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På bloggen her kan du finde anmeldelser af alt fra fantasy, science Fiction, kærlighed, chicklit, YA og NA til historiske romaner, krimier, spændingsbøger, og hvad jeg ellers lige falder over, der ser spændende ud. Herudover er der bl.a. Book Hauls og Kommende Udgivelser, samt Månedlige Opsummeringer. Occasional posts/reviews in English.
~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

24/08/2013

Holiday!

I'm going to Crete! I'm so excited, I've never been there before (only place in Greece I've been before is Zakynthos (a.k.a. Zante) which is a gorgeous island).

I'm travelling there with my parents and will be gone for a week, basking in the sun, the pool, the nature and the sea :D

Top 3 things I'm most excited about:
  • A 16 km hike through the Samariá Gorge (google image it, it's gorgeous!)
  • The archaeological site of Knossos - Europe's oldest city, home of King Minos & the labyrinth with the minotaur (Crete has a massive cultural history and I can't wait to explore as much as possible)
  • Swimming in the ocean by boat. I don't like beaches and touching the bottom (I'm terrified of stuff I can't see), but I love swimming around when it's 30m deep and the water is crystal clear.
Obviously I can't go on holiday and lie around a pool all day without bringing lots of reading material and I've chosen to bring along these 4:

  • A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson (I'm 66% done with this, and depending on how far I get before we leave tomorrow, I may leave it behind, it's not wildly interesting (though it is a good enough book) and I don't want to drag it around)
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
So there we have a good representation of fiction, YA, historical and fantastic fiction. I would bring something magical or epic, but I don't seem to have one of those lying around (without being 1000+ pages long).

Take care and see you when I get back o/

22/08/2013

Thesis

So, what I completely neglected to mention back in my vlog-post was that Friday the 16th I passed my final exam and thesis, titled Digitized Identiy - Identity online and its consequences. I now hold a Master's degree in Library and Information Science in addition to my BSc (Bachelor's degree). In Danish my official title is cand.scient.bibl. After 5 years of hard work at the University I'm now done - no more school for me, ever!

It's very surreal for me to be done with it all. It feels like something huge has happened, but yet nothing has changed. I'm still just me. I think I'm still waiting for it to hit me properly that I'm starting a brand new chapter of my life.

I'm currently unemployed as I had to quit my otherwise awesome part time job in IKEA because of some bureaucracy nonsense in order to get enough unemployment benefits for me to get by on. I'm searching high and low for a job that allows me to use my education, but until then I'll have lots of time to read and review :)

Flowers from friends
My two best girl friends gave me this gorgeous bouquet congratulating me :)

17/08/2013

Vlog #1 - Books TBR

Here is my very first vlog - it's pretty bad, I'll admit. I've yet to figure out how to do this smoothly, but it's at least a start. In it, I showcase and talk about the books I own, but have yet to read - enjoy!


13/08/2013

Book Haul #9 - Bridget Jones

This ought to be the last one for a while now!

Bridget Jones' Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
I just had to own two of the best books I've read. Bridget Jones' Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding are such great reads! I can't wait for the long awaited third book, Mad About the Boy, which should get out mid-October 2013.

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In other news I've finished the entire Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris and awwww. Those were good. A solid 4 stars as a whole, with a few ups and downs individually.

I'm also currently attempting to read Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City and I must say - I'm struggling. I'm a major fan of the TV series and so far, around 50 pages in, it's just not what I thought it would be. It's very close-ish to the first 10 minutes of the first episode - very fragmented and without context. I hope it, like the episode, will improve eventually.

12/08/2013

Book Haul #8 - Stephen King

The mail man was just here handing me a big pile :)

In My Mailbox - Stephen King books
In My Mailbox - Stephen King books
5 lovelies all by Stephen King; Pet Sematary, Misery, The Shining, The Green Mile and Under the Dome.

09/08/2013

Book Haul #7

Just 7 days after it being dispatched I received the first of many books I've recently splurged on :)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I don't have much to review at the moment, a couple of books I've attempted to read without much luck and I'm instead ploughing my way through Charlaine Harris' Aurora Teagarden series. I read and reviewed the first two books of the series back in April (Real Murders and A Bone to Pick) and found that they were my typical kind of feel good / guilty pleasure reads. I read the third book (Three Bedrooms, One Corpse) just over a week ago and read books 4 and 5 (The Julius House and Dead Over Heels) during the last 3 days. I've just begun reading the 6th book (A Fool and His Honey) and will most likely keep reading till I've read them all, 8 in total. I doubt I'll be reviewing them much more than this as I don't really have a whole lot to say about them other than I inexplicably really enjoy reading them and they've all landed around 3½-4 stars so far.

06/08/2013

Read-a-Thon & In My Mailbox #4

Remember back in April, where I participated in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? Yesterday I discovered a nice surprise in my mailbox - way back then, I won one of the hourly prize-draws, and today it was suddenly there. I'll admit I'd completely forgotten all about it, so was very puzzled to find a hand-addressed envelope from the UK in my mailbox.

The Book of General Ignorance - The Noticeably Stouter Edition by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

I got The Book of General Ignorance - The Noticeably Stouter Edition by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson. Many thanks to Rachel from cabbitcorner.com for my prize :)

02/08/2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

After reading the first 30 pages of this I wrote the following on Goodreads: "Wth? Is this for real? Who is this over sensitive twat and why is he writing letters about his masturbation habits to a stranger?"
Putting it mildly I wasn't impressed. But something kept me reading. Something drew me in.

The book turned out to be unputdownable. Charlie turned out to be such a dear sweet character that you can't help but love and who's easy to forgive for his social faux-passes. I also adored the friendships built throughout the book and how deep and real all the characters felt. The book and Charlie deals with very real issues and they put so many things into perspective and they get you thinking.

I hate when books like this end. They always leave you hanging for more. You may not love this book. You may not understand it. But I think you ought to read it. I'm fairly certain it made me grow.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
ISBN13: 9781847394071
231 pages / published in 1999
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013