All the Light We Cannot See

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.

all the light we cannot see

Title: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
First Published: 2014
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.29)
I would recommend this book to you if: you like books set during WWII
The Beginning: At dusk they pour from the sky

World War 2: A blind girl in Paris flees with her farther to live with her uncle. In a orphanage in Germany, a young boy listens to the radio with his sister and develops a passionate interest in science. His passion and skills leads him to join Hitler Jugend. Slowly their stories are entwined – through the radio and through war.

This story reeks of bestseller. It reeks of some day becoming a big award-winning movie. And it is a good and touching story. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t rock my world like many other novels on the Second World War has (like Stones from the River and The Book Thief). And then there’s this bit about a jewel that adds a strange magical touch to the story. It seemed to me misplaced and totally unnecessary. Or maybe I just missed the point.

The writing was beautiful. But I think I made a mistake listening to this one on audio. The changing point of views made it confusing at times, especially at the very beginning. It took me about 2 hours to figure out the who, where, why, and even longer to feel a connection to the characters.

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Daisy Miller

I have never allowed a gentleman to dictate to me, or to interfere with anything I do.

Daisy miller

Title: Daisy Miller
Author: Henry James
First Published: 1878
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.33)
I would recommend this book to you if:
– you like Edith Wharton
– you’re interested in the unwritten rules of the American upper class in the 19th ct.

I first read Daisy Miller for an American literature class about 10 years ago. I remember loving the story, it’s themes and the points it makes. I found it so interesting that I considered doing my Bachelor’s project on Henry James. It’s a book that means a lot to me, as it let me to the works of Edith Wharton who is now one of my favourite authors.

So I was quite excited about revisiting it on audio for the Readathon. It left me with mixed feelings, though. I still loved the characters – especially the contrast between Daisy and Winterbourne’s horrible aunt. I’ve never cared much for Winterbourne, but he’s an interesting symbol of a character controlled by the norms of the upper class to the point where personal opinions and happiness count for nothing.

They are hopelessly vulgar. Whether or no being hopelessly vulgar is being ‘bad’ is a question for the metaphysicians. They are bad enough to dislike, at any rate; and for this short life that is quite enough.

On the other hand, I had expected more from what I remembered. And I think it was a mistake to listen to it on audio, as I didn’t care for the narrator. Her overall reading was OK, but I really disliked the way she read Daisy’s lines.

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Mini Bookworm’s Closet

Baby knit free pattern

I almost can’t believe it, but today is my due day. It’s so weird! Any day now, I could be thrown into a painful marathon and then I’ll be a mom! I can’t describe how strange it feels.

But the wardrobe for the lil’ one is totally ready. We’ve borrowed a lot of baby clothes from friends and I’ve knitted so many things for her – it’s wonderful knitting these small sizes. Here’s the mini bookworm’s home-made closet so far (with links for free patterns):

1 blanket with a hoodie
6 hats (pink, blue, purple, 2 bow hats and a hat with fox ears)
3 pairs of socks
1 poncho
1 dress
2 cardigans (green and orange)

There are also a pair of pink slippers in the collection, which were a gift from one of my American Goodreads friends who visited Copenhagen about a month ago. So sweet of her to make a little present for our princess :-)

Baby knit free pattern

Baby knit free pattern

Baby knit free pattern

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Currently Reading & Knitting, #3

Books and Knitting

I’ve just started reading two lovely books! The first one is Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, which is turning out to be very promising. And today I started listening to the most amazing audio book, The Golem and the Jinni. It’s one of those books that captivates you and makes you forget about the world after just 5 minutes. I hope it’ll continue like this!

And for the first time since I got pregnant, I’ve started knitting a new little something just for me! It’s going to be warm, comfy, practical and – I hope – stylish for walks with the pram once the lil’ one arrives. I’m quite excited about it as I decided to make my own pattern for this project. If it’s a succes, I’ll write the pattern down and share it with you guys :-)

Books and Knitting

What about you, what are you currently reading and/or knitting?

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The Gracekeepers

the gracekeepers

Title: The Gracekeepers
Author: Kirsty Logan
First Published: 2015
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.64)
I would recommend this book to you if: you like creative fantasy novels

The world is flooded by water. Very few can afford to live on land. We have North on a circus boat, performing with a bear and hiding a great secret. We have Callanish who lives alone as a gracekeeper. The two girls are drawn together as their lives pull them apart.

This is a beautiful and magical concept for a book. It’s in many ways a story unlike any others set in a creative world with great characters. I should have loved it, but it just never happened. I felt like I was missing something … like I was reading a sequel or my edition missed some pages. Though the setting was beautiful and interesting, it appeared blurred to me. I would have liked more descriptions, more details. I couldn’t help imagine what an author like J.K. Rowling could have done with a setting like this. Or Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus).

