Red Rising

Red Rising

Red Rising

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
First Published: 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.20)
I would recommend this book to: Those who want a darker Hunger Games
The Beginning: I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.

Earth is dying and mankind has taken over space. There’s a strict hierarchy where humans are divided into various colours. Our hero is Red, the lowest of the lowest. On a quest of revenge he goes undercover as Gold, the top of the pop, and is thrown into a Hunger Games-like contest.

I’ve heard this book described as Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones. I agree with the Hunger Games part, but Game of Thrones? I just don’t see it. It’s also been described as Hunger Games for grown-ups – this I can concur with. It has many similarities, but is still completely different. Red Rising is darker. Our hero doesn’t get to be a true hero, he has to do awful things for the greater good. And he’s placed in the dilemma of seeing his enemies as real people – people he has to deceive.

I forget that one day I might have to kill them all. They call me brother, and I cannot but think of them in the same way.

I really liked this book. It was a great page-turner that kept me up late many nights. But it did have its flaws. The story seemed a bit rushed to me. We’re on Mars in a totally different environment with a totally different social structure than what we’re familiar with, but we weren’t given that many details. There were parts I didn’t really get, where I just had to try and guess what was going on. And in some parts of the competition our hero’s plans weren’t explained at all. He would go out on a mission, and if he failed, we never knew what the mission was in the first place. That annoyed me as it made me feel stupid. I had to check many times to see if I’d accidentally skipped a part.

The writing was so-so. Not bad, but not very good either. But it’s still a thrilling read and I have to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy soon. As in now!

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Currently Reading and Knitting, #2

Books and yarn

Books and yarn

I’m still knitting the baby blanket I told you about a few weeks ago. I had to buy some extra yarn for it, as I’d changed the type of yarn from the pattern and miscalculated how much I needed. But it’s coming along very nicely and I think I’ll finish within the next week or so. It’s a very easy pattern and perfect to knit while watching Netflix – it’s mostly done in stockinette, which doesn’t demand that much attention.

After re-watching The Hours, I felt the need the read some more Michael Cunningham, and luckily I had Flesh and Blood waiting untouched on my bookshelf. I’m about halfway through and like it a lot. We follow a family and its members through the 50s-80s (so far just the 80s but I think we may reach the 90s as well), and these family members are quite interesting. It’s turned out to be a very enjoyable read.

On audio I’ve started All the Light We Cannot See. I’ve listened to about 50 minutes, but I’m still not sure what to make of it. It’s a bit confusing to listen to as it jumps between different stories and has stories within stories. I’m still trying to figure out the when, where, who and why, so I haven’t really started to enjoy it yet. But I guess that’ll come later, as I’ve heard so many good things about it.

Here are some reading and knitting moments from the past two weeks – and yes, there’s a cat in every single picture 😀

cat and yarn

cat and yarn

cat and yarn

cat reading

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We all float down here!

It Stephen King

Title: IT
Author: Stephen King
First Published: 1986
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.12)
I would recommend this book to: No one
The Beginning: The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

Like all kids from the 80s, I developed a horrid fear of clowns after watching the mini series IT too many times. There’s something extremely horrifying about a human face absurdly painted in a big grin – especially if the person behind the paint isn’t grinning.

So I was quite excited about reading IT. It was my first Stephen King novel, and I settled deep into my couch ready to be entertained by the audio book. What a disappointment. The novel is almost 45 hours long (1300+ pages), and most of it is just filling. Now matter how marginal, every single character was introduced in depths with their entire life story. Some writers can pull it off: where insignificant characters become significant with their own captivating stories that make you forget the main story. Stephen King isn’t one of those writers. The stories were trivial. You’ve met the characters and heard about their problems many times before.

And I didn’t care for the narrator in this audio at all. He was one of the worst over-actors I’ve heard in a long time. He completely overdid it with stuttering Bill – it was almost painful to listen to. And if the text said that a line was yelled instead of spoken, he felt the need to yell the line with all his force. The result was that I listened to the story with the speed turned up to make up for the stuttering, and the volume turned very low so as not to go deaf from all the yelling. It was a relief to finally finish it. I actually wish I’d given up – but after listening for 10 hours, I just felt it would be a waste of time to let it go.

The biggest disappointment was that the novel wasn’t scary at all. It was just silly. This is one of those rare ‘the movie was better than the book’ moments that don’t come often. So that’s it: my first and last Stephen King.

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New Books: Two Classics and a Zombie

Book haul

I only bought 3 new books in September, but I’m sure they’re all going to be amazing. The first one is a sure thing, namely Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, which I already have a copy of – I read it years ago at university and loved it. I wanted a prettier edition than the one already on my shelf, and decided on this cute Word Cloud Classics edition. The next book is also a classic, namely Henry James’ Washington Square which I’ve heard many good things about.

