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!

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

International Women’s Day

Indlægget indeholder reklame, da en enkelt bog er et anmeldereksemplar.

Today, on March 8, it is International Women’s Day. A day where we celebrate what women have achieved throughout the years and commemorate the movement for women’s rights. A lot of strong women (and men of course too) have worked hard to gain the rights we have today and men and women still struggle to achieve equal rights for all.

Therefore today is a very important day, because it also commemorates progress.

But what have today to do with books nd literature, you ask. And I can understand your wonderment. I have decided, that I want to share with you eight (since it is March 8) books featuring fierce females on this day as my own sort of celebration. The books are different genres and features different kinds of strong women. I sincerely hope to be able to recommend a read for everybody that comes by this post.

The Books

Firstly I’d like to make it clear that there are MANY books on this subject and it has been sort of hard to pick just eight. These eight books have been picked based on their voice, and I have only picked books that I have read or plan to read. Also, the books will be listed in no particular order!

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

This book features a young Marjane growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is a memoir in the form of a graphic novel and it is both uniquely beautiful and heartbreakingly honest. Marjane tells the story of this revolution from a child’s pespective, and creates a humorous tone to the very grave situation she finds herself in.

Dødevaskeren (The Corpse Cleaner) by Sara Omar

This is a rather new book published in Danish about a young girl and her family in Kurdistan. Frmesk, the young girl, is unwanted by her father simply because of her gender. This leads to a childhood where she constantly doubts her worth and place. Her well-read and sceptical grandparents become a light in her life. This heart-breaking story is Sara Omar’s debut novel and it is a seriously strong one of that. She has been under protection out of fear for her life after writing this novel, since it critiques a lot of the actions made based on religion.

The Cosmopolitan Islander by M. P. Tonnesen

This novel tells the story of a woman, who learns to find herself and her place in the 21st Century. We follow Chloe, a strong and independent Danish girl, who grows up in Denmark but moves to England to make a career for herself. She, however, suddenly finds herself moving to an island, where she is almost forced to be a stay-at-home-mum, because of the lack of possibilities for her on the island. This novel is a marvellous story of female identity and of life as this amazing thing that will take you places if only you let it.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry

In this fantasy novel we follow Cody/Cayda, who is a young girl living in a very poor part of her country together with her parents and sisters. Fifteen years ago their town was burned almost entirely to the ground by a Fire Scale dragon, which means that there are no longer any tourists to help develop their economy. Therefore, Cayda’s father has decided to train Cayda to be able to slay a Fire Scale, so she can win the grand prize and thus provide for her family. The only problem is, that only men can hope to claim this prize. Cayda has therefore lived as Cody since she was around five years old under the brutal will of her father. Everybody but her sisters seems to have forgotten that she was once a little girl. When the time comes, Cody travels to Yurka to slay the dragon, and on her way, she meets a man, who realises that Cody travels with a secret, but at the same time sees great potential in her.

The Power by Naomi Alderman (REKLAME – Anmeldereksemplar)

This sci-fi novel, that comes out in Danish today, tells the story of how a simple, yet powerful, change in the female body can suddenly change the balance of power in the world. Slowly, women realise that they can give men shocks. This novel therefore describes a change, but also the reactions and the thoughts that follow such a new ability. It is thought-provoking, however funny and interesting, since it not only makes the reader think about the power balance, but also sparks thoughts about what we can permit ourselves to do.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking was by far the most awesome girl I knew when I was a little girl. The day my father (accidently, I might add) told me that she was a product of Tommy and Annika’s imagination my heart broke a little. Pippi is not only physically superior to everybody else; she is smart, honest, funny and completely her own. She embarks on a vast variety of different adventures, some of which are fairly normal (like going to school), but she also goes on pirate adventures. You should definitely know about this girl. Even if the books about her are really written for children and are written many years ago.

