bought it because it is a complete trilogy that was on sale for only $1. It sounds amazing though – and I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t think it sounded like something I would read!

The Sophisticates Trilogy by Christine Manzari is a dystopian sci-fi trilogy. It’s a story about the seventeen year old Cleo, who has been genetically modified and raised to be a super soldier, but who in the midst of it all begins to long for freedom. Clearly that is ground for trouble.

Angelfall: Penryn and the End of Days #1

Again a book that was very cheap and accidentally ended up in my Kindle library. However, it is about angels and the end of days – what’s not to like?!

In Angelfall by Susan Ee angels of the apocalypse have descended to demolish the modern world. However, when the angels fly away with a little girl, Penryn; the girl’s big sister, will do anything to get her back and therefore makes a deal with a fallen angel.  Angelfall is the first book in a dystopian trilogy.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

This book is my first pre-order purchase ever. I just knew I had to have this and read it. I read about it on Parliament House Publishing’s instagram and was sold immediately. The title alone is amazing.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry is a fantasy story about a female dragonslayer (oh yes – they also exist!) on her route to the Summer Alps, where she will collect a reward for slaying a Fire Scale. However, the roads to these things are never simple and easy, and Cayda (our dragonslayer) must aso learn this.

This book has me on the edge almost. I love a good fantasy set in some sort of medieval setting (which I believe this is). I have put this on my TBR for February, and really hope I get to read it too!

Hopefully my New Year’s Resolution to read more e-books will help me read some of these.

Books

Despite how easy it is to handle and buy e-books, I prefer to read actual books; physical copies. This also lead me to buy two books in January that I have already bought for my kindle. These are the first two books in The Collector Trilogy by Dot Hutchison: The Butterfly Garden and The Roses of May. I have already read The Butterfly Garden and I really think it is an amazing and creepy thriller! The Roses of May, however, was constantly pushed a little and I just didn’t get to read it last year despite the fact that I really look forward to reading it. This year, in May, the third book in the trilogy (The Summer Children) comes out, and I plan to read The Roses of May before that happens.

The next two books I purchased this month were:

  1. The Danish edition of Victim Without a Face (Fabian Risk #1) by Stefan Ahnhem. Again, this as a book I should have probably put on my wish list before buying it, because I fear it will stay on my shelves for quite some time. It just sounded so good when I had it in my hand in the store, and for only 30 DKK (£3.54 or €4.03 or $5.01) I put it in my shopping basket.
  2. The Danish edition of Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M. J. Arlidge. I have wanted to buy this since before Christmas, but didn’t want to spend too much on it. I found it on sale while shopping for books for my boyfriend and put it in the basket as well. Again, this is a book that will probably stay on my shelves for quite some time before I read it. It’s not that I don’t want to read now, I just have so many books I want to read, and I try to also read some of the books I have had for a longer while.

Owlcrate (spoiler alert)

On top of all these books on sale I also received my owlcrate this month, which is the last book I bought this month and also the only one I didn’t buy on sale. Well, technically it was the first book I bought since my subscription renews on the 1st. Nevertheless it was the last book to arrive.

The book in an owlcrate is always a surprise, and when purchasing the crate you gamble a little. This month however, I thought I knew which book was in the box, and it was a book I really wanted to read! I was right!

The book in the January Owlcrate was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I think this book sounds absolutely amazing, and it has also received a great deal of praise. It came with an owlcrate exclusive cover, that is gorgeous. When I saw the Barnes&Noble edition of the cover I hoped so much that the owlcrate edition would look like it! An it does. Sort of. It is dark and beautiful, and under the dust jacket is the most wonderful golden print. I adore this book! I hope it is just as fantastic inside as it is on the outside

TLDR

Okay, so I bought the following books this month:

  1. Never Let You Go by Chevy Stephens
  2. The Sophisticates Trilogy by Christine Manzari
  3. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  4. A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry (also, what an amazing surname)
  5. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  6. The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison
  7. Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem
  8. Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge
  9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  10. 70 audiobooks that I will not give the name of

Thank you for reading<3 I love that you stop by once in a while! To help you out, I try to put a new blog post up every Friday, though sometimes it happens that the post will be slightly delayed. I will post once a week though!

If you have read (or plan to read) any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post, feel free to tell me about your impressions! I would love to receive recommendations on what to read next or what to expect!

Have a great day!

The twelve books I have bought or received in November lying in two stacks on a table

November Book Haul

November has been a crazy book-shopping month for me. I rarely buy many books, since I am an avid user of the local library. Often my buys in one month does not exceed three books, and thus rarely calls for a post dedicated to the “book haul”. This month, however, I bought books like it was my last chance to ever add new books to my collection.

