10 Harry Potter quotes that perfectly sum up a typical Monday

10 Harry Potter quotes that perfectly sum up a typical Monday

It’s Monday (surprise!), and while this may seem to be yet another unremarkable start to your week, Potter fans around the globe know otherwise. Today isn’t just another boring Monday – It’s Monday the 31st July!

To all the Muggles out there who aren’t in the know, today is Harry Potter’s birthday, which he also shares with his creator J. K. Rowling. So happy birthday to Harry and his mother!

To celebrate (whilst also acknowledging that for most of us, this will probably turn out to be a magic-less Monday – at least until we can get home and reread the HP books), I have compiled 10 quotes from the Harry Potter books that perfectly sum up a typical Monday – at least for some of us. Continue reading

5 fairy tales about love – with not so happily ever afters

5 fairy tales about love with not so happily ever afters
Fairy tales: the stories where the charming prince married the beautiful princess, and they lived happily ever after – or not.

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of fairy tales. One of the things I love most about them is that they are so different. Some are sweet, some are gory and not all of them end with a happily ever after. Sometimes things just don’t work out and you have to behead the princess. Continue reading

5 romantic movies to watch if you love books

5 romantic movies to watch if you love books

I think my tbr pile is trying to kill me… The high levels of despair that I’m currently experiencing, whenever I look at it, certainly can’t be good for my health. I try to reassure myself that I WILL finish it before I grow old and die, but it’s not looking good. It keeps multiplying, and I just can’t read fast enough to get through it. I would need to live at least 3479 years to be anywhere near finishing it at the rate I’m going. Sadly, the probability of me being crushed under my mounting tbr pile is far more likely than me living long enough to experience the next three millennia.

So what is a bookworm to do? How can I get through the bone deep despair? Well, a rational bookworm would probably put on the kettle and say: Continue reading

Time travel: 5 books to read if you’d rather be anywhere but now

Time travel - 5 books to read if you’d rather be anywhere but nowIf I could tuuurn back tiime. If I could fiind a waaaaay! Sometimes I feel like Cher.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could go back and change things in our life? Now I know that we all learn from our mistakes and overcoming life’s challenges (usually) makes us stronger, but sometimes it would just be so much better if we could go back and unsee all those angry people burning Harry Potter books – or cure Jane Austen from whatever it was she died of, so she could write Pride & Prejudice 2! I think we can all agree that we need to know if Darcy snores!

And sometimes it would just be awesome to go back and drop hints about the future to H.G. Wells or travel to the year 3000 to see if Busted was right and people actually live underwater. Continue reading

Happy Birthday! 5 famous authors who were born in July

Happy Birthday! 5 famous authors who were born in July

My ideal summer day was reading on the porch.” – Harold E. Varmus

I couldn’t agree more, Harold! And thanks to some pretty awesome authors, who were born in the month of July, we all have some great books to (re-)read this summer!

July is packed with amazing authors, who were born during this fine summer month. A quick Google search brings up over a 100 famous authors, but even though all of them have left behind a literary legacy worth remembering, I’ve chosen to highlight just five authors – the list would simply have been too long if I had to list everyone.

This little list includes authors of children’s books, fantasy, gothic fiction and Nobel Prize winning novels, so there’s a bit of everything in this post. You’ll probably also have heard about all of these authors, but how much do you know about them? Do you know when their birthday is? Continue reading

Book Festivals: 10 of the best events around the world

Book festivals - 10 of the best events around the worldBook festivals are fleeting portals to a million fictional worlds. They pop up all over the globe – sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for a few weeks – and all of them let you explore the magic of books. Unlike libraries and bookstores, literature festivals have a certain urgency about them – you have to absorb all of the amazing things they have to offer (author interviews, panel discussions, workshops and book signings) before they disappear. Even when they reappear the following year, the experience is different – no two book festivals are the same, which is why you can explore them year after year and still see something new. Continue reading

DIY Friday – How to make bookish ballerinas

DIY Friday - Bookish Ballerinas

It’s DIY time here at A Little Blue Book, and even though it’s currently raining cats and dogs in Denmark, it IS summer! That’s why I’ve decided to do a summer-ish project – with a bookish spin, of course. You see, when we finally get our two days of sunshine and warm weather here (I’m being sarcastic – sometimes we get three days of summer…), I’ll be ready to take my unique bookish ballerina shoes for a walk in the park!

If you want to know how you can make a cheap and unique pair of your own, do read on! It’s super simple and you hardly need any materials to make these cute little shoes. Continue reading

Summer Weekends: 10 ideas to make your summer more bookish

Summer weekends - 10 ideas to make your summer more bookish

Summer is here! – well, kind of. Even though the calendar has decided that it’s officially fun-in-the-sun time, Denmark didn’t get the memo – as usual. It’s been cold, windy and wet so far, but I’m still hoping that we’ll get the usual three days of summer this year. How Danes are continually rated the happiest people on earth when our summers are so crap is beyond me. I suspect that it’s got something to do with our deep dislike of greasy sunscreen, which most of us need if we don’t want to look – and feel – like a cooked lobster. No summer sun, no greasy sunscreen, no problem!

Anyways, if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather is great, summer is the perfect time to leave your indoor reading nook and enjoy some bookish activities outside.

Below are 10 ideas to get you started, and if you’ve got some ideas of your own, do share them in the comments! The more fun and bookish summer ideas, the better!    Continue reading

Happy Birthday! 5 famous authors who were born in June

Happy Birthday! 5 famous authors who were born in June

I love birthdays – and not just my own. I love celebrating other people, who have experienced yet another year of living life.

Life is such a wonder, and I think birthdays are a great way to keep reminding us of just that. Even when I don’t know someone personally – and never will – I like to take a moment on their birthday to feel grateful for how they’ve enriched my life in big or small ways.

Which leads me to the topic of today’s blog post. As readers, we get to experience the most intimate part of an author’s being – their mind. Authors let us see what they think and feel, they pour their heart and soul into Continue reading

5 German fairy tales about food – from magical fruit trees to porridge floods

5 german fairy tales about food - from magical fruit trees to porridge floods

If you are a food-loving bookworm with a fondness for fairy tales, this may just be the perfect blog post for you!

Food is one of the most essential things we need in life (along with books, of course), yet we often take it for granted in the food-wasting western world. Back in the bad old days when fairy tales were everyone’s Netflix, food was not always easy to come by though. Starvation and the desire to eat well are therefore important elements in many fairy tales. Now, this may sound awfully depressing to read about, BUT it’s (usually) not. You see, these stories are filled with magical ways of escaping hunger and poverty, which Continue reading