My Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012!

I’m not done yet, but I have added the first story and the first two movies on my Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012:

  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Four Christmases starring Vince Vaughn
  • On Strike for Christmas starring Daphne Zuniga

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U.S. book release: Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel!

Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel is released in the U.S. December 4

So far Sara Blaedel has written 7 books in the very popular Louise Rick series. The crime fiction books take place in Denmark and Louise Rick is a detective in the Copenhagen PD.

Dark and chilling as a fjord on a December night. If you like crime fiction that is genuinely scary, then Sara Blaedel should be the next writer you read. If you have yet to discover the Queen Of Danish Crime, then you’re in for a treat.
Mark Billingham, bestselling author of Rush of Blood

Everyone keeps talking about the “trend” in crime writers—Scandinavian, German, Russian. Blaedel is no trend. Blaedel is a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy.
≈ Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of Fallen

Blaedel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more.
≈ Camilla Läckberg, bestselling author of The Stonecutter

The Louise Rick series in chronological order:

  1. Grønt støv (not published in English)
  2. Kald mig prinsesse (Call me Princess)
  3. Kun ét liv (Only one Life)
  4. Aldrig mere fri (Farewell to Freedom)
  5. Hævnens gudinde
  6. Dødsenglen
  7. De glemte piger

Review: Call me Princess

With a climax as suspenseful as it is shocking, Sara Blaedel’s American debut confirms her as one of the brightest stars in the new wave of Scandinavian crime novelists that has riveted the attention of readers around the world.

Click here to read the full review of Call me Princess

Review: Only one Life

Exhausted by all the emotions I experienced while reading this incredible story; and yet satisfied by Blaedel’s ability to keep me guessing at the puzzle and intrigued with all of its characters. This is a truly magnificent work of art.

Click here to read the full review of Only one Life

Review: Farewell to Freedom

Sara Blaedel is a seasoned writer of crime novels. FAREWELL TO FREEDOM is a masterfully written story that will pull you in and not let go. The plot moves swiftly, but you are never quite sure where it is headed. Blaedel keeps you in suspense until the very end. This is a story about the lucrative business of human trafficking and crime gangs in the Eastern European and Baltic countries. If you are a fan of this genre, this is a must read for you.

Click here to read the full review of Farewell to Freedom

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Goodreads – Nordic Noir Group

If you’re a Goodreads member you can join the Nordic Noir group. It’s a public group and anyone can join. Sara Blaedel is the Featured Author in December 2012.

Who is Sara Blaedel?

27-Sara-BWSara Blaedel is one of Denmark’s most successful crime writers, the author of seven bestselling novels featuring police detective Louise Rick. Sara has been voted the Most Popular Author in Denmark by the general public no less than three times.

Sara has come full circle from her childhood days of hearing her mother read Agatha Christie aloud. “It brings me peace to know that it all began with crime fiction as a child, and that it is there, after a thousand detours, that I have landed again. As a child I found peace in crime novels, and it is with them that I find peace today. There has been some turbulence along the way, but I wouldn’t have avoided any of it. I wouldn’t have reached the place I have without all of it happening.” And that place Sara has reached includes seven published novels with an eighth on the way. Her novels are published in seventeen countries and appear in fifteen languages, and the film rights have been optioned. Her hard work and determination have branded her the “Queen of Crime” in Denmark.

Today, Sara lives north of Copenhagen with her family. She has always loved animals; she still enjoys horse riding and shares her home with her cat and golden retriever (the Killer Cat and the Killer Dog). When she isn’t busy committing brutal murders on the page, she is an ambassador with Save the Children and serves on the jury of a documentary film competition.

Photos

32-Åsa-SaraThe photos are from the Copenhagen Book Fair 2012.

Sara interviewed one of her favorite Swedish crime fiction authors, Åsa Larsson, and they talked about Åsa’s new book “Som offer til Molok”.

The photos are the property of Ditte Broens and are subject to copyright  restrictions. Use of the photos without direct permission is not allowed. If you would like to use any of the photos, please contact Ditte at photofantastic@hotmail.com.

Sources: Amazon.com, Sarablaedel.com

Two hearts to John Grisham for Skipping Christmas!

First of all I wanna say that I was very surprised to learn that John Grisham has written a Christmas novel! Who would have thought?

I give the novel ♥ ♥, which means I find it okay. It was a nice Christmas read and I thought it was quite amusing at times, but the problem for me was … I had already seen the movie and it’s the wrong order for me! I easily get to read the book too fast when I know how it’s gonna end and that’s not fair to the book or the author. My mistake!

This was my 1st book in the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012.

Click here to read more about Skipping Christmas on Goodreads.

The good, the bad and the ugly book!

No, I haven’t read The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Joe Millard, but the title pops into my head when I’m thinking about the past 3 books on my bookshelf.

The good!

Grønt støv by Sara Blaedel ♥ ♥ ♥

This book is the 1st in the Louise Rick series.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book, or watched a movie, without having the slightest clue who the murder or murderers could be. I have now! – and I must say that the ending was very shocking to me.

Another thing that makes this book different is the obvious research behind it. One would think that the author is a detective spending a lot of time with a coroner! It really amazed me, and the author managed to teach me things in an interesting – and never boring – way.

Grønt Støv has been published in Germany with the title Grüner Schnee. Visit Sara Blaedels website or read more at my page of books set in Denmark where you can see the Louise Rick series listed in chronologial order.

