The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Series Review | Darkest Minds af Alexandra Bracken – Serie Anmeldelse

10576365Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release date: 2012 – 2014
Pages: 1,530
My Rating – Average: ★★★☆☆ (or 3.5)

Synopsis – Book #1 (Goodreads): 
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

Review

16150830The most interesting about The Darkest Minds is, in my opinion, the generel idea behind the story. It’s set in a dystopian America so there isn’t anything different about the world, but there is still a lot to built on with the dystopian world and the characters and their abilities. The first book mostly explores the world and does a great job at it. It’s simply, but also interesting enough that it doesn’t get boring – at least not in the first book.

As the second book begins we have a pretty good grip on the world and that is when  the characters begin to carry the books. There is still a lot going on but the characters are the parts that really stands out. They each have their own distinctive personalities and they all have a purpose, so it doesn’t feel like they’re just there for the sake of it. Ruby is a great protagonist and when you finish the series you can tell how much Ruby has grown as a character without never losing the core of her personality.

In the second and third books the plot became a little too predictable and some of the plot points felt repetitive. This part is also what made me realize why dystopian are a hard genre for me to enjoy. There isn’t a lot more to explore after the first book in terms of things outside of the characters. And even though I like character driven books and the characters in The Darkest Minds are fantastic, I still want something else to happen. And sure, they do other stuff but it just isn’t that interesting when the characters are out searching for something for the third time.

16150831The other thing that turns me away from dystopian is the antagonist – the government. I knew that going into the book so I can’t complain too much, but it just fell flat for me. I knew what to expect and it isn’t anything new. There are some other antagonist or “almost-bad-guys” throughout the books who I found a lot more interesting, so the government plot was just anticlimactic.

In the end I gave The Darkest Minds an average rating of 3.5/5. There are a lot of things I enjoyed and some I didn’t, but I don’t feel like it was a waste of time. There are many great characters and I had a lot of emotions as I read the book – and the book brings some really interesting moral questions, that I think are a great addition to the story.

 


10576365Titel: The Darkest Minds
Forfatter: Alexandra Bracken
Udgivet: 2012 – 2014
Sider: 1,530
Min bedømmelse – gennemsnit: ★★★☆☆ (eller 3.5)

Synopse – bog #1 (Saxo):
En mystisk sygdom dræber 98 procent af alle børnene i USA, og de resterende 2 procent viser sig at have udviklet en form for overnaturlige evner, som ingen helt ved, hvad indebærer, og de placeres derfor i forskellige aflukkede faciliteter.16-årige Ruby undslipper med nød og næppe en af regeringens mest brutale testlejre og slutter sig til en gruppe andre teenagere på flugt fra systemet. Og på jagt efter svar.Liam, den lille gruppes leder, falder hårdt for Ruby, men hun kan ikke lade ham komme tæt på sig. Ikke efter det, der skete med hendes forældre.

Anmeldelse

16150830Den mest interessante ting ved The Darkest Minds er, efter min mening, den generelle ide bag historien. Den foregår i en dystopien Amerika, så der er ikke noget anderledes ved verdenen, men der er stadig massere at bygge på ved dystopien verdenen og karaktererne og deres evner. Den første bog udforsker for det meste kun verdenen, og den gør det godt. Det er simpelt, men samtidig også interessant nok til, at det ikke bliver kedeligt – i det mindste ikke i den første bog.

Som den anden bøger bøger, har vi en rimelig god forståelse af verdenen, og det er der, at karaktererne begynder at bære bøgerne. Der er stadig meget, der sker, men det er karaktererne, der virkelig skiller sig ud. De har alle deres egne karakteristiske personligheder, og de har alle et formål, så det føles ikke som om, de er der bare for at være der. Ruby er også en rigtig god hovedperson, og når man er færdig med serien, kan man se, hvor meget Ruby er vokset, men uden at miste kernen af hendes personlighed.

I den anden og den tredje bog bliver plottet lidt for forudsigeligt, og nogle af plot punkterne var for gentagende. Denne del er det, som fik mig til at indse, hvorfor dystopien er en svær genre for mig. Der er ikke meget at udforske efter den første bog i forhold til ting udover karaktererne. Og selvom jeg elsker karakter drevet bøger, og karaktererne i The Darkest Minds er fantastiske, vil jeg stadig gerne se noget andet ske. Og der er selvfølgelig andre ting, der sker, men det er bare ikke særlig interessant, når karaktererne er ude og lede efter noget tredje gang i bare en bog.

