Christmas Gifts 2014

So even though my reading has been seriously lacking in the second half of 2014, I still got some beautiful books for Christmas. Lovely, lovely books that hopefully can get me back to reading regularly.

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My boyfriend and I have watched the Outlander tv-series and really enjoyed it – and it made me want to both start over on the series as well as read one. Outlander is a great series but I sometimes forget how much I enjoy reading it.
My Brother got me this second-hand version of Isabel Allende’s Paula, the book she wrote to her comatose daughter, Paula. I have been wanting to read more by Allende – and even though I’m pretty sure that this one will make me cry, I’m still looking forward to it.

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I also got the final book in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. I enjoyed the first book but haven’t read the second one, so I think I’m going to read the entire series now. And I got the first book in Stephen King’s new trilogy, Mr Mercedes. Not much to say about that – I like Stephen King.

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And I got two non-fiction books. The Danish Aarhus University publish a series of books that introduce various subjects in an engaging way. The one I received is written by Dan Ringgaard is about litterature and argues, that litterature is the art made with language – whether it’s on paper, digital or something else.
Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow, argues that there are various ways of thinking and discusses why we make the choices we make as it delves into human rationality and irrationality.
So I had a wonderful Christmas time where my kids also got some great books I’m looking forward to reading to them. I hope you all had a great bookish Christmas as well and are ready for what 2015 will bring.

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A Few New Books (Book Buying 2013 – part 5)

So a few books arrived in the mail today. I have been trying to keep myself from buying more books but then I had to have the most hyped book of the year, I owed my boyfriend a book since he completed our reading challenge last year and I didn’t – and then I just had to get one more book for myself …

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  • Dan Brown: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4). Probably the most hyped book of the year. Dan Brown is back. I was very disappointed by the third book in the series, so my expectations are not high. That said, I really like Dante’s Inferno and I’m curious about what Brown makes of it. And if he has learned from the critique of his third Robert Langdon novel or if he keeps on writing the same book over and over again.
  • Diana Gabaldon: Voyager (Outlander #3). I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series so I’m excited about the third one. And it was really cheap so I just had to have it.
  • Laurent Binet: HHhH (Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich/Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich). My boyfriend and I are both quite excited about this one. As part of Hitler’s cabinet, Heydrich was one of the cruelest Nazis and seemed indestructible. Yet two men still managed to gun him down in broad daylight on a street in Prague. This is a book about these two men.

So this is the books that the nice postman brought to my door today. I’m looking forward to reading all three and I hope to get cracking on the Dan Brown one while it’s still new and everyone is still talking about it.

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Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

I think this week’s Top Ten topic is the easiest one ever! At least it is to me since I have put a lot of books on my Christmas wish list. The only difficult thing this week is to limit myself to only 10 books. But I will try my best! As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and here is my list for this week.