I quite liked the plot at first, but then it seemed to get a bit thin and the book ended before the story had really picked up. To top it off, I didn’t really care for the ending. I guess I had expected more from this one.

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Little Lace Cardigan

knitted lace baby cardigan free pattern

Here’s my latest finished knitting project: a cardigan in a lace pattern for the lil’ one. I’ve started to size my projects up a bit, so she’ll have something she can grow into. This pattern is free on Ravelry. It’s knitted from the top down so it’s fairly easy – once you get the hang of the lace pattern!

knitted lace baby cardigan free pattern

Mr. Boyfriend had a fit when he saw the buttons – I know, they’ll be hell to work with but look how cute they are!

knitted lace baby cardigan free pattern

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The Pearl

He said, “I am a man,” and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.

the pearl

Title: The Pearl
Author: John Steinbeck
First Published: 1945
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.35)
I would recommend this book to you if: you like books on greed and human nature.
The Beginning: Kino awakened in the near dark.

Kino, Juana and their baby boy form the poor family of this book. One day Kino finds a great pearl and their world is turned upside down. As they imagine the great many things they may do with this pearl, the difference it will make to their son’s future, the rest of the world turns against them: from cheat to robbery to murder – people they trusted will go all lengths to get their pearl.

The pearl turns from luck and happiness to misery and tragedy. It changes the people around it. It gives you a glimpse of a future you can’t let go of. Steinbeck tells this story in his usual brilliant writing. If only it wasn’t a story I’d heard so many times before that I know it by heart. The story of how wealth changes people and how greed can be the downfall of man is a story I’ve heard a billion times before. I can’t enjoy it – even if it’s put in Steinbeck’s beautiful words.

My favourite quote:

They had spoken once, but there is not need for speech if it is only a habit anyway. Kino sighed with satisfaction — and that was conversation.

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Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

I was tagged by Carla from Lipstick and Mocha to do the most adorable book tag ever: the ‘Fall Time Cozy Book Tag’. Autumn is my absolute favorite season, so I’m very excited about it. This tag was created by Sam from Novel and Nonsense. Let’s get started:

Crunchy Leaves!
The world is full of colors. Choose a book that has reds, oranges or yellows on the cover.

David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and Byatt’s Possession are to me the perfect choices – they even have autumn leaves on the covers. And no, I couldn’t just stick to one book 😉


Cozy Jumper!
It’s finally cold enough to don warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

The Harry Potter series. Not so much the adventure and excitement. What makes me feel warm inside just thinking about it is the homely feeling of Hogwarts. My favorite thing about Harry Potter is the descriptions of the everyday life at the school. The classes, the homework, the meals, the common rooms where Harry and Ron play chess, visiting Hagrid, getting owl mail. Hogwarts is Harry’s first home, the only place where he feels safe and it’s where his friends are.


Fall Storm!
The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

I’ve got a thing about classics – Victorian novels in particular. And especially if it’s on audio. There’s something about cold and stormy weather where you can stay inside, make a cup of tea, pick up a couple of cats and a knitting project, curl up under a blanket and listen to a classic on audio. Classics often take their time to tell the story and to me this fits perfect with Autumn. And it makes it even better if the classic is narrated by an older woman. It somehow adds to the atmosphere.


Cool Crisp Air!
Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

This one is difficult. There are many cool characters, but would I trade places with them? No! And then again … Elizabeth Bennet! She’s smart, lively, brave and pretty. Yes, she has her flaws, but she’s not afraid to admit it, when she’s made a mistake. She follows her heart and has values. And I wouldn’t mind trading places with her, because she shares her bed with Mr. Darcy *sigh*

Hot Apple Cider!
What under-hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

David Moody’s Hater trilogy. It could also be a pretty cool TV-show – perfect for Walking Dead fans.


Coats, Scarves and Mittens!
The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Margaret Atwood is my favorite author. I think she’s one of the smartest writers and most talented story tellers ever. But some of her book covers are so embarrassingly tacky. Just take a look at these two:


Pumpkin Spiced Latte!
What’s your favorite Fall Time comfort food or drink?

Definitely tea. I love it when the seasons have just started changing and it’s finally cold enough to make the first pot of tea.


Warm, Cozy Bonfire!
Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag?