There was a slight delay on one of my purchases, which means that I didn’t pay for the books (nor did I receive them) in November, and so they will not be mentioned in this post, even though I ordered them in November. This will also make my book haul seem less crazy 😉

I will put my book haul as a list at the end of this post, for those of you, who just stopped by out of curiosity, but cannot stay to read the entire thing.

Book haul

The first book I got my hands on was Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre. It was in one of the goodie bags I picked up at Bogforum. This one was from Krimimessen. I love to receive smalle books or reading samples from the different stands, because it can make me read authors I have never read before – or never heard about before.

The first book I bought was Cutter by Peter Solberg Dirksen. I found it while visiting Bogforum and bought it after a very pleasant and personal conversation with the author himself. He generously signed the book and I was ecstatic when I turned homeward.

The third book to land in my lap was The Glass Spare. I subscribe to owlcrate and this was their pick for November to the theme “Castles, Courts and Kingdoms”. I am so excited (have you noticed, how I am always excited? Rarely thrilled or ecstatic. Maybe I should work on this…) to read it, since it sounds so amazing! Moreover, this month’s owlcrate was so well put together (as they always are)!

Books from Plusbog

Ever since Bogforum, I have had plusbog.dk constantly entering my mind. I spoke with a very nice lady from Plusbog at Bogforum, who told me that there was no minimum contract term when signing up, and that I could get my books delievered carriage free. This was the bit of information I needed to stop by their site once again, but this time with the intention of actually buying something. I ordered a total of six books; one of which was a Christmas present for my grandmother, and waited only 36 hours or so before the postman knocked on my door to deliver my books.

I bought the first three books in Emelie Schepp’s crime fiction series about Jana Berzelius; Marked for Life, Marked for Revenge and Marked for Death (I believe these are the proper English titles, but since the books are originally Swedish and I read them in Danish, it is hard to tell what the books are actually called in English). I have been looking at this series for quite some time now, and I found them so cheap at Plusbog that I decided to buy them.

In my parcel was also Krokodillevogteren (The Crocodile Herdsman – maybe) by Katrine Engberg, which I do so look forward to reading! I don’t know what it is, but lately I have turned into this major crime fiction lover. It seems I cannot get enough of it. I have also ordered the next in the series Blodmåne (Blood Moon), but it is in my delayed order.

The last book for me in this parcel was Anne Mette Hancock’s Ligblomsten (Titan Arum – it’s a flower. Do look it up.) This is the first in a series and also Hancock’s debut (crime) novel and it has received a generous amount of praise. I cannot wait to dig into this one either. I don’t know when I’ll get the time to do so. But isn’t that every bookworm’s problem?

The last bunch

Lastly one of the students at my former University sold a great deal of her books and I ‘accidently’ bought four of them. I wasn’t supposed to buy any more books, since I had already bought seven books just for me. However, done is done, and I am one happy (yet poor) bookworm.

In this stack I have: The Graces by Laure Eve, which I have heard many good things about this year, but never got around to borrow (or buy). Moreover I bought We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which is also one of those books I have been wanting to read, but never gotten around to, and then suddenly it was way down on my TBR and I almost forgot it was even on it.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones was also one of the books I bought from her. I haven’t really heard about this, but it sounds amazing and the cover is just so wonderful! Lastly, I got a hold of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This buy was not very well-planned, but I have not regretted it. (Not yet). The story sounds awesome and enchanting, and I really look forward to reading something I haven’t actually heard about from others yet.

On the very last day of November I received a parcel from author M.P. Tonnesen. It was her newest book Desert Skies, Rebel Souls, which I am so happy to now own! It has such a beautiful cover, and the story is so sweet. The book was sent to me, because I was part of her book launch blog tour in mid-November.

Wrap-up

All in all these are the books I added to my collection i November (with their official titles):

  • Cutter by Peter Solberg Dirksen
  • Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M.P. Tonnesen
  • Hvide spor by Emelie Schepp
  • Krokodillevogteren by Katrine Engberg
  • Ligblomsten by Anne Mette Hancock
  • Mærket for livet by Emelie Schepp
  • Ondt blod by Emelie Schepp
  • Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I could add a few more books to the list if I also added the books I have bought for people as Christmas or birthday gifts, but I choose to not do so.

Please leave a comment if you feel like sharing your experiences with or opinions on any of these books. Have a pleasant day 🙂