Title: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows Publisher: Bloomsbury Date of publication: 2008 I was in Glasgow Train Station when I spotted this book on a shelf in Waterstones. I already saw the movie trailer and I was waiting for it to be available in my country, but when I saw the novel I thought “I have to read it.” Luckily, I have. It’s been an amazing reading that I’m definitely recommending. Disclaimer: No spoilers for who hasn’t read it yet. All written in letter form, this book takes us back to 1946. Juliet Ashton is
Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Date: 1843 Today is my last day of holidays, since tomorrow will be spent between three different airports to go back home. So, what better, during my last day of Christmas vacation, than writing about the most Christmassy book ever? This work of art by Charles Dickens is my first book of 2018. I had it there, on my Italian shelf, and I finally picked it up. Of course, my mind was always remanascing the Walt Disney animated movie, which is amazing, but the book is on a whole different level. For those few who don’t know
A Dane once told me: “To understand hygge, you have to live it” While waiting for that experience to reach me, I do what I always do when something interests me: I read about it. If I should sum up what I got from this book in one sentence, I would say that hygge is that time spent with people you love, feeling comfortable with less. You don’t need anything expensive to be hyggelig; the less, the better. Just grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, get comfortable under a blanket and chat with your friends and family
I got another book today: “642 Things to Write About“! Yes, I know, what a news. But the nice thing about this book is that is an inspiration spring for writers. My new friend has 642 different writing prompts, a few about personal stuff, others about hypotetical moments that you have to imagine and write about. Here are a few examples: You are Frankestein. Write a letter to Mary Shelley thanking her for making your story famous. Write a scene that begins with these words: “It was the first time I killed a man”. The perfect recipe to make a disaster.
This book has accompanied me during my dreaming ride of making Denmark my home, and while I still work on that, here’s a well deserved review of one of my now favourite authors’ first book: “The Year of Living Danishly”! 354 pages of a continuous surprise; Helen Russell is a great writer with an amazing irony that will make you laugh during the entire reading (And that’s a great bonus!) The book is divided in 13 chapters, one per month plus one all about Christmas (Because, well, it’s Christmas! ), each highlighting a few main characteristics of living danishly. It’s