16150831Den anden ting, der driver mig væk fra dystopien, er modstanderen – regeringen. Det vidste jeg dog, da jeg startede bøgerne, så jeg kan ikke brokke mig for meget, men den del faldt til jorden. Jeg vidste, hvad jeg kunne forvente, og det er ikke noget nyt. Der er nogle andre modstandere gennem bøgerne, som var meget mere interessante, så regering plottet endte med at være rimelig antiklimaksk.

I sidste ende gav jeg The Darkest Minds en gennemsnitlig bedømmelse på 3.5/5. Der er en masse ting, som jeg godt kunne lide og noget, som jeg ikke kunne lide, men jeg er stadig glad for, at jeg har læst serien. Der er mange gode karakterer, og bøgerne bragte mange følelser frem i mig – og de hæver nogle virkelig spændende moralske spørgsmål, som jeg synes, er en god tilføjelse til historien.

 

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – Review | Summer of Salt af Katrina Leno – Anmeldelse

35230420Title: Summer of Salt
Author: Katrina Leno
Release date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 272
My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads, shortened):
A magic passed down through generations…

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

A summer that will become legend…

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

Review

It has been a long time since I last read a book with magic realism but obviously something I should read more of as I absolutely loved Summer of Salt. I originally picked it up by chance for the f/f romance (as a ebook) but stayed for everything else.

The book is so magical. I read a lot of fantasy and I don’t have as much experience with magic realism, and Summer af Salt felt much more magical. I really felt like I was part of the magic, which was mainly because of the atmosphere. It was refreshing to see how the family and their history played an part in building the atmosphere, the plot and also the island itself. Nothing in the book felt unnecessary and the isolated island and the history behind it really brought a very special feel to the book.

Even though I said I stayed for everything else, I still enjoyed the romance. It was there when it needed to be and when the main character was focused on something else she didn’t think about anything related to her romantic interest. There was never any conflicts with the romance and it was nice to just have a nice and (almost) calm romance in midst of everything else.

Another well made relationship was the sister-sister relationship and the connection between the current family members and their past. Georgina’s sister Mary was an interesting character to follow and her personality played really well into the story and the plot as well. All the characters in the story were interesting and there was definitely a lot more to the characters than just their “stereotypical” personalities.

I expected a fun and light story when I began the book and it was only when I was about 70% through that I saw and realized how much depth the story actually contained. There is a mystery included and it isn’t a incredible confusing mystery, but it still managed to surprise me with some of the revelations because of how little I expected of it plot wise.  It turned out to have some really important points to make and it did it really well. It might sound like a simple story and at some parts it definitely is, but it also has so much more to offer.

Summer of Salt is an amazing book, and the ending really ties the whole book together perfectly and made it one of my favourite books ever.

 


35230420Titel: Summer of Salt
Forfatter: Katrina Leno
Udgivet: June 5th, 2018
Sider: 272
Stjerner givet: ★★★★★

Synopse (Goodreads, gjort kort – oversat):
Magi passerede gennem generationer…

Georgina Fernweh venter med voksende utålmodighed på magi i hendes fingre – magi som har passeret gennem alle kvinder i hendes familie. Hendes tvillingesøster, Mary, viser allerede evnen til at trodse tyngdekraften. Men som deres attende fødselsdag nærmer sig, bliver Georgina bange for, at hendes gave aldrig vil komme.

En sommer, der vil blive en legende…

Da en tragedie strejker, bliver det som gør Fernweh kvinderne specially pludselig det, som gør dem til mistænkte. Over hendes sidste sommer på øen – en sommer af storme, af kærlighed, af salt – vil Georgina lære sandheden omkring magi i alle dens former.

Anmeldelse

Der er lang tid siden, at jeg sidst har læst en bog med magic realism, men det er tydeligvis noget, som jeg burde læse mere af, da jeg elskede Summer of Salt. Jeg valgte den først ved et tilfælde pga. den kvindelige romance (som en ebog), men jeg blev for alt andet.

Bogen er så magisk. Jeg læser en hel del fantasy, og har ikke så meget erfaring med magic realism, og Summer of Salt føltes meget mere magisk. Jeg havde det virkelig som om, at jeg var en del af magien, hvilket for det meste var pga. atmosfæren. Det var forfriskende at se, hvordan familien og deres historie spillede en rolle i at bygge atmosfæren, plottet og selve øen. Intet i bogen føltes unødvendigt, og den isoleret ø og historien bag den bragte en meget speciel charme til bogen.

