Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: Psalm at Journey`s End by Erik Fosnes Hansen

Hello readers,

Finally I am back with a review. Today's book was a read for my norwegian literature class, so I actually read it in norwegian which is why I can't speak for the english translation.
As some of you may have read in my last post this book got drained in tea about a week ago which is also why this review is up one week later than planned because I had to wait for it to dry before I could complete reading it.
But enough of that lets jump into the review.

Psalm at Journeys End by Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of the orchestra who played on the Titanic, (no worries here now) they are fictional characters and story's. We all know how this story ended so it is no spoiler when I tell the ship sinks with the orchestra playing one last time.

The story started with the character Jason who we later know is the leader of the orchestra. He dreams about his childhood and all the beautiful things he learned from his father about science.
After several usual orchestra members have become sick and he is in need of a new viola player and finds very young Austrian Jew David.
Throughout the book Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of several characters, how and why they are the way they are and their journey to become a ships musician.

This book is just beautifully written and honestly if I wouldn't have had other university related things to do I would have read in two or three days and not nearly 3 weeks. The descriptions are so beautifully, I normally highly dislike descriptions of ships, but here it was like he was painting it with his words.
Beside sad stories there is a love story. All the story's fit into the time they are told in. And I felt this book was just magical.
I was into it right from the beginning. I never rolled my eyes or frowned about something.
I had moments where I was in aw, but also moments that brought my tears up, both because it was sad but sometimes also because it was funny.

I rated this book 4.75 or even 5 stars out of 5. The writing is just beautiful and I can really recommend it for everyone who likes historical fiction.

If you have already read this book let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are.
Otherwise I hope you enjoyed this review and maybe found a new book to add to your TBR.

I hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Bookish Bookin Book Tag

Hello readers!

Yes there is a book tag today. Sad story. I put my tea mug into my bag on Friday and forgot to close it. Now guess which book was in the bag? Yes, the one I needed to finish to read. As it wasn't dried before yesterday evening I wasn't able to finish an review it.
Trust me I was close to crying Friday that this beautiful book looks now about 20 years older, because of course it was black tea and a white book cover.
Needless to say I have to rewrite all my notes and homeworks for next week.
So to provide you with another bookish post I went on Tag search and found this one over at A Book Lovers Playlist, so make sure to check her answers out too.

1. What is a well loved book that you hated?
All the Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey lovers please do not hate me.
I read Twilight (yes all the books) as an AuPair in Norway to practice my norwegian, it was easy to read but vampire romance isn't my thing.
Well and 50 Shades of Grey...

2. What is a guilty pleasure book?
Anything Nicholas Sparks.

3. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
If so, which one?
I spoiled basically every book of the Erika Falck series by Camilla Läckberg for my mom.

4. What book made you ugly cry?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was one, but there are more...

5. What is your latest DNF?
Easy Money by Jens Lapidus.

6. Which book have you read due to controversy?
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. 

7. Have you read a book where you questioned the authors sanity?
Yes, at the end of My sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

8What is the most cringeworthy book you have read? 
Make that Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, too.

9. What book have you read solely due to its cover?
I really don't know, I usually turn them around at once and read what they are about.

10. Name a book you're embarrassed to admit you have read.
Here we go again: Wetlands, Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey...

11. Name an unknown book you wish more people would know of.
I still think The Surrendered by Case Maynard didn't got enough attention. (Find my review here)

12. Name a favorite villain.
I don't know...guess I am more on the heroes side.

13. Name a book you enjoyed that you read that is outside the norm of genre you usually read.
The city of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers.
Those illustrations to the story made it a real experience.

14. Name tropes you actually enjoy reading.
I do not know how to answer that one...give me time to think about it a bit more.

15. What/ who inspired you to join booktube?
As I a blog let's change it two what or who inspired me to blog about books.
I really loved reading as long as I can remember. And then I came across booktube and some book bloggers and loved this community, so I switched from beauty and lifestyle to books.

So this are all my answer for today. If you have done this tag yourself leave me a comment with the link to your blog down below, so that I can check out your answers too.
Next Sunday I promise to have a review for you!!!
And then I have two weeks of final exams (so there might be a tag again) but after that there is lots of time for reading and new reviews.

Hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag

Hello readers,

Yes today I am greeting you differently! I am still working a bit on my style here and I was really bored by my "Hi everyone".

So today's post is the Fifty Bookish Questions Tag to get to know me and my reading a bit better. I found this tag at mylittlebookblog.

(And yes I admit it...- I didn't manage to read that nearly 400 something pages chunk of a book I wanted to review today. But hopefully next Sunday!)

So onto the questions.
 1. What was the last book you read?
Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan, see my review here.

2. Was it a good one?
Yes and no. I liked it but I also had my problems with it.

3. What made it a good one?
The story and that it was fast paced and full of action.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?
I would recommend it to people who like a classical crime story.

5. How often do you read?
Unless I am in a reading slump I read daily.

6. Do you like to read?
Isn't that obvious? - Yes I do like to read.

7. What was the last bad book you read?
Bad book? I just didn't enjoy Easy Money by Jens Lapidus which doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad book, just not my thing.

8. What made you dislike it?
Too much information and the lack of morality.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes and no. I wish I would be good at it, but I doubt I am. I had this blog book going on for a while (you can check the first chapters out here.). I think 99,0% that I would be a better editor than writer.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
There are so many, but to name some
  • Unbearable Lightness by Portia DeRossi
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
11. Do you read fan fiction?
Sometimes, but not frequently.