New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

In this dystopian novel do we follow Phoenix, who lives alone in a city that has almost fallen apart. Everyone lives in tribes and it is often either kill or be killed, when you meet someone else. On the other side of a wall is the Sanctuary; a place, for everyone, who can follow the rules. Break the rules and you are thrown out into Phoenix’s city. For six years has she managed to stay alive and under the radar, but suddenly she sees a little girl in trouble. A girl not older than she was, when she her parents were killed in front of her and she was left alone in this world. She decides to interfere and help the girl, which completely turns her world around as she is captured by a resistance movement, who plans to fight the Sanctuary. ‘Cause maybe it isn’t really a sanctuary.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This thriller is really remarkable. It tells the story of a woman, Rachel, who is almost disintegrating due to her intake of a vast amount of alcohol. Her life is spiralling downward, but from her seat on the train she can follow a few minutes in a couple’s life every day, which brings her great pleasure. When one day she reads that the woman from that couple is missing, she decides to take action. At the same time she struggles with her ex-husband and his new wife, who lives just down the street from the couple she follows. Rachel is a broken woman, who slowly and unsteadily raises herself and finds her voice again. It is also a crime thriller, told through various points of views and spun together in a remarkable way.

 

Happy International Women’s Day

If you can recommend other books featurering awesome women feel free to drop a comment below and share it with the rest of us! I will appreciate it!

I hope you have a wonderful March 8!

My February TBR consists of: Red Queen, The Alienist, Twilight, and on my Kindle: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing and Wildwood

February TBR

I do not normally make TBR’s for entire months. Actually, I don’t even make TBR’s very often with the intend of reading something at a specific time or in a particular order. However, this time I have done something new. I have joined a book club (three actually) and I have signed up at a publishing house to read two of their books and submit reviews. Also I have joined a read-along. This then demands a TBR, because without it I would be caught up in reading whatever I can get my hands on and not reading any of the books that was originally intended.

Book Club Books

I have joined three book clubs on Goodreads and I expect to follow at least two of them in February in their monthly read. In the first book club we are reading The Alienist by Caleb Carr and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I have gotten a hold of The Alienist, but am still waiting for the other. Not that I have to read them both, I just want to read them both! That’s the big problem for me with books; I find it hard to limit myself.

In another book club we are reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I have wanted to read both of these for so long! However, I am number 21 on the wait list for The Good Daughter and since I have so many other books I want to read in February I have decided that this one will not be a mandatory part of my February TBR, but more of an extra. I really want to read the book some day and I have been close to buying it more than once, so in case I finish all the other books early (as if), then I’ll probably buy The Good Daughter and begin this as well. Maybe. Or maybe I’ll just read it some other time.

Books to Review

This headline may be a little misleading, since I also plan on reviewing some of the other books I get to read in February. However, these are the books I have promised to review before a certain date.

The first book is A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry. I pre-ordered it back on January 2nd and has been waiting excitedly ever since. On January 23rd it was finally released and it is the next one I will begin after finishing the book I am currently reading (which is Krokodillevogteren (The Egyptian Plover) by Katrine Engberg). Then Parliament House Publishing announced that they needed people to review some of their titles and since this was one of them, I signed up to do that!

While signing up another title caught my eye and I therefore also signed up to write a review of Wildwood by Jadie Jones. Wildwood is the first book in a trilogy (also known as The Hightower trilogy) and the second book Windswept comes out this year. I am so thrilled to be reading these books and I hope the whole experience of writing a review because someone asked for it and not because I just wanted to share the book with you will be awesome.

Read Along

I have never before taken part in a read along. Nor have I ever even buddy-read something. I mean, sure I have read books for my classes in school, but that’s not really the same thing. Therefore I am plenty excited! We are reading the Twilight saga – a series I haven’t read yet despite loving the films. That’s not entirely true. I read New Moon once on a holiday, becaue it was the only book around, but I found it so dull I didn’t bother with the rest of the series when I got back home. However, many have now told me that that was a mistake, and that despite the second book in the series is very dull (they agree with me on this), then the rest of the books are great! I hope they are right. Now I will see for my self by reading Twilight in February. Hopefully I will want to move on and read the rest of the series too.

