...from a BookLover

Friday, 31 May 2013

A wonderful quote:

 "Books are a uniquely portable magic." 
                                                                                ~Stephen King

The Magic of Books by Tammara Markegard

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

An early morning..

"My favourite start of the day is having breakfast and a cup of tea outside on the entrance stairs with a good book, the birds singing and my cat beside me. Nothing beats that!"

I wrote that an early morning a year ago. I never got around to post it, though, as I lost my cat shortly after. Things are just not quite the same without her around. *Sad*

She was greatness 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Monday, 27 May 2013

Song of the Boat

This felt fitting today. All around me there is nothing but sea - it is quite breathtaking - and the sea and the sky were all blue today with hardly a cloud in sight. The water really did sing blue, as it says in the poem.

song of the boat
Picture source

The poem is taken from the book Water sings blue by Kate Coombs

Sunday, 26 May 2013

84 Charing Cross Road

The last couple of days I have been reading 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I know this book is most likely known by most of you out there, but even so I am sure you love a teaser or two from it as it is such a charming little book with so many beautiful passages which are simply meant to be quoted from.

84 Charing Cross Road consists of letters sent between Helene Hanff in New York and the little book store Marks & Co in London through as many as 20 years (from 1949 to 1969). They are a delightful read, filled with humour and friendship. It is amazing what a shared interest in books can lead to. 

The copy I have in my hand is accompanied by the sequel The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. This is a diary from 1971, and continues the story started with the letters.

I found it difficult to select just a few quotes, but here are two of my favourites, both from p. 54:

It looks too new and pristine ever to have been read by anyone else, but it has been: it keeps falling open at the most delightful places as the ghost of its former owner points me to things I've never read before.
I shall sprinkle pale pencil marks through it pointing out the best passages to some book-lover yet unborn.

When I get home I am going to watch the movie, too. I hope it was well made and that it was able to catch the athmosphere and feel of the book 

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Pink Panther, you say?

I loooove Pink Panther! I have a Pink Panther at home - a plush toy that is two years older than me. Or, rather, came into the family two years before I did. I got him when I was born and he has followed me around ever since. He looks like an old friend, I would say - a bit worn-out and thin, but still cozy. His current home is in my library, on one of the top shelves so he has a good view - you know, old friends do deserve a good view.

During a visit at my grandma's a few days ago I suddenly saw this (!) on TV! Simply marvellous, do you not think so? I should probably frame this. I do not often get to see Pink Panther animations, but I cannot really recall having seen him reading much? So even though these are only letters of his I still jumped to attention and got this snap-shot real quick:

Pink cuteness!

I really ought to add a picture of my own Pink Panther as well, but that will have to wait for some other time as I am not at all anywhere near home at the moment.

Is it too much to hope that these will come in books one day, you think?

Monday, 13 May 2013

Teaser time!

"I'll keep you safe," he said, stepping forward to sweep a lock of hair back from her face. "Or die trying."
Wild, p. 34
"Wild" by Aprilynne Pike

All four books of the series.

This book is the third in a series of four by Aprilynne Pike. I just ordered number four today, curious to see where the story ends. 

I cannot say I loved the books (although I do love the cover art!), but they were cute. I enjoyed the idea of a faerie living a human life with all the possible problems you can imagine. 

This is definitely a YA series - you know; high school, boy trouble, secrets, exams etc, only with a faerie twist to it. One such twist is trolls with guns of the kind which crashes the most important dance of the year. Why, of course! Who has not seen or heard of trolls with guns, right?! 

Now, I did quite like the whole faerie concept. I could truly imagine the fae world Pike was describing. It did sound amazing and magical and I would love to read more about it. And the whole flower thing? I would have given so much to be able to see that!

I will give you one more teaser tonight before I hit the sack, just to give you a touch of humour on the go.

He headed towards the front door and Laurel watched him for a few seconds before reality crept back in. "Tamani, stop!" she said, leaping off her stool and sprinting to the entryway. "Do not go out of my front door with no shirt on. I have very nosy neighbours."
Wild, pp. 35-36

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Through the Looking Glass

Teaser day! 

Today I have found you a classic. This book is so huge I only ever read in it when I am at home. There are quite a few books like that, come to think of it... 

Anyway, today I am giving you a sneak peak into Alice's conversation with Kitty, the little black kitten:

"Do you hear the snow against the window-panes, Kitty? How nice and soft it sounds! Just as if some one was kissing the window all over outside. I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.' And when they wake up in the summer, Kitty, they dress themselves all in green, and dance about - whenever the wind blows - oh, that's very pretty!" cried Alice, dropping the ball of worsted to clap her hands. "And I do so wish it was true! I'm sure the woods look sleepy in the autumn, when the leaves are getting brown."
 by Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, The Complete Illustrated Works of 

Alice really is so adorable, and I love the drawings:

Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

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