A very Danish book haul

Hello, beautiful people!
Ah, to believe that two weeks ago, I was on the plane to Copenhagen. *sigh dreamily* Like I said in my last post, I traveled to Copenhagen last month and I completely fell in love with that city. I so wanted to remember every second of my time there, and while buying items in souvenirs shops can be fun, I was thinking that I wanted to bring back books that would remind me of Copenhagen and Denmark. I know that when my friend Aseel @ Lights and Pages traveled to Paris last year, she bought several books that reminded her of France, whether it was French literature or books in French. I decided to do that as well, because it’s an excellent idea and to present you what I got in this little book haul, because obviously all those books have Denmark in common.

Fairy Tales: A Selection by Hans Christian Andersen

Genres: classics, fairy tales

You’ve all probably heard of Hans Christian Andersen, even if you don’t recall his name: this Danish author is best-known for his fairy tales (he wrote so much more than that though!), such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Emperor’s New Clothes and so many others. He lived in Copenhagen for quite some time, a boulevard was named after him and there is the statue of The Little Mermaid on a waterside at the Langelinie promenade. While my parents read me many of his tales before I went to sleep when I was a little girl, I am so curious to revisit them as an adult and I thought it was the best time to buy them, because I was in Andersen’s city after all. I also read a French YA novel* last year that featured Andersen as a character and have been so curious about him ever since, so I really didn’t need any excuse anyway.

*For French people, I’m talking about Animale : La Prophétie de la Reine des Neiges by Victor Dixen, that I adore, while I’m not a huge fan of his Phobos series #sorrynotsorry.

Genres: non-fiction, psychology, self-help

This book has been all over bookstagram for the past year or so, I’ve been meaning to get to it for so long, but I don’t know, when I bought books I wasn’t really thinking about getting that one. However, when I was in Copenhagen, I felt so peaceful and happy, yes it was due to the fact I was traveling with my boyfriend, but more than that, it was the atmosphere of the city. The Little Book of Hygge was written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, so once again, if I didn’t buy it here, when would have I gotten it? Anyway, Denmark is presumably the happiest country in the world and the reason for that is supposed to be hyggewhich has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. This book’s purpose is to try to make the reader understand hygge and it seems like quite an interesting concept, so I’m excited to finally discover what it’s all about!

The Royal Physician’s Visit by Per Olov Enquist
Genre: historical fiction

It’s quite interesting that I bought this novel, because it was actually written by a Swedish writer and I got to Sweden right after Copenhagen, so it’s pretty much the epitome of my trip. I first heard about this novel because Christine @ Wee Reader read and adored it, if she loves a historical novel, I know I will love it too. It’s thanks to her that I discovered Susanna Kearsley after all. Anyway, The Royal Physician’s Visit is set in 18th century Denmark, during the reign of Christian VII. His wife, Queen Caroline, fell in love with his most trusted advisor, the court physician Struensee. It also follows the conflict between Struensee, who is introducing Enlightenment ideas in Denmark and Guldberg, the cold-blooded religious fanatic. I so want to know more about Danish history and apparently it’s done very well, so I’m looking forward to that. Besides, there is a movie called A Royal Affair with Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen that also tells this story and I’ll be able to watch it right after.

Can you feel my love for Scandinavian countries grow?
I sure can.
That’s it for my little book haul today, thank you for reading!

Lots of love,

London Book Haul (part 2)

Hello beautiful people!

I was in London this week-end, which means I bought books… Again. In my defense, I won’t have a lot of them to buy for a little while (with the exception of two that I’m planning to read in October) and Penguin English Library editions are my ultimate weaknesses. I’m very happy because I found most of the books I wanted to read for Victober (a readathon that makes you read Victorian literature in October), which is so exciting.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I have to say I had only seen Wonder Woman in the Justice League animated series before 2017, so I only knew the basics about her. However, I was so excited about the movie that released this year as well as this book, for it’s written by Leigh Bardugo. I’m actually currently reading because I was very curious to discover Bardugo in something different and I’m really enjoying it, even though it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s giving me huge girl power vibes, I’m all about that.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

If you don’t know this about me, I’m obsessed with Outlander. I started watching the show last year and after sobbing so much at the end of season 2, I decided I would read the books, because I wasn’t going to wait a year. Thinking season 3 would release in March (I was so innocent), I read a book a month and finished Voyager in December, telling myself I wouldn’t read Drums of Autumn until the end of season 3. Little did I know that in September 2017, I would still have a week to wait *sobs*. I haven’t read an Outlander book in eight months, how did I survive (I could have read the Lord John Grey novels, but not just yet)? Anyhow, I now have Drums of Autumn, but it would make no sense to start it now, I’ll hide my copy until season 3 is over (I will try at least). But I’m so excited to read it, it hurts.

I have to confess I still haven’t read The Picture of Dorian Gray and I had no excuse, except I didn’t own it. As a matter of fact, I went to an exhibition about Oscar Wilde (which was absolutely amazing) in Paris last year and it made me want to read every single word he ever wrote, for it was full of beautiful quotes and I need to read them in context. Anyhow, I’m so looking forward to finally read The Picture of Dorian Gray this October.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White is considered to be one of the first among mystery novels and combines Gothic horror with psychological realism, which makes me quite curious about it. I haven’t read anything by Wilkie Collins yet, but I have heard he is a friend of Charles Dickens and that’s enough for me. Besides, I’ve only heard great things about this one. It sounds perfect to read near Halloween. 

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

I first heard about this book in The Infernal Devices, which put it on my ‘want to read’ list straight away. From what I’ve gathered, the main character is an anti-heroine and (obviously) has a secret the reader is trying to discover. The Penguin English Library edition for this one is absolutely stunning and it’s been calling to me for a long time, 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I read Wuthering Heights in French about seven years ago (I can’t remember exactly, but it was summer and I also read Jane Eyre) and it became one of my favourite books ever. I’ve been wanting to reread it in English ever since I started to read in that language and as I’ve recently read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë… Well I realised how much I missed this book and wanted to reread it.

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Speaking of Anne Brontë (the underrated sister *sigh*), I finally read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in August and adored it, it’s now one of my favourite books ever. Anne only wrote two novels and her first one, Agnes Grey , was inspired by her experience as a governess. It’s quite a short novel (under 200 pages), which should make it quick to read and I’ll probably read it this month, as I’m that excited to read it.

Girlhood by Cat Clarke

I still haven’t read anything by Cat Clarke yet, but I liked the cover for this one (even if it’s VERY pink) and it was in the ‘buy one, get the second at half price’ section at Waterstones, so I got it with Wonder Woman to have that (how to be weak when it comes to buying books, a memoir by yours truly). I’ve heard good things and apparently it’s a YA mystery? I need to read more of those.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (20th anniversary edition)

Technically, my boyfriend bought it for me. So I didn’t buy it and it’s okay (I had said I wouldn’t)? The thing is, it was thirty minutes before the time of the epilogue, we were at King’s Cross, I had to have a Harry Potter book with me. Besides, it showed my Ravenclaw pride and we all shouted our house names in the train station, so… *shrugs* We also got free Hogwarts Express tickets because we answered to a Harry Potter quiz so there you go!

Lots of love,