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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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Watching You (Dead to Me) by Stephen Edger

July 22, 2017 | No comments


What: First book in a new crime series about Detective Kate Matthews, to be published August 17, 2017 by Bookouture.

Setting: Southampton, England

Plot in brief: Detective Kate Matthews, a new transfer to Southampton, is in charge of the investigation of a body found hanging in the remains of a burnt-down warehouse belonging to a well-known criminal.

The good: Sadly, the title and cover was the best things about this crime novel.

The not-so-good: I found the murder case uninteresting and the plot too slow-going, but my main problem is with the main character. I have a fondness for misunderstood, unlikable detectives, but Kate Matthews has not a single redeeming quality and I just disliked her more for every chapter.

Why I read it: The publisher was kind enough to supply me with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:

Conclusion: Not for me.

Edit: When published, the title was changed to Dead to Me.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #92

July 19, 2017 | 10 comments


1. One of my best friends just visited for a 2 week vacation. Among other things, we went on a road-trip around Iceland (with a heavy focus on hot-pots and waterfalls). Photos to come soon.

2. Loving Scars on 45’s cover of Time After Time. Also, I cannot wait for their new album.

3. I’ve done something to my left foot/leg. Pinched nerves, locked muscles, shin splints, and an ankle that feels like it will shatter into a thousand pieces when you put any pressure on it… (Did I mention that fieldwork season is here?)

4. Not being able to go for even short walks is also making me extremely antsy and annoyed.

5. On Monday evening, we went to see Ludovico Einaudi’s concert at Harpa, the concert hall in Reykjavík. It was absolutely amazing. Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

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Reading Recap | June 2017

July 5, 2017 | No comments


I read 20 books in June, of which four were in Swedish (for the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge). The following three were the highlights of the month:

Davidsstjärnor by Kristina Ohlsson ★★★★★
Ebook | 490 pages (Read June 10)
Published in English as “The Chosen”

In the fifth book about investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman and detective Alex Recht of the Stockholm police, the duo investigates three murders (of a pre-school teacher and two young boys) who all have connections to a Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. This book was a true page turner and it reminded me why I love this series. I cannot believe I waited so long to read this one.

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves ★★★★
Audiobook | 11 hours (Read June 10-11)

In the 7th, and last, book in the Shetland series, Inspector Jimmy Perez and his colleagues investigate a case with a dead body found in a small croft house following a landslide. This was a great read, and I’m kind of sad that there won’t be any more books in the series.

The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins ★★★★
Ebook | 328 pages (Read June 17-18)

In the first book about Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane, a serial killer is targeting women who all attended the same support group. It was a great introduction to the series, and I’m looking forward to reading more about this duo.


Thin Air by Ann Cleeves (audio) | Syndafloder by Kristina Ohlsson

The Boys of Everest by Clint Willis (audio) | Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie | Svart fjäril by Anna Jansson | Reported Missing by Sarah Wray | The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland | Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway Stories: Four original short stories by John Taylor | A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain | Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | Blue Monday by Nicci French | The Private Patient by P.D. James (audio) | Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George (audio) | Lärjungen by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt

One Mountain Thousand Summits by Freddie Wilkinson | Into the Water by Paula Hawkins | Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

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6 Degrees of Separation: Picnic at Hanging Rock

July 2, 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 the Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. I haven’t read the book, but being a geologist, Hanging Rock is on my list of places to visit if I ever go to Australia.

Someone that is used to hanging on to rocks is Alex Honnold. In his memoir, Alone on the Wall, he describes a selection of his most astonishing climbing achievements. Honnold is famous for free soloing, which is a type of climbing where you don’t use a rope, partner, or hardware for aid or protection. He is the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3000-foot El Capitan wall and has pushed free soloing far beyond the limits of what anyone thought was possible.

Something most people considers unthinkable is exactly what Aron Ralston was forced to do in 2003. In his memoir, 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, he describes the extreme action he had to take to save himself when he got his hand trapped under an 800-pound boulder while hiking alone in Utah and without anyone knowing where he was or coming to his rescue.

Jack Olsen’s book, The Climb up to Hell, chronicles an amazing rescue attempt of four climbers on The Eiger in the Swiss Alps in 1957.

An amazing rescue attempt is also the focus in Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez. Mendez was the CIA agent who came up with the plan for how to rescue six American hostages from Iran in 1979, after militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran. Even though the 1979 event is the focus of the book, it also chronicles the rest of Mendez’ career and his work as an espionage artist for the Technical Services Division of the CIA.

