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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.

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.


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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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #95

September 17, 2017 | 6 comments


1. Somehow, another month has passed by without much updating here. Not sure where the time went, but I’m planning on being more active again.

2. I’m blaming my absence on my damaged ankle. Being in pain is exhausting. I’ve been jumping around on crutches for over a month now, and not having the freedom to do things is making me antsy and in a foul mood. My dad has been visiting for the last 2 weeks and that has been a lot of help, and I’m also now pretty much hooked up to a TENS machine all day long to block the pain.

3. I even missed two (two!) rounds of 6 Degrees of Separation. Before this, I think I had only ever missed one since it started. I will definitely be back for next month.

4. I love twitter battles (and this time I’m with the Natural History Museum).

5. I want so many shoes from Groove Bags & Custom Kicks (these, these, these, and definitely these and these and these).

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Iceland Road Trip

August 26, 2017 | 6 comments


After living in Iceland for over a year, one of my closest friends finally came to visit and we went on an epic road trip around the country so I could show her all my favourite places (and discover a few new ones).

The themes of our trip were beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and hot pots (and eating lots of ice cream).

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #94

August 25, 2017 | 3 comments


1. I cannot believe it’s been a month without me updating the blog. What can I say – life got busy.

2. The problems with my ankle turned out to not only be TTS (because that is apparently not enough to deal with). I have also somehow managed to damage the ligament and it is extremely painful and will take many, many months to fix. Life pretty much sucks right now.

3. This is exactly how I feel most days.

4. I did have two wonderful vacations: first a friend visited Iceland and we went on an epic road trip around the island (sadly with my ankle we had to skip the walks I had planned for us), and then I went with two other friends on an equally epic road trip in northern California and Oregon. Pictures to come soon.

5. Which flavour is your favourite?

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #93

July 27, 2017 | 8 comments


1. Finally figured out what is wrong with my foot. I’ve got TTS (basically like carpal tunnel syndrome but the nerve in the ankle instead of in the wrist). Physical therapy should help, but I’m still limited to less than 15 min walks, which sucks.

2. Less than two weeks left until the US trip, and another mini road trip vacation. It seems to be the theme for my vacations this year.

3. Sometime in the future, when I can afford it, the vacation themes will be bioluminescent beaches, libraries, and bookish places.

4. Loving this list. It might be the basis for a playlist for our upcoming road trip.

5. There was a magnitude 4.1 earthquake close to town yesterday. I’m kind of disappointed I didn’t feel it.

6. I haven’t gotten much reading done the last few weeks, but I’m planning on making good progress on 20 Books of Summer during my upcoming long flights.

7. I’m currently obsessed with rhubarb flavored drinks. And rhubarb flavored ice cream.

8. I highly recommend Gifted. One of the best films I’ve seen this year.

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