HOW I STARTED BLOGGING

I have been a little absent from my blog for almost all of 2016 (at least I have felt out of touch with it), so I decided I wanted to tell you guys how and why I started my blog. Hopefully it can also remind me of all the joy blogging has given me — and gives me!! — because it truly does give me a lot.

So, I started my blog in the end of March in 2016 (so I recently had my one year anniversary, yay), but to tell you how it started we have to go way back, since I was part and aware of the online book community long before that. In the summer 2015 I discovered booktube. I had a long period where I didn’t read very much. Or I did read like maybe one book a month, and I did consider myself a big reader, but it didn’t contain as much of my everyday life as it does now. I remember asking almost everyone ‘What are you favorite books?? Can you recommend me anything?’, because I really felt like I had read the whole world. Or at least everything interesting. That was until I discovered booktube.

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MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

(Danish translation below // dansk oversættelse nedenunder)

more-happy-than-not.jpg‘More Happy Than Not’ by Adam Silvera, published by Soho Teen, 2015, 4/5 stars – thanks to the publisher Gyldendal for giving me the Danish edition of this book! You can buy it here.

Before you read this review, know that this book contains trigger warnings against: depression, suicide and abuse

More Happy than Not was a lot harder to read than I had expected. The book starts out entertaining and all cutesy. At some point you (really meaning me) might be fooled to think this is just another light contemporary teenage book, but that is so far from what this really is. Continue reading

ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS // IT ENDS WITH US

This discussion contains mild spoilers regarding the theme and plot in It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. If you are interested in reading that book, I wouldn’t recommend you reading this discussion. I would, however, not recommend this book to anyone and I gave it 2/5 stars. I thought the romance was done very poorly. I did not enjoy the majority of it, but it did change my views and leave me with an important message I want to discuss. Continue reading

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

(Danish version bellow // dansk version nedenunder)

simon vs.JPG‘Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky Albertalli, published by Balzer + Bray, 2015, 4/5 stars – thanks to the publisher Høst og Søn for giving me the Danish edition of this book! You can buy it here.

Simon is in the closet and in love with a guy on the internet. He has amazing friends, and a great family, but he feels really nervous about telling them he’s gay. Besides coming out as homosexual, is this book also about friendship, family, first love and about finding and accepting yourself (your sexuality but also in general). Continue reading

MOST LIKELY TO… WITH TILDA

Tilda is currently staying with me in Copenhagen, so we decided it’d be fun to do a collab together. We have created some book inspired question to see who’s most likely to… which also gives you the opportunity to get to know her a little better. She has the amazing blog Tildareads, and we did a second part of her blog, so go check that out afterwards 😉

Who’s most likely to… ruin a book?

Fiona: Fiona
Tilda: Fiona

F: On accident or for bookstagram?
T: Both I guess? I mean you did burn a book for a picture…
F: I have some who are damaged by snow as well.
T: Exactly.
F: But I never ruin them on accident.
T: Yeah me neither but I don’t normally ruin them for Instagram either.
F: What about coffee?
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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON

(Danish translation below // dansk oversættelse nedenunder)

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‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon, published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2015, 3/5 stars – thanks to the publisher Carlsen for giving me the Danish edition of this book! You can buy it here.

Everything Everything follows Maddie, who suffers from an incurable disease which means she’s basically allergic to the world. She can’t leave her house and lives there alone with her mom. One day a new family next door moves in, including a boy called Olly. They slowly start to contact each other and Maddie experiences her first relationship with a person her age. Continue reading

WORST BOOKS OF 2016

I recently shared my favorite books of the year (link), and now it is time to talk about the worst. I read so many amazing books this year, but some did disappoint, and today I am here to talk about them. These are the ones that disappointed me the most, the ones that failed my expectations. Let’s get into it! Continue reading

HAMILTON CHALLENGE | bookstagram and read-a-long

I have collaborated with my best bookstagram (and blog) buddy Tilda, from tildareads, and we have created a Hamilton bookstagram challenge. It is taking place from February 1st to March 17th and there is a challenge for each song. To participate post your pictures under the hashtag #HAMTILOMECHALLENGE. I am really looking forward to seeing all of your pictures and I will of course feature some of my favorites on my Instagram (@bookwormwholived). If you haven’t listened to Hamilton (first of all, what are you doing?? Get on that, it’s amazing!) you can of course still participate in the challenges, you just won’t understand the references to the songs – we can still have great fun though.

We are also doing a read-a-long for ‘Hamilton: The Revolution’. We will each day read the song of the day (including all the essays etc. up to that point), and then have daily discussions in a chat group on Instagram (contact me or Tilda and we will add you!).  Continue reading

Cover, premise or blurb? discussion

I have lately been thinking about the marketing behind a book, and what matters the most to me when I decide to buy a book. Is it the cover, the premise or blurbs?

I’ll first just quickly define it all, because I have seen some getting confused by it: the cover is obviously how the book is designed, how it looks. The premise is a resume of the book, a little text that describes some of the storyline. Blurbs are quotes from news papers, blogs and authors telling what they thought of the book.

The question is then, when you are browsing a bookstore, what is the thing that convinces you to pick up and buy a book? Continue reading