Posted in Books, Inspiration, Journalism

Arkbooks – a new English bookstore in Copenhagen♥

I first heard about Arkbooks last fall, and ever since I have been determined to visit their store once it open. When I got the idea to interview the people behind Arkbooks, I wasn’t sure whether or not they would agree to do it. But of course they did, and we decided to do the interview through e-mail, because I wasn’t sure when I would be able to go to Copenhagen again in the nearest future. Arkbooks will be opening on april 1st, and will only be selling English books. When I got their answers I was not disappointed. The project sounded amazing right from the beginning, and now it sounds kind of like a dream come true and I can almost see them sitting at the table drinking wine while discussing the idea of opening a bookstore.

You can read more about Arkbooks on their website

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How do you know each other?

“From all over; aarhus, copenhagen, LiteraturHaus and university”.

Who and how did you come up with the idea to open an English bookstore in Copenhagen?

“Three years ago, half of ark books sat at a kitchen table drinking wine. The idea of opening a bookshop came up, and we were so infatuated with it that we ended up being six hours late for the party we were going to. However, being busy students with no money to invest, the thought was parked in the big idea bank – until about a year ago, where the location, the team and the opportunity suddenly came together. We had to take this chance and live out a lifetime dream”

 What made you decide to raise the money instead of getting a loan in a bank?

“If you know anyone in the banking world who would like to lend four girls a lot of money to open a non-profit bookshop, please send them our way. Jokes aside, we didn’t really have an alternative – but we are really happy with the way it has turned out. Raising money this way means that we have been backed by our entire community from day one. It also gave us an opportunity to test the idea and realize that there are actually a lot of people in Copenhagen and the rest of the world who thinks that ark books is a great idea. That makes the project feel even more worthwhile”

 The bookstore will be run by volunteers – how is that going to work?

“We all have a volunteering background and have seen for ourselves just how many talented and enthutiastic people there are out there, people who believe that the cause is greater than the paycheck, people who would be willing to put a lot of work into a project”.

 Is it your plan to make it your fulltime job at some point?

“No. We have no plans of paying ourselves – we would rather keep the books cheap, so our customers can read more great books”

Raising money for something like this is not that common in Denmark, and might put other people off from trying to do the same thing. Do you have any advice or ideas for others who might consider trying to raise money for something similar?

“You’ll be surprised how supportive your community will be if you ask them for help. The fact that we don’t have a tradition of crowdfunding in Denmark might even be an advantage. Don’t give up halfway, most campaigns don’t reach their goal until the very last minute. Just a little tip for whoever who wants to crowdfund their project; research, research, research”.

You open in April – how is that going to go off?

“We are going to have a four day long opening reception – stop by and have a drink on us and have a look in the shop”

On your website it says “ark books will read all the books and choose the best ones for our shop for you to read” – what were you initial thoughts behind only allowing books you have already read in your bookstore?

“The main idea is to be able to make the perfect match between reader and book. We would love to be able to read all books in the world to pick the very finest, but that isn’t possible in four lifetimes. However, we read as much of our stock as humanly possible, and the rest is meticulously researched or recommended from well-read people we trust. The idea is to be able to match reader and book”.

 Can you recommend a book or two that you will be selling in your bookstore?

“We can recommend hundreds. One of the books we just send out as a perk in the crowdfunding campaign is “Tomorrow Pamplona” by Jan Van Mersbergen. We send this recommendation along with it: the thought of running away have occurred to most of us at some point. what if you actually ran only to find out, that the only way you could keep on running was to stand completely still? “a boxer does not run away, a boxer listens to the count”. a broken man travels across europe wondering if he will ever be whole – if he ever was. TOMORROW PAMPLONA is a knockout story, which tells what needs to be told and not a word more – a story about a bell that just won’t stop ringing”.

 Sounds great right? Perhaps I will see you there on April 1st?♥

Posted in Career, Travel

A week has gone by – how have you been?♥

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy. I have joined a gym again and is very motivated to go there at least 3 times a week. Furthermore my job is keeping me busy and often I get home late in the afternoon or early evening, depending on If I have been to the Gym afterwards.

A job opportunity approached itself the other day. Someone saw my profile on LinkedIn and found it interesting. Unfortunately the company decided that they needed someone with more experience than me, which is understandable, but it is hard to get more work experience when nobody will hire you.

Last night I was lying in my bed thinking things over, and suddenly I just knew that I have to go to London as soon as possible. So by the end of April I will leave Denmark and move to London to find a job. And write of course! I promise to let you know more.

And take a look at these photos from my week:

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Enjoying the nice weather on my way to a two day course in oral presentation.

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Window shopping

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Reading and enjoying beautiful pictures♥

Enjoy your friday dearest♥

Posted in Career, Lifestyle

Snowdrops and working hard

I have been looking forward to this day all week. I started the week of being sick, so I spend 3 days in bed sleeping, drinking hot beverages and reading. I went back to work yesterday still kind of tired and with a cold so today I am really looking forward to a nice relaxing evening. My plan for this weekend was originally to just sleep, relax and do chores around the house, but suddenly my weekend seem to be fully booked with plans to go out Saturday evening, a promise to help my sister write her English essay, a house meeting and the already mentioned chores around the house.

Spring seems to have arrived, at least for some days and I took this wonderful picture of some snowdrops outside our house today (I just discovered the English name for these beautiful flowers – snowdrops. That sound like something out of a fairy tale).

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I love the fact that now and at least until the end of March, I will be able to be happy about the fact that I can celebrate that it is weekend. I enjoy (how weird it most sound) getting up in the morning and going to work. I enjoy discussing how the project is coming along with the others in my group and I enjoy going to meetings. And I enjoy Fridays even more now that I am able to say; Thank you for a nice week – see you on Monday” and go home to my house(well our house really) and enjoy a nice talk in the kitchen while making dinner. From April or May I have other plans, because moving on is the right thing to do when you know something even better is waiting around the corner♥

Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Posted in Books, Inspiration

When a quote from a beloved movie makes you reflect and wonder.

Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I have always loved You´ve got Mail, and when I was reminded of it again recently (through a blog – oh the joy of online communication. So much to be inspired from), I decided to watch it again. It is my favorite movie I think. It has all the elements I love in a good movie (or a good book) – A love of books, dreams, possibilities. The hope that there is something better out there. Something to hope for, something to dream about and the possibility to make it happen!

Every time I watch this movie, I want to read Pride and Prejudice again. I must admit, that I feel kind of like Kathleen Kelly when she says “Confession. I have read Pride and Prejudice about 200 times. I get lost in the language, words like thither, mischance and felicity. I’m always in agony over whether Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will ever get together” Despite having read the book a countless number of times, I am always waiting in anticipation as the plot evolves.  

The other day somebody said to me; being unemployed creates the feeling that your life is on standby, and though I didn’t agree when she said it, I must admit that I feel the same way too. It is difficult to make a decision on where to go and what to do, when everything is so uncertain. I guess I need movies like this because it reassures me that there is a happy ending. And because it reminds me of a simpler time, when I didn’t have so many “grown up” decisions to make and because it leaves me with the feeling somebody else out there can relate to my love of books, and bookstores of course!

I still need that kind of reassurance I guess. When I was younger I always felt so different from everyone else, because I lived most of my life in a world of books, and it was a great comfort that others lived that way too. I always carried a book with me everywhere – I still do and I wish I had known what I know now. That there are plenty of us out there..

I don’t have a single regret though. I don’t believe in them and whatever happens to me or has happened, I believe there is a reason for it. Not all the time, but most of the time.

Yesterday I made a decision that involves selling some of my furniture, putting things in boxes, and moving from one place to another. I am not sure where I am going yet, but I will let you know as soon as I do.

Hope you all have a nice Saturday – yesterday´s housewarming party at my house means reading, sleeping and watching Gilmore Girls all day.