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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #98

November 9, 2017 | 4 comments


 

1. James Veitch is hilarious. It is possible that I spent an hour or two laughing at his videos.

2. We had our first winter storm of the season last weekend, with winds up to 25 m/s. I took it as a good excuse to not have to leave my apartment.

3. This is pretty cool.

4. I need a new podcast to listen to. Suggestions?

5. This week I was reminded about how weird the English language is.

6. The voting for the goodreads choice awards 2017 has started. I had only read 2 of the nominated books (across all 20 categories) and one was a book I didn’t particularly like. I thought I had been reading a lot of newly published books this year, but apparently not.

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Reading Recap | October 2017

November 6, 2017 | No comments


 

October was a great reading month. I read 26 books, and although quite a few of them were quite forgettable (or even boring) there were also lots of 4 star books. The three highlights this month were:

One Grave too Many by Beverly Connor ★★★★
Ebook | 404 pages (Read October 16-17)

First in a series about Diane Fallon, a museum director and forensic anthropologist in Maryland. I have a soft spot for crime series with forensic themes, and this one is my newest favourite. I loved it so much that I read five more books from the series this month, and none of them disappointed.

 
The Thirst by Jo Nesbø ★★★★
Ebook | 536 pages (Read October 10-11)

I have had mixed opinions about the Harry Hole books, but the latest one (published earlier this year) was a page turner and definitely my favourite of the series.

 
The Executioner by Chris Carter ★★★★
Ebook | 400 pages (Read October 10-15)

The second book about LAPD Detective Robert Hunter did not disappoint. This time, Hunter investigates a series of murder where the victims are killed by their greatest fear.

 
OTHER READS
★★★★
The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid | Dead Guilty by Beverly Connor | Dead Secret by Beverly Connor | It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr | Dead Hunt by Beverly Connor | Scattered Graves by Beverly Connor

★★★
The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson | Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt | A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton | The Storm of the Century by Al Roker (audio) | Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi | Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin (audio) | Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall | Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen | Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr | The Chesapeake Bride by Mariah Stewart | Dead Past by Beverly Connor | Blessed are Those Who Thirst by Anne Holt

★★
The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt | Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly | To Davy Jones Below by Carola Dunn | Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman | Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall | Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin (audio) | Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton

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6 Degrees of Separation: Less Than Zero

November 5, 2017 | 5 comments


 

6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

Zero Day (which I read last year) is the first book in David Baldacci’s series about war hero John Puller, now a top investigator in the US Army’s CID. I tend to read mostly police procedurals, but I quite enjoyed this series.

Another thriller series that I read last year, and where the main character is not a member of the police, is Jeff Abbott’s series about Sam Capra, a former CIA agent turned international spy. The fifth, and last, book in the series is called The First Order.

The First Prophet by Kay Hooper is the first book in a series called The Bishop Files. It is acctually a spin-off of Hooper’s other series Bishop/Special Crimes Unit about a special group of FBI agents with psychic abilities which I binge-read a few years ago.

I’m normally not a big fan of books with a paranormal theme, but another exception is The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young. It is also another example of a book I enjoyed where the main character is not a member of the police; she’s a journalist/writer who plays an important part in both solving an old mystery and preventing a new crime.

The main character in Spåren på bryggan (The Tracks on the Pier) by Lars Rambe is also a journalist (named Fredrik Gransjö) who plays a big part in solving an old crime from 1965, as well as stopping a current crime spree.

I cannot resist making the final link to one of my all-time favourite books: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Like in Spåren på bryggan, its main character is a male journalist looking into an old case (from 1966).

This time, my chain took me from Less Than Zero, via series involving different government agencies and crime-solving journalists, to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Less Than Zero, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #97

October 13, 2017 | One comment


 

1. We are going to see Varekai with Cirque du Soleil tonight.

2. I’ve read two good books in the last week: Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi – a mystery set in France spanning decades (with a brilliant ending) – and The Thirst by Jo Nesbø, the eleventh book in his series about police detective Harry Hole in Oslo. It was definitely the best of the series. I could not put it down.

3. Love these beautiful photos.

4. PattyCake Productions unexpected musicals is the best thing on youtube right now. Michaeleficent and Beauty and the Bieber are both all kinds of awesome. Also, Look What You Made Me Brew is in my opinion better than the original.

5. I’m splurging and buying new shoes in preparation for when I can go for long walks again. New shoes makes me happy.

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6 Degrees of Separation: Like Water for Chocolate

October 7, 2017 | 5 comments


 

6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. The book consists of 12 chapters – one for each month of the year – and each one starts with a recipe. When it was translated to Swedish, the title became Kärlek het som chili which means “Love Hot as Chili”.

Love is one of the main themes in Erin McCahan’s young adult novel Love and Other Foreign Words. It’s not a book I’m planning to read, but I do highly approve of the title.

Another title I really liked, and where I did read the book, is The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Romance is not my go-to-genre, but I did enjoy this one.

Another romance novel I liked is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It was made into a film last year.

An upcoming film adaption that I’m very excited about it Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, starring Judi Dench and Daisy Ridley among others.

A book I recently added to my tbr list, that I’m really looking forward to reading, is Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. The main character is a book editor, and I do have a weak spot for mysteries with a book theme.

The main character in A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders is also a book editor. Like Magpie Murders, it is high on my tbr list.