February TBR

  1. A Wild and Unremarkable Thing (Jen Castleberry)
  2. Wildwood (Jadie Jones)
  3. Red Queen (Victorie Aveyard)
  4. The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
  5. Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)
  6. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
  7. The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter)

The list is in order of priority; ranging from my most anticipated reads to the least (however still very anticipated) reads. I look forward to keeping you updated on instagram and here!

 

A book on a flowery background with a set of headphones attached to it

Audiobooks – or no audiobooks

I love to read, but I must admit that sometimes it would be nice to read a good story without sitting still. I’ve tried reading while walking to and from school, but honestly it is not a very good combination. Not only do you get easily distracted from your reading, but you do not pay nearly enough attention to the traffic. I don’t even walk that much anymore. Either I take the train, where I can read, or I bike, where I cannot read. Enter: Audiobooks.

Audiobooks

I was never the big fan of audiobooks, actually. Don’t get me wrong; I think the idea is amazing! I just tend to let my mind wander, when I listen to audiobooks. Which leads me to be (slightly) confused when my mind finds its way back to the story. However, this year I decided to try listen to them again. Really try. Earlier I have listened to Passing by Nella Larsen, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also started Half Bad by Sally Green, but quickly decided to read that one myself. Not so long ago I tried to listen to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but had to give up, because my mind wandered. That’s it. My entire experience with audiobooks. Passing was quite good actually! The next ones not so much. This year I’ve bought 70 audiobooks. Yes I know, it’s only January, but I really want to give it a go!

Stalker

One evening a few weeks ago I was home alone. While eating my dinner in heavy silence I decided to put on an audiobook instead of turning on the radio or putting on some music. I chose Stalker by Michella Rasmussen (read by Kristina Pfeil Nielsen) and it didn’t take long for me to absolutely love it! The story was absolutely enthralling and if my boyfriend hadn’t come home and told me to go to sleep, I would have stayed up the entire night listening to the story. It was seriously amazing! The book is in Danish, but if you know Danish I recommend you listen to (or read) this one!

Stalker is about a young girl named Julie, who suddenly finds herself the attention of an unknown admirer. At first she feels flattered and finds it very exciting. Later however, she begins to see how her admirer is actullay quite creepy, and she realises that some of the things this admirer does are harmful. It dawns on her that this admirer is not just any admirer; it’s a stalker, who will do anything to get close to her.

Concurrently, a boy from Julie’s school begins to take an increasing interest in her. At first he doesn’t quite understand why he does the things he does, but later he begins to realise that there is an undeniable connection between him and Julie. He sees the pain she is in when no-one else does and he knows that he will do anything to protect her from harm.

Or no audiobooks

Having listened to Stalker I was convinced that I had made a mistake not listening to more audiobooks in my life. I was so happy I had bought a lot, because now I could listen to them all the time. Soon after, I started another book by a Danish author, namely Dæmonherskerens arving #3: Sjælens pris by Haidi Wigger Klaris. I read the first two books in the trilogy last year, but never got around to reading the third one and so I figured I might as well listen to it.

I am no more than twenty minutes into the story and I have had to stop. It is just….. I am sorry to say this, because I really don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, but honestly; this audiobook made me realise how much it means that it is the right person reading the book aloud. It is so awful. I really feel like the woman on the recording wants nothing to do with the book and that she was forced to make the recording. Her voice is completely flat. There is no trying to emphasise the main character’s emotions. And I mean, the main character has just made a choice that will forever keep her away from her friends and the family she has ever known. Her choice will tie her to a world she hates and a fate she hates, and she made her choice only because there was no other way she could save her friends. Yet, the speaker could have just as well read a recipe for homemade pasta aloud. There is just no spark.

That is the question

This broke my spirit a little. I started another recording, but more than halfway through the book I have realised that I don’t particular like the book, which doesn’t make the audiobook experience any better.

Do you have any amazing experiences with audiobooks that you can recommend I listen to? I would really love to hear your suggestions, since I really want to love the concept of audiobooks. I really want to be able to listen to a book on my bike ride to and from work, or when I go for a walk. Honestly, the concept of audiobooks is great! I just keep feeling disappointed by the fact that only a few recordings seem to be amazing, while so many others seem to be only half decent.

