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:
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 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).
- 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 (REKLAME) 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.
- Mercedes-snittet by Anne Mette Hancock (REKLAME) 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.
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!
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!