  1. Ken Follett: World Without End. I read and loved The Pillars of the Earth earlier this year so of course I’m hoping to get this book so I can see what happens next.
  2. David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas. Some years ago, I stood in a bookstore and debated whether to buy Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas or Ghostwritten. I ended up getting Ghostwritten and I’ve kind of regretted it ever since since Cloud Atlas seems to be the big thing. However, I chose Ghostwritten because I thought it sounded better so I definitely want to read that too. But after watching the trailer for Cloud Atlas, I’m just sold. I so badly want to read that book.
  3. Diana Gabaldon: Voyager (Outlander #3), Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4). I’ve read the first two of the series but with some years in between and I tend to forget how much I like these books. So after reading Dragonfly in Amber, I decided I wanted to read more books in the series – and soon. So I’m wishing for the next two.
  4. Alexander Dumas: The Count of Monte Christo. I loved The Three Musketeers as a child. Loved, loved, loved. I really want to reread that book at some point – as well as the other books in the series. But even more, I want to read The Count of Monte Christo. I keep hearing so much good about it so that’s my Classic wish for this Christmas.
  5. Joyce Carol Oates: Zombie. I’ve always been fascinated by serial killers. And this is written by one of my favorite authors. I really, really want this one!
  6. Toni Morrison: Beloved. I’ve never read Toni Morrison. It’s about time, right? I got intrigued by reading a review talking about how a woman in the book kills her baby girl because some fates are worse than slavery.
  7. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury recently died and that sparked a lot of people talking about him and his books. And I’ve never read anything by him. This one is about book burning and it sounds like something I will just love. Crossing my fingers I get this one!
  8. J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy. It’s J.K. Rowling’s new book. Of course I want it!
  9. Salman Rushdie: Joseph Anton. I could write almost the same thing as just above but it’s not entirely true. I have not read a lot by Rushdie but I’m loving his Twitter personality, I really want to read more by him because he’s a very impressive author – and I find it very interesting to learn how he coped with the fatwa.
  10. Olivia Butler: Kindred. This sounds a bit similar to the Outlander series in plot. It’s about time travelling too but in this book, a woman travels back to the time of slavery in the US. I’ve heard so much good about it so on the list, it went.
  11. Andrea J. Buchanan (ed.): It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. I have two girls, two daughters. I like getting inspiration on raising them, learning more about how to make sure we all survive when they become teenagers and just how I can be the best mom I can be. This book sounds very interesting.
  12. Peggy Orenstein: Cinderella ate my daughter. My oldest daughter is 4, she loves princesses, she talks like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty – and I am not sure that’s necessarily a good thing. So I want to read this book to maybe get a bit of perspective on this whole princess thing and to see if it will become a problem when she grows older.
  13. Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This sounds like an intriguing book. A man writes a letter to a woman dying of cancer –  but instead of mailing it, he decided to walk across England to deliver it himself. It was longlisted for the Man Booker and yeah, I want it.
  14. George R.R. Martin: A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire #1). I want to know what all the fuss is about. And I want to read about the dragons. And the big wall. And what happens when winter comes.
  15. Freda Warrington: Midsummer Night (Aetherial Tales #2). I read the first one, Elfland, and liked it. I’ve been meaning to get this one for a while but just haven’t seen it anywhere.

Yeah, I know. I lied. I didn’t try my best. I realized I had 14 books on my wish list so I just went with it… These are the 15 books I would love to find beautifully wrapped underneath my Christmas tree on December 24.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

So this week, the Top Ten Tuesday is looking forward. Which books are the most anticipated books for 2013? I remember doing such a list in January 2012 – and I don’t think that I knew that both Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling and many many more great authors would publish books this year. So there’s no guarantees that these ten are my most anticipated books for 2013 – but they are the most anticipated that I know of! As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and here is my list for this week.

  1. Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m falling in love with Neil Gaiman. I have liked the The Sandman and Death graphic novels for years. I liked The Graveyard Book a lot. And I just loved Neverwhere. So I’m so looking forward to not only reading American Gods and the other books I have yet to get around to but also this new one, coming out in June.
  2. Stephen King: Dr. Sleep. This is the sequel to The Shining. Set about 20 years later, the protagonist of this book is the son from The Shining, Danny Torrance. Well, need I say more? It’s Stephen King for crying out loud. Definitely very anticipated!
  3. Donna Tartt. Yeah. This was on my list of most anticipated books of 2012 as well. I haven’t been able to find a title or a publication date so I don’t know if there’s any chance it will be coming out in 2013 but I’m keeping my fingers crossed since her first two books – The Secret History and The Little Friend – were both so good. 
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah. I absolutely loved Half of a Yellow Sun. It was such an amazing novel and I learned so much about the history of the Nigeria-Biafra war 1967-70 by reading it, a war that I didn’t even know existed before reading this book. I’ve been waiting for a new novel from her and it’s finally here!
  5. Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed. I loved The Kite Runner! Again, such a great novel. I haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns yet but I have been told that it’s just as good. And now, finally, a new book from Hosseini, 10 years after The Kite Runner and 5 years after A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’m looking forward to this one too!
  6. Joyce Carol Oates: The Accursed. Of course there’s a new book out from Joyce Carol Oates. Nothing surprising there. And of course I’m anticipating it. Nothing surprising there either!
  7. Philip Pullman: The Book of Dust. A companion novel to the His Dark Materials trilogy. Count me in! I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Maybe I can squeeze in a reread of His Dark Materials before this one comes out? And maybe read Lyra’s Oxford too…
  8. Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan: A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14). Finally. The last book in the Wheel of Time series. Will it come out? Will this series finally be finished? It has been dragging out for so long that I have to see it before I believe it and even though I have only made it through the first 4 novels in the series, this is one of my most anticipated novels, simply because I don’t believe it will actually be published but that the Wheel of Time curse will stop it instead…
  9. Diana Gabaldon: Written in my own heart’s blood (Outlander # 8). I’m slowly getting into this series. I have really liked both Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber so even though I’m so behind on reading this series and therefore can’t pay too much attention to the publication of new books in the series, I’m still anticipating this one.
  10. Adrian Tchaikovsky: War Master’s Gate  (Shadows of the Apt #9). I’ve read the first 4 of this series and I’m so fascinated by the world, Tchaikovsky has created. I own 6 of these and I hope to get some time to read more of this series next year.