The books Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and Pigen fra Månehøjen on a flowery background.

2017 in Books

2017 has been an amazing reading year for me. Only this year did I begin to actually organise my reading; keep lists of books I have read and lists of books I want to read. It was this year I finally began to learn how to use Goodreads (Okay, I did that yesterday, so maybe I’ll learn a lot more in the new year).

2017 proved to be a year where I read a lot of books. More than anticipated. 20 more books than anticipated. That is crazy! And I very much enjoyed most of them! 2017 was also a year where I did not DNF any of the books I began! Maybe I have become a more flexible reader, or maybe I have become better at picking my books. I don’t know, but I am happy for this experience.

owlcrate

This year I began an owlcrate subscription, and I am so glad I finally got to do so! It was my birthday present from my boyfriend back in May and it has opened my eyes to a world og book merchandise and all the creative little shops that exist. And I love it!

Owlcrate has also introduced me to a variety of books I had never heard of, and thus also to authors I had never heard of. This means that 2017 for me has been a year where my knowledge of books and pretty much anything book related was seriously widened. If one can say that…

ARC’s

This year also became the year where I received my very first ARC (Advance Reading (or Review) Copy). It was something I dreamed of doing someday after having settled as a bookstagrammer – or a book blogger, when I finally got my blog up and running. It was such an amazing experience, and I still feel bubbles in my chest when I think of it or look at my books; An author actually wanted me to read her book, write down my thoughts and post a review of the book. And not just one author: Two authors. I cannot believe it.

I keep being in awe of writers. Of authors. They get to do this fantastic thing; write down stories for me to read! They’re like super stars to me. And then suddenly, some of them want to hear my thoughts on their books. I am still so thrilled! And so happy! I honestly didn’t expect to be able to do this in my very first year in the online bookloving community. The ARC’s I received can be seen in the image at the top of this post.

I am so grateful for this experience I would like to thank M. P. Tonnesen and Lene Krog for giving me this experience and for letting me review their amazing stories: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and Pigen fra Månehøjen!

The reads

I managed to red 40 books in 2017, and although a few of them were for my class in literature at the teacher education, I actually enjoyed all of them. Some more than others of course 😉

I read a variety of books this year including two children’s books. I rarely read children’s books, which I can see is actually a mistake. Especially since I work with children, because I wouldn’t know where to start, if they asked me to read a book to them.

The Holiday Bag

This year I tried my local library’s new concept; a holiday bag. A concept, where one of the librarians of my local library mixed a bag of books for me based on some questions I had answered as I ordered one. It is a concept I hope, they will keep doing and a concept I hope more libraries will begin, since it is a really great way to find new authors and new reading material. Without this bag who knows if I would have ever been introduced to The Girl at Midnight or Regnfaldet.

The best read(S) of 2017

This is a tough one, since I feel I have read a lot of amazing books this year. Some of the books that I have the best recollections of are:

  • Half Lost by Sally Green, which was an outstanding reading experience – so was the entire trilogy(!) – and I really look forward to reading more of Sally Green’s work.
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. This was a creepy read. One of those, where you are sometimes scared how much you like the book, because it is actually quite disturbing. I cannot recommend people read this enough, and I sincerely hope thet one of the Danish publishing houses will decide to publish it!
  • Haabet by Mich Vraa was amazing! I don’t normally read this genre, but I was swept away by Vraa’s writing! I even contemplate on reading more of his books alone because of his skills as a story teller!
  • Spektrum by Nanna Foss. Yes. I know Spektrum isn’t one book. But Nanna writes exceedingly well and the books are so different, yet all the same. In a good way! And I love how the main character’s change from book to book. Even though it makes it so much harder when the book ends.
  • Til døden os skiller by Kit A. Rasmussen. This was so good, and I also possible just read it at the right time, which made the experience so much greater! I loved how the book was written like this mystery I, the reader, needed to solve – yet there was no mystery, only a tough story, where I could only hope for a happy ending. It is such an important story to tell and I think Kit did an amazing job!