The bad!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

To put it short; I gave up on this book. As a matter of fact, I believe it’s the first time I’ve given up trying to read a book. I’m not saying, I won’t give it a try again some day, but right now it just didn’t catch me.

The ugly!

Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis 

This book reminded me so much of The Catcher in the Rye, which I didn’t like either. While reading the book, I kept thinking “something’s gotta happen soon”, but no, the book was boring and stupid from page 1-179.

Happy Sunday to all of you 🙂

Quotes – mostly about books and reading!

We learn from failure, not from success ≈ Bram Stoker

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It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it. ≈ Salman Rushdie

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There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them ≈ Joseph Brodsky

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The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears or the sea ≈ Karen Blixen

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Dying is easier than watching your children in pain ≈ Randy Susan Meyers

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No one has ever become poor by giving ≈ Anne Frank

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The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes ≈ Agatha Christie

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There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all ≈ Jacqueline Kennedy

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A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking ≈ Jerry Seinfeld

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Anyone who says they have only one life to live, must not know how to read a book ≈ Author unknown

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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed ≈ Ernest Hemingway

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A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones  that need the advice ≈ Bill Cosby

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go ≈ Dr. Seuss

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ≈ C. S. Lewis

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We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to ≈ W. Somerset Maugham

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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid ≈ Jane Austen

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I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done ≈ Steven Wright

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Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world ≈ Napoleon Bonaparte

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If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it ≈ Toni Morrison

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom ≈ Thomas Jefferson

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A dirty book is rarely dusty ≈ Author unknown

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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read ≈ Abraham Lincoln

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A room without a book is like a body without a soul ≈ Cicero

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I call architecture frozen music ≈ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all ≈ Oscar Wilde

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Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it ≈ P. J. O’Rourke

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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale ≈ Hans Christian Andersen

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It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends ≈ J. K. Rowling

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A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend ≈ Author unknown

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn ≈ Ernest Hemingway

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I believe that every person is born with talent ≈ Maya Angelou

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Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books ≈ Oprah Winfrey

E-mail to Christian Grey – Fifty Shades review!

On Goodreads I found this review of Fifty Shades of Grey. It is written by Claire from Claire’s Book Corner – you should go visit her blog. She has quite an amazing list of reviews.

Thank you, Claire, for giving me a good laugh and give me permission to post your wonderful review on my blog 🙂

Dear Mr Grey

Or should I call you Sir? I have recently finished the first part of your trilogy about the romance between yourself and Miss Anastasia Steele and like Miss Steele I thought it would be easier for me to write my feelings down in an e-mail to you. You see I don’t tend to read books like the one written about you. In fact if you take a look at my bookshelf you will see less than five.

So where shall I begin? Well I think I should start with my feelings for you. To put it bluntly Mr Grey you beguile me. Even though I have only known you for four days I am a little embarrassed to say that I cannot stop thinking about you Sir. It seems that my every waking moment is about you. I have even dreamt about you. I have been so addicted to your story that I have grabbed every moment I could to read about you. I have skipped meals because that would take me away from you, I have stayed up late reading about you and I have also been late for work because yes you guessed it I was reading about you. I do not think you would have been happy about my behaviour Mr Grey and I fear that if I were yours my behind would be fifty shades of black and blue. I would also like to say how much I approve of Miss Steele. You have a wonderful girlfriend, she is clever and funny and I like her very much.I loved reading the e-mails between you both they were very witty and entertaining.

I must admit that I have seen your book around for a while and many of my friends have read it and raved about it but I didn’t even give you a look until this week but I am so glad I did. I see that your story is classified as erotica but I’m afraid I do not agree with this and I would class it as romance. Yes there is BDSM in your story and very hot scenes of you and Miss Steele but for me it is a love story. I have read a couple of erotica books before and they are nothing like yours. Unlike the others, which seemed to be just about sex, your book has a plot and a story that needs telling. Have you ever read a book Mr Grey and wished that you had written it and that it was your words on the page? Well that is how I feel about this book, I absolutely love it. I love the authors words and style of writing, it has bewitched me. Could this be the best book that I have ever read? You know what, I think it could be. This book has completely taken over my life, a first for me I must say. I have even listened to Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis this morning. You know, the music you make Ana listen to when you…well I won’t go into that here.

I need to go now and give my life away to you again in book 2 Fifty Shades Darker. I hope I find out more about you Sir and why you are fifty shades of f**ked up. So until next time Mr Grey I bid you farewell.

I wish I was yours.

Claire x 

Help me with my Christmas reading challenge!

Michelle (The True Book Addict) has invited me to her Christmas reading challenge. I think it’s a great event, that can get us into the Christmas spirit and for sure make me read books, I’ve never even considered before.

You can join the event as well and you do not have to have a blog to participate. Michelle hasn’t set up a lot of rules; the most important is to have fun and if you read only 1 Christmas book, you can still participate. Visit Michelles blog for more information and to sign up … 2012 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge!

Now to my cry for help 🙂

On Goodreads I’ve found so many interesting Christmas reads, but apparently they haven’t been published in Denmark.

Besides some of the fairytales written by H. C. Andersen, I’ve only been able to find John Grishams Skipping Christmas with the Danish title Hjælp, det er jul.

Does any of my readers from Denmark know any Christmas books?