Ramblings:The Creation of a New Shelf

So, I had a huge currently reading shelf on Goodreads, and my newly discover friend, Liam over at Hey Ashers! (he just finished an awesome read-along to Throne of Glass, even if you were a fan of this book, you should check it out, his snark is on point!), suggested that instead of just letting all these books clog up my currently reading shelf, I make a new shelf where I can put all these books that I am sort of reading but not really. Behold, the new shelf: “Book Limbo” (combined with to read, because you can’t remove it of the currently reading list unless it goes to either read or to read, so yeah, Goodsreads, FIX THIS!)

These are the books that I never actively decided to stop reading, it’s just something that happened over time. They weren’t what I was needing at that time, or maybe something more interesting came along. Maybe it was just me getting into a reading slump and picking something else up to get me back out. There’s a myriad of reasons why books end up in Book Limbo, and this way I am able to set them aside in a less permanent way then I would if I were to just take them of my currently reading pile in total. Because these are books that I really do want to get back into, it just hasn’t been the right moment for that certain book. So until then, these books are in limbo.

 

Thanks again for the great idea Liam (and for getting me to actually do something with these books!)

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Raving: The bridge

So this is the second edition of my ranting raving or rambling feature and this time I have chosen to rave about the television series “the bridge” (Bron in Swedish/Broen in Danish). If you haven’t heard about the series yet I don’t know where you have been hiding. (I actually don’t know if this show is popular outside Europe, so let me know in the comments if you have more intel about this!)

For those of you who have never known or temporarily forgotten what the series are about, let me tell you real quick. It’s a Danish-Swedish crime series. One season equals one crime (or criminal to be more accurate).

Here in Belgium the series has become very popular and the second season is now currently running on television (after a re-run of the first season of course). It’s definitely not the only Scandinavian series that has gained popularity here, “the killing” and “Wallander” (based on a series of great books) are just two other crime-centered shows.

I really like all of these shows, but seeing as I’m raving about “the bridge” here, let me stick to that one. First of I really like how there isn’t one crime per episode. This leaves a lot more room for complexity in characters and storylines. It gives so much more depth to the show and that’s something I really enjoy (don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like it short and easy as well). The characters are so rich and have so many layers, it’s just fun to get to know them better with every episode. Secondly, and this is a lot more personal, I’m a big fan of Scandinavia. This summer I went to Finland, I’m hoping to go to Denmark in October and I’ve been dying to go to Sweden for a long time. So it’s safe to say that I also like the show because I was just destined to ;) My third reason is language! I love Danish and Swedish and want to learn how to speak them one day (soon!). And last, but definitely not least, the cinematic side of the show! Because one season only focusses on one criminal there is enough time to get beautiful shots in every episode. They give you time to get the feel for the situations at hand.

So have you heard of this series? Have you watched it? Will you be watching it?