Okay, I could keep on going, but I promised myself I wouldn’t make a top 20 out of 40 books. I could do that though. Or well… a lot of book would probably share the places. So this is a handful of the books I enjoyed this year.

Happy New Year

The bookstagram community, Goodreads and all the book bloggers I follow has opened my eyes to the importance of being organised and I have tried to be this year, but I still need a lot more practise!

All in all 2017 has been amazing and I can ony hope that 2018 will be even more so!

Happy New Year!

The Danish book "Kopierne" in a tree.

November Wrap Up

Not only was November a month where I bought a lot of books, I also managed to actually read more than I do on average in a month. In this wrap up I will give some explanation as to why I chose to read the books I read, but also provide you with a short summary of the book and further bring you my opinion on it.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

This book was generously gifted to me by the author M. P. Tonnesen in relation to the book’s release date in exchange for a review. I also got the opportunity to ask Michelle some questions to an interview I brought as a part of the book launch blog tour that was arranged. You can read the interview here.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a story about the young Danish girl Olivia, who travels to Israel in search of herself; trying to run away from her parents’ expectations at home. She works at a kibbutz, where she crosses paths with the young and handsome Chaim. It is practically love at first sight, and Olivia is whirled into his world one kiss at a time. However Chaim has to leave for the army and in the meantime Olivia backpacks through the Middle East with two of her backpacking friends.

It is a very sweet story, with all the ups and downs that do necessarily follow in a love story like this. I very much enjoyed Olivias story, and I loved all the descriptions of the beautiful places she visits. I never truly felt the depth of her relationship with Chaim, though, but that has a lot to do with this whole “love at first sight” concept. And also a little to do with morals…. 😉

Mostly, it just made me want to pack my bags and travel the world; travel the Middle East. <3

Fandens fødselsdag (The Devil’s birthday)

This book I chose, because I had to read aloud to some of the children at my school. November is the month of literature and the pupil’s read, read, read all through the month. Twice the teachers read to them instead. In larger groups, where the children could go sit and listen to the story they felt like hearing at the moment. It is a very good event, I believe!

Anyhow, I chose to read Fandens fødelsdag to them, which is a sweet story about the Devil, who always gets what he wishes for, but this year something is still amiss. Then a little (naughty) angel girl swings by and celebrates Fandens birthday with him. She arranges a treasure hunt and practically bosses the poor devil around. In the end though, she is called back to Heaven and Fanden tells his parents that he wishes for friends to come over for his birthday.

I liked this story so much. There is so many things to discuss. Mostly though, the children thought it was funny, which is also very important when reading books: we need to enjoy them.

Kopierne (The Copies)

This book I had to read for my studies.

In Kopierne we follow Jonas, who it turns out, is actually a copy of the real Jonas, who suddenly returns. Jonas (the copy) then flees in order to avoid being killed, which is what is done when a copy is no longer needed. He runs into the woods, where he meets Ian – another copy (and later a third boy/copy joins them). Together they travel through the woods while trying to keep themselves together, in hopes of finding a ship. It is dangerous though, because they are still being hunted by the men, whose job is to kill them, but in the woods they must also be aware of boars. Slowly the boys start to lose themselves and staying sane is suddenly more necessary than finding the ship. Yet, without the ship there seems to be no hope.

This was a horrific story, that had me thinking a lot about many different things. Like; what kind of society accepts the use of copies when their own children are away e.g. due to hospitalisations? Why is a copy needed? Why do te copy need to be so human, that they will fight for their survival? And how can parents dismiss a copy so easily, when they seem so real?

And those were the questions I had only twenty pages into the story.

I really liked this one! I am a big fan of books where form and content are mutually exclusive. We can see how Jonas slowly degenerates in the chapters. The sentences. The headlines even. However, this story was very hard to read. Children being rejected hurts me so deeply, and this was a book about an entire community – world maybe even – where everybody thought it alright to stop caring about a person, simply because it is a copy, who is no longer needed.

Intet (Nothing)

The fourth book I read this month was also for my studies.

