Monday, 24 September 2018

Omtale; Catfulness kattens oppskrift på et lykkelig liv av Paolo Valentino

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For en liten stund side fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av boka Catfulness kattens oppskrift på et lykkelig liv av Paolo Valentino fra forlaget, og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Katten behersker kunsten å leve bevisst, og har alltid gjort det. I "Catfulness" byr katten på et syv ukers mindfulness-program for mennesker, illustrert med en rekke sjarmerende fotografier fra dens lykksalige hverdag. Denne inspirerende og bedårende lille boken er blitt en internasjonal bestselger. 

"Tiden du tilbringer i selskap med en katt, er aldri bortkastet." Sigmund Freud 

Mennesker elsker å skape problemer for seg selv. Jeg ser det hver eneste dag, og det samme gjør alle mine kattevenner. En av menneskets favorittsysler er å finne på mer å sysle med. De er alltid på jakt etter noe annet, som om livet de har ikke er nok. De sier at de leter etter lykke, men vet de hva lykke er? 


Heldigvis finnes vi katter. Vi behersker kunsten å leve - vi spiser når vi er sultne, drikker når vi er tørste, sover når vi er trøtte. Vi behøver ikke tilfredsstille noen andre enn oss selv, og derfor gjør vi alle rundt oss lykkeligere. Vi har lært oss tålmodighet av å vente i timevis foran et musehull. 


Meditasjon er for oss å stirre på et akvarium. Vi vet hva som er det gode liv. I denne boken tilbyr vi et syv ukers mindfulness-program for mennesker. Ved hjelp av enkle råd vil du lære å slå deg til ro med hverdagslivet, leve i øyeblikket, la deg overraske over undrene som omgir deg og skjønnheten i livet. Lær deg å leve livet slik vi gjør - da vil verden bli et fredeligere og lykkeligere sted. 

"En illustrert veiviser i jakten på lykke, som du kan oppnå på bare syv uker ved å følge rådene til vår læremester katten." Cosmopolitan


Mine tanker om boka
En kan kanskje ta det som står i denne boka med en liten klype salt, men jeg vil tro at det er flere katte-elskere som vil bli sjarmert av den, samtidig som de potensielt vil humre/le litt innimellom når en leser noe en kjenner litt igjen fra de firbeinte vennene.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Review; Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch

Feel free to laugh as I am fully capable of switching from writing reviews on feminist essays to cookbooks. One can be a feminist and still enjoy cooking - it's not mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, today I'll post my review of Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch.

Description from Goodreads
Fall not only brings beautiful leaves, warm cider and hayrides in the country...it also brings busy back-to-school nights, get-togethers and the cherished Thanksgiving dinner. What a perfect season to put your slow cooker to work, and what better cookbook to use than Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites? From breakfast to soups, dinners to desserts, Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites has