Hex Hall

Hex hall series anna sui black shoe

Hex Hall: 4 of 5 stars, Demonglass: 4 of 5 stars, Spell Bound: 2 of 5 stars
Author: Rachel Hawkins
I would recommend this book to: Anyone looking for a light and fun read
The Beginning: Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again.

Hex Hall started pretty good. The first book was a pleasant and fun little treat. I didn’t expect much from this book – just some easy entertainment on my kindle app. But I got so hooked that I ordered all three paperbacks.

This isn’t deep, sophisticated literature. It’s about a witch, Sophie, who is sent off to a boarding school for supernatural creatures. Her roommate is a vampire who everyone thinks is a psychopathic murderer, she falls in love with the hottest guy in school who dates the Queen Bitch, Elodie. And Elodie hates Sophie and will do anything to humiliate her and ruin her life. On top of that, Sophie is a somewhat crappy witch who can’t do proper magic like all the other kids. A classic teen story.

I’d been harboring this secret fantasy that he was only pretending to like her so that he could publicly dump her in the most embarrassing way possible, preferably on national television.

Hex Hall‘s strength is its humour. Sophie is deliciously sarcastic and not too self-important. I liked her. That being said, the novel has its flaws. There were things that didn’t really make sense. And things Sophie and the rest of the crew should have figured out … or at least considered. But it’s a fun, silly read, so I’ll forgive and forget.

The second book, Demonglass, did not disappoint: it was another fun and entertaining read. I had a good time with Sophie’s humour and smart-ass remarks, her confusion about who she is and who she can trust. It didn’t have the high school setting as we saw in Hex Hall, which disappointed me at first (I’m a sucker for high school stories). But the story line made up for it. And the love story takes a Romeo & Juliet twist – with a love triangle thrown in the mix (in case you wondered, I’m totally team Archer – he’s so hot!).

Please. I look like an Evanescence album cover.

The third and last book, Spell Bound, did, however, disappoint me. The last book in a series is always difficult for me. I’m not much into ‘final battles’ and whatnot. I’m more into characters, dialogue, relationships etc. And it seemed some of the magic was gone from this one. It just wasn’t that interesting or amusing. There was something missing … I guess the story line wasn’t strong enough to keep things exciting at the end. But I still had a few good laughs.

Right now, I’m so happy to see you that I wouldn’t care if you’re secretly a ninja sent from the future to destroy kittens and rainbows.

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Tight Skirt, Foxy Shirt

foxy shirt

foxy shirt

foxy shirt

Mr. Boyfriend and I decided to escape Labour Day. It somehow loses its appeal when it’s happening right outside your door. So instead we went for a walk around our hood. Here’s what I wore:

Shirt: Found.Loved, London
Skirt: La Debutante (purchased at Baan Suan)
Shoes: Second hand from (un) Fashion Vintage in Bangkok
Bag: Second hand Joop! (Marbles Vintage, Amsterdam)

foxy shirt

vintage shoes from Bangkok

foxy shirt

dansemusik

After shooting the outfit pictures, it started raining a bit. We took shelter in Cafe Tjilipop in Rantzausgade where we talked and read for an hour or so over coffee. The weather cleared up and we headed for home. After about 10 minutes, it’s started raining again. And not just a light drizzle. It was like an attack from the sky. We started running, and found shelter in Banh Mi in Elmegade, where we had lunch. Mr. Boyfriend had a noodle salad and I had a chicken sandwich. I love their sandwiches. They have a very special taste because of the fresh herbs and chili. I think I’ve have had one at least once a week for the past year since they opened – the taste is so addictive!

Bahn mi sandwich

Tonight we’re staying in with some homemade pizza – yum! I think I’ll start working on a book review – it’s been ages and I’m SO behind on my reviews. I hope you’re all well – see you soon!

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This Time Last Year

There’s nothing I love more than being nostalgic. I love looking at old pictures, rereading favorite books or my diary from when I was a kid. I never delete my e-mails or text messages. I love documenting what I do, so I’ll be able to remember. In a way that’s what this blog is about; documenting the books I read, my thoughts, my outfits, my weekends. So when I read a post on one of my favorite blogs, Gowns and Roses looking back on the same month the year before, I was dying to do the same! So let’s get on with it; here are the highlights from April – last year:

byatt lola ramona

Last April, I did something I don’t do often enough: I took a day off from work, and spent it by myself! I read blogs, went to the gym, had lunch in one of my favorite cafés and read a book. I should do that again soon!

camden town

I went to London with my dad and had an amazing time going for walks, shopping and reading in cafés. I’m going to London again next month, so I particularly enjoyed being reminded of this post!

reading

I went on a reading date with Mr. Boyfriend: we went for a walk, had lunch and leaned back in some comfy chair with a book each.

vintage outfit

My favorite outfit from last April, is this bright and sunny vintage outfit – I have to remember to wear that coat again this spring.