I tag these three bloggers:

Wondrous Bibliophile
Den Lille Bogblog

I hope you want to join the fun – and it’s totally up to you if you want to respond in Danish or English :-)

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This Time Last Year: Shopping and Frustrations


October 2014:
October last year was both a great month and a very confusing one. Mr. Boyfriend and I had to make some pretty big and important decisions as we were just about to start treatments for infertility. I was very nervous about starting treatments; if it didn’t work, we were one step closer to not having any children at all. I was pretty pessimistic and scared, whereas Mr. Boyfriend was the eternal optimist.
We took a much-needed break and went to Berlin. We took long walks in the beautiful Autumn, we had dinner at some amazing restaurants, we read a lot of books and did an awful lot of vintage shopping.

October 2015:
What a difference a year makes. I haven’t shopped for ages, there’s no little vacation in sight. Instead I can feel my body getting more and more ready for child birth and the baby growing inside me. And I’m knitting and reading like a maniac. Who knows what I’ll have time for once the baby arrives 😉

In October 2014, I bought 4 pairs of shoes. This October I haven’t bought any shoes at all – but I’ve treated myself to two foot massages.


In October last year, I bought a nice stack of books. The best books were probably Jeanette Winterson’s brilliant Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?, which my thoughts often drift back to, and Ian McEwan’s The Children Act – which I just gave to my father for this birthday. The biggest disappointments were Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic to the Stars, which made me lose all respect for our heroine, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which seemed to me a total waste of potential. Atwood’s Stone Mattress was also very good, and my review gave me the chance to almost talk to Atwood herself.


I also read and reviewed some pretty good books. The best book of October 2014 was Pain, Parties, Work – a book on Sylvia Plath’s summer in New York. The worst book was Wuthering Heights – it was my second go at liking this book, and it’s just not for me.


Now we’ve entered November, and my due date is only one week away now. If only I could travel back in time and reassure my scared un-pregnant self that everything would be fine 😀

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Det at skrive havde altid vĂŚret en leg, en lykkelig beskĂŚftigelse, der tillod hende at glemme alt andet i verden.

Ansigterne af Tove Ditlevsen

– This novel was read an reviewed in Danish.

Titel: Ansigterne
Forfatter: Tove Ditlevsen
UdgivelsesĂĽr: 1968
Min bedømmelse: 5 af 5 stjerner
SĂĽdan starter den: Om aftenen var det en lille smule bedre.
Jeg vil anbefale bogen til:
– Dig, der kunne lide Rosemary’s Baby.
– Dig, der interesserer dig for kvinder i 1960’erne.

‘Ansigterne’ er et skrĂŚmmende og smukt portrĂŚt af Lise, en forfatter, der lever sammen med sin mand, tre børn og deres hushjĂŚlp, den frisindede Gitte. Lise døjer med usikkerhed og følelsen af at vĂŚre utilstrĂŚkkelig. Hun elsker at skrive, men føler sig aldrig god nok: hun føler, at hun er falsk og at det blot er et spørgsmĂĽl om tid før hun bliver afsløret.

Berømmelsen havde brutalt revet det slør til side, der altid havde skilt hende fra virkeligheden. Hun havde holdt en takketale. som Gert havde skrevet for hende, og imens var hun blevet grebet af sin barndoms angst for at blive afsløret, for at man skulle opdage, at hun spillede komedie og udgav sig for en anden, end hun var. Denne angst havde egentlig ikke forladt hende siden.

Det er ikke kun som forfatter, at Lise føler sig utilstrĂŚkkelig og falsk, det er ogsĂĽ i mange af de andre roller hun pĂĽtager sig i sit liv. Hun føler sig utilstrĂŚkkelig som kvinde, som frihedstĂŚnker, som hustru og mor. Om det er det, der fører til hendes sammenbrud skal jeg ikke gøre mig klog pĂĽ. Men bryde sammen, det gør hun. Hun fĂĽr modbydelige vrangforestillinger, der glider sammen med virkeligheden pĂĽ den mest uhyggelige vis, sĂĽ vi som lĂŚser ogsĂĽ langt hen ad vejen er i tvivl om, hvad der er fantasi og hvad der er virkelighed. Meget Rosemary’s Baby-agtigt.

Jeg holdt nok mest af de indledende kapitler, der foregik i Lises eget hjem. Her var det meget svÌrt at skelne mellem sindssyge og virkelighed. Da Lise bliver indlagt pü psykiatrisk afdeling efter et selvmordsforsøg bliver det endnu mere uhyggeligt og endnu mere klart, hvor slemt hun har det.

Jeg behøver vel nÌsten ikke nÌvne, at sproget var helt fantastisk. Smukt og intelligent uden at vÌre snørklet. Som kun Tove Ditlevsen kunne gøre det. Det burde ikke komme bag pü mig, men bliver alligevel overrasket, nür hun bliver ved med at vÌre god og interessant.

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