🕵🏻♀️ Jo Nesbø “Starter Pack” Giveaway with @AAKnopf!! 🕵🏻♀️ Today I had the *incredible* opportunity to have coffee with my all-time favorite author, Jo Nesbø, here in Oslo. 🇳🇴 (See our selfie in my Stories 😍🙌🏻) it was a LITERAL dream come true, & I thought it would be a great moment to help introduce TWO lucky readers to Nesbø’s work with a little “starter kit” to his work!!!🕵🏻♀️ Read on for more info on what this entails & to enter! 🔎
Jo Nesbø is one of Scandinavia’s biggest crime writers, & he’s been my favorite author for years now. I’ve absolutely LOVED sharing the Nesbø love with you all here on bookstagram!! If you’re a newbie to Nesbo’s work & curious about where to start, this giveaway is for you. 👍🏻 (OR if you’re already a Nesbø fan & just want to build your Nesbø library, this is ALSO for you 😉) Nesbø is best known for his crime fiction series featuring detective Harry Hole who works for the Oslo police force. He ALSO has written a number of really unique & compelling standalone crime novels, too. I want to give TWO readers a “starter pack” of Nesbø books, which will include: a hardcover copy of Nesbø’s newest release KNIFE + a paperback copy of perhaps his best-known book THE SNOWMAN + a surprise standalone novel of my choice 😉 I’ll ALSO write each winner a little handwritten note giving you a bit more context on the books I’ve chosen for you!! 🕵🏻♀️🖤 I am so so excited to spread the Nesbø love & can’t wait to share these books with the winners!! •
GIVEAWAY RULES: 🔎 US entrants only 🔎 Giveaway will close Monday, 11/25 & I’ll ship copies of the books out to winners that week!
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Oslo all dressed up for Christmas ✨ 10/10 recommend visiting this gorgeous place in the holiday season ☺️🙌🏻 •
Day 2 in Oslo has been (unsurprisingly 😉) another incredible day. My personal favorite way to experience a place is just to WALK anywhere & everywhere, so today I did exactly that - even though it was chilly & rainy. ☔️ Today’s walk was focused on visiting a whole bunch of bookstores, aka an even *better* way to experience the city 😍 I’ll be putting together a blog post highlighting my favorite Oslo bookstores & sharing that with you guys as soon as I’m back in NYC! 📚
I bought 3 new books on my adventures today (told myself I was just going to buy 1 today but..... here we are 🤷🏻♀️ & I have no regrets 🤗) I’ll share all the books I bought with you guys tomorrow!! I dug into one this evening & so far so good... a little teaser: it’s a slow-burning story that takes place on a train between Bergen & Oslo. When a snowstorm hits, the train is derailed, and passengers must take refuge in a local hotel. They’re snowed in overnight, & someone in the hotel dies.... 😳😳 this book is basically a crossover between Nordic Noir and an Agatha Christie novel, so you’d better believe I’m excited for it. 😍 I’ll share all the details tomorrow! •
What’s your FAVORITE bookstore to visit, & where in the world is it?! In Oslo, my favorite is @norliuniversitetsgata, and in NYC it’s @themysteriousbookshop 🕵🏻♀️
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When in Norway, buying Norwegian crime novels is a must. 🕵🏻♀️🇳🇴 Now here’s hoping I can fit these guys in my luggage 😉
Friends, I am truly so happy in Oslo. 🖤 I’ve been having such a wonderful week here & thankfully it’s not over yet - though tomorrow I *am* heading somewhere a bit different & very exciting, and I can’t wait to take you along with me on this mini-adventure! 😉 I’m also bringing my current read, 1222 by Anne Holt, along with me tomorrow 🕵🏻♀️ it’s one of the books I bought on my day of bookstore exploring, & I wanted to share a little rundown of my book purchases so far with you all here! 👇🏻
🔎 1222 by Anne Holt: Think of this book as a cross between Nordic Noir & Agatha Christie. 🙌🏻 When a train traveling from Oslo to Bergen is derailed by a terrible snowstorm, its passengers are forced to abandon the train and take shelter in an old mountain hotel. Before dawn breaks, one of them will be murdered. 😳
🔎 THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst: my personal most-anticipated book in this stack!! Each year, on the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance, Chief Inspector William Wisting rereads her files, searching for the answer he could never find. This year is going to be different. Another woman is missing, and so is Katharina’s husband. 😱