In Intet we follow a group of kids from the seventh grade in ground school, who come together in trying to show one of their classmates that something matters. This particular classmate had left class stating that: Nothing matters, and so nothing is worth doing. The rest of the pupils in the class try to gather items that really mean something to them, however they do not choose themselves what matters, but someone else in the class points to them and tells them what to put into the pile of things that matter. It all though, turns into a horrible episode of bullying and … *sigh*

When I closed the book I thought: “hm.. njaeh.. I don’t know.” ’cause I really didn’t know what I thought of it. The kids were awful, and I couldn’t help but to think where all of the adults were. Who could simply just let this happen? At the same time, I found it to be one of those books that were not written to be enjoyed, but merely written to be worked with. Written to provoke, to spark some thoughts, to question something. And maybe I just questioned the wrong things.

Now I actually sort of like it. Well, it is still an awful story, and I still have doubts about using it when teaching myself. Mostly because I think the book says so many things, that  do not think, I can talk about with my classes. I fear too many will not get the book, and I fear they will instead just feel horrified or bored.

Spektrum: Ursiderne

I read the first two in the Spektrum series a few months ago and really liked them. Now I finally got my hands on the third one.

In Usiderne we follow Nasrin, who is new to the group. Nasrinlives with her father, who is never home, and her late mother’s friend, who takes care of Nasrin. Nasrin lost her mother some years ago in a terrible accident and the loss has made Nasrin very reticent and destructive. In this book the group digs deeper into the mystery that was (briefly) introduced in Geminiderne (Spektrum 2). This search for answers are very important to Nasrin, because it helps her understand more about her mother’s death, but the group – and especially one of them – plays an important part in Nasrin’s self healing.

Nasin is by far a much more destructive character than we have encountered before, but I really liked her. Not as much as I liked Emilie and Pi (especially Pi) from the earlier books, but I really do think that the author Nanna Foss has extraordinary character creating skills! She manages to write characters that are truly honest and believable; and so easy to identify with. Moreover she dares to end her book(s) with a cliff hanger, so great it should be illegal! I am so enthralled by her writing and I cannot wait to read the next in the series!

 

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 🙂

A stack of books that I intend to read during Dewey's 24-hour readathon

Dewey’s Readathon

Today Dewey’s Readathon begins and I am going to be a part of it. At least for som time since I have a birthday to go to later today. Also, the whole staying awake for 24 hours is not really something I am good at.

What to read for this readathon

I have a couple of books in my stack that are purely for school. I follow a literature course this term and we need to read a various amount of Danish authors for class. Three of my books for this readathon are for school. These are:

  • Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte by Louis Jensen (The boy who received a dog’s heart)
  • Kopierne by Jesper Wung-Sung (The Copies)
  • Små frø by Mette hegnhøj (Small Seeds)

In my stack I further have:

  • Intet by Janne Teller (Nothing)
  • Til døden os skiller by Kit A. Rasmussen (Until Death Do Us Part)
  • Harry Potter og de vises sten by J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

I hope to get through more than half during this readathon, but not knowing what I am going into or how I will hold up, I just hope for the best!

I will keep updating this post the further into the readathon as we get!

Please, feel free to comment where you keep updates on your readathon!

The first book

I will begin with Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte, since I started it a long time ago and really need to finish it.

The Danish book "Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte" is placed in a tree with green moss spots

Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte by Louis Jensen

16:12

I just finished Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte and also had a little bite to eat. The book turned out better than I had hoped for, now I will continue with Mette Hegnhøj’s Små frø (Small Seeds) before I have to leave for my boyfriend’s brother’s birthday. We leave at 16:45 (4:45pm), so I know I won’t get far into it, since I also need to change clothes before we leave. I dont know when we will be home, but I’ll make sure to write an update, when we do.

The second book

The second book is Små frø (Small Seeds) by Mette Hegnhøj and it is…. sort of a modern retelling of an old Danish story. Yet it is not a retelleing at all. I do not quite know how to explain it. However, I have heard it should be really good, so I really look forward to reading it!

The book Små frø (Small Seeds) by Mette Hegnhøj on a bench in the woods.