Firmin - Adventures Of A Metropolitan Lowlife

My favorite book from last April was this super cute book about a rat that lives in a book store. It’s so adorable!

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Shoes of the Week

shoes of the week

One of my favorite things about the seasons changing from winter to spring, is that I have more shoes to choose from. I only own two winter boots, but have a huge collection of shoes for in-between-weather. I love picking out the shoes of the day. They all have a place on my shoe-shelf, but when I come home from work, I just toss them somewhere. And they usually get to stay there until the weekend. This week, 5 pairs of shoes (Monday-Friday) were lying around in the hallway. So I thought it might be fun to show a picture of the shoes I’ve been wearing this past week. Especially after all the book talk there’s been on the blog lately ;-)

The shoes are (from the top left): Wonder Woman Converse, 2 x Lola Ramona, Vintage from Berlin and my new favorites from Edith & Ella (get similar here).

Have a nice evening – see you next week :-)

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Readathon

readathon jane austen

readathon jane austen

14:01
The day and hour has finally arrived: it’s time for my very first readathon. I’ve spent my morning getting ready – i.e. buying candy and thinking about books. The tea is brewed, I’ve prepared some healthy snacks (I’m saving the unhealthy stuff for later) and settled myself on the couch in our kitchen: I’m finally ready to dive into Jane Austen’s world. I’ll update regularly and will follow the progress of other readers. Let’s get started! Persuasion, here we go …

19:03
Status: I’ve read 76 pages (I’m a slooow reader), had lunch, four cups of tea, done a bit of laundry and checked up on a thousand other bloggers’ reading progress.
Oh, this is such a cozy event! I’m having a brilliant time with Persuasion – I feel like reading on and on and on … These characters are horrible! I literally shake my head every other page. I don’t remember much from when I read it 10 years ago. I remember how it ended and something about a picnic …

“It is over! it is all over!” she repeated to herself again, and again, in nervous gratitude. “The worst is over!”

readathon

readathon

21:45
Had homemade sandwiches for dinner. It’s the perfect meal if you wish to read or blog whilst eating. Bonus info: did you know that the sandwich was invented by the Earl of Sandwich? He needed a snack for him and his buddies while gambling, and asked his butler to make something you could eat with one hand AND without getting your hands dirty. So the butler invented the sandwich – and the Earl of Sandwich got all the credit. True story! Back to Jane Austen …

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readathon

02:15
With the help of coffee and candy, I’ve turned the last page of Persuasion. A sweet and beautiful story and an excellent companion for the last 12 hours. Now I can barely keep my eyes open. Will crawl into bed. Goodnight!

10:37
I woke up around 8am, made a cup of tea, went back to bed and started Mansfield Park. Now I’ve had a nice breakfast (banana pancakes and berries) and is ready to dive back into Jane Austen’s universe.

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14:04
Wait, it’s already over??? But I’m only 100 pages into Mansfield Park! What am I supposed to do now that it’s all over? It feels kind of empty … like I can’t remember what I usually do when I don’t read …

I managed to read 335 pages of Jane Austen, which for my standard is pretty good – I don’t think I’ve ever read more than 100-150 pages a day. The two Jane Austen novels were very different but both have that Jane Austen-feeling I’ve craved for weeks. For the past hour or so, I switched to the audio version because I felt like knitting. It’s been a blast doing the readathon! It’s such a treat to read, blog about reading and follow other readers. I hope so very much I’ll be able to join again next time!

Thanks for all the support – see you soon :-)

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Jane Austen and I

Jane Austen

They say you’ll never forget your first time, and I’ll never forget my first Jane Austen. We have to rewind the time to January 2002. I had just read the first four Harry Potter books for the first time. I got them for Christmas, and devoured them during the holidays. After finishing the fourth and, at the time, last book, I felt empty inside. I had the worst bookish hangover and actually felt that I had been ruined. I remember thinking that I would never be able to enjoy ‘normal’ literature again.

I forced myself back on the horse, and opened another Christmas present: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. By the first page I knew I had found my miracle cure. I was back in business and complete lost in Jane Austen’s wit, humor, romance and language. And I’ve been in love ever since.