Selvom jeg sagde, at jeg blev for alt andet, var romantikken stadig god. Den var der, når den skulle være der, og når hovedkarakteren var fokuseret på noget andet, tænkte hun ikke på noget relateret til sin forelskelse. Der var aldrig nogen konflikt med romantikken, og det var dejligt bare at have en (næsten) rolig romance blandt alt andet, der skete.

Et andet forhold, som er rigtig godt lavet, var søster forholdet og forbindelsen mellem den nuværende familie og deres fortid. Georgina’s søster Mary var et interessant karakter at følge og hendes personlighed spillede rigtig godt ind i historien og plottet. Alle karaktererne in bogen var interessante, og der var helt sikkert meget mere til karaktererne end bare deres “stereotypiske” personligheder.

Jeg forventede en sjov og let historie, da jeg startede bogen, og det var kun da jeg var ca. 70% gennem den, at jeg indså, hvor meget dybde historien faktisk indeholdt. Der er et mysterie i historien, og det er ikke et særligt forvirrende mysterie, men det formåede stadig at overraske mig med nogle af afsløringerne pga. hvor lidt, jeg forventede i forhold til plottet. Det lyder måske som en simpel historie, og ved nogle dele er den helt sikkert også, men samtidig har den også så meget mere at byde på.

Summer of Salt er en faktisk bog, og slutningen binder virkelig bogen sammen helt perfekt, og gjorde det til en af min nyeste yndlingsbog.

Mid Year Book Freak Out 2018 – Tag

We’re halfway through the year so it’s time for my mid year book freak out. There are a lot of questions so I’ll get right into it!

 

  1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
    It’s difficult for me to choose between all my favorites so far so I’ll “cheat” a little and go with my most recent 5 star book Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. There wasn’t anything about the book I disliked and it just made me happy. This’ll probably also be one of those books that I’ll think about the rest of the year.
  2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
    This is a easy pick for me; Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae was incredible as well, but when I read Gemina afterwards it blew me away.
  3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
    I’m desperately waiting to read Obsidio. I have to borrow it from my library but I’m in line and have been for about two months.
  4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?
    Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. When I finished Lord of Shadows last year I immediately wanted to read the next book. Queen of Air and Darkness is probably the only book I looked forward to in the beginning of 2018 and it’s still number one on my list.
  5. Biggest Disappointment?
    Either Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur or The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson. Milk and Honey was mostly because of the hype around it and The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza just didn’t blow me away like We are the Ants.
  6. Biggest Surprise?
    More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I had tried to read it one or two times before, wasn’t really impressed, finally read it and was really surprised! I still don’t like the first part as much as the second part, but the second part does make up for it.
  7. Favourite New Author?
    I’ve read a lot of new authors but I’ve mostly read only one book from an author, so I don’t think I can pick a new favourite author yet.
  8. Newest Fictional Crush?
    More than fictional crushes I usually just get obsessed with some characters. Which kind of ties in with the next question.
  9. Newest Favourite Character?
    All the characters from Illuminae and Gemina. Or the female characters from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Or the characters from Carry on by Rainbow Rowell. So many great characters!
  10. A Book That Made You Cry
    The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli made me cry more than I had anticipated. It really hit me in some parts so I couldn’t help but cry.
  11. A Book That Made You Happy
    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell definitely made me happy. It was so good and it was a fun reading experience.
  12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
    I don’t think I’ve seen any movie adaptations where I’ve also read the book other than Love, Simon – which I loved! The book and the movie were both really good.
  13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
    I think I have to go with my Milk and Honey review. And a review I really liked to write was my Everything Everything movie adaptation review.
  14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought/Received So Far This Year?
    I recently bought Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson and there’s just something about hardcovers that I love. The cover is great as well but it just makes it so much better when it’s a hardcover.
  15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
    I did a tag at the start of the year where I talked about some books I wanted to read this year. I’m not doing so well with those books. Here is the list with those books, and the one with a X are the ones I’ve read.

    Mistborn Series
    A Monster Calls X
    The Midnight Star
    Pride and Prejudice
    Crime and Punishment
    Tamora Pierce re-read X
    The Night Circus
    More Happy Than Not X

 


Vi er halvvejs gennem året, så det er tid til min mid year book freak out. Der er den del spørgsmål, så jeg vil starte med det samme!