Små frø (Small Seeds) by Mette Hegnhøj

20:59

Well back at home after a wonderful evening at my mother-in-law’s to celebrate my boyfriend’s brother’s 17th birthday. It was so hyggeligt and fun, but I didn’t get any reading done. I didn’t expect to read much either, so it’s alright. Now I will begin my second book and see how long I can keep going.

00:22

This staying up late is so not for me. I just had a boyfriend-break, where we watched some TV and ate a b lot of popcorns! I’ve looked at several other blogs and instagrams to see how everyone else is doing, and now I will go to bed and try to read the last few pages of Små frø before I fall asleep. I hope your readathon goes well!

9:12

I have a big heart for sleep, so I managed to sleep for a good seven hours tonight, but am now back on track. It is amazing to see how much people can read. I am a slow reader and I also need a lot of breaks when I read. It wasn’t always like that, but I have lost some of my ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. Hopefully I can get it back with exercise. I know it is something I need to work on.

I am now starting Til døden os skiller (Until Death Do Us Part) by Kit A. Rasmussen, which is my third book in this readathon.

13:10 (1:10 pm)

I have just put down Til døden os skiller (Until Death Do Us Part) by Kit A. Rasmussen which was such an amazing read! It left my heart a little hollow, so instead of continuing with Kopierne (The Copies) by Jesper Wung-Sung as I had originally planned, I am going to dive into the Danish edition/translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to lighten the mood a little for these past minutes. I wish you all a happy final spurt and look forward to reading some of the other readers’ blog posts about these last few hours, since I completely vanished from the surface and haven’t paid attention to other readathoners since 9 am this morning. But now I will read.

14:10 (2:10 pm)

Time’s up. The readathon is over and we can go back to our normal lives. I am so happy I finally got to try this out, but I must admit that I was a far better reader this morning than I was yesterday afternoon and evening. Next time I must make sure to be in a time zone, where the readathon starts in the morning! (I’m obviously kidding – I will not move time zone! But I might structure my readathon differently).

I am amazed with myself. I actually got to finish three books and a short story. Granted none of the books were bricks (Game of Throne size), but I really didn’t think I could concentrate long enough to finish more than one book. I had imagined giving up and starting a new one, once in a while – or go back to one a gave up on earlier in the readathon. I am so glad that I decided to go to sleep, because I woke up much more determined and hungry than I was when I went to bed.

To sum up

  • Drengen der fik en hunds hjerte (104 pages)
  • Små frø (87 pages)
  • Irene Holm (17 pages)
  • Til døden os skiller (265 pages)
  • Harry Potter 1 (21 pages)

All in all: 494 pages.

This was a great experience, but I will definitely have to make som changes for the next one I want to participate in. I am not  big snacker when I read, but I managed to eat through two bags of popcorn (with help from my lovely boyfriend!), an apple and half a bag of gifflar (cinnamon buns) plus a bottle or two of water and two glasses of soda. Plus the proper meals of course. I missed some cookies though, so I will definitely add that to my “things to remember” list for next time. Now I crave pancakes, so I will adventure out for a walk with former mentioned boyfriend and buy some oats, so we can have afternoon pancakes before we have to leave for another birthday (same boy – different part of the family)! It has been a super busy weekend, and I was way to anxious about it before it started, but I have actually managed to enjoy it all the way. And pause, when I needed to.

Moreover, I have really enjoyed following a bunch of other bloggers/instagrammers/readathoners to see what they were reading, eating and doing. When they went to bed and which of the small challenges they participated in. I look forward to next time, but for now I will go show my boyfriend I haven’t forgotten him in all this. And make pancakes! A ton of them <3

To begin a blog part II

Now my blog has been online for a few weeks and I have sort of settled as a blogger. I do this, because I want to. I do this for me. And I do this for all of you, who are interested in my thoughts on different books, issues, events and whatever else I could think important or interesting enough to share.

