Sunday, July 3, 2016

Copenhagen Crime



When you love reading crime stories and you live 10 minutes away from the venue, one simply had to go to Copenhagen Crime today - pure heaven for a mystery fan. First of it's kind here in Copenhagen, not going to be the last and since it was the event's premiere it was not too crowded.

Got a few freebie books, good deals on mystery books written by two Danish authors who both signed my new purchases - and they had time to small talk with us readers after they both talked about their latest books. Both seemed happy to talk to some of their readers and both just had the nice easy going, down to earth attitude which added positively to their presence at the crime festival.

Their names are Anna Grue and Julie Hastrup, and have become a fan of their series both by coincidence. One of Anna's book had been left behind by another holiday guest at my US vacation spot and I read it within two days after opening it. I have got two freebie books from Danish magazines handed to me, but took some time before they were on top of my to-be-read pile and turned out to be a nice surprise.

When I wandered around the boots at the festival I realized that I am well up to date with crime writers and books - still books to be read, but I know they exist.

I will surely be a guest again in 2017


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Library Event




One of the local libraries in Copenhagen hosted a talk with the Danish journalist Frank Esmann last month - he covered news from the US in end 80s and begining of the 90s on tv and have a vast knowledge about American politics - and his way of presenting it is anything but boring, two hours fly by as was it only 5 minutes.

When you enter the library it feels a little cold and boring despite books being present. Then you walk down a flight of stairs and enter the basement which holds the library's lecture hall. You walk into this cozy room, books everywhere, old fashioned lamp posts - the true atmosphere of a library - pity the upstairs areas does not look like this.

13 years ago I bought his book about American presidents, which I have browsed/read many times and I got it signed - you could sense a bit of pride when I presented an "older" book and asked if he would mind signing it. But if you present a book filled with bookmarks does it not tell somebody that a book is well used?







Friday, July 1, 2016

February, March, April, May and June 2016 In Books


Time flies - still reading books - that will never change. One re-read before seeing a movie adaption, one re-read doing my duties as a Red Cross book friend and one re-read when joining a read-along. Some read on a e-reader, since they were only published as e-books. Discovering two Danish and one Swedish crime writer and started reading all their books - still a few in the to-be-read pile. To-be-read book pile has grown as has acquired 26 new books the past 1½ months - some have been passed on from friends. Attending talks by authors and a crime book festival. Then there was the book about the sailing adventure, that I took part in - making me put all other books aside to read it: I was even quoted in the book, and there is a photo of me :o)


Books are a refuge to me - good therapy when going through roller coaster times with good and bad things happening non-stop.

The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz

(Original Title: Det som inte dödar oss)
Sweden
Library Book

A Christmas in Disguise by Katie Fforde
England
e-Book

Halloween Scare by Maggie Sefton
USA
e-Book

Dogdays* by Einar Mar Gudmundsson
(Original title: Hundadaga)
Iceland
February BookFriend Book
Library Book

Rest in Peace* by Sofie Saranbrant
(Original title: Vila i frid)
Sweden
Library Book

Second Breath* by Sofie Saranbrant
(Original title: Andre andningen)
Sweden
Library Book

Killer Deal by Sofie Saranbrant
(Original title: Visning pågår))
Sweden
Library Book

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
England

The White Elf* by Mette Tine Bruun
(Original title: Den hvide alf)
Denmark

A New Time* by Ida Jessen
(Original title: En ny tid)
Denmark
March  BookFriend Book 

Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen
(Orginal title: Flaskepost fra P) 
Denmark

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
USA
Library Book 

Darling Jim by Christian Mørk
Denmark
Library Book

Journey of Change: Women Pushing Boundaries by Corinna Halloran
Sweden

Eyewitnesses* by Maria Helleberg  
(Original title:: Øjenvidnerne)
Denmark

The Art of Dying* by Anna Grue
(Original title: Kunsten at dø)
Denmark

Austenland by Shannon Hale
USA

The Bomber by Liza Marklund
(Original title: Sprängaren)
Sweden

A Place Nobody Sees* by Marianne Gade
(Original title: Et sted som ingen ser)
Denmark
May BookFriend Book
Library Book

The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott
USA

See You Tomorrow* by Eva Jørgensen
(Original title: Vi ses i morgen)
Denmark

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
USA
June BookFriend Book

Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes
United Kingdom

Oceans of Hope: Around the World and Back to Life* by Mikkel Anthonisen
Denmark

The Blind Spot* by Julie Hastrup
(Original title: Det blinde punkt)
Denmark

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
(Original title: Mördar-Anders och hans vänner)
Sweden
Library Book

The Further You Fall* by Anna Grue
(Original title: Dybt at Falde)
Denmark

*Literal title: the book has not been published in English version, so title is not an official title of the book

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New York Smiles


Well it is about the city making me smile - first up is the elevator sign. First I dismissed it as silly, only later to realize that the hotel elevators were extremely busy at times.


Looking out of the hotel room window for the first time ... WHOA!!! They sure do have big reptiles in New York City.


Until you have the full picture: simply a wall decoration at the Iguana restaurant/bar - I like that "little" detail ;o)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beam Me Up Scotty






I bought this magnet in New York - when placing it on my Fridge the words "Beam me up Scotty" flew into my head. Guess I have been watching too many Star Trek movies :o)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mickey Land




I have spent some time in Florida at visiting old friends - could not resist playing a little with my camera when I spotted Minnie and Mickey Mouse around the house. The first morning Minnie was sitting in her chair with sun beams on her.

I have spend many hours as a child watching and reading cartoons with Mickey and Minnie and enjoy their appearance in the house while just hanging out and relaxing.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

M32












The M32 Series visited Copenhagen earlier this month, and I got to be part of the crew for a few days - not the boat's crew but assisting the organizers as they need the helping hands of local volunteers. Perfect sunny weather, extremely fast boats handled by very skilled sailors and on the water close to the races - who could ask for more.

The M32 can attract a good audience as they can come very close to the shore/harbor during the race allowing spectators to watch the whole thing without binoculars - and you do not need much boat knowledge to enjoy the sight and competition of the fast boats.