...from a BookLover

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Today's teaser...

...comes from a book I have not yet started reading. The title is quite intriguing, however, so Girl Reading might just be the next story I will pick up.

" He has a coin in his purse - one single coin. He does not yet know its full buying power but is certain he can only spend it once. The question is where to spend it, and on what? Where it will bring the most personal benefit? Or where it will cause the most damage? "
Girl Reading, p. 70

Girl Reading by Katie Ward

Oh, and isn't the silhouette on the cover just the cutest?

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Once upon a time...

Anyone in for a movie night this Saturday? If so, I have just the thing for you!

Once upon a time is the name of a television series I am watching nowadays. Simply imagine a place where all your beloved fairy tale characters have mixed and reformed into something else entirely and taken a leap into our own world - and there you have it! It is most fun!

The plot is as follows:
The Evil Queen from the fairy tale of Snow White casts a curse upon everyone in the fairy tale world, transporting them into our real world and a town called Storybrooke. All the characters lose their memory of what they truly are and become regular citizens filling up different occupations in the town. An effect of the curse is that time stands still in Storybrooke, which leads to no aging, no changes, no visitors and no escapes. They do the same every day with no memory of how long they have been doing this. It has all been "for as long as they can remember". Enter Emma Swan. She is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming (yes, they got a daughter!) and happened to escape the curse before it swallowed everything. Her arrival in the town sets events in motion - and the clock starts ticking!

In each episode we are being told the back story of one of the fairy tale characters. You get the story of how Snow White and Prince Charming met, how Snow White came to be with the dwarves, how the dwarves lived before they met her, how a fairy becomes a Fairy God Mother, what happened to Red Riding Hood, how Jiminy Cricket became precisely that, how Belle came to fall in love with the Beast and so on...and none of these stories are quite what you think they are going to be.

I had fun watching the first season - and I hope you will as well.

Have a great Saturday wherever you are!

Some of the characters from Once upon a time.
Photo from Collider.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Book is a Magical Portal to Another Dimension

Truly enchanting. The picture is called The Reader's Path.

I strongly recommend you to follow the link to Jerry Morelli's site - there are so many other wonderful pictures there. You just cannot not love them.

Artist: Jerry Morelli 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

My London book haul

I finally got around to take a picture for you of the books you saw in my basket! In the end I ended up getting 15 books from my favourite city. Not too bad, I think - but I realised I could have bought a couple of more after I packed the suitcase... There was room left in it! An error in the logistics department, I would say. Will do better next time!

So, here you go:
Most exciting! Only I do not know where to find room for them...
My book shelves are getting crammed!

What do you think? Did I forget some good ones?


Sunday, 17 February 2013

A child made of snow?

I am well into a new read called The Snow Child, written by Eowyn Ivey. It is really sweet, although the topic so far is certainly not...

The old married couple in the book moved away from everyone and everything in order to escape the memory of a child lost. They are sad and depressed, but living in the harsh reality of Alaska has not made things any better the way they thought it would. That is, until some new friends are made, a snow girl is created one snowy night, a scarf and a pair of mittens have disappeared the next morning...and everything changes in the blink of an eye. To the better, I hope.

A teaser for you:
"When she turned to pull the door closed, she glimpsed blue in the snowladen spruce trees beyond the yard. She strained her eyes and no longer saw blue, but instead red fur. Blue fabric. Red fur. A child, slight and quick in a blue coat, passing through the trees. A blink, and the little coat was gone and there was slinking fur, and it was like the flipping black-and-white pictures she had seen in a coin-operated illuminated box in New York City. Appearing and disappearing motion, child and woodland creature each a passing flicker." 
The Snow Child, p. 57
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Yet again do I find myself with a book with beautiful language and scenery - and that is just the way it should be. I have waited quite some time to start reading this book, and so I am really excited about it. I cannot wait to see what happens with the old couple and the snow child. Besides, I adore the cover art for this one! It looks truly magical.

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Monday, 11 February 2013

Bring on London!!!

Finally - back in London! London is one of my favourite cities. It has it all: cafés, markets, museums, musicals, friends, restaurants, pubs, parks...and obviously - books! We found this tiny cute hotel with a view of a little green area with huge trees. Quite close to the tube, yet far enough away to lose the traffic noise. Perfect!

So, last Monday morning found me pretty much like this:
A lovely spot to write my diary - and the bed was practically in the window!
...with the amazing Audrey Hepburn looking over my shoulder.

Next up was roaming about the Camden area and markets. Cannot believe I could only find one book store there, though! Not too much in it, either... Thankfully we found Waterstones the next day at Piccadilly - and that is some book store. Five floors! I spent three hours in there trying to look at as many books as possible - which only amounted to about two floors. A wonderful, wonderful place!

So many books, yet so little time!
Do you see me with the basket there..? Yep, you guessed it..! I got a whole bunch of interesting and crisp new books to bring home with me. A happy day for sure!

By the way, if you ever find yourself in London: do watch a musical or two as they are truly amazing! This time we ventured to see Billy Elliot. Wow, that kid has got some moves!

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