You will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

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17. oktober 2015
Dewey! It’s Dewey, you guys!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The time to get comfy, pick a book and read with thousands of readers from around the world for the next 24 hours. What could possibly be more wonderful? Oh, and did I mention the snacks? And the community? And the comfy? And the BOOKS?? Let’s get started!

The goals for this, my 5th Dewey’s are simple as usual:
Try to read a lot.
Eat snacks.
Wear comfy clothes.
And have a wonderful time with all the other lovely readers!
I know, I’m super-ambitious!

As per usual, I will be updating this post throughout the day, but I will also be active on InstagramGoodreads and possibly also Twitter.

First, some basic info:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bruxelles, Belgium
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Well, I don’t like to play favourites, but “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman is my “stay-awake-through-fear” read for the darkest hours, and I have such high expectations!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Hmm… Can I say “all of them”?? 😀
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My name is Camilla, I am 34, I’m originally from Denmark, but have lived in several different countries and am currently reading from Brussels. I love to read most genres of books, but have a soft spot for all things magical, fantastical and a little bit disturbing.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Not a whole lot. I feel like I’ve found what works well for me, but this year I think I’m going to try and time exactly how much time I spend actively reading out of the 24 hours:)Shelfie Reading Corner Dewey13.55: Is it time yet???
I’m in my reading chair, holding the first book in my hands, snacks at the ready, Care Bears comfy-pants on, and just waiting, waiting for the start… Come on already!

15.32: Friendship and weird worlds
I’m about half-way through my first book of the readathon, “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” and so far, I’m really liking its strange story of friendship, off characters and strange supernatural happenings almost as an afterthought. The sky over Brussels is incredibly grey and rainy, but somehow I don’t mind so much – it seems perfect for cuddling up in my chair with a cup of tea and the book.

17.56: One book down! Where to next?
I just finished my first book “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a very different kind of book, and the idea is brilliant – instead of focusing on the unlikely heroes of most YA supernatural tales, the story deals with the more “normal” people that are on the fringes of that main story line. Each chapter of the story starts with a short resumé of what is happening in the “real” story of a girl at the center of a vast supernatural plot for control of the Earth (think everything from Twilight to Percy Jackson). That flipping everything on its head works brilliantly, I think, and Ness manages to show very well how even those of us not at the center of the “saving-the-world” storyline are also important people with big issues and loves and heart breaks. It’s not perfectly done, but I adore the idea and it was perfect for a first readathon book 🙂
Now I just have to decide what to read next…? I’ll probably spend some time going around visiting blogs and cheering a bit before deciding.The Rest of Us Just Live Here19.27: A bit of hysterics and now for some Pratchett!
So there I was, happily hopping around visiting blogs and cheering, and suddenly the stupid computer refused to do anything I wanted it to! So, being the very rational and calm person I normally am, I threw a minor fit, because this cannot happen in the middle of the readathon!!
Luckily, I’ve married a man with a lot more patience then me who banished me back to my reading chair while he calmly figured out what was wrong, and I started reading about Pratchett’s silly dragons and people living on dust motes. Silly and funny, and now the computer works again.

21.04: Vampire tales with a Scottish accent
The original plan for dinner was foiled by lack of focused shopping yesterday, so instead I loaded up some Victorian vampire stories on my phone and had the glorious David Tennant read them to me in his best Scottish. The stories are from a series called “A Night with a Vampire” read by Tennant on BBC4 and include stories by Fritz Lieber, Richard Matheson, Edith Wharton, Guy de Maupassant and Angela Carter. Perfect for an October readathon!
I’m about half-way through “Dragons at Crumbling Castle”, which turned out to be short stories, so while fun and silly, they’re not difficult to kep long-term focus on, so I think I’m going to switch over to one of my shorter books for a change of pace, and instead finish the Pratchett book later.Embers Dewey00.38: Long and dark hours in the Carpathians
I chose “Embers” by Sándor Márai as my next book, as its ominous cover and haunting description has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. And it was fine, but just that. I felt that while the atmosphere and heart of the story was strong and exactly what I had expected, its length (although only 230 pages) was overwhelming and repetitive, which eventually just made me want to get it over with.
Now, I’ve been invited for a midnight stroll with J, and I hope to come back fresh and ready for a new literary adventure! 🙂

02.09: It’s time for the big (bird) guns!
Back from a lovely cold walk, I’m ready to start the task of making it through the night, so I will start my most anticipated read “Bird Box”. It’s by far the longest book of my stack, so I might takes some breaks in the middle, but let’s see how it goes. The hubby is asking the nachos, so I guess it’s time for some night time snacks 😉Bird Box05.57: The birds did their job – maybe a little too well?
I’ve just turned the last page in “Bird Box” and it was amazing! Just as good and effective at keeping me awake as I had hoped, and a very unique and scary take on the dystopian tale. Strangely, the last 80 pages of the book are actually a short story, so the ending came a lot sooner than expected. Which means I’m now still wide awake even though I had planned for some sleepy time… I do have that pesky job to get to on Monday 🙁
I think I will go back to some silly Pratchett or maybe even a few Eastern European fairy tales and see how I feel in a little while.

