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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #76

February 18, 2017 | 6 comments


1. This is me in a nutshell.

2. Even if you’re only half as obsessed with books and book statistics (and graphs) as I am, I highly recommend you read this piece (with the awesome title The Gone Girl With The Dragon Tattoo On The Train) by Emily St. John Mandel.

3. I need a shirt like this:

4. I think I would feel very at home in this Spanish village. I’m definitely adding it to my list of places to visit.

5. Weird Scandinavian food? It’s not weird at all. Or maybe just a little bit weird? (To be honest, I only eat 10.5 of these 20 things.)

6. Now I’m really craving black pudding. And Flying Jacob.

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Book vs Film: Safe Haven

February 14, 2017 | 2 comments


Since it is Valentine’s Day today (or All Heart’s Day like I prefer to call it), today’s edition of book vs film is all about the romance. Because of a horrendous cough, I spent the weekend watching Hallmark movies, and after having filled my yearly quota of both Valentine and Christmas themed movies, I moved on to Nicholas Sparks*.

I read Safe Haven, and then I immediately watched the film in order to do a detailed comparison**. Full disclosure, I had read the book (originally published 2010) twice before seeing the film when it premiered in 2013.

I definitely prefer the FILM over the BOOK because:

1. It’s all about the beautiful scenery.

2. And Josh Duhamel.

3. Plus the soundtrack is nice.

4. And to be honest, I prefer the way the plot is presented in the film.

*In my opinion, one of the most sappy romance writers ever, but whose books I for some reason always read.
**It’s my official explanation and I’m sticking to it.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #75

February 11, 2017 | One comment


1. I’ve gotten the cold and cough from hell. It’s been a struggle to just move between my bed and my couch for the last few days. My plans for the weekend consists of consuming lots of orange juice, hot tea with honey, rose hip soup, and cough medicine, while watching the hallmark channel.

2. I’m looking forward to the new film adaption of Mary Poppins.

3. No matter what anyone says, Mr Darcy will always look like Colin Firth to me.

4. Swedish professor and public speaker Hans Rosing sadly passed away earlier this week. If you haven’t already seen his TED talks, I suggest you start with this list.

5. Cheesecake stuffed banana bread? Yes, please!

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6 Degrees of Separation: Fates and Furies

February 4, 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 Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I haven’t read it and was really struggling to decide on a theme for the first link.

Another book that was hard for me to pick a link theme from was John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, the starting book in the April 2016 chain. John Irving is one of Kate’s favourite authors, and it took me forever to find a link I felt was good enough.

Good Enough is Paula Yoo’s debut novel. It is about the girl Patti whose parents expect her to be absolute perfect and to get into an Ivy League school. Patti plays the violin and meets a cute trumpet-playing boy who shares her love for music.

A shared love for music is also an important part in Gayle Forman’s If I Stay about the girl Mia who plays the cello, and Adam who is in a rock band. Both the book, and the film based on it, made me cry.

Another case where both the book and the film based on it made me shed some tears is Before I Die by Jenny Downham, about the girl Tessa who is dying in leukemia and who sets out to complete her before-I-die to-do-list with some help from the neighbour boy Adam.

In Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, the main character Jamie Sullivan is also dying in leukemia. The story is narrated by Landon Carter, a boy whose life was greatly affected by his relationship with Jamie. The title of the book can be interpreted to refer to both their brief walk through life together, and their walk down the aisle.

The book Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes starts with the main character being told by a tarot card reader that she will be getting married within a year. I have read a few of Keyes’ books and although some of them have had their funny moments, this one is not on my tbr list.

This time, my chain took me from Fates and Furies, via books from different genres but linked by love and music, and life and death, to Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Fates and Furies, 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 #74

February 2, 2017 | 7 comments


1. I’m teaching a course this semester, and now I really feel like I need all of these.

2. This is me all the time:

3. Me and a friend are going to see La La Land tonight. I cannot wait.

4. I’m attempting to read Les Miserables this year with the help of the serial reader app but I have already fallen a week behind.

5. This Danish commercial is wonderful, and this videoclip is exactly why Ellen is one of my favourites.

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The Present Participle List | January 2017

January 31, 2017 | 6 comments


DRINKING hot chocolate
WALKING carefully across the black ice
WATCHING Shadowhunters
READING Nordic crime
PREPARING lectures and practicals
GRADING lab reports at all hours
WRITING reports, reports, and so many reports
MARCHING for everyone’s equal rights
LISTENING to Joshua Radin’s new album
WEARING all the knitted sweatshirts
LOVING waterfalls in winter
EATING sweet potato with cardamom
ENJOYING hot pools
LEARNING patience
PLANNING easter and summer vacation
COVETING new winter boots
FEELING motivated but stressed
CELEBRATING getting a new research fellowship
NURSING an inflamed achilles tendon
MISSING daylight
PLAYING gardenscapes and wordfeud

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Book vs Screen: The Mortal Instruments / Shadowhunters

January 28, 2017 | 4 comments


My sister got me hooked on the tv show Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare.

