The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

12th April 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

A bestseller on how to tidy and declutter your house? It seems like something you have seen before and after religiously devoting every atom in your body to its rules, you still find your house cluttered again after a short time. It is the same with diets and health crazes. You seem to follow each step and actually making it a routine but somehow the effects just stop showing after a short while. Why is that? According to Marie Kondo, it is because you have not actually decluttered your life but just found new ways to store and thus making […]


På træk by Kamilla Hega Holst

1st March 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

First, a note on the title. ‘På træk‘ would most likely be translated to ‘Drifting’ in English. However, there are some things lurking in the two small words that should be noted. ‘Træk’ can mean several things: ‘pull’, ‘draft’ (eg. from windows), ‘move’, and ‘attribute.’ It is also the root of other expressions like ‘trækkerdreng’ and ‘trække på gaden’ which means a boy prostitute and prostitution respectively. And all these things come to the surface in this novel by Kamilla Hega Holst. This novel was set up to be a modern view of the alienation of oneself and love in […]


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

9th February 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

Everyone expects beautiful and talented Kasia of the Valley close to the Wood to be chosen by the greatest wizard in the country and their lord, the Dragon, to become his new servant at his tower. He has always chosen the most beautiful and special of the girls born in the Dragon year for the past hundred years. The chosen girl comes to live and serve for ten years from their seventeenth year and is then let go back to her home with a dowry. But the girls never stay, they are somehow changed and go away without ever coming […]


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

3rd February 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

A girl. A boy. A war. It seems like you have heard it all before, and in many ways you have. An other-worldly jewel which can change your life for good or bad. You have probably heard that one too. Yet not exactly like this. With historical events as setting, the reader already knows the ending. We just wait and wait and wait… waiting to see whether these characters will be the ones who defy the Nazis, maintain their humanity, and whether they will suffer less than so many who suffered so much. In a war there is not much […]


Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar

19th January 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

At the beginning of this year, I read Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) who is recognized as the first female member of the French Academy in 1980 and thus a member of ‘les immortels‘. Considering, the Academy was established in 1635 by Richelieu (yes, the evil cardinal from The Three Musketeers), it was about time to recognize the female artists and thinkers of the French language, no? Yourcenar is mainly known for Hadrian’s Memoirs, about the Roman emperor, which was published in 1951.