09:07: Come morning, come suns… No, wait.
After trying to read several different things after the last update, I decided that maybe my mind would know what to do all on its own if I hit the bed, and lo and behold, it’s now 2½ hours later, and I’m ready to spend the last hours reading “The Miserable Mill”. With some tea, some breakfast and my duvet in the reading chair, I’m more than ready!Dragons Dewey11.39: Those poor Baudelaire children!
I’ve just closed the last page on my traditional read – the fourth book in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – and as always, the stories are a bit silly and a bit sad, and very perfect for the readathon. I only read the series for the readathon, so with another 9 books to go, I have plenty more traditional reads to come.
I also managed to finish “Dragons at Crumbling Castle” which was a lot more childish and clearly written by a much younger Pratchett (he wrote most of the stories during his teens), so not as wonderful as most of his later work, but it was a fun book to read in-between some larger stories.
Now, I will have to decide what to spend the last couple of hours of the readathon on reading, but I still have both “Watchmen” and the lovely fairy tales to choose from.

13.58: There has to be some Gaiman…
My last two hours have been spent with the gorgeously illustrated Eastern European fairy tales in “The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories”, and it was the perfect read to round off the last wonderful 24 hours of reading 🙂 But it was so short that I found myself with almost a whole other hour to go once it was done, so I decided that indeed a readathon is not complete without some Neil Gaiman, and I spent the last hour reading “Seasons of Mist” – Volume 4 in the Sandman series, which is just so mind-blowingly amazing that I cannot do it justice with any words.Dewey complete 214.02: And now, we’ve come to the end.
No matter how much you read or how much you want it, Dewey’s always ends too soon. My bed is whispering to me though, so I will be happy to heed its call after having spent the last 24 hours once again a part of one of the most rewarding and wonderful communities!

I’m very pleased with how much I managed to read this time, and ended up with the highest number of pages read so far: 1,668 pages (+218 graphic novel)
“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” = 352 pages
“Dragons at Crumbling Castle” = 368 pages
“Embers” = 249 pages
“Bird Box” = 381 pages
“The Miserable Mill” = 194 pages
“The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories” = 124 pages
“Seasons of Mist” (graphic novel) = 218 pages

I had a blast reading and chatting and snacking, and as soon as I wake up, I will want it to be April and time for another readathon! But for now, I will say goodbye and goodnight. See you next time!Dewey complete 1

11. oktober 2015
Ninja Book Swap

ParcelTo af de allerbedste ting i hele verden er bøger og pakker. Der er ikke noget som at modtage en pakke med ens navn på forsiden og ukendt indhold, og alligevel vide nok til, at det er en lykkepakke!

For nylig modtog jeg for tredje gang netop sådan en lykkepakke i forbindelse med the Ninja Book Swap. Helt basalt er det en bogpakke-swap a la Secret Santa, der finder sted hvert forår og efterår. Man melder sig, og fortæller lidt om de ting man godt kan lide som inspiration til gaver – såsom notesbøger, Doctor Who, slik og kort 🙂 – og eventuelle ting man ikke er så glad for. Desuden sender man en ønskeliste af bøger, og selvfølgelig ikke mindst sin adresse, og så er det bare at vente.Ninja Swap Parcel 1 Seal and quoteDerefter modtager man information om den person man skal sende en pakke til – og her kommer Ninja-delen så ind, for den person man sender til, er ikke den samme, som den person man selv vil modtage en pakke fra. Derimod sidder der et sted i verden en anden person, som lige har modtaget din ønskeliste – og den tanke elsker jeg, når man ved, at alle, der melder sig til denne slags swaps selv elsker at modtage pakker, og derfor sandsynligvis vil gøre ligeså meget ud af det som man selv har tænkt sig 🙂

Jeg har brugt et par uger på at finde nogle bøger og fine små gaver til min person, som denne gang bor i Canada. De sidste to gange jeg har været bogpakke-Ninja, har jeg sendt en pakke til England og en til USA. Jeg synes, at det er så hyggeligt at tulre rundt og lede efter noget som både passer til personens “likes”, men som også giver mening både vægt- og prismæssigt, for selvom Ninja Book Swap ikke har noget prisloft, så er det selvfølgelig ikke meningen, at man skal bruge absurd mange penge. I stedet bliver det en slags skattejagt for at finde lige de ting, som man tror ens modtager vil blive glad for, og jeg glæder mig hver gang til at skrive det ledsagende brev, og fortælle om hvorfor jeg lige har valgt de bøger og de ting til vedkommende.Ninja Swap Parcel 2Book earringsRoma MapSelv har jeg modtaget fra både Australien og Scotland, og denne gang fra London – og jeg har været overvældet af glæde hver gang. Specielt pakken fra Australien og pakken denne gang fra London har været afsendt af folk, som tydeligvis også virkelig har taget sig tid og lagt tanker i hvad min pakke skulle indeholde udover de ønskede bøger. Blandt andet fik jeg fra min australske Ninja – nu for snart over et år siden – den fineste, fineste Doctor Who kop, som jeg elsker og drikker af næsten hver eneste dag! Og denne gang har min Ninja sendt mig et par hjemmelavede bog-øreringe, som simpelthen er noget af det fineste!

Hvis man har lidt tid og lyst til at samle og modtage sådan en fin boglykkepakke, så kan jeg kun anbefale at tilmelde sig næste gang Ninja Book Swap løber af staben! Der er ingen krav om at skulle være blogger eller sågar være aktiv på sociale medier – min Ninja denne gang fra London har bare sendt mig sin mailadresse -, så der er åbent for alle, og det er så uendeligt hyggeligt.Bird Box The Rest of Us Just Live Here