🔎 THE WHISPERER by Karin Fossum: Jo Nesbø calls this author “A truly great writer and explorer of the human mind” sooo you know I’m sold 😉 in this book, a shy, quiet woman who lives a predictable life has her world shattered when she receives a threatening letter. The police are called to investigate. Is this unassuming woman hiding a dark secret? 😳
Which of these books looks up your alley?! I’m honestly so excited to devour them all 🕵🏻♀️ & will report back on them!!!🤓
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I’ve been back in Oslo for 24 hours 🇳🇴 & I simply could not be happier. 🥰 This place just gets more magical every time I visit. 🖤
Have you guys ever been somewhere that’s new to you & it just immediately feels like home? That’s how Oslo has been for me ever since I first visited!🖤 Being back here just puts me at ease & recharges my batteries 🙌🏻 I’ve had an incredible first full day here! Lots of shops/businesses are closed on Sundays in Norway, so I decided to make today a day just to wander around & clear my head of jet lag (😉) & it was the absolute perfect plan for the day. 👌🏻 I walked ALL over this gorgeous city, visiting some favorite spots I’ve been to many times before and exploring new neighborhoods in the city, too. 😍 You can catch a whole bunch of snaps from my day spent wandering around in my Stories! 📷 •
In reading news, I’ve been *trying* to finish up my current read (HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann) buuut I decided this morning that I’m going to set it aside & come back to it another time. ALL I want to do right now is dig into a Scandinavian crime novel 🕵🏻♀️ so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. 😉 I usually try to time my vacation reads so I can read a book set in the location I’m visiting while I’m actually there, and I totally meant to do that this time... but then life got super busy & yours truly slept on her flight yesterday when she should have been reading. 😂 So I’m pressing pause on HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS for now and tomorrow it’s Scandi crime time. 😉🕵🏻♀️🖤 I’ve got 1 new Scandi crime novel here that I brought with me from NYC buuut I’m thinking I might see if the bookstores here have anything I want to dig into first 🤓 I’ll keep you guys posted on which book I settle on! 🔎
Have you ever been somewhere new that you instantly felt connected to?! If so, where is your “home away from home” kind of place? 🌎🌏🌍
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𝟏𝟎 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐠
I rarely show my face, so here is a current read book selfie. I have only shared a photo here one time and it was many many posts ago, this account has grown a ton since then. I was tagged over a month ago by my good friend @seeshelbyread for this tag, better late than never huh?! So besides my family and things like that, here are ten things I love.
1. 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐬 - I am a cat lady to the core
2. 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 - I have always been a book hoarder
3. 𝐁𝐨𝐛𝐚 𝐓𝐞𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞 - Gimmie gimmie all the Asian food and that sweet chai milk boba. I am a regular at Panda Express
4. 𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐬, 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 - I love bullet journals, traveler’s notebooks, brush pens, fountain pens, washi tape, etc. I want to visit Japan just to shop their stationery
5. 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐨 - Give me all the housewives, Vanderpump employees, Below Deck yacht crew...... you get the point!
6. 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐬 - I pretty much only watch horror, thriller and psychological movies. Some favs are: white Oleander, Black Swan, Mini’s First Time, The In Crowd, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Others, The Skeleton Key, The Sixth Sense, Gothika...... I could go on and on!
7. 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 - Most every genre. My playlist changes with my mood
8. 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 - I love watching Investigation Discovery, listening to Trace Evidence podcast, watching YouTube and Netflix documentaries, etc
9. 𝐏𝐮𝐳𝐳𝐥𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 - I love love love board games like blokus. I also like puzzle games on my phone.
10. 𝐂𝐫𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐬 - I collect them and have them all over my house, I haven’t bought any new ones in a while though.
