Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: The Sharks by Jens Bjørneboe

Hi everyone!

Finally I am back with a review.
I apologize for the late post, this was supposed to go up yesterday but eventually my internet didn't work, at all.
So The Sharks by Jens Bjørneboe is a book I had to read for my norwegian literature class.
I obviously read it in norwegian which is why I language wise can't talk for the translation.

This books takes place in the years 1899 and 1900. It marks of a century shift which you also notice throughout the story. Talking about the unknown, the scary but also about leaving something behind at some points.
Fall 1899 the ship Neptun starts its sailtour from Manila to Marseille.
Middle of 1900 it is official known as missing.
Peder Jensen who has the second position on the boat tells what happened on their tour.
From fist fights, knive fights to mutiny.
From alcoholics to religious fanatics. This book has it all.
It has humor at some points it is disgusting at others.
All in all Bjørneboe created an amazing allegory of the society back when he wrote the back put is still applying for todays society.

I really enjoyed this book, it was fast-paced although it times he got a little bit lost in his romantic thoughts of the boat.
As the fights were described detailed as well as the shark hunt I really felt disgusted at those points which is why I can't give this book 5 stars.
But for me that is the only reason, so 4.75 out of 5 stars.

I hope you enjoyed todays review.
Leave me a comment below if you have any questions, suggestions, or if you have read the book.

Take care

Sunday, November 20, 2016

New on my shelf!

Hi everyone,

I am back after another stressful week. But I am hopeful that I will get more time to read from next week on.
Today's post is about new books on my shelf and my new eBooks.
I already mentioned some of them in previous TBRs but these are all unread (shame on me).

Opposed to my usual posts these will be in a particular order. To make me stick to my TBR I want to present them in the order I am planning on reading them.

So the first book is an eBook which I purchased for my norwegian literature class. I already mentioned it in some of my previous posts and am already 125 pages in, so more than half way through. Haiene (Sharks) by Jens Bjørneboe tells the story of the ship Neptun who goes missing on its tour from Manila to Marseille. Even though I am more than half way through it I don't want to tell yet how I like it, but I promise to put a more in depth review up once I am through it.

Next on my list is Peter Pan. I am about half way through it which you know if you follow me on Goodreads. So Peter Pan is special to me. I wanted to start reading children classics as I disliked most of them as a child. I got this one in the Puffin Chalk Edition which is a little bonus, but I still have mixed feelings about Peter Pan, more to that in my review once I am through.

So completely new on my shelf is The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff. I was lucky and got an ARC which surprised me in the mail on Tuesday. This one is a World War II historical fiction. From what I could gather from the synopsis this deals with a story of a young girl who gets pregnant from a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Holland. She gets cast out and has to give her baby up for adoption. She finds her new home above a German rail station where she one day discovers a boxcar containing Jewish infants who are on their way to a concentration camp. Reminded of her own child she steals one of the babies and flees. She is rescued by a German circus where she has to blend in to stay undetected. For me the whole story sounds so intriguing. I don't want to think of The Nightingale or Water for the Elephants I just want to dive into it neutral and see where the story takes me.

Next on my list is Gizelles Bucket List: My life with a very large dog by Lauren Watt.
This was offered me as an eBook via Netgalley. Who knows me knows I have a dog and a pretty smart one who makes me smile every day. So the synopsis of this book as Marley and me for the next generation totally catches my eye. I am very much looking forward to reading this book.

Rebel of the sands byAlwyn Hamilton is a book I bought end of August. I actually bought it as a fall read. It made me so much think of the Snow like Ashes series just in the desert. I was just intrigued by the thought of it and am much looking forward to reading it.

Next I got offered another book via Netgalley. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo. This one is about a two girls being in a sandwich store when a masked man with a gun enters. The two girls know each other from school but don't like each other much.
One of the girls gets taken by the man, the other girl is left behind.
From what I gathered from the synopsis this book tells the story from the girl left behind.
I didn't really gather a lot from the synopsis and to be honest as much as I was intrigued by it as much was I confused, but this can be a good sign too. No matter what I am looking forward to get into it.

Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne is one I got from Dundurn via Netgalley.
The synopsis of this book got me so intrigued.
Jasmine Guzman is a teenage girl whos twin sister got abducted years ago. Climate change makes living on earth difficult in the year 2030 and Jasmin struggles more and more with her mothers illness. While all that happens she seem to discover her powers as a seer and hope of finding her abducted twin sister arises.
This sounds to me just amazing.

Next is another book I got via Netgalley (yes lets all assume my percentage is very low right now as they are all not reviewed yet but I will do my best to get to them as soon as possible).
The impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak is a teenage lovestory kinda thing. A fourteen year old boy seduces a girl to steal a copy of Playboy and finds her to be his computer soulmate. This isn`t what I usually read and I don`t have any expectations at all but I am looking forward to it as it is a bit different from what I usually read.

Walk on Eart a Stranger by Rae Carson is a book I have previously mentioned on my Fall TBR. Sadly I didn`t manage to read it in fall.
This is telling the story of a girl who can sense gold during the time of the Goldrush. I am much intrigued by it and I can`t wait to finally pick it up.

