Book Buying 2013 – part 7

So this not buying more books than I read thing, is really not working all that well. I really want to read all the books i own (or most of them, anyway) and I want to work my way through them and own fewer books that I haven’t read, but I simply can’t resist buying books.
So when I had to go to Copenhagen for work, I of course had to go to the best bookstore in Denmark when you’re interested in English literature, Politikens Boghal. This was made more necessary because the bookstore has just been renovated. So I went – and was a bit disappointed. I didn’t feel as inspired as I usual do when I visit this bookstore but whether this is because the bookstore is not quite as good as it used to be or if it’s just because it’s new and different and I like things the way they’ve always been…!
Anyway, I still managed to find three books that desperately needed a new home.

The InterestingsMeg Wolitzer: The Interestings. I’ve been reading a few reviews on this on various blogs and it sounds really good. A group of artistic teenagers form a friendship at a summer camp and then we follow them all the way through to middle age. I don’t know, there’s just something about this book which really speaks to me. I’m really looking forward to this one – in some ways it reminds me a bit of The Secret History which I loved.

n425233Marjorie Celona: Y. So this book was on my list of my most anticipated books in 2013. And as soon as I spotted it, I immediately picked it up. It’s about an abandoned baby, the man who finds her – and the woman who left her. It sounds so wonderful and tragic, beautiful and heartbreaking. I really hope it lives up to my expectations for it – even though they are quite high. I actually haven’t read any reviews of this one but I’m hoping to get around to it very soon and post one of my own.

9780679405795_p0_v1_s260x420Charles Dickens: Great Expectations. So after reading somewhere that this book is about a woman living in her torn and ragged wedding dress and after seeing pictures of Gillian Anderson from the mini-series, I just knew that I desperately wanted to read this novel. And so, when I found it in the Everyman’s Library edition, I bought it immediately and now I’m looking so much forward to reading it. I love Dickens and I really want to read about Pip, miss Havisham and the rest of the cast of this book. Not sure really what the book is about but I’m sure Dickens isn’t going to disappoint me.
So these three books were the ones that had to come home with me. Sadly, I wasn’t much tempted by many other books. I hope to go back to Copenhagen and Politikens Boghal soon and see if the store does carry fewer books or if it’s just my imagination …

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12 reasons to give a book as a gift

So are you looking for reasons to give books as gifts this year? Yeah, I know – we don’t need reasons, we know how awesome books are. But still, making lists are always fun and since my favorite Danish bookstore started making a list of reasons to gift books, I thought I would translate the list – especially since a couple of the reasons are rather funny.


Here’s the list – 12 reasons to give a book as a gift:

  1. It’s cheaper than a bottle of Petrus.
  2. It’s good in bed.
  3. You’ll flatter the recipient’s intelligence.
  4. If you’ve read it yourself, you will have something to talk about.
  5. It doesn’t crumb in the bed.
  6. It’s cool to read. Period.
  7. You can borrow it afterwards.
  8. One size fits all.
  9. It doesn’t use batteries.
  10. It’s better than the movie.
  11. An enlightened populace is good for the democracy.
  12. It makes you look clever.

And here are some extra reasons from Facebook:

  • It’s easy to wrap.
  • It never goes out of style.
  • It doesn’t talk back.
  • It can change your life.

Does anyone else have some great reasons to give books as gifts?

Book shopping in Copenhagen

As part of our vacation activities this year, my boyfriend/fiancé and I took a day trip to Copenhagen – mainly to buy books. My favorite Danish bookshop is located på Rådhuspladsen in Copenhagen and the reason that I love it is, that it stocks all the new contemporary fiction – in English. I am of course talking aboutPolitikens Boghal which is one of the few places in Denmark where you have a great selection of fiction written in English. And since that’s what I read the most, of course this is my favorite bookshop.

So I bought 7 books in Politikens. 6 fiction, one non fiction. Most of these were already on my wish list and I’m excited about all of them.


  • Lev Grossman: The Magician King (The Magicians #2). The second volume in this fantasy series, inspired heavily by Harry Potter and Narnia.
  • Ramona Ausubel: No One is Here Except All of Us. A sort of 1001 Nights set in a tiny Jewish village in Romania in WWII.
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #3). The final installment in this trilogy. The first one was amazing. I plan on reading all three together – hopefully soon.
  • Christos Tsiolkas: The Slap. What happens when a father slaps a child who is not his own? Simple premise – but I expect a lot from this Booker shortlisted novel.
  • John Lanchester: The Capital. I bought this book mainly because it takes place in London during the recession. An entire street in London with very different people, yet all receive a card in the mail with the same message on: We Want What You Have.
  • Tom Perrotta: The Leftovers. What happens after a rapture like event has removed millions of people from earth? How do the leftovers react and go about their lives, rebuilding societies etc?
  • Nicholas Joll (ed.): Philosophy & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so many times as a teenager. I plan on reading it again soon – and this will be a wonderful companion read.

Close to Politikens, you can find a small bookstore in a cellar, FantaskFantask is the place to go if you wish to buy comics, graphic novels and fantasy.


  • L. Jagi Lamplighter: Prospero Lost. A fantasy version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Beautiful cover!
  • Terry Pratchett: Snuff. The newest paperback in the Discworld series. Can’t wait!
  • Neil Gaiman: The Doll’s House (Sandman #2). I am pretty sure I read the Sandman series years ago – now I’m slowly buying them for myself.

And finally, we also visited a sale. Again, very close to Politikens, there’s a huge – and I think permanent – book sale called Vangsgaards Bogudsalg. I mostly picked up some coloring books and picture books for the girls but I did pick up a couple of books for myself too – one of these unfortunately in Norwegian…!


  • Alan Moore: From Hell. Alan Moore’s take on Jack the Ripper. I’ve been wanting to read this book for years. But it sucks that I somehow ended up with a copy in Norwegian!
  • Jasper Fforde: Shades of Grey. I really like the one Thursday Next book I’ve read and the idea of your ability to see colors determining your place in society sounds intriguing.

So 12 books all in all did I carry back home in the train. Quite a good haul, I think. I’m looking forward to reading them!