All posts tagged: Blogging

Revival

As with a good bottle of red wine, sometimes stories need time to mature. In fact, that is true for many things in life. Some things cannot be rushed without detriment to the finished result or the process. As the writer or creator, it is alpha and omega to listen to the tiny gutsy squeak, telling you to take a break, before mulling things over again, and finally, doing what needs to be done. And sometimes, life just gets in the way. In my experience, life is synonymous with work, work, work, and it has been an exciting roller coaster ride, albeit far away from books, stories, and writing. Louise’s Home Library and the many unread books therein, have rested for months now. At times, I’ve even wondered if the chapter, which featured Louise’s Home Library, was over, but at other times, I have tip-toed into my library and reminded myself of all the stories and reading experiences I have to look forward to. And here I am now. I’ve grown in the last couple …

462 of you

Not so long ago, I reconsidered Louise’s Home Library and even though I didn’t actively formulate goals, a couple of them floated around in the folds of my mind. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were people out there in the blogging community who read what I wrote? YES! What a compliment it would be, if some of those readers chose to follow Louise’s Home Library! YOU BET! From February to early May 2015 many of you have drifted by Louise’s Home Library – actually more have visited during the entire year of 2014. And… 462 of you have actively chosen to follow Louise’s Home Library! THANK YOU!! I mean that. Thank you – each and every one of you. You are a major part of fulfilling my dream. My dream isn’t winning the Nobel Prize in literature or something equally grand (not yet anyway). My dream is participating a community that emphasized some of the subjects that make my heart and mind flutter i.e. reading and writing. And in extension developing my traditional hermit-hobbies …

Reader’s Caveat

Yesterday I read one of the many reviews on Fifty Shades of Grey, and it began – like many others I have read – with a caveat, where the reviewer stated that she didn’t condone rape or domestic abuse. (Of course not!) Why do so many reviewers find it necessary to start that way? I have yet to read a review of a mystery, thriller, or crime novel that begins with, “Let me start by saying that I don’t condone murder, kidnapping, alien adductions, or whatever the grim acts are at the center of the story.” When I read a mystery novel, I don’t aspire to be the murderer or the victim, but why do we need to distance ourselves from whatever is going on in Fifty Shades of Grey? Has Fifty Shades of Grey brought a taboo into the light of day? Does it speak to our hidden desires? Do we over-identify with either E. L. James or the characters in the book? What in the world is going on? Generally, I view it …

Out of Hibernation

In the virtual world of today, there are numerous opportunities to share reading experiences. Blogs, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Homepages, reviews of Amazon or pretty much any other bookseller, so what makes Louise’s Home Library different? I began Louise’s Home Library in July 2012, revamping it in January 2013, but for the entirety of 2014, the blog was dormant. The short version is I was caught up in my everyday life; I did not even read for the majority of that year. However now I’m back! There are many wonderful book blogs out here and many superior writers compared to me, so back to my initial question: what makes Louise’s Home Library different? My home library is my sanctuary of books, a place of escape, learning, entertainment, and contemplation. It is also my cave, a truly safe refuge, where the daily humdrum is stilled for a series of sweet moments. Whether an entire room has been devoted to my books or just a couple of bookcases and shelves here and there and a good reading …

A new reading chapter

Finally, I am reading again and it is time to blow the dust off Louise’s Home Library. From May until now, I have not read a thing. Unbelievable, I know but nevertheless true. I have however leaped far in other fields during my absence. New job. Horribly long commute for four months. Buying a home and settling in. My son and I are not quite there yet, but we have come a long way. There are still no curtains yet, but a fresh stack of books on my nightstand gives me peace of mind. A new reading chapter has unfolded for me and my son. Two years old now, he is becoming interested in books and reading. A good night story is now obligatory, as is looking in books himself. The other night it was a Disney cookbook for children, but Mickey Mouse is Mickey Mouse and who does not love a good cookbook? I am of course hoping his interest in books and reading is a development and not a phase, and I thoroughly enjoy every moment …

Louise’s Home Library – A Warm Oasis in the Arctic North

Although I chose the title and the subtitle at the spur of the moment when I created this blog, I feel they encompass the contents and the atmosphere I wish to convey. However, the subtitle is no longer true. My beloved home library and sanctuary is no longer in the Arcitc north. It has been moved south to a temperate climate. A warm oasis in a temperate climate just does not have the right zing as a subtitle. So now I have to get creative. My home library is my sanctuary of books, a place of escape, learning, entertainment, and contemplation. It is also my cave, a truly safe refuge, where the daily humdrum is stilled for a series of sweet moments. Whether an entire room has been devoted to my books or just a couple of bookcases and shelves here and there and a good reading chair in a nook, that place is home. Even if I am not reading, my home library is a place where I can be quiet or just be. …

Reading lists as inspiration

100 Must-read books. 101 classic books.  Word literature reading list. I love them, although they sometimes seem a bit daunting or even intimidating. I mean, who reads “Ulysses” immediately followed my” War & Peace”? And – there are so many books, so little time. I find reading lists inspiring. I especially like motivated reading lists with short synopses and end up adding more titles to my personal, unwritten to-read-list. Another thing is I like checking which books I have already read from the lists, recalling the books, reading experience, and giving myself a figurative pat on the back for achievement. Nevertheless, you will not find a reading list or my own to-read-list on my blog. I do not follow any list, but read whatever I am in the mood for. That includes reading trashy novels and Great Novels, and matching them into specific points in time in my life. Reading is not just reading. Every book becomes a part of me and my life. Reading Kierkegaard is related to my paternal grandmother, who always spoke …

Time for Reading

Vacation is time for reading. It has always been that way, but since my son is born, time for reading is more of luxury and I find myself stealing moments here and there. A paradoxical point is that I in some periods read more now than I did with loads of free time. Now, I have other wonderful reading experiences: introducing my son to books and libraries and luckily – or perhaps inevitably due to our shared genetic material – he already loves both. The negative aspect is that I have not read or reviewed a many books as I would like during this vacation. Nevertheless, fear not – more is on the way.

Wonderful New Discovery

A novice blogger, but a blogger none the less very much to my own surprise. I am the kind of person with an old-fashioned wristwatch and minimal technical knowledge. Just the other day I somehow rebooted my cell to the factory setting and lost every phone number. I do not own an ipad or kindle and do not want to. I love books as objects as well as sources of entertainment and knowledge. I am starting this blog to share my lifelong interest of reading and hope you will join me.