This time, my chain took me from Like Water for Chocolate, via titles, themes, and film adaptions, to A Murder of Magpies.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Like Water for Chocolate, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #96

October 6, 2017 | No comments


 

1. I find watching digital doodling weirdly relaxing.

2. Current ankle status: 6 more weeks on crutches.

3. My mom came and stayed with me for a week. I’ve learned that you never get too old to have your mother taking care of you (at least when you’re in pain). Now I’m visiting my sister for a couple of weeks (luckily I have a job that occasionally allows me working from home, or rather from my sister’s home).

4. I’m not quite sure how I feel about a Hocus Pocus remake.

5. I’ve been in a reading slump for the last couple of months, but it is finally starting to get better. Because of #2, I’m in desperate need of lots of good books to keep me occupied. Recommendations please.

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Reading Recap | September 2017

October 4, 2017 | No comments


 

I finally got over this summer’s reading slump and read 13 books in September. The three highlights this month were all first in new series:

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young ★★★★
Ebook | 416 pages (Read September 9-14)

Rory recommended this one to me and it did not disappoint. I’m usually not a big fan of books with a paranormal aspect, but it really worked in this one. I’m hoping my library buys a copy of the sequel The Shimmering Road soon.

 
The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter ★★★★
Ebook | 372 pages (Read September 19-22)

I picked this book, the first about LA homicide detective Robert Hunter, on a whim and it was a page turner. I have on good authority that the cases gets more and more gruesome for each book. I cannot wait.

 
The Late Show by Michael Connelly ★★★★
Ebook | 400 pages (Read September 4-7)

This was a great start to a new series by one of my favourite authors. This time, the main character is a female detective named Renée Ballard, who is working the night shift in Hollywood. She is no Harry Bosch, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this series is going.

 
OTHER READS
★★★
The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters | Death Takes Passage by Sue Henry | The River at Night by Erica Ferencik | The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie | Knife Creek by Paul Doiron | Two Nights by Kathy Reichs | The Graveyard Apartment by Meiko Koike | Fatal Identity by Marie Force

★★
Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman | Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

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Book vs Film: A Man Called Ove

September 27, 2017 | No comments


 

Last month, I finally read Fredrik Backman’s acclaimed novel A Man Called Ove and a few days later, I watched the Swedish film adaption from 2015. I don’t think I can really pick one over the other, because both were truly spectacular. They both made me laugh and cry, and I still haven’t quite recovered from them.

1. Ove is the epitome of my favourite type of character: he appears rough and antisocial but has a heart of gold and a moral compass that never falters. Rolf Lassgård is fantastic as Ove, and exactly how I pictured the character when reading the book.

2. All of the characters are brilliant and they do have more depth in the book. I wished they could have included more of it in the film.

3. Fredrik Backman’s characteristic writing style does not quite come through in the film. There were definitely passages in the book that I had to go back and reread.

4. The imagery in the film made me miss Swedish smalltowns/suburbs.

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Reading Recap | July & August 2017

September 26, 2017 | No comments


 

I was in a bit of a reading slump this summer and only read 17 books in July and August, of which 6 were in Swedish. There was some lows but also some great highs. Three of the highlights were:

Män som hatar kvinnor by Stieg Larsson ★★★★★
Paperback | 567 pages (Read July 2-29)

I finally got around to rereading the favourite The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it was just as good as the first time I read it.

 
En man som heter Ove by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★
Ebook | 354 pages (Read August 20-24)

A Man Called Ove did not disappoint. Backman is a true wordsmith and I fell in love with all the characters in this amazing novel.

 
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell ★★★★
Ebook | 279 pages (Read July 22)

This was a random find when I needed something light and easy to read, but it turned out to be so much more than that. Definitely one of the best love stories that I have read in a long time.

 
OTHER READS

★★★★
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts | Sov du lilla videung by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind | The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto | Widowmaker by Paul Doiron

★★★
The Fix by David Baldacci (audio) | Fjällgraven by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt | The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak | Something Like Winter by Jay Bell | Simmaren by Joakim Zander | Den femte årstden by Mons Kallentoft | The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

★★
Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima | The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters


Dead to me / Watching You by Stephen Edger

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20 Books of Summer wrap-up

September 20, 2017 | No comments


 

For the second year in a row, I joined the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), attempting to read 20 books between June 1 and September 3.

This year, my personal goal was to read 20 books by Swedish authors (and in Swedish if possible). I only read 10 books, but I tried one new author (Joakim Zanden) and with the exception of one book, all other books were from Swedish crime series that I had previously started and needed to catch up on, so I guess I can call that a success?

1. Svart fjäril (not yet published in English) by Anna Jansson ★★★
2. Davidsstjärnor (The Chosen) by Kristina Ohlsson ★★★★★
3. Syndafloder (not yet published in English) by Kristina Ohlsson ★★★★
4. Lärjungen (The Man Who Watched Women) by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt ★★★
5. Fjällgraven (The Man Who Wasn’t There) by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt ★★★
6. Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larsson ★★★★★
7. Sov du lilla videung (not yet published in English) by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind ★★★★
8. Simmaren (The Swimmer) by Joakim Zanden ★★★
9. En man som heter Ove (A Man Called Ove) by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★
10. Den femte årstiden (The Fifth Season) by Mons Kallentoft ★★★

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