I later took a Jane Austen class where we read all her novels, read about her and her time and watched the movies. I enjoyed it immensely, but it became a bit too much near the end – I crave variety. So I decided to reread them all at my own pace. During the past 5 years I’ve reread Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. And now it’s time for some more at this weekend’s Readathon.

I’ll start with Persuasion. It was the last we read for the class, and by then I’d had enough, and I’ve always felt it never got the chance it deserved. Now it’ll get its turn: I’m starving for Jane Austen after buying a beautiful box with all the novels. The next Austen novel will be Mansfield Park. I remember that I enjoyed this one so much and thought it was a cute cinderella-like story. I probably won’t be able to finish both, as 1) I’m a slow reader, and 2) I plan on getting my sleep. But we’ll see – it’s my first readathon, so I have no idea what it’ll be like.

Do you remember your first Jane Austen?

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Pink Suede & Cheesecake

berthels cheesecake

berthels cheesecake

Today after work, I went to Bertels for cheesecake. I had an amazing key lime cheesecake – I’ve got a thing for cakes with citrus. I went with two of my colleagues – one of them has just started a new blog: Sneakers in the City – go check her out, she’s super cool! She’ll mainly blog about life and food in Copenhagen – basically where her sneakers take her. And speaking of shoes, here are my shoes of the day: the pink suede from Edith & Ella. I think these might be my favorites this spring: they are very comfortable, so I can where them to work without any discomfort and I can go for long walks in them. And they’re so pretty and girly! Today I paired them with a vintage skirt from Episode in Paris and some blue tights.

edith and ella pink suede

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Crowded Cherry Trees

edith and ella

spring outfit

spring outfit

Today Mr. Boyfriend and I decided to check out the cherry trees at Bispebjerg Kirkegård. Unfortunately, the blooming trees had been hyped in the media and the place was totally crowded. Beautiful but crowded. We made our escape down some smaller paths where we could pretty much walk by ourselves and snap some pics. Here’s what I wore:

Top: Banned (purchased at Rockahula)
Skirt: La Debutante (purchased at Baan Suan)
Shoes: Edith and Ella
Bag: Unknown second hand

spring outfit

cherry trees

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Beautiful Jane Austen Books

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
– Jane Austen

Jane Austen beautiful box

Jane Austen beautiful box

Today something very special arrived: The most beautiful Jane Austen books in the world, namely this gorgeous collection by Penguin’s Hardback Classics. I don’t think I’ve had such a bookish crush before. And not just a crush, I think it’s getting serious; I might be in love. These will be perfect for my first Readathon next weekend. Now the challenge is to not start reading any of these beauties before the Readathon. It’s going to be a wonderful fix and I don’t want to ruin it by shooting up early.

Jane Austen beautiful box

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I’m doing the Readathon!

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It’s finally happened! There’s a Readathon and I don’t have any plans! I’m so excited I finally get to participate – it’s gonna be a blast! For those of you who don’t know about the readathon, it’s 24 hours dedicated to reading. Book lovers around the world read as much as they possibly can within 24 hours. Some of the really hard core readers don’t even sleep! That’s not gonna be me – I’m no longer 25 and I need my beauty sleep.

The only question left is what to read? It has to be something I’m really excited about, something I know for sure will be good company for this event. I’ve decided that I don’t want a stack of different books. I want a coherent reading experience where I can get completely lost in a world as opposed to jumping from one world to another. I considered reading one huge novel, where I could get totally engrossed in the story without coming up for air. But what if I don’t like the book? I can’t put all my eggs in an uncertain basket. So I thought it might be fun to reread something – that way I know it’ll be something I like. I considered Harry Potter for a long time. Imagine how amazing 24 hours at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione would be! But it hasn’t been that long since I last reread the series, so I might save that reread for a couple of years.

Then it hit me! Jane Austen! Yes, I know, the stories are different, but it’s the same world, the same atmosphere, the same Austen-magic. I think Jane Austen will be an amazing companion for my very first readathon! My Austen editions are all cheap and torn, so I ordered some beautiful new copies – I’ll post them here on the blog as soon as they arrive.

Dewey’s Readathon starts next Saturday, April 25 (2pm Danish time) and lasts for 24 hours. Will you be participating? If so, what will you be reading? How much do you think you’ll manage to read? And do you plan to get any sleep? If you’re participating, I would love it if you left some links to where I can follow you during the readathon! I’ll primarily be on twitter and Instagram.

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