And now for something completely different: ZOMBIES! I’ve bought Autumn by the awesome David Moody, author of the Hater series which I loved. I can’t wait to see if this one is just as good.

Have you read any of these books? And which books have you bought lately?

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Knitted 40s Sweater with Puffed Sleeves

Knitted blue vintage sweater - free pattern

I finished this gorgeous sweater from a vintage pattern months ago, but completely forgot to show you guys the result! I meant to do an outfit post with the sweater, but then my belly started to grow and I looked like a weird balloon with puffed sleeves when I put it on. So that’ll have to wait.

Blue sweater with puffed sleeves

The pattern was one you guys helped me choose, and I really like the result – even though it was nothing like I expected it to be. First of all, the rib pattern looks nothing like it does in the picture where I found the pattern. And the free pattern has its flaws. Or I was just too stupid to follow the instructions. The pattern makes it sound easy, but to me it was difficult. But it is beautiful, and I adore the puffed sleeves and the vintage feel. If I ever get my figure back, I’ll do an outfit post. I’m thinking of pairing it with a pencil skirt …
knitting project

knitting project

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The blood is life… and it shall be mine!

Dracula by Bram Stoker Anna Sui shoes

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
First Published: 1897
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.95)
The Beginning: May 3. Bistritz.– Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

I first read Dracula about 8 years ago for a Gothic literature class. I remember liking it a lot, but also that I lost interest towards the end. I couldn’t recall why, and have been meaning to reread the story for a long time. So I decided to revisit the story by listening to the audio book with Mr. Boyfriend.

There are vampires. They are real, they are of our time, and they are here, close by, stalking us as we sleep…

It started out very well, and I really liked it. The part with Jonathan Harker at the castle was incredibly thrilling and atmospheric. And the parts with Lucy were brilliantly scary and unlike anything I’d ever read (apart from the first time I read it). And it’s not often that you meet a set of characters like these! Van Helsing never ceased to amuse me. And Renfield! Such a twisted bug-eating lunatic! You never knew what would happen with this little psycho. Not to mention Count Dracula and the voluptuous child-eating women!

And then there were some characters that bored me to death. Lucy’s three suitors were just one big blur to me. None of them really stood out (with the exception of one who had an American accent). And somehow they all got along even though they were all in love with Lucy. What’s up with that? And Mina Harker was so annoying! What a goody-two-shoes. I came to hate her chapters.

Another thing that bugged was that, while the first half of the story was very exciting and thrilling, the second half seemed like an anti-climax. There were so many repetitions that it almost drove me insane. I couldn’t count how many times Mina was praised – it was the same words over and over again. And Lucy’s many many treatments were just too much – you don’t have to get all the details every time.

It’s a shame really, because this could have been such a brilliant read. And it was in many ways brilliant – but long parts were also boring and too wordy. So Dracula only gets 3 stars – even though it had potential of 5 stars.

The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine book

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Carla from Lipstick and Mocha for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Carla – you made my day :-)

“The idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative and inspiring.”

– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

sunshine blogger award

1. Did you ever eat playdough as a child?
No, but sometimes I ate grass and pretended to be a horse.

2. We all love talking about books we like, but is there a book you really hate?
Hate is such a harsh word, so no. But there are books that have disappointed me to the point where I felt let down. Like Sophie Kinsella’s last Shopaholic installment: I love Becky, but in this one she completely lost it and I couldn’t recognize her anymore. We had a bad break-up.

3. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
Sci-fi! No, fantasy. No Sci-fi … no fantasy! I give up …

4. What’s the last movie you watched? Did you like it?
The Hours. It’s one of my favorites – both the movie and the book.

5. Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit?
There’s isn’t ONE place I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit. I’ve been lucky to travel a lot in my life so most of my wishes have come true. Right now I’m dreaming of visiting San Fransisco and China.

6. Do you like spicy food?
Yes, as long as it’s not so spicy that all it does is burn your mouth – I like to be able to taste my food.

7. Is there something you like collecting?
Books and shoes:

Book shelf shoes

8. Have you ever wanted to live in another country? If so, which one?
I sometimes daydream about living in Tokyo – great food and awesome shopping opportunities!

9. Do you sing in the shower?
Rarely – I shower in the mornings and I’m usually too tired.

10. Do you have any tattoos?
No! I would never be able to commit to that! It would be like wearing the same pair of shoes every day.

11. Can you study/work while listening to music?
Yes, if the subject is not too difficult, I’m quite the multi-tasker. I can also write HTML-code while listening to audio books (if the code is straight forward and the book not too complicated).