I couldn’t find anything about any Terry Pratchett books coming out in 2013 but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

And I cheated and here’s a list of some other books I’m also interested in but not quite as much as those mentioned above:

  • Patrick Rothfuss: The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicles #3)
  • Marisha Pessl: Night Film
  • Charlaine Harris: Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
  • Gail Carriger: Prudence (The Parasol Protectorate Abroad)
  • Jim C. Hines: Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi: Water Knife
  • Freda Warrington: Grail of the Summer Stars (Aetherial Tales #3)

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Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

So yeah, I like series. I mostly read fantasy series and I love diving into a completely different world and explore it through multiple books. It all began with the DragonLance shared world series. I fell in love with both the world and fantasy while reading Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss’ books.

As usual, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. And did I mention this is the fifth week in a row I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday. And there are a lot of us, check out The Broke and the Bookish blog to see the links to the other participant’s blogs.

So most of these series are fantasy series – but there are other series I enjoy as well. Here’s my top 10 – with a bonus at the end.

  1. Adrian Tchaikovsky: Shadows of the Apt. A wonderful refreshing fantasy series set in a world with insect kinden. The praying mantis are assassins, the beetles are hardworking people, the mosquitos are vampires etc. It’s the usual story – band of unlikely heroes goes against the big bad. But the insect kinden makes all the difference and makes it interesting. I’ve read the first four in this series of ten and enjoyed them all.
  2. Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time. Sighs. Every fantasy reader knows this series. And I think everyone agrees that it’s way longer than it had to be. I’ve read the first four and they are not great. They are okay but I have my issues with them – especially because Jordan repeats himself. Every time a character appears, he looks at his character description and says ‘oh yes, the girl with the braids’ or whatever and then he writes that. Every single time. I can’t really say why I keep reading them but I do. I plan on finishing the series – as far as I can tell the last books in the series, the ones not written by Jordan, actually get better…
  3. Diana Gabaldon: Outlander. A woman accidentally stumbles upon an opening to the past in Scotland, goes back and has great adventures and falls in love. I’ve read the first two and really need to get more of these. I sort of tend to forget how great this series is but it is actually really good and I enjoy reading them.
  4. Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Just the name of this series is amazing. I’ve read the first of the trilogy and it was a very very good book. I want to read it again and then read the rest of the trilogy in succession. Luckily, I own all three.
  5. Lev Grossman: The Magicians. Harry Potter, Narnia… This is kind of a mix-up between the two. I liked the first and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. I have the second one, the third has not yet been published.
  6. Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles. So everyone knows Lestat and Interview with the Vampire. And that’s what I know too. I’ve read that one and seen the movie. And then I didn’t get any further. I have The Vampire Lestat and I also have Pandora and Vittorio, the Vampire of the New Tales of the Vampires series. I enjoyed Interview with the Vampire and I want to read further into the series and see what I think.
  7. Jean M. Auel: Earth’s Children. I loved these books. The first one, The Clan of the Cavebear, was so good. And the next two installments in the series were really great too. But the fourth one … The Plains of Passage was just so bad. It just went on and on and on – walking across the plains, detailing the plants, various tribes, sex scenes … But it was clearly just meant to get Ayla and Jondalar from A to B – and it was boring. Still, both Jean M. Auel and I took a break after that and I have the two last books in the series waiting on my shelves and I plan to read them later this year, actually. Hopefully, they will be as good as the first three books!
  8. Gail Carriger: The Parasol Protectorate. I really like this series. It’s steampunk, it’s vampires and werewolves and it’s a a fun, light and very enjoyable read. I only need to read the last one in the series, Timeless. Luckily, Gail Carriger has more books coming out, also set in this world.
  9. Jasper Fforde: Thursday Next. I read the first of these, The Eyre Affair, and I loved it. It was an amazing romp through Jane Eyre and it was so, so good. However, one of the things that made it so good was that I had already read Jane Eyre. So I decided that I wouldn’t read more of this series before I had read more of the classics, Fforde uses in his plots. And that’s what I’m sort of working on. I do look forward to reading the rest of this series!
  10. Various authors: DragonLance. This is series of books based in a shared world. This means that a lot of different authors write these novels and editors are then making sure that chronology and everything else is correct. Or at least supposed to. This shared world concept unfortunately means that not all these novels are of the same quality. I don’t think I’m ever going to read the entire series but I am going to go back and read the main novels and my other favorites from the series again.