 

  1. Bedste bog du hat læst i 2018?
    Det er svært at vælge mellem alle mine yndlings indtil videre, så jeg vil “snyde” lidt og sige min seneste 5 stjerne bog Summer of Salt af Katrina Leno. Der var ikke noget ved den bog, som jeg ikke kunne lide, og den gjorde mig bare glad. Det bliver garanteret også en bog, som jeg kommer til at tænke på resten af året.
  2. Bedste 2. bog (i en serie) du har læst i 2018?
    Dette er et nemt svar fra mig; Gemina af Amie Kaufman og Jay Kristoff. Illuminae var også utrolig, men da jeg læste Gemina bagefter, blæste den mig omkuld.
  3. En ny udgivelse du ikke har læst endnu, men gerne vil?
    Jeg venter desperat på, at jeg kan læse Obsidio. Jeg skal låne den fra biblioteket, men jeg er i kø til den, og har været det i omkring to måneder.
  4. En ny udgivelse i anden halvdel I 2018, som du ser frem til? 
    Queen of Air and Darkness af Cassandra Clare. Da jeg var færdig med Lord of Shadows sidste år, ville jeg læse den næste med det samme. Queen of Air and Darkness er den eneste bog jeg så frem til i begyndelsen af 2018, og den er stadig nummer et på min liste.
  5. Største skuffelse?
    Enten Mælk og Honning af Rupi Kaur eller The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza af Shaun David Hutchinson. Mælk og Honning var for det meste på grund af hypen, og The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza var bare ikke ligeså fantastisk som We are the Ants.
  6. Største overraskelse?
    Den dag jeg glemmer af Adam Silvera. Jeg prøvede at læse den en eller to gange før, var ikke rigtig imponeret, læste den endelig og blev overrasket! Jeg bryder mig stadig ikke så meget om den første del i forhold til den anden del, men den andel del gør bogen så meget bedre.
  7. Nyeste favorit forfatter?
    Jeg har læst en masse nye forfattere, men for det meste har jeg kun læst en bog fra hver forfatter, så det er svært at sige, om nogen af dem er en nye favorit.
  8. Nyeste fiktive crush?
    Jeg har næsten aldrig nogen fiktive crush, og jeg bliver altid mere besat af end karakter. Hvilket passer bedre med det næste spørgsmål.
  9. Nyeste favorit karakter?
    Alle karaktererne fra Illuminae and Gemina. Eller de kvindelige karakterer fra Children of Blood and Bone af Tomi Adeyemi. Eller karaktererne fra Carry on af Rainbow Rowell. Så mange fantastiske karakterer!
  10. En bog, som fik dig til at græde?
    Fordelen ved hemmelige forelskelser af Becky Albertalli fik mig til at græde mere end jeg havde forventet. Den ramte mig virkelig ved specifikke steder, så jeg kunne ikke undgå at græde.
  11. En bog, som gjorde dig glad?
    Carry On af Rainbow Rowell gjorde mig glad. Bogen var god og det var en sjov læse oplevelse.
  12. Bedste bog til film adaptation, som du har set dette år?
    Jeg tror ikke jeg har set nogen bog til film adaptationer, hvor jeg også har læst bogen udover Love, Simon – som jeg elskede. Bogen of filmen var begge gode.
  13. Favorite anmeldelse, som du har skrevet i år?
    Jeg tror, jeg vil vælge min Mælk og Honning anmeldelse. Og en anmeldelse som jeg elskede at serve var min Everything Everything movie adaptation anmeldelse.
  14. Den smukkeste bog du har købt/fået i år?
    Jeg har for nyligt købt Undead Girl Gang af Lily Anderson, og der er bare noget hed hardcover, som jeg elsker. Omslaget er pænt i sig selv, men at det er et hardcover, gør det så meget bedre.
  15. Hvilke bøger skal du læse inden året er slut?
    Jeg har et post med en tag, hvor jeg snakker om de bøger, jeg gerne vil læse i år. Jeg har ikke gjort det så godt indtil videre med de bøger. Her er en liste af de bøger, og den med et X er dem, som jeg har læst.

    Mistborn Serien
    A Monster Calls X
    The Midnight Star
    Pride and Prejudice
    Crime and Punishment
    Tamora Pierce re-read X
    The Night Circus
    More Happy Than Not X

Wrap-up – June 2018 | Wrap-up – Juni 2018

Time for another wrap-up! It was a slow month in terms of reading. I did manage to read 4 books and some really good books too.