Bravo if you made it this far! I love learning more about all of the amazing people in this community, so I hope you enjoyed this. 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧?!
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I finally started The Crow Girl, which was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, and I’m so sad to say that I had to DNF it. This book was definitely A LOT different than what I expected going in to it and I think if I would’ve known what this book was really about I wouldn’t have picked it up.
This book is way more of a slow-burning psychological novel compared to other Nordic noir novels that I’ve read. I was expecting an immersive police procedural like The Chestnut Man or Lars Kepler’s books, but that’s not at all what this book was. I did end up reading 300 of 800 pages so I gave it a fair shot, but this book just wasn’t for me 😕 Note: out of the 300 pages that I did read, I ran in to a ton of triggers that were all pretty graphic. This book deals with some dark and heavy material, so keep that in mind before picking this one up!
TRIGGERS: Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Animal Cruelty, Rape, Sexual Assault, Suicide
What are your guys’ thoughts on DNF’ing books? 🤔 I’m so curious to hear what you guys think about it because I personally have no problem DNF’ing a book if I’m not enjoying it. There are way too many great books out there to force yourself to read books you aren’t enjoying! Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments 👇🏼
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All I want to do is drink good coffee and read good books....
Here’s a stack of books I’ve had on my shelves that I’ve been dying to get to! I’ve got a busy couple of months coming up, but I’m hoping to make some time to dive into these! Spot any favorites?
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The cutest latte art I ever did see ☕️🖤 shoutout to the barista at @bywoops who made this sweet little bear for me!! 🙌🏻 totally brightened my morning. ☺️
Happy Saturday, friends!! It’s been such a busy & successful day here so far. My project this morning was to shoot a cover reveal for a very exciting 2020 psychological thriller—I can’t wait for you guys to see the finished product!!!😍 It’ll be up on CBTB on Tuesday, so keep your eyes peeled - it’s a new book from an author whose debut a whole lot of you guys loved this spring. 👀 (If anyone has guesses who the author is, drop them in the comments & I will leave emojis hinting if you’re right 😂😉)
I’m now headed back to my apartment where my plan is to light a few candles, put on PJ’s, and READ. 🤓 I’ve had enough adulting today & really just want to cozy up with my current read, HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS. 🔎 So far I’m super into this book & honestly very excited to be reading something so DIFFERENT from my usual picks. This book is definitely more literary than my usual reads, which I think is contributing to its slow-burn feel, AND it’s also set in the mid-1900’s, which is also very unusual for the books I typically read - but I’m really enjoying the way these elements are pushing me a bit outside my comfort zone. 👌🏻 PLUS I’m getting major sinister vibes from a character in the book: a mysterious man who has shown up in this small town & kinda weaseled his way into our protagonist’s life. 😳 So far so good & I’m planning to basically read as much as possible tonight to see where the story goes next! 🤓
What have you guys been up to this Saturday?!🖤
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A latergram of one of my fave spots in NYC (📍 @themysteriousbookshop) because I’m heading out of the city tonight for a much-anticipated vacation!!! ❤️ •
Let’s talk bringing books on the road with you when traveling! 📚 When you’re on a trip, do you bring a bunch of books along with you? Or do you buy new books along the way (like at the airport or in a bookstore at your destination)?! 🤓 I’m somewhere in the middle. I *always* bring at least 1 book with me when I’m traveling 📖 but I also LOVE exploring new bookstores & often end up buying a book or two when I get to my destination. 😉 I also love to try and time my vacation reads so the book I’m reading is relevant to wherever I’m going. It makes the reading experience that much more immersive! 🌎 My current read isn’t directly connected to where I’m traveling BUT I packed a 2nd book in my suitcase that sure is. 🔎 What about you guys?! What’s your approach to traveling & reading? 📚
I’m so excited to get on my flight tonight & make some serious progress in my current read, HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann (on sale in January). This book is definitely a slow-burn, and I’ve found myself having a bit of a hard time getting into a rhythm with it this week. I think it’s largely my own fault, though. Since I’ve been battling a germ & trying to wrap up a bunch of stuff at work before I leave on my trip, my attention has been SO divided. 🤯 BUT that’s the great thing about long flights, you can escape distractions & sink into your book! 🕵🏻♀️📖
I’d love to hear how you guys approach your reads when traveling! & I’ll share more about where on earth I’m going with you guys when I land there in the morning... 😉🖤