And as a bonus, some series I haven’t started but which I’m definitely going to read.

  1. Patrick Rothfuss: The Kingkiller Chronicle. I own the two of these which has been published so far and I expect so much from them. And they look gorgeous!
  2. George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire. I’ve seen a few of the tv series episodes and I think that at the right moment, I will just love these. I don’t own any of them yet but I will!
  3. Robin Hobb: The Farseer Trilogy. My best friend Henrik told me years ago that he thought I would love this if I could stomach it. I think these will be so good – if I don’t ruin them by tears…!
  4. Deborah Harkness: All Souls Trilogy. I own the first of these and I think it’s going to be a really great read although I have read both good and bad reviews of it.

May 2012 – Monthly Wrap Up

Oh, May, May, May. Where did you go? I don’t know what’s happening with my reading lately – I feel like I read a lot, but I’m just not getting anywhere or at least it takes me forever to finish books. And slowly I’m loosing the momentum I had build in the first three months of the year. I really have to do something to get my momentum back if I am to reach my goal this year. Only thing is, I’m not sure why I’m not finishing more books each month.

I read 1613 pages this month which is still a lot less than in the good first three months in the beginning of the year where I read more than 2000 pages as well as e-books and Clarissa. I really don’t know why I’m not keeping up the more than 2000 pages a month routine. I feel that I’m reading as much as ever – but either I have gotten slower or else I’m just not reading as much as I think I do.
  1. China Miéville: The City & The City. A sort of detective novel but nothing like I’ve ever read before. Miéville has the most amazing setting for his story and he uses it so well, never letting it overpower the story but still, making it all so interesting and fascinating. 4 stars.
  2. Diana Gabaldon: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2). Jamie and Claire, two amazing characters, as well as intrigues at the royal French Court, a Scottish rebellion, traitors and heroes (sometimes the same thing). A great historical fiction/romance/sci fi novel… 4 stars.
  3. Peter Høeg: De måske egnede (Title in English: Borderliners). An attack on the Danish school system. Three children try to figure out what’s going on at their school, why certain students are allowed to go there. A slowly paced novel which delivers punches that leaves you staggering with surprise and shock. A great novel by one of the best living Danish authors. 4 stars.
Audiobooks finished:
  1. Lisa Shearin: Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares #1). Action from the first page. Easily accessible light fantasy about the seeker Raine Benares and her knack for getting herself into trouble. 4 stars.
  2. Lisa Shearin: Armed & Magical (Raine Benares #2). So this one continues right in the same style as the first one so if you enjoy one, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. Only thing is it does become a bit repetitive. 3 stars.
This was my first month listening to audio books and I really liked it. Still, for me, they don’t count quite as high as books I actually read for several reasons. It’s easier to space out and forget to listen and I feel like I’m missing out on parts of the novel when I don’t read how the author spells names, places, objects. It annoys me when listening, it annoys me when I’m writing about my thoughts afterwards.
Even though I haven’t read all that much this month, I did manage to finish The Chunkster Challenge. That’s right. I’ve read 6 books with a page count of more than 450 pages this year. Actually, I’ve read 10 books that fitted the chunkster status but only 6 of them counted towards the challenge.
I finished my Clarissa reading on time this month! Ahead of time, even. And what’s even better, I actually enjoyed reading it! So hopefully I can keep this positive feeling when I continue with Clarissa for the rest of the year.
I also did very well on the Mount TBR Reading Challenge – all three books I read, was bought before 2012 and now, I’ve read 16 out of 25 for that challenge.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a challenge going with my boyfriend and my best friend. We each choose books for ourselves and then we also choose one book for each of the other two. This year I chose that my boyfriend should read The Hunger Games trilogy and my friend should read Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. Anyway, I am so far doing okay on this challenge – I’ve read 22 out of 52 books, I’ve read 9 out of the 25 specific books I’ve chosen and my to-read list is lower than it was when the year began. However, my boyfriend doesn’t believe that I will make it. He doesn’t think that I will finish this challenge so we have just made a bet – if I make it, he is to give me any book I choose and if I doesn’t finish, he gets to choose a book. So I need to get this done! Not only is there a book on the line – there’s something much more important: pride! So I think I will focus on this challenge in June too. If you want to follow my progress, check out my challenge page.
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Diana Gabaldon: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander#2) (review)