 

32075671The first book I read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was good and I loved it. Sometimes I thought the book spend more time than needed talking about certain things like descriptions of things, but other than that there isn’t anything I didn’t like about the book. I gave it 5/5.

 

 

 

 

23513349The second book I read is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s been on my tbr for a long time and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I made a review for it here, if you want to know more about my thoughts on this book. I gave it 2.5-3/5.

 

 

 

 

 

35230420The third book I read is Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. This book was a total surprise. It took me some time before I actually got to the book but I’m so happy I did. I loved this book a lot and I’ll hopefully have a review up soon. I gave it 5/5.

 

 

 

 

 

16150830.jpgThe fourth book I read is Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken. It felt a little bit too repetitive in terms of the story and it took me a while to get through it. The best parts were for me the beginning and the end. I’ll probably still read the last book. I gave it 3/5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tid til endnu en wrap-up! Det var en langsom måned i forhold til læsning. Jeg fik dog læst 4 bøger, og nogle af dem rigtig gode bøger.

 

32075671Den første bog jeg læste er The Hate U Give af Angie Thomas. Den var godt, og jeg elskede den. Nogle gange syntes jeg, at bogen brugte meget tid på at forklare og snakke om bestemt ting som f.eks. beskrivelser, men udover det var der ikke noget, som jeg ikke kunne lide.  Jeg gav den 5/5.

 

 

 

 

23513349Den anden bog jeg læste er Mælk og Honning af Rupi Kaur. Den har været på min tbr I lang tid, og jeg levede ikke helt op til mine forventninger. Jeg har en anmeldelse oppe her, hvis man er interesseret i at læse mere om min mening. Jeg gav den 2.5-3/5.

 

 

 

 

 

35230420Den tredje bog jeg læste er Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. Denne bog var en total overraskelse. Jeg tog mig lidt før før jeg faktisk begyndte at læse bogen, men jeg er så glad for, at jeg gjorde. Jeg elskede denne bog og forhåbentlig har jeg snart en anmeldelse oppe. Jeg gav den  5/5.

 

 

 

 

 

16150830.jpgDen fjerde bog jeg læste er Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) af Alexandra Bracken. Den var en lidt for gentagende i forhold til historien, og det tog mig en stykke tid at komme gennem bogen. De bedste dele var begyndelsen go slutningen. Jeg tror dog stadig jeg vil læse den sidste bog. Jeg gav den 3/5.

 

 

 

TBR – Tome Topple Round 6 | TBR – Tome Topple Runde 6

I havn’t done well in the previously readathons that I participated in, but I’ve decided to participate in round 6 of the Tome Topple Readathon. It takes place from June 29th – July 12th and it’s all about reading big books over 500 pages. You can watch the announcement video here where the challenges are listed as well. My aim isn’t to complete any challenges as I already had books ready for this round before the announcement!

 

The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson was on my last readathon tbr as well but I never got around to them so instead I saved them for this readathon. I have the series in another cover edition where the books and the text are smaller which is the main reasons as to why I havn’t read the series yet. Hopefully I’ll actually start it this time.

 

Are you participating in The Tome Topple readathon or any other readathon in July? What’s on your tbr? Let me know in the comments.


Jeg har ikke gjort det specielt godt i tidligere readathons, som jeg har deltaget i, men jeg har besluttet at deltage i runde 6 af Tome Toppe readathonen. Det foregår fra d. 29 juni – d. 12 juli, og det handler om at læse store bøger over 500 sider. Du kan se video meddelelsen her, hvor udfordringerne også er. Mit mål er ikke at færdiggøre nogen af udfordringer, da jeg allerede havde mine bøger klar for denne runde før readathonen.

 

Mistborn serien af Brandon Sanderson var også på min tbr sidste readathon, som jeg deltog i, men jeg fik aldrig startet på den, så jeg gemte bøgerne til denne readathon i stedet. Jeg har serien i en anden udgave, hvor bøger og teksten er mindre, hvilket også er grunden til, at jeg ikke har læst serien endnu. Forhåbentligt starter jeg faktisk på serien denne gang.

 

Deltager du i Tome Toppe readathonen eller nogen andre readathon i juli? Hvilke bøger er på din tbr?

I Went To Politikens Bookstore in Copenhagen | Jeg Var I Politikens Boghal I København

The title makes it sound like I did something special but I really just went to see the store as I was in Copenhagen. I live in Denmark but in a town in North Jutland so when I go to new or bigger cities I try to visit at least one big (or maybe famous) bookstore. I don’t know if this is interesting but I didn’t have anything to post today and I wanted to do something different, so here is a post about my visit to a bookstore!

 

I don’t have any pictures of the bookstore from the entrance but there are two floors filled with Danish and English books. The first thing I went to look at was the Penguin Classics. I did consider buying some as it was around three for $5/€4. I decided against it as it isn’t what I usually  read and I wanted to buy something I had a higher chance of liking.

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The store has both classics and new releases so it was exciting for me as there usually aren’t any new releases in English in the bookstores close to where I live.

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My favourite section was definitely downstairs. Even though I like to look at classics and want to read more someday, I mostly read YA fantasy, science fiction and contemporary.

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I wanted to go from the store with one book so first I had to decide which one. At first I wanted to look in the fantasy section, but as most fantasy are series I decided to move on to the next shelf.

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There was a table with new releases on it and I was reminded of The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan but unfortunately they didn’t have it. I did ask one of the employees and she was really nice and ordered it but it would take 10 days, and I had to go home two days after (I couldn’t tell her since she was so nice, so I hope a lot of other people buy the book!). So I went back to the table and found another new release that I’ve been interested in since it came out.

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I decided to buy Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. I wasn’t sure whether to buy a book I’ve read and loved or a new book – in the end I chose a new book. My mom also bought a book from a danish author. It’s something about the brain? I’m not exactly sure but that’s the book under Undead Girl Gang on the picture.

I’m not sure if this is the most exiting post but I had a good time in a new bookstore surrounded by books. It’s probably one of my new favourite bookstores. Do you also search for bookstores when you go new places? And do you have a favourite bookstore? let me know in the comments!


Titlen får det til at lyde som om, at jeg lavede noget specialt, men jeg var bare i København og besluttede mig for at besøge Politikens boghal. Jeg bor i Danmark, men i en by i Jylland, så når jeg kommer til nye eller større byer, prøver jeg at besøge mindst en stor (eller måske berømt) boghandel. Jeg ved ikke om det overhovedet er interesserende, men jeg havde ikke noget at poste idag, og jeg ville gerne lave noget anderledes, så her er et post om mit besøg til en boghandel!

 

Jeg har ikke nogen billeder af hallen fra indgangen, men der er to etager fyldt med danske og engelske bøger. Det første, som jeg kiggede på, var Penguin’s Classics. Jeg overvejeder at købe nogen, da det var tre for 30 kr. Jeg besluttede ikke at gøre det, da det ikke er det, som jeg normalt læser, og jeg ville hellere købe noget, som der var større chance for, at jeg vil kunne lide.

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Butikken har både classics og nye udgivelser, så det var spændende for mig, da der normalt ikke er nye udgivelser på engelsk i det bog butikker tæt på, hvor jeg bor.

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Min yndlings sektion var helt sikkert nedenunder. Selvom jeg godt kan lide at kigge på classics, og gerne vil læse flere af dem en dag, så læser jeg mest YA fantasy, science fiction og contemporary.

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Jeg ville gå fra butikken med en bog, så jeg skulle først beslutte hvilken bog. Først kiggede jeg i fantasy sektionen, men da fantasy for det meste er serier besluttede jeg mig for at gå videre til den næste reol.

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Der var et bord med nye udgivelser, og det mindede mig om  The Astonishing Color of After af Emily X. R. Pan, men de havde den desværre ikke. Jeg spurgte en af medarbejderne, og hun var virkelig sød og bestilte den hjem, men det ville tage 10 dage, og jeg skulle hjem to dage efter (jeg kunne ikke få mig selv til at sige noget, da hun var så sød, så jeg håber, at en masse andre vil købe bogen!). Så jeg gik tilbage til bordet og fandt en anden ny udgivelse, som jeg har været interesseret i, siden den udkom.

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Jeg endte med at vælge Undead Girl Gang af Lily Anderson. Jeg havde svært ved at vælge mellem en bog jeg har læst og elskede eller en nye bog – i sidste ende valgte jeg en ny bog. Min mor købte også en bog fra en dansk forfatter. Den handler om hjernen? Jeg er ikke helt sikker, men det er bogen under Undead Girl Gang på billedet.