12. Do you write fan fiction?
I wish I had the time. Sometimes I watch a TV show and wish I could continue the episode the way I want it. But no, no time for that.

13. What's your favorite book?
Since my childhood The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I still have the old edition my mother already had.

14. What's your least favorite book?
I think 50 Shades of Grey...

15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device?
Physical books.
Although reading on a device can have its advantages, you can carry more books with less weight in your bag.

16. When did you learn to read?
1st Grade, so with 6.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in school and at university Psalm at Journey`s End by Erik Föhnes Hansen (I am currently reading that one).

18. What is your favorite book series?
The Erika Falck crime books by Camilla Läckberg or The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Or the Hunger Games or... You see that is a difficult one to answer.

19. Who is your favorite author?
How shall I answer that one?

20. What is your favorite genre?
Crime/Thriller and Dystopian. I recently also discovered that I like historical fiction.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. Do I need to explain why?

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Yes, I think that is was books are supposed to do. Books that were great at that are The City of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers and the Snow like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch (reviews to the first two books are here and here).

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
The Surrendered by Case Maynard (find my review here). I just didn't want it to end.

24.Which book do you wish didn't had a sequel?
Probably 50 Shades of Grey. One of that was enough for me...

25. How long does it take you to read a book?
Sometimes days, sometimes weeks. It depends on the book and of course how much time I have to read.

26. Do you like when books become movies?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. If a book has information that are important to fully understand the story and you can't transport it into the movie I prefer that the book stays a book.

27. Which movie was ruined by its movie adaption?
It wasn't exactly ruined it just got a more funny touch as certain information was missing - Headhunters by Jo Nesbø.

28. Which Movie has dine a bok justice?
The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson the swedish movies. I was a bit scared at first that they wouldn't manage to transport every information and detail but they did.

29. Do you read newspapers?
Online sometimes.

30. Do you read magazines?

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
I care about both equally.

32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes. All. The. Time.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

34. Do you read while in the car?
I usually drive, so no. But I think anyways as I get sick when I read while driving.

35. Do you read while in the bath?
Yes. All. The. Time.
I light candles and put on music and dim the light.

36. Are you a fast reader?
People say yes. I say it depends.

37. Are you a slow reader?
I think question 36 might answer that.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Lying down on the couch or in bed.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
That depends on the distraction. I can read with the TV on but not with people talking to me.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My mom.

42. What book is next to read on your list?
Once I have finished the two books I am currently reading is Gizelles Bucket List - My life with a very large Dog by Lauren Fern Watt.

43. When did you start to read Chapter books?
Right after I learned to read, so with 6 or 7.

44. Who's your favorite children's book author?
Astrid Lindgren!!!

45. Which author would you most like to interview?
Ah...there are so many...Stieg Larsson is already dead, so Suzanne Collins.

46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Lauren Rico...she knows why.

47. What book have you reread the most?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I think 9 to 10 times.

48. Which books do you consider classics?
Books that had an impact on society. Wether it was language or story wise. Wether it changes a style or a genre.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in school?
Dystopian. You read so many classics, that are often so far away from reality. They teach about the past. I think dystopians often have a lot of criticism on today's world and society in them. They generally make me think and intrigue, and I think there is much to learn from them.

50. Which books should be banned from school?
I don+t think books should be banned from schools. I just think the books you rad in class should vary a lot more. After reading the play by the same author you know it! You know the style and what is special about it, you do not need a third or fourth or fifth play. So I would rather prefer more variation.

There you go 50 Questions and a really really long post. I hope you enjoyed it and got to know me better especially book wise.
I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Hi everyone!

I wish you all a (late) happy new year!
I used the holiday time to relax a bit and take a little time out. I hope you all head great holidays.
None the less did I manage to read so that I can start this year with a review.

Today's review is on Ed Duncan's Pigeon Blood Red.
A couple of weeks ago I was offered a free copy of this book for an honest review and I thanked yes.
So as usual I am as honest and as critical as with every other book that I do not get for free.

So let's jump right into it!

Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan tells the story of a chase after a stolen Pigeon Blood Red Ruby necklace.
Rico works together with Jerry for a loan shark called Litvak. One day Litvak hands both of them a necklace to transport it. While transporting the necklace they are also transporting one of Litvaks clients who sees a chance to get out of his depth.
He escapes with the necklace to Hawaii and the chase begins.

This first book of a trilogy is a classical crime thriller.
I was intrigued by it considering I read my last thriller in 2015.
I must admit that I found the synopsis a bit confusing and this issue also reoccurred throughout the story.

I enjoyed the story a lot. It was fast paced and interesting and I am looking forward to the next two books of this trilogy.
But I hope (and now I come to my problems) that certain things would be fixed.
I personally needed a long time to get into the book. I found the writing approach at some points confusing and didn't really know who did what at what time so that I had to re-read some pages for several times, which disappointed me a bit as it slowed my whole reading down in a story that moves so quick.
And again I needed time to get into it with every part of it as it jumped from here to there from that perspective to that in just a second without introduction.
In addition to that I had some problems to relate to the characters. I was nearly through the whole book when I first noticed I could picture them, so a better descriptions of those is something I wish for in the next book.

Overall I was impressed by the story and the darkness of it. And I rated the book with 3.75 of 5 stars. I definitely feel I would read the second one, but I also hope for improvement. I can't complain about the story, it is solid, it is intriguing, it is fast paced and very unique in most of the points.

Thanks again to Ed Duncan for providing me with a copy of this book.

So now I want to know: What do you think? Did you read it? What were your thoughts?

I see you again next week for another bookish post.
Take care,