20 years after vanishing through a circle of stones in Scotland and reappearing again, Claire is back. But she’s not alone. She brought her daughter along. A beautiful 20 years old red-headed girl. A girl, who doesn’t resemble Claire’s late husband Frank Randall the least. Claire is back in Scotland to find out what happened after she left the past and left James Fraser. She brings with her a list of names, men she knew and who she want to know what happened to. Did they die in the devastating battle at Culloden or what happened? But what she really want is to tell her daughter Brianna who her father is. She does – and it doesn’t go over well, initially.

Claire starts talking about her history. We’re back in 1743 and Claire and Jamie are in France. With Claire’s knowledge of the future and Jamie’s trust in her, they are in France on a mission. What they want to do, is to stop Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie/The Young Pretender) from attempting the Jacobite uprising of 1745 since Claire knows that it will end in a devastating loss at the Battle of Culloden. Only thing is that since Jamie is Scottish, he is betraying the wish of a lot of his people if he doesn’t help Charles Edward Stuart – and if he does help him, he is a traitor to the English king. So he has to step a thin line while attempting to stop this while at the same time navigating the French society, attending royal balls at Versailles – as well as a brief visit to the Bastille …

Claire meanwhile finds meaningful work to do at a hospital where she can spend her time being useful instead of just sitting around the house, gossiping. Of course, Claire attracts trouble wherever she is and this is no exception. She also has some serious and morally loaded decisions to make in this novel and she does so while staying true to who she is. Even when an old villain turns up, Jack Randall, she tries to make sure that his reappearance does not send Jamie off to an unhealthy mental place while at the same time making sure that Frank Randall, her husband in the 1900s, will be born. Another thin line to navigate.

The Fraser’s have to leave for Scotland since Jamie got himself into a duel and therefore, he stopped being welcome in France. In Scotland, they of course head to Lallybroch and visit with Jamie’s sister and her husband. Everything is peaceful for a while but things are happening in the big world that interrupts that peaceful existence.

So this novel is divided into several section. One is the frame which takes place in 1968 where Claire is back with her daughter to tell her about her past. Then there’s the flashback to 1744 in France where the Fraser couple attempt to stop Charles Edward Stuart and finally, we’re in Scotland, visiting Lallybroch, Jamie’s home, among other things.

Overall, I so enjoyed this book. Claire and Jamie are excellent characters and I thoroughly enjoy their banter. Claire is pregnant for parts of this novel and Jamie’s attempt to take care of her and protect her even though he really can’t, are both touching and hilarious. Their way of interacting as a couple is amazing and although it is a cliché, their love is staying true across centuries.

The book has it’s flaws though. It changes narrators at various points and sometimes these changes are so jarring that they knock you right out of your reading mode. It mostly changes from third person to Claire’s point of view but we also get Jamie’s point of view. I don’t believe a book has to have the same narrator all the way through but in this book, it doesn’t quite work. Also, the real story in this novel is in 1744 with Claire and Jamie’s time in Paris trying to stop the Bonny Prince Charlie from trying to become king of Scotland as well as their time in Scotland together – up to the time of the battle of Culloden. But as a frame around that, we have the story of Claire in Scotland in 1968. But the time in 1968 is 130 pages and the time in 1744 takes up the 830 remaining pages so when we’re back with Claire in 1968 after spending all those pages in 1744, I had forgotten what it was she wanted to find out about Jamie’s men in the first place.