Jeg er ikke sikker på, om dette er det mest spændende post, men hyggede mig rigtig meget i en ny bog butik omgivet af bøger. Jeg tror, at det er en af min yndlings bog butikker. Kigger du også efter bog butikker, når du kommer nye steder? og har du en yndlings bog butik?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Review | Mælk og Honning af Rupi Kaur – Anmeldelse

23513349.jpgTitle: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Released: 2014
Pages: 204
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (or 2.5)

Synopsis (Goodreads):
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Review

Milk and Honey was on my tbr for a long time because of the hype around the book. I also just wanted to read more poetry and decided on Milk and Honey because of the good reviews. This is only the second poetry book I’ve read so I’m absolutely not an “expert”, but I didn’t like it. Maybe my expectations were too high as I was really underwhelmed.

If I had to rate in solely based on how much I liked it I would give it around 2-2,5 stars, but I can also see why some people really like it – which is why I gave it 3 stars. All the poems do have important to say but they didn’t always impress me or touch me.

The book it split into 4 parts; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. My favourite was definitely the hurting. I thought it was a strong beginning and then I got to the loving which was my least favourite part. The breaking and the healing had some poems that really touched me and some I didn’t care for. My favourite poem in the book is from the healing:

what terrifies me most is how we
foam at the mouth with envy
when others succeed
but sigh in relief
when they are failing

our struggle to
celebrate each other is
what’s proven most difficult
in being human

My favourite poem is such a contrast to the poems I didn’t like at all, where the poems are two or maybe three lines. There were maybe two exceptions but all the other times it felt too much like an quote split into two lines:

my name sounds so good
French kissing your tongue 

And it could be because most of those are about love or something similar and I don’t have any experience to relate the poems to. But I still think the longer poems carry a lot more feelings in them and I appreciate those a lot more.

 

 


23513349.jpgTitel: Mælk og Honning
Forfatter: Rupi Kaur
Udgivet: 2014
Sider: 204
Min Bedømmelse: ★★★☆☆ (eller 2.5)

Synopse (Saxo):
Mælk og honning er inddelt i fire kapitler, der hver omhandler sin egen form for smerte. Rupi Kaurs smukke ord tager læseren med på en rejse gennem livets mest bitre øjeblikke og sætter ord på den sødme, der også kan findes i en svær situation.

 

Anmeldelse

Mælk og Honning var på min tbr i lang tid på grund af alt hypen. Jeg ville også gerne bare læse mere poesi, og valgte Mælk og Honning på grund af de gode anmeldelser. Det er kun den anden poesi bog, jeg har læst, så jeg er absolut ikke nogen ekspert, men jeg kunne ikke rigtig lide den. Måske var mine forventninger for høje, da bogen slet ikke formåede at møde dem.

Hvis jeg kunne bedømme den udelukkende ud fra, hvor meget jeg kunne lide den, ville jeg give den omkring 2-2,5 stjerner, men jeg kan også godt se, hvorfor der er nogle, som rigtig godt kan lide den – hvilket er grunden til, at jeg gav den 3 stjerner. Alt poesien har noget vigtigt at sige, men det imponerede eller rørte mig ikke altid.

Bogen er delt ind i fire dele: the hurting, the loving, the breaking og the healing. Min favorit del var helt sikkert the hurting. Jeg synes, at det var en stærk begyndelse, og så kom jeg del the loving, som var den del, jeg mindst kunne lide. The breaking og the healing havde noget poesi, som jeg virkelig godt kunne lide og noget, som jeg var rimelige ligeglad med. Mit yndlings digt er fra the healing:

what terrifies me most is how we
foam at the mouth with envy
when others succeed
but sigh in relief
when they are failing

our struggle to
celebrate each other is
what’s proven most difficult
in being human

Mit yndlings digt er også en utrolig kontrast til de digte, som jeg slet ikke kunne lide, som er to eller måske tre linjer. Der var måske to undtagelser, men alle de andre gange føltes de for meget som et citat, der er delt ind i to linjer:

my name sounds so good
French kissing your tongue 

Og det kan godt være, at det skyldes, at de fleste handler om kærlighed eller noget lignende, og jeg har ikke nogen erfaring, som jeg kan sammenligne poesien med. Men jeg synes stadig, at de længere digte bærer flere følelser i dem, og jeg værdsætter dem en hel del mere.