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 BlodmÃ¥ne (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 🙂

Bogforum 2017

Bogforum is a major book fair held each year in Copenhagen. It concentrates on all kinds of books, both physical copies, audio- and e-books. All kinds of genres are also represented; be it kids’ fiction, romance, crime or ya fiction, or even non-fiction. Bogforum is held every year in early/mid-November. Bogforum is probably every book lover’s paradise.

Bogforum

Last year I went to Bogforum for the very first time. I had won a pair of entry tickets in a competition held by a Danish book blogger. It was an incredible experience, where I was overwhelmed by how big the whole thing was. This year I decided to swing by after school on Friday and this year I went alone. Beforehand, I had tried to make a plan for my visit, but there are just so many things to see, so many stands to visit and authors to sneak peek at. I am one of the fangirls, who is completely starstruck by writers (and other kinds of well-known/famous people). I blush. My voice trembles. I feel hot and my hands turn to faucets. I am sure I do not make a great impression. 😉

On a side note: I once went to a book release event in a book store, and I ended up wandering about for an hour casting long glances at the author standig with her book and sodas and crisps and cookies before finally admitting to myself that me meeting her would never happen. Then I went home.

But I am working on this! I keep telling myself that these authors are just people like me, who manages to turn their dream of writing into some kind of work. I tell myself they work hard, and that to them, I am sort of the hero; because I read their work and love it.

Okay, side note over. I had a plan, but once again when I stepped in I was taken aback by how big the whole thing was. I didn’t see nearly half of all the things I wanted. Sometimes because I got lost. Other times it was because I got sidetracked by something interesting and lost track of time. Or simply just decided to stay instead of moving on.

Crime fiction

Something has recently sparked my love for crime fiction. I think it was reading The Butterfly Garden (which I keep coming back to, so I need to make a review of it soon!) and being introduced to Karin Slaughter through “Pretty Girls”. So I went to Krimimessen Horsens’ stand to listen to clever people discuss various authors’ books. I especially wanted to hear Katrine Engberg talk about BlodmÃ¥ne (Blood Moon), since I think it sounds really interesting. Yet it is the second book in the series and I didn’t really feel the same way about reading the first one. However, seeing her on stage being all casual and smiling, telling us about the characters from the novels, I decided on reading the first one before getting my hands on the second one. I am one of those, who hates it (okay, I don’t hate it, but I really don’t like it) when books from the same series do not match. I cannot have a soft and a hard copy in the same series. I cannot have a movie-inspired cover and a non-movie-inspired cover and I cannot have two books with different heights. And I could only find Krokodillevogteren (the first in the series) as a paperback, and BlodmÃ¥ne as a hard copy.

I also went to get a copy of Julie Hastrup’s Mirakelmanden signed for my grandmother, but only too late did I realise that Julie Hastrup didn’t show up to sign books until Sunday, where I wouldn’t be there. Last year I didn’t get a copy of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Selfies signed, because I was scared of meeting him. Next year I will plan it better!

I did however manage to do something right. Dennis Jürgensen was there to sign his books and I got a hold of two of the books in hise crime fiction series for my sister in law. Yay for me!

Work related book buy

I managed to get three books signed and I am beyond thrilled about that! From now on I know that I can do it! (Hopefully.) The last book I got signed was “Cutter” by Peter Solberg Dirksen. I have wanted to buy this for quite some time now, and the thing that actualla made me buy it now was the fact that there was a booklet containing teaching material, that I could grab with me as well. Also I got to have a chat with the author about the book, the teaching material, family, life and inspiration for the book. And I felt almost calm all the time, and almost not at all starstruck. I am excited to get started on this, but I think it will be a spring/summer project. I have a tendency to get a little tiny bit (yet not at all clinically!) depressed during the dark hours of autumn and winter.

Next year I will come prepared: bringing with me a ton of books that I want to get signed! And I will come for more than a day I think, because I simply cannot see everything in a day.