6 Books Oozing of Summer

2nd July 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

As July hits us with hopefully more heat and sunshine, I have collected six books with a special summer-feel to them to read while lingering at the beach, pool, or park.  For those long days with melting icecream, aperol spritz, and sprinklers lazily watering the suffering lawns, these new and classic books make wonderful companions with their sensual warmth and underlying drama.   Albert Camus: The Plague What would happen if your town suddenly became infected by the plague? A burning heatwave filled with sickness sweeping through crooks and crannies in your homes, seperating you from the outside and not […]

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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

29th May 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Much has been said and written about the differences between the East and the West, but perhaps none really boils down to the essence of it as this little book about the philosophies surrounding tea. Written in 1906 and published recently in the popular Little Black Classics series by Penguin, Kakuzo Okakura’s The Book of Tea guides the reader through the history of tea and the rules of the ceremony surrounding it. I have been a tea drinker for 10+ years but in the British style with black teas and cream or drinking infusions of herbs and flowers. Never the […]

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My Year with Proust: The Guermantes Way

31st March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

After a long summer retreat at Balbec by the sea, we return to Paris with Proust and are thrown into the heart of Parisian high society. At the centre of it all shines the Duchess of Guermantes, Oriane, supposedly based on the real Countess Elizabeth Greffulhe. Oriane is known for her style and her intellect, manifesting itself in her so-called wit which to a modern reader is nothing more than bullying remarks driven by boredom to keep people talking about her and being slightly scared of whether they will fall victim of her ‘latest’ change of heart or fancy. No one […]

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My Year With Proust #2: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom

4th October 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

Teenage hormones galore! Be warned! In this second instalment of Marcel Proust’s trip down memory lane, we follow his various endeavours to be with his two loves, first Gilberte Swann and later Albertine Simonet. Not being too proud to avoid being pathetic at times, Proust manages despite Charles Swann’s reluctance to become one of Gilberte’s best friends and a favourite of her mother’s. Through endless tea parties with him as the only boy among girls and women, he pines and yearns for Gilberte to confess her love for him. He builds thousands of imaginary castles in the sky and forgets […]

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End of Summer Book Haul

26th August 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

Life is a strange thing, just when you had big plans it decides to turn the tables, throw the dice, and make what once was important suddenly irrelevant. I had big plans for the blog over the summer, as stated in my last post, but due reasons which I am not yet comfortable sharing online, I had to throw those plans to the wind – or at least delay all my reviews. Things are starting to clear up a tiny bit so I will try to get back on the horse. Therefore, to ease myself into blogging again (btw, I am […]

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How to Avoid Sports TV aka Summer Reading List 2016

28th June 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

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.

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Inspired by Marilyn Monroe – Fragments

1st June 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

  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 […]

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My Year with Proust – Swann’s Way

3rd May 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

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 […]

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My New Obsession: Youtube Literature Adaptations

27th March 2016 Ann-Cathrine 0

Spring and Easter greetings everyone, First of all, I apologize for the absence from here. Things took a couple of unexpected turns and threw me off track for a bit but now I am back and better than ever! And despite the universe having an opinion on my life, I have managed to read several books and have caught up on some of the Youtube adaptations of literary classics. I guess, the literature vlog trend started with the highly popular The Lizzy Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Pride & Prejudice, and since then, most of Jane Austen’s novels have found their […]

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