Next we have The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. This box set is actually on my shelf since summer, but I still count it as new as I haven`t picked it up yet although it has been on numerous of my TBRs.
This is a dystopian although I am pretty sure I will like the romance part of it more from what I have heared of it so far. It basically sounds like the Bachelor in book form and I can`t wait to see who gets the last rose, well the prince.

So on to the rest of the norwegian books I got new. And these are not really in any particular order.
I am still waiting for one (for my literature class) to arrive and this will also be the first one I will have to get into.
I will just quickly mention their original titles and authors because for most of them (except one) I absolutely do not know what they are about.
The first one is Doppler by Erlend Loe. I have read various books of this author before and most of them have this very weird norwegian humor, but I just find them very entertaining and usually easy to read.
Next I got Like Østenfor Regnet by Levi Henriksen. I never read anything of Levi Henriksen before nor do I know what this book is about. There is something weird about me and norwegian books that aren`t thrillers or crimes. I do not want to know what they are about before I actually read them. I like to dive into them totally blind.
Then I got Salme ved reisens slutt by Erik Fosnes Hansen. This is the one I am still waiting for. As it is for my norwegian literature class I know a tiny bit about it. So far I think it is about the Titanic which would fit perfectly into our classes topic which is again the ocean.
And finally we got Brødre i blodet by Ingvar Ambjørnsen. This is the one I actually know more about as I have watched the movie. This is about a weird guy called Elling who always finds himself in this awkward situations. It has again this weird norwegian humor and I am sure I will like it.

Now let us all just wonder when I am going to read all this.
I put it out there. It is in an order and hopefully it will make me stick to my plan.

Let me know what you are reading or if you are reading any of the books mentioned above.

Have a nice day,
take care

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My very late October Wrap up

Hi everyone,

I recently went through my posts and realized I haven't done a October Wrap up and since I am very certain that I won't manage to finish any book in November (shame on me) I thought I will do that now.

I know I promised you a "New on my shelf post" but this will have to wait until next weekend as I am still awaiting one order.

So in October I read a total of four books.

The first one I finished was Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn this is the second book of the Hollywood Lies Series/ Trilogy and it focuses on the crime from a different perspective.
I have a more in depths review on it here.

The second book I finished was I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This book obviously led to some discussions which made me not post a review on Goodreads, but you can find my thoughts on it here.

Next I read The Secrets we keep by Deb Loughead. I was lucky and got a copy of it via Netgalley.
This book deals with the loss of a loved teenage boy after a tragic accident. How his friends are dealing with their grief, how his family is dealing with it. It is also taking up the topic of guilt as well as the fact of how social media controls our life. For a more in depth review click here.

And the last book I read was The promise of life by Danielle Bane, Monica Bane and Jonathan Parker. This book is a non fiction. Telling the story of Danielle who's giving up her baby for adoption. This is an amazing book although I have had my problems with it at times.
Find my review here.

So these are all the books for this month.
I am currently still trying to finish Haiene (Sharks) and Peter Pan this month but due to my schedule and my assignments I am not too positive about this.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below.

See you soon.
Take care

Monday, November 7, 2016

My current reading and an Update

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry for the lack of posts last week.
I did catch a very bad infection and my main activity was sleeping.
Since I wasn't feeling all well I decided to not post because my posts are usually very depressing then.
I first want to give you a short Update which is necessary due to University and my health.
Some of you may know that I suffer from several chronic diseases (if you want to know more check out the About tag) which flare up under constant stress. Stress is something we all feel different about for me getting up in the middle of the night to be on time at Uni is stressful (and this semester 3 of 5 days require that) as well as learning two new languages while improving one already well known one, as well as several new situations. All in all I am three weeks into this semester and feel completely overwhelmed.
It is not all negative though I decided on taking on that many classes and I will manage them but to do so I need to step a bit back from blogging.
So far I had posts Monday, Wednesday and Friday but I have seen the last three weeks that I can't do that this semester. I can't read as much as I would usually do so I can' give you as much quality content.
So my idea now would be to keep it to the Friday posts and if I have more content I will post it during the weekend. What do you think about it? (Let me know in the comments)

So onto my current reading.

I am currently actively reading 2 (maybe 3) books.

The first one is Haiene (Sharks) by Jens Bjørneboe. This is a required reading for my norwegian literature class. I am so far 50 pages in and really like it. As we have the ocean as a topic again for this class this book is so perfect. It is about a ship that disappeared on its way from Manila to Marseille. You get that impression of the dangerous ocean and how hard it was/is to work on a ship but at the same time how they love what they do. I am really looking forward to see where it goes and I hope to have a review up on this one by the end of the month.

The second one is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
So we all know the story of Peter Pan and to be honest as a kid I hated it. I had this thought of a Boy who flew around and would kidnap me from my mom and I just found him cruel (call me a weird kid if you want to).
Once upon a time didn't change that but I thought reading the actual story myself would help me see a different site of the story.
So far I am 50 pages in and I still dislike Peter but I will see how it develops.

The third one is one I am reading whenever I have time and can't grab Peter Pan. Yes I am still not through Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I am still getting used to historical Fiction. I like the story but it is not my favorite read. It is easy to read language wise but story wise it is not really my thing. But I hope it changes throughout the rest of the story.

Let me know what you are currently reading.

I hope to see you soon and to get some opinions. I am always happy to hear your thoughts as I learn so much from them.

See you soon.
Take care,