The blog experience so far

I have been through a variety of emotions in this very short time. First I was excited and scared. Then I published my blog and the fear was quickly substituted by joy and pride. Then after a little while I felt anxious: What if I didn’t post enough? What if I didn’t write the right things? And what if I made the wrong decision, when I chose to do this in English despite being a native Danish speaker?

Lately though, I have become more at ease with everything. I no longer have to remind myself, why I do this. It is like writing little bits of stories or writing small poems without the intention of actually showing someone. But if I do show someone, I don’t ask for their opinion, I only hope the enjoyed it.

reviewing

In the beginning the reviewing part was sort of difficult. Mostly because I didn’t know how to write without spoilers. I always knew I wouldn’t want to review by giving books stars or the likes. I am a student teacher, hopefully one day an actual teacher, who will need to put grades on my pupils. I hate that. I don’t think you can put a grade on a person. It’s not that I don’t think you can put a grade on a book, but like people books are so much more than the paper and ink. Books are so much more than the words printed on the page.  Books can change you. Books can change themselves. The first time you read something and the second or third or tenth time you read it, it may not be the same book or story. Because you changed. I know my reviews are still a product of my thoughts at a specific time, but I still like to make them without the firm system of stars or other.

I start out with a quick summary or  teaser (in the instances where a summary will be too revealing). After that comes a section of my thoughts on the book and at the end of these I tell you who I think would benefit from reading the book. Sometimes it will be very specific, but mostly it will be something along the lines of: “those who enjoy….”

what can the future bring?

I strive to post once a week, but I must admit that some weeks are straight up crazy-busy! Hopefully, I will become better at finding my writing voice. I still struggle a little, because I want you to take me seriously, but also I don’t want to hide away who I am. And I am a little crazy – just so you know.

I have always loved writing and I am wondering if I should sometimes post the things I write. My poems. My ‘scenes’. I never write entire stories; I only write excerpts. Small scenes. I read something in the newspaper, I dream something or I see something in the world and my mind goes crazy making up ideas for this specific thing or person. But not long stories. I do not care for the long stories in the stuff I write. I care for the sensations in that exact moment. So maybe you will get to experience that part of me.

The book Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter lies on a table with a smart phone and a pair of sunglasses. The table is covered in a blue table cloth.

Pretty Girls

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published: HarperCollinsNordic, 2015 (in Danish)

Danish title: De smukkeste

I enjoy a good thriller just as much as I enjoy a good fantasy, but I often feel that the thrillers I read dissappoint me. That they are not creepy enough or written cleverly enough. It’s not that I need a good thriller to be one that constantly takes me by surprise, but if it doesn’t it needs to be hella good written! One of my friends recommended I read Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, because it was really creepy and really, really good. I have loved every single book she has recommended, so I figured I’d love this one as well.

The Book

Pretty Girls is a psychological thriller about a young woman, whose husband is brutally murdered. We follow Claire as she tries to cope with her husband’s murder and in the process she slowly becomes aware that he was never who she thought he was. With a little help she tries to uncover all the secrets that suddenly rush to the surface without losing her mind or getting caught up in the lies. I don’t know what else to tell you without spoiling anything!

my thoughts

Karin Slaugther is an excellent writer. Everytime I had to put the book away, it was too exciting. I cannot tell you how many times I almost missed my stop, or got to bed too late. Pretty Girls is not a pretty story. At all. It is creepy to the point where I even wondered how anybody could think this up. Write it. And actually let somebody else read it in the hopes of letting thousands of people read it. I sometimes wonder how authors don’t lose their mind. I mean, they write on a project for so long, and they have to know every little thing about ther characters. Every dirty little secret. I can just close my book. Or hurry through it. Or quickly start a new lighter book afterwards.

Pretty Girls is amazing! I love these psychological thrillers, because they creep me out. Because I know that somewhere out in the world, something like this exists. I hope it’s never true, but horrible murders are committed, people do disappear, and the ones who suffer are forgotten.

I do recommend you read this if you like to read thrillers. The story is so well-written. I was constantly surprised and there was never a good time to put the book down. This was my first Slaughter-book, but it is definitely not the last one I will read!

Thanks to Cecilie for the recommendation!