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This quote from Claire in Chapter 6 is a personal one. So many people are suffering daily with mental health issues and if that isn’t bad enough alone, so many people can loose their jobs, homes and loved ones because of their mental health. To top it off, most people with poor mental health have to wait months on waiting lists for help and support and have to go through debilitating assessments to receive any form of benefits to only be told “they’re fit for work.” This can all seem like a punishment to those with mental health. Talking is great, but no one should feel like they’re being punished for having mental health issues. 📚
Reposted from @joeandthebooks (@get_regrann) - You may have heard crime fiction authors talk about the way in which the genre provides an opportunity to actually tell a story, often rooted in social commentary, a time stamp for what's going on in current events. I've heard Dennis Lehane say that is why he writes crime fiction, because he wants to explore societal questions in ways that literary fiction wouldn't allow. I think there's a level emotion, situations in which the stakes are raised that make the reader feel instead of just seeing or hearing when they're reading a good crime thriller. There may be nothing better at it than a great crime thriller. I'm also biased because I write crime fiction, so there's that.
With a book like Little Voices, I felt a lot. It's a story about something none of us really talk about and many of us probably aren't even aware of. As I read, I often thought about the mother turned grandmother who knew all along she was dealing with postpartum depression but had no outlet years ago because there was no where to go. No one who'd believe her. No one who would listen. I wonder how this book would touch her heart. That's the magic of Little Voices. It's ability to make the reader feel something like that. It's a mastery in taking a genre, using it to tell your own story, and speak to society in a way that we probably can't otherwise.
This is a very well written debut with enough twists and turns in the plot to leave any thriller reader on the edge of their seat. The main character is relatable and raw. Its message on postpartum depression is woven beautifully into the lines of this book. It made me stop and think. It touched my heart.
Meeting Vanessa at Thrillerfest this year was a '19 highlight for me. She's the future of the genre and a great friend to all readers and writers of crime fiction.
I took this picture outside of Grand Central during Thrillerfest. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy before Vanessa ran out. A great memory from the summer that I'll always cherish. 💙
Starting Saturday, #FibonacciDay, through the 26th, THE HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER will be offered for #free on Amazon Kindle, then $0.99 through the end of the year before jumping back to the regular price of $2.99 on January 1st.
#Paperbacks are discounted $4 off and available for $10.99 through the end of the year.
#Hardcovers are now available online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Walmart, and other sites. It is listed at $33.95. However, 25 signed copies are being offered for $30 (includes shipping and 6 special bookmarks) until supplies last.
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My second Kepler book of the month and my third of the series! WOW, this series is quickly becoming one of my favourites and I can't wait to read the others!! The greatest thing about this series? Each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Additionally, you can always count on Kepler’s books being dark & twisty, with just the right about of detail and graphic scenes! 🕵🏻♂️🙌🏽 I absolutely love that about their books. AND the chapters are also always really short which makes them super fast-paced, which is always a huge plus!!
Synopsis: Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering late one night. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were believed to be the victims of notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, whom is now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now, Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. DI Joona Linna knows any chance of rescuing Mikael's sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and the only capable agent is Inspector Saga Bauer. She will go deep under cover in the psychiatric ward and will have to find a way to get Jurek to talk before it's too late.. and before he gets inside her head.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the way it developed, and the build up involved. There's no big reveal, it was all about making the reader understand the intricacies, and the psychological POV of the killer. I don't think you were ever meant to be surprised by who the killer was, but to be more emotionally involved with the development.
My main struggle with this one, and why I couldn't rate it any higher was the first half. I actually really struggled to get into the first half, and found some of it quite boring. If some areas were more condensed, I definitely would have found it more gripping. However, I did absolutely fly through the last 250 pages in one sitting as the pace really did excel!