Now I would like to nominate these amazing bloggers:

1. Frk. Hyms
2. Tanker om Sproget
3. Paperback Castles
4. Creative Minds have more Fun
5. Reading Raindrops
6. Victorian Soul Critiques
7. Flyv med mig

Here are my 11 question:

1. What’s your favourite reading snack?
2. Have you’ve ever thought that the movie was better than the book?
3. Do you have any fictional crushes?
4. Imagine there are no more physical books (the horror!), which would you choose: e-book or audio book?
5. Favourite place to read?
6. You have to dress up like a literary character, which one do you choose?
7. Have you ever tried to write fiction yourself?
8. Tea or coffee?
9. Do you feel you connect more with people who read books than with people who don’t?
10. Have you ever brought a book on a date?
11. What’s the best thing about blogging?

– and it’s totally up to you whether you want to answer in Danish or English :-)

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This Time Last Year: Autumn coziness

This Time Last Year

One thing I look back on with a tiny pang of envy is how I was able to walk to work this time last year. It was such a relaxing way to start the day: coffee to go and an audio book for about 40 minutes. I loved that tradition. Now my back and feet start to hurt like crazy after walking for a mere 5 minutes. But it’s only a tiny pang of envy. Because another thing I remember from this time last year is being very sad about not being pregnant. Wondering and doubting if it would ever happen. And here I am a year later with a huge belly knitting baby things for a little girl :-)

This Time Last Year

I can’t imagine being able to ever wear outfits like this again! Right now comfort is my #1 priority. But I do look forward to wearing my favorite foxy shirt again. And the shoes!


The best book I read in September last year was Murakami’s novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, which I found deeply moving.


In September last year I went to London with a friend for a couple of days. I can’t believe it’s already a year ago! The shoes I got on this trip have become some of my favorites, and I really like the two blue dresses. I’ve actually never worn the yellow dress. I was saving it for Easter, but then I got pregnant and wasn’t ready to tell anyone, and the dress couldn’t hide my belly. Maybe I’ll be able to wear it in a year or so. The bag was fun for a while, but now it has moved on to another home.


And here’s what I was knitting this time last year: My most difficult project to date, the Entrelac Pillowcase. I would love one day to knit a scarf in this pattern – but with larger needles and just one color yarn, otherwise it’s too much work.

This Time Last Year

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The Reckoning

She was the prisoner of her own choice.

The Reckoning by Edith Wharton

The Reckoning by Edith Wharton

This Little Black Classic contains two stories: Mrs Manstey’s View and The Reckoning, both by Edith Wharton:

The Reckoning
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Beginning: ‘The marriage law of the new dispensation will be: Thou shall not be unfaithful – to thyself’.

Mrs Westall is a modern woman. Once in a bad marriage, she had the freedom to get divorced. Her husband let her go without any fuss, and she was free to marry the man she loved without looking back. She agreed to remarry on one condition: They would both always be free to get a divorce. Her new husband agrees to this. They’re the modern couple that thrives on individual freedom and preaches their doctrine to their circle of friends.

Then, after 10 years of marriage, her husband claims his freedom to get a divorce and marry a younger girl. Broken-hearted, Mrs Westall is forced to revise her own actions when she left her first husband and rethink the obligations that follow when we are given the freedom of divorce.

She was the victim of the theories she renounced. It was as though some giant machine of her own making had caught her up in its wheels and was grinding her to atoms …

The short story focuses on the dark side of freedom, how we are given license to hurt each other with no consequences. The point isn’t that freedom is bad, but that with freedom comes responsibility. At least that’s how I read the story.

This is one of those short stories that leaves you hungry for more. I wanted this desperately to be a novel – there was certainly material enough to add 200 pages. But sometimes less is more, and in many ways this story is perfect as it is.

A beautiful 5-starred read.

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Mrs Manstey’s View
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Beginning: The view from Mrs Manstey’s window was not a striking one, but to her at least it was full of interest and beauty.

Mrs Manstey lives alone, her husband has died and she never sees her daughter. She has few enjoyments in life, but she loves to sit by her window and look down into the garden below. This is her life. So when a new building project threatens to steal this view from her, she has to take action and stop it at all costs.

This is a surprising story of heartache, happiness and amazing will power. I liked and admired this old lady.

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The Reckoning is #48 in the amazing Little Black Classic series by Penguin. 80 books for 80p each. I adore this concept!

little black classic

Littel clack classic

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Currently Reading and Knitting

Books and knitting

Autumn has arrived and with it some cozy reading & knitting moments. I’m currently reading Red Rising, which I’m really enjoying. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a fast-paced novel! I’ve heard it described as a mix between Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. I agree with the latter, but Game of Thrones? No way. At least I don’t see it yet.

I’m listening to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my own. I do like it, but somehow it’s turned into a slow read for me, which is one of the reasons I’ve switched from the paperback to the audio. I’m also listening to Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms with Mr. Boyfriend. We always have an audio book to listen to together. He draws while listening and I knit.

Speaking of knitting: I’ve started a new knitting project: a baby blanket with a little hoodie. It’s going to be so cute and quite useful once the little princess arrives.

Some reading moments from the last couple of weeks:

reading with the cat on a rainy day

reading a book and drinking tea

What are you currently reading?

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