BOOK REVIEW #8: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2007)

10822858.jpg

The Keeper of Lost Causes (US) or Mercy (UK) is a book written by the Danish writer of crime fiction, as well as a publisher, editor and entrepreneur Jussi Adler-Olsen in 2007. Its original title is Kvinden i buret.

Being a fan of Scandinavian authors and thrillers, when my boyfriend gave me this book, I started reading it at once. And I loved it. Indeed, The Keeper of Lost Causes is the first book of a whole series and its author won a great number of literary prizes for it : the Sealed Room Award (Japan 2012), the Livre Robinsonnais prize (France 2012), the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle (France 2012), the Barry Award Best Novel (US 2012), the Danskerees Yndlingsforfatter (Denmark 2013), the Prix Plume d’or (France, 2013) and many more..

That should be enough to convince you to try it ! Personally, I’m already reading the sequel  The Absent One (US) or Disgrace (UK) (Fasandræberne in Danish).

Continue reading

Advertisements

The power of yet versus the tyranny of now: why we need to balance the carpe diem adage

woman-hand-smartphone-desk.jpg

We are often told that we should not live in the anticipation. We must let go of our fears of, and for the future in order to live in the now. You know, carpe diem and all that stuff.

While I do not want to contradict this idea, I think it is also interesting to consider the opposite view : think in the long(er) term instead of constantly being nagged by the responsibilities of the day.

Continue reading

Is consumption free happiness for you ?

pexels-photo.jpg

The trend now is to contribute to the “slow” movement. We can see it everywhere : slow food, slow fashion etc… It is not really difficult to understand its success when we look at the age of crazy consumerism that we are currently living in: fast food, fast fashion, scheduled obsolescence, burn outs…

Speed has become on of the most important medium of communication in our lives today. And like everything else, it is confronted to a counter movement.

Within this age of mass consumption, a lot of people are starting to suffocate and support slow trends and minimalism. Not only it will save you money, it will also leave you more time and make you happier. Interested ?

Continue reading

Save money to have more fun ! My top 12 activities to have a frugal fun winter

dinner-meal-table-wine.jpg

With Winter here and Valentines Day right around the corner, I thought that it would be the perfect time to share with you guys some of my favorite activities. However, with Christmas and the New Year, you might have spent more money that you wanted to on gifts, so here’s the twist : why not try having frugal fun ?

Even if it is always nice to go out and treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee, or a dinner with friends, or even a movie, I would like to remind you of the possibility to spend time with your loved one without having to spend a dime. More fun for less money : now how does that sound ?

Continue reading

Go out to think more clearly

pexels-photo-38106.jpeg

I have always been the kind of person that stays at home, and is happy to. I mean, when I was little, it was the normal thing to do and in any case my mum would not really let me go out without knowing it in advance.

However, when I left my parents’ house and went to live abroad, one might have thought that I would have taken advantage of it. Nevertheless, I did not. Well, to be fair, I did my (more than fair) share of partying (I mean, I was 18 in the UK !) but I now realize that I did not fully take advantage of the city I was living in at the time.

Continue reading

Have an inspiring morning ! My ritual affirmations and mantras

pexels-photo-48727.jpeg

Good morning everyone !

Today for a change, I just want to share with you some of my favorite mantras. They are short, inspiring, and can be read whenever you feel like it. I personally like stumbling upon them when I’m browsing through my notebook (it contains my to do list which I check a million time every day so it’s really convenient for me), but it is also good to read them out loud either just after waking up to set your day on an inspiring note, or before bed.

Share with me your mantras in the comments, and let me know which one you liked best !

Continue reading

Book review #7: N’éteins pas la lumière by Bernard Minier (2014)

616ribgcegl-_sx316_bo1204203200_

Willing to discover a new book ? Into thriller ? Then this review is for you. Bernard Minier is a French writer and N’éteins pas la lumière is his third book. It has not been translated yet, but it should not be long before it is, so do not worry if you do not speak french.

I wanted to offer you a different kind of book review : no linear story here, but just something to arouse your curiosity let’s say. Let me know it makes you want to read it.

Continue reading