If you are already sick of the mere mentioning of sport then I have some bad news: this is a momentous sports summer with the EURO16 still going, then Tour de France in July, and then the Olympics. So if you had plans on doing something with friends (if you are not the sporty kind) – drop those and find some alternatives. If you also happen to love reading then I will share which books I am going to pass time with myself when everyone else is glued to the screen.
Earlier this year, I started the popular book series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I was really excited about it because it had an awesome heroine, cool secondary characters, interesting world building, and a plot to make you speed-turn every page. So I did speed-read the first books, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, but then the third, Heir of Fire, started to be a bit off. However, I just thought of that as being because the awesome characters were apart and that it would heat back up in the fourth book, Queen of Shadows (QoS). […]
What more can possibly be said about the Greek classics? How many more versions can we endure? Why can’t we just stay with Homer’s version? One answer to some of these questions is undoubtedly because the Illiad is at the foundation of the Western culture. We cannot avoid it even if we tried. The story of Helen’s elopement with Paris and the long siege of Troy speaks to everyone of us. We all identify with one or another of the heroes and heroines, and feel the otherworldly and larger-than-life lives they led. The passion, the thirst for glory and divinity, […]
When I was a child, before school or anything, the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was an astronaut. I could spent hours upon hours looking at television specials about the Universe and when I learnt how to read I read everything about the stars and planets. My mother has her favourite childhood (horror) story about me: on a Sunday morning, very early, I jumped into my parents’ bed asking, ‘What’s the fourth planet from the Sun?’ My mother had often stated that it was the moment she sort of gave up on me. Since then […]
Some years ago, a collection of Marilyn Monroe‘s letters and papers was published in a lovely book called Fragments and since I have always had a soft spot for her, I of course needed it. My favourite part of it was seeing her handwriting; a bit weird perhaps but I love handwriting and lament the loss of it. So much personality goes into it and you can make up stories just by the subtle and not so subtle changes in it. My second favourite part of the book was the small appendix featuring some of the books she owned […]
One of 2015’s most controversial books was undoubtedly Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. The year is 2022 and our protagonist is a middle-aged university professor with little regard for anything besides sex with female students and his work on Huysmans. Nevertheless, from his position as a renowned literature professor in Paris, he is drawn into the events surrounding the presidential election and the political discussions of religion and the consequences an Islamic government could have for France and abroad. This book sparked a hefty debate following its release which coincidently was the same day as the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
I have a reading goal this year and not just a number to reach like at Goodreads, but rather like an accomplishment in refining my world literature knowledge. That is a general goal for me and why I usually gravitate toward classics and philosophical books. This year I am attempting to read all of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Time Lost and I have recently finished the first of seven(!) instalments, Swann’s Way. (Note: I am reading the newly translated version in Danish by publisher Multivers who has also broken up most instalments into two volumes, so here I have […]
Now isn’t this a cool word? ‘Quadricentennial’. Ah Latin! But what else is cool today? Well, of course everyone’s favourite playwriter, Bill the Bard’s 400th deathday party (that sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? But fun fact: it’s a Harry Potter wiki! I also really love Tennessee Williams but that’s another story). However, it is today 400 years since William Shakespeare died in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon (such a lovely town!) and left us with scraps and pieces of his plays and poems. Actually, most of his most famous plays would not have been known today if not for the […]
Can we imagine a world of literature without Jane Eyre? Since Charlotte Brontë’s catapulting entry into literary fame, along with her sisters, our notion of the world and how literature portrays our world have changed. Today marks the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë and though she is to some extent eclipsed by the Bard this Saturday (and the British queen today as well), she deserves a celebration of her accomplishments in her all too short life.
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 […]