You really forget that this is a time traveling novel. Claire actually travelled in time. She did it in a beautiful low-key way by walking through a Scottish stone circle but still, she travelled in time. And the main focus in this novel is to change history, to create alternative history. They want to stop Charles’ invasion to change history and to prevent a lot of good Scottish men from being annihilated on the battle field. But is that even possible? Can you change history? Well, that’s what Jamie and Charles set out to find out and Diana Gabaldon really handles the question of how the past influence the future so well both in the large picture with Charles and his invasion of Scotland as well as in the smaller picture with Frank’s ancestry.

I think, history is a science that’s not  always exact. When historians tell us about the past, they choose a certain point of view to see it from. History is often told from the point of view of the victors. Or, as Diana Gabaldon has Claire say: ‘No, the fault lies with the artists /…/. The writers, the singers, the tellers of tales. It’s them that take the past and re-create it to their liking. Them that could take a fool and give you back a hero, take a sot and make him king.’ (p. 923) That’s also what Diana Gabaldon does – she re-creates the past, she takes fictional characters like Jamie and Claire and make them interact with real historic characters like the Bonny Prince Charlie, the king of France and more. But the thing is that in a novel like this, they’re all equal. How they react to each other, what they do and how they feel, are all fiction, it’s all created by Diana Gabaldon and so it will always be when authors – and historians – try to show us how people felt 200 years ago. It may be fiction, but it’s really good fiction and with the amount of research Gabaldon does before writing these things, this is probably as close as we’ll ever get to knowing how people felt in 1744 – and 1968.

The Outlander Series have been around for several years now and if you google it, you’ll see a lot of people (women) writing about their crush on Jamie. It’s been 2 years since I read the first one, Outlander. I gave it 4 stars and liked it well enough. In fact, when I read my review of it, I seem to have liked it a lot more than I remember I did and to have enjoyed reading it and picked up on the qualities of Diana Gabaldon’s writing. But still, it has taken me 2 years to get around to reading the next one – why is that, when I apparently really liked the first one? I guess it’s just a matter of not having the second volume instantly available to me at that point. I’ll definitely make sure to get the third volume soon!

  • Title: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)
  • Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Publisher: arrow books
  • Year: 2004 (1992)
  • Pages: 963 pages
  • Source: Own Collection
  • Stars: 4 stars out of 5

More to look forward to in 2012

So even though I’ve already posted a list of 12 books to look forward to in 2012, I found out there’s more goodies coming out this year… 2012 looks to be a treasure trove of exciting books! So here’s more.

  • Gail Carriger: Timeless. The fifth installment in the Parasol Protectorate series. And I’ve enjoyed the first four. Fun fluffy and easy steampunk.
  • Charlaine Harris. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12). Another Sookie novel. I have only read one of these yet but watched almost all 4 seasons of the HBO tv series. The show is really, really great. I know that there’s differences between the novels and the show but I haven’t read far enough to really discover these. So because I love the show, I’ll keep reading these for now.
  • Diana Gabaldon. Written with my own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8). So another series I’ve only just started. I’ve read the first one but I want to read the second one this year. And maybe, I’ll even make it further along in the series.
  • Danielle Trussoni: Angelopolis (Angelology #2). I gave 4 stars to the first in this series. It has some new and exciting ideas and although it’s not one I look back one as an amazing book. But it really has a lot of potential.

Besides these, one of my friends, Torben Munksgaard, is publishing his third novel. It’s called Sort Hund (Black Dog). Torben’s books always sound really interesting (I must admit that although I own both his previous novels, I haven’t read them yet – shame on me.). This one is about destiny and coincidence, about how we chase after happiness. It’s called a satirical sci-fi novel about a man who steals a dog. The dog belongs to a wealthy man who is abandoned by his wife because the dog is gone. And slowly, the dog stealer takes over the dog owner’s life. Sounds good, no?

And then maybe, just maybe, Stephen King has a new book coming out. And not just any book, no, the continuation of The Shining. In Dr. Sleep we follow Danny Torrance as a grown up. I will definitely need to re-read The Shining before reading the new one and The Shining is an excellent book so hopefully, Dr. Sleep will be just as good.