The same year as I read Argo, I also read Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman. Whitman was the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team and his memoir tells the details behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities all over the world. The book has been described as “a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair” but I actually found it quite slow paced and borderline boring.

Tom Kirk, an international art thief, is the main character in James Twining’s series that starts with The Double Eagle (which has been described as a mixture of James Bond and The Thomas Crown Affair).

This time, my chain took me from the Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock, via numerous non-fiction books, to the thriller The Double Eagle.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Picnic at Hanging Rock, 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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The Present Participle List | June 2017

June 30, 2017 | 2 comments


WATCHING Shadowhunters
LISTENING to Imagine Dragon’s new album
WEARING my new rubber boots
LOVING smoothies for breakfast
KEEPING a food journal again
EATING raspberries
ENJOYING the light
READING Swedish crime novels
PLAYING Mastermind
ORGANIZING my closet
WRITING book reviews
PLANNING an epic road-trip

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #91

June 28, 2017 | One comment


1. Yesterday was filled with sad news. Both the Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist (who, among other things, played Mikael Blomkvist in the original film adaption of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium books) and the British author Michael Bond (who wrote the Paddington Bear books, which I loved as a kid) passed away.

2. One more week until vacation! One of my closest friends is coming to visit and we are planning an epic roadtrip (involving lots of hot pots, beautiful scenery, and good food).

3. This. Especially #2-3 and 12.

4. I’m not the biggest fan of Dracula, but this could be interesting.

5. I splurged and finally bought myself a pair of Ilse Jacobsen rubber boots. They are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever owned (and I suddenly don’t mind the prospect of a rainy summer).

6. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the first book being published: I am 29% Hufflepuff, 29% Gryffindor, 28% Ravenclaw, and 14% Slytherin. What is your Hogwarts House percentage?

7. This Saturday is July 1, which means time for another round of 6 Degrees of Separation. The starting book is the Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. I have not read it, and have absolutely no idea what to use for my first link.

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Top Ten Books of 2017 (so far)

June 27, 2017 | No comments


We are almost halfway through the year, and the top ten books I’ve read so far, not including rereads* (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) are:

1. Davidsstjärnor by Kristina Ohlsson (published in English as The Chosen)
2. Stalker by Lars Kepler
3. Kaninjägaren by Lars Kepler (not yet published in English)
4. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
5. The Ice Queen by Nele Neuhaus
6. The Dead Room by Chris Mooney
7. With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George
8. The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins
9. Den man älskar by Mari Jungstedt (not yet published in English)
10. Dead Simple by Peter James

Which are the best books you have read this year?

*If I included rereads, The Martian by Andy Weir would be 2nd on the list.

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The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins

June 24, 2017 | No comments


What: First book in a new crime series about Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane, to be published August 3, 2017 by Bookouture.

Setting: South Wales

Plot in brief: A serial killer is targeting women from the same support group, and the murders are connected to Chloe Lane’s troubled past.

The good: King and Lane are great characters, although it took me a while to warm up to them, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading a police procedural with two strong female main characters. The mystery is well presented with lots of twists and turns.

The not-so-good: The first half was quite slow with a lot of background information, and borderline too many things going on at the same time. It almost felt like this books was further into the series, rather than the first book.

Why I read it: I loved the cover, and the publisher was kind enough to supply me with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★

Conclusion: I cannot wait for the sequel.

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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #90

June 21, 2017 | 8 comments


1. I’m almost done with project reread Gone With the Wind. I’m not quite enjoying it as much as when I first read it (over 15 years ago). I think I have less patience for Scarlet this time.

2. I highly recommend reading the articles at Humans of New York.

3. This miniature calendar is my absolute favourite instagram account at the moment.

4. Hokulea has returned home.

5. Witty librarians are my heroes.

6. I don’t really have time to watch that much TV at the moment, but I’m making an exception for Shadowhunters and Elementary (I’m now on season 5).

7. I could not resist and spent this month’s Audible credit on Sherlock Holmes: The Definite Collection narrated by Stephen Fry and it is 63 hours long.

8. Only 2 weeks left until my summer vacation. One of my best friends is coming to visit, and I’m planning to show her all my favourite places in Iceland (and hopefully discover some new ones).

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