RATING: 4.5 stars! ✨
Overall, I would definitely recommend THE SANDMAN to your guys! And tbf, the whole series!! 🤓👏🏽
M. de Giovanni, The Bastards of Pizzofalcone
Inspector Lojacono together with other problematic policemen and policewomen, is transferred to a police station with a disgraceful past. They are the rejects, sent to a district despised by everyone and doomed to be shut down. And their first case doesn't seem to help: an upper class woman is found murdered in her home. The only thing they've got is the murder weapon: a snow globe. But the team is determined not to go down. In the meantime there are also a woman hidden in her own house and too many depressed lonely old people who commit suicide.
I liked this second episode of the saga less. Could it be because having seen the TV-series I already knew who the culprit was? Or is it because the saga is less good than I thought? Argh, now I'm worried.
M. de Giovanni, I bastardi di Pizzofalcone
L'ispettore Lojacono viene trasferito, con altri poliziotti e poliziotte problematici, in una stazione di polizia con un passato disonorevole: sono gli appestati, inviati in un distretto disprezzato da tutti e condannato ad essere chiuso. E il primo caso affidato loro non aiuta: viene trovata uccisa nella sua casa una signora della classe alta; unico indizio: l'arma del delitto, una palla di neve. Ma la squadra è determinata a non affondare come tutti pronosticano. Nel frattempo, ci sono anche una donna nascosta nella propria casa e troppi anziani soli e depressi che si suicidano.
Questo secondo episodio della saga mi ha convinto meno. Potrebbe essere perché avendo visto la serie TV sapevo già chi fosse il colpevole? O è perché la saga è meno bella di quanto pensassi? Argh, ora sono preoccupata.
Må jeg ikke lige dele et fantastisk citat med jer?
Det er taget fra 'Stilleleg' af Lone Theils, som jeg læste færdig idag:
> "Jamen så skrid ud med jer begge to," sagde vagten og prikkede Nora på skulderen. "Og dig vil jeg ikke se herinde igen!" Så rejste Ahmed sig, og vagten fjernede den prikkende pegefinger lige præcis tidsnok til at undgå mere ballade. Han luskede væk, mens Joe Cocker sang for fulde trompeter og med en stemme, der lød som groft sandpapir mod en trængende havebænk.< Jeg synes det rammer så perfekt den blanding af humor og undertone af ballade som er så typisk i nærheden af Nora Sand.
Det er en helt fantastisk krimi og det bedste Lone Theils har skrevet! 📚
Læs gerne hele min anmeldelse på min FB side, link i bio 🙏🌹 #stilleleg#lonetheils#norasand#krimi#lindhardtogringhof#dklit#booksdk#danskkrimi#crimefiction#loveit#bookstoread #bøgerduvildelemedandre #læsden #bookstagram#bookaholic#books #bøger #📚📚📚 #readingisfun#bogblogger#krimifan
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Book Discussion: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Crime Fiction
Spooky Season may be over, but there's always time for a good mystery novel! That's why this month's featured book is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie!
Detective Poirot is suddenly called back to work after trying to take a vacation, and the first available train contains a motley crew of individuals traveling all across the world.
The first night on the train, a rich gentleman is murdered in his sleeper car, and Detective Poirot begins investigating while the train is stuck waiting for the police. He has to figure out how this gentleman ended up with 12 different stab wounds; and how the rest of the passengers on the train fit into the narrative.
As surprising as the ending may be, the most surprising part is Detective Poirot's decision at the end...
📌Will he reveal the killer or let the police figure it out on their own?
📌Have you read any of Agatha Christie's novels?
📌Were you surprised by the ending?
📌Who was your favorite character?
📌What do you think Detective Poirot should have done?
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This would make a great Christmas present for the #crimefiction fan in your life. Order directly from me and I’ll sign it.
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When you read through the first 20k words of draft 1 of book 2 and realise ‘actually it ain’t that bad. Not perfect, but not bad.’ 😳 #amwriting#crimefiction#firstdraft 👩🏾💻