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.

Girl in the woods, holding a book

To begin a blog

I have probably already welcomed you, but then I will just do it again: I am so thrilled that you have decided to drop by my blog and I hope you like it!

the beginning

I want to share with you some of the thoughts, fears and victories I have had while creating this book blog. Mostly because I at first thought, that having a blog was something that demanded I possessed some magical skills. Well, maybe not magical, but I was very much star struck by any other book blogger I would come across on the Internet, and thought that what they did, I could never do. I certainly thought that without an education within the field of literature, information science or the likes, I was not cut out to be a book blogger, and even if I tried I would crash and burn.

I say this, because there may be some of my site’s visitors, who secretly want to start a blog as well. It doesn’t have to be books, it could be anything, and I want you to know, that it can be done!

In October 2016 I actually started this blog. I bought a domain and began writing about the books I had read in several word documents, but it never seemed right. I never came up with something I actually wanted to share. At the same time I also started a bookstagram account on Instagram, which was a much better experience for me. Being online was never something I cared much about, and I guess, that that was what prevented me from truly starting the blog back in October. So I eased into it with Instagram.

Instagram

Instagram was fun. I remember hitting 17 followers and being full of joy that so many people actually cared about what I did (or at least cared enough to follow me). I remember hitting 56 followers and being all ecstatic over the number. From there it suddenly moved fast and I still cannot quite fathom that I have surpassed 300 followers. 300 people, who are interested in knowing what I put up! Of course some of those are of the “141” mentality (follow for follow), and they might not care at all what I put up, but I believe that most are genuinely interested. I know I am, whenever I choose to follow someone.

After a few months, I had gotten more used to being online and actively sharing thoughts and opinions, and thus I decided to begin working on my blog again. I was (and am) still scared that I might crash and burn: That I will realise that running a blog is too much work – too time consuming, or maybe even too boring. But I also know, that right now I really want to do this! I want to share my thoughts, ideas, opinions and experiences with you, and that’s what really matters.

the blog

I am, and always have been, technologically challenged. You can almost say, that I repel technology. Buying the domain was easy enough. Finding and installing a theme was harder. Making the theme fit what I had envisioned was problematic and I could not have done so without help. Luckily opposites attract, and it just so happens that my boyfriend works with multimedia. He could then help guide me through plugins and widgets and all those things I never knew existed. And so now, I am no longer scared of ruining something when I log in without him sitting next to me.

My goal was to create a blog that wasn’t too girly, but still didn’t look all minimalist, white and sterile. I am a colourful person, and I wanted the site to show that site of me. I am also a very disorganised person, and I really didn’t want the site to show that site of me. Cue, my very organised boyfriend to the rescue. I probably could have done this all by myself, but the result would not have been as pleasing as this.

I am not saying you need to know some multimedia specialist if you want to start your own blog. What I am saying is: A little help can go a long way.

Support

As I mentioned earlier, I was afraid to crash and burn with this project, and so I didn’t share my dreams with many friends or family. Looking back, I am not sure I would recommend doing that. It made me feel safe and comfortable, because if I failed, only a few would know. However, I think that their support and talents are something worth appreciating and can be put to good use. I used my boyfriend a lot. “Does this look good?”, “Would another colour work better here?”, “How do I create a new blog page?”, “I don’t like this feature – can it be removed?” and most importantly: “Will you please read this and tell me if I should correct anything.”

cherryblossomreads

To all of you, who made it down this far in the post: This is me. This is my blog. Shaped and censored to fit the online community, yet very honest and personal. It is my hope to some day be more personal. To share myself. Completely. Okay, not completely – I was just inspired by a quote from Fight Club. Words will do that to you. Creep under your skin. Live there and take control. And we often love that feeling. That feeling is what creates the worst, most prominent book hangovers. It is almost addictive. That feeling is the reason I read.

Wish me luck. Or don’t. I am beyond excited to finally be doing this! And that is what truly matters.