I actually read City of Bones, the first book in the series (originally published in 2007) before watching the first season of the tv show Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (premiered 2015).

TV SHOW over book, because:

1. The book was ok, but definitely not my favourite genre. It had some great parts, but a lot of it it was slow going and hard to follow. I have no intentions of reading the other five books in the series.

2. The tv show, on the other hand, is addictive. For me, the plot and characters works perfectly on screen.

3. The soundtrack is great.

4. The show has plenty of pretty boys to look at. And several kick-ass female characters.

5. The main characters are a few years older in the tv show (which definitely made the story better).

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #73

January 26, 2017 | 2 comments


1. My sister got me hooked on the Netflix show Shadowhunters. It felt vaguely familiar but it took a few episodes until I realized that it is based on Cassandra Clare’s series The Mortal Instruments, of which I actually read the first book (City of Bones) in 2013.

2. This is so heartbreaking but how the community came together and the enormous search that was organized over the weekend was amazing to see. It reminded me why I love living in Iceland.

3. I’m really trying to keep reading the news every day, but it is so depressing. Is this our new reality where sharing scientific facts with the public people (who funded the research) is considered going rogue?

4. At least, there is plenty of material for comedians to use. This video is awesome.

5. It is nice to read about more positive things like this restaurant for a change.

6. I so need this to happen.

7. The nominees for the 2017 Oscars have been announced. I’m happy to see the Swedish movie A Man Called Ove (based on Fredrik Backman’s book) is nominated in the foreign language film category. I haven’t seen any of the film nominated for best picture, but I really want to see La La Land.

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Cover Love: All the Birds

January 24, 2017 | No comments


You know the idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I do it all the time.

1. 22 Dead Little Bodies by Stuart MacBride
This is one of my all-time favourite covers, and definitely the reason I read this short story, but unfortunately the cover was better than the story.

2. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
I was first introduced to this book when it was the starting book in a 6 Degrees of Separation chain, and although I absolutely adore the cover, I still haven’t read the book.

3. Travelling Light by Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson never disappoints and this beauty is high on my TBR list.

4. Raven Black by Ann Cleves
The cover, with the stylistic bird out of two feathers, is definitely what made me read this book, and it turned out to be one of the best books I read last year.

5. Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
This great cover is unfortunately not quite enough to make me want to read this historical fiction.

6. Murmurs: Gathered Stories vol 1 by Caleb J Ross
Awesome cover, but I doubt I will ever read this collection of short stories (which one reviewer described as “dark, demented, and disturbing”).

7. The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
Horror story about a young couple who are buried alive in an avalanche and dig themselves out, only to find themselves in a world of absolute silence. It sounds weird, but the cover is definitely enough to make me consider reading it.

8. Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
I have mixed feelings about Tami Hoag – I find most of her books just average, but occasionally there are some gems. Based on the cover, I expect this one to be one of the latter.

9. The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan
Historical fiction set in Canada that I’m still debating whether I want to read or not. The synopsis is intriguing, and it could be either really good, or just too complicated and obscure.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #72

January 20, 2017 | 4 comments


1. I had family visiting Wednesday and Thursday. It was great. We drove the Golden Circle (which I have never done in winter before) and went to the hot pools. We had some time left over yesterday evening so we went to Ikea to got me a rug for my bedroom. I’ve wanted one in black and white for a long while. I really like the Stockholm, Sillerup, and Lappljung Ruta but they are all too big (and too expensive). We found one called Görlöse and it fits perfectly.

2. This week was the first real practical for the course I’m teaching this semester. I had forgotten how much work it is to teach a practical (especially with a group of 20+ students who all need help at the same time). I had also forgotten how much time it takes to grade the hand-in (and there’s more than 50 students in the class…)

3. Tomorrow I’ll be participating in the Women’s March Reykjavik.

4. One of my closest friends might be coming to visit me this summer. I cannot wait.

5. I really want this puzzle that has all the colours in the CMYK spectrum.

6. My next vacation need to include a stop at this hotel that has 50,000 books. (And a gin bar.)

7. This gives me both good and bad flashbacks to being a teenager.

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