The Authors Bookshelf – M.P. Tonnesen @mptonnesen

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

M.P. Tonnesen is author of two novels and is a Dane who now lives on the Isle of Man. This is a great bookshelf post and her Bookshelf picture is one of my favourite ever, so I hope you all enjoy your time here today.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

Emil in Lönneberga and lots of other books by Astrid Lindgren. Growing up in Scandinavia, she was one of the main authors I read.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. The Hygge movement has been running for a while now, and I thought it was time for a real (expat) Dane to put this book to a test. It was fun to view my (old) national culture from a different perspective. Although Hygge is rarely a conscious act – it’s just part of our DNA – I must say the observations are fairly spot on and made me smile throughout.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I had the great pleasure of meeting her at a literature festival in Denmark last summer. She’s so lovely, and I found myself fangirling for the first time in my life! I loved all her previous books, but unfortunately was not so keen on this one.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

To be honest, I did not buy that many books last year, so it will have to be a mix of releases… I loved Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I could never give up my signed hardback copy of Swing Time (despite not being a fan of the story in the end), nor The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, which is one of my favourite books. I still have not read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr or The Power by Naomi Alderman, so I would hate to let them go before I have had a chance to enjoy them.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and to grow my Penguin Clothbound Classics collection with more of Jane Austen’s timeless work (I’m a huge fan!).

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. The most helpful writing book I ever bought!

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

My recent release Desert Skies, Rebel Souls. I felt I knew so much more about the craft of writing and editing this time, as well as the publishing and marketing elements. I believe this is a high quality product, so to speak, from start to end – and Readers’ Favorite thought so too when they awarded it their Five Stars Seal 😉 But I love both my books. It’s like your children – they have different strengths and endearing features. I will always be very proud of my debut novel, The Cosmopolitan Islander, too.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

Eat, Pray, Love was not only a motivational book for me when I read it but also a source of inspiration for my debut novel. Plus, it has been hugely successful and made into a Hollywood blockbuster which is the dream most authors hope come true. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author, seems like a wonderful and grounded person too. She’s usually a lot of fun to follow on social media.


Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

Not a specific one at present, but watch this space…


Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

I am really excited to share a picture of my brand new floating shelves! We have one main bookcase – a beautiful, old, carved oak heirloom – which houses all our read books from fiction to non-fiction. We don’t have a lot of free wall space due to radiators and the like. For years, I have had books to-be-read spread in piles around the house. This continues to be the case, but now I also have a special place for my special collections: Penguin Clothbound Classics, Macmillan Collector’s Library, and my signed copies. You may notice my own debut novel in the latter group, but that is because the lovely Zadie Smith signed it for me. The random hardcovers shelf will hopefully be swapped for more Clothbound Classics soon J

M.P. Tonnesen’s Bookshelf

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music and key events of the nineties – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

Awarded the Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Seal of Excellence.

Shortlisted for the BooksGoSocial Readers’ Choice Award 2017.


Available as paperback from Amazon and select local bookshops, as well as e-book from all major online retailers:

The Cosmopolitan Islander

What if life as you know it was turned upside down? Would you still be the same person?

When Chloe is forced to leave behind her cosmopolitan life in London to move to a small island in the Irish Sea, she is faced with a myriad of challenges.

How will she and her family adapt to island life? Will she find new friends? What about her career? Most importantly, will the love of Chloe and her husband survive their amorous adventures?

Join Chloe on her journey through her past and her present to make sense of her life, herself, her hopes, and dreams amid her personal upheaval.

The Cosmopolitan Islander is a thrilling story of female roles and identity in the 21st century – and about how the journey of life can change your destination in the most unexpected way. It takes the reader from the Isle of Man and around the world, traversing the timeless themes of love, desire, family, friendship, power, and ambition.

GOLD WINNER of the Circle of Books Rings of Honor Awards 2016.


Available as e-book and paperback on Amazon and from select local bookshops:

Also on Kindle Unlimited!

About M.P. Tonnesen

M.P. Tonnesen is a writer and businesswoman living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. She was born in Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and has lived in Brussels, the Middle East, and London before moving to the island with her family in 2011.

She authors contemporary and women’s fiction with an adventurous twist. Her books are inspired by her experiences working, living and travelling around the world.

She has worked with communication from a variety of perspectives: business, academic and creative media. Her creative work has been published locally and globally, including her diverse portfolio of business and lifestyle articles for magazines.

She enjoys reading and telling good stories, travelling and eating dark chocolate. She also dabbles in yoga, pilates and juggling two kids.

Feel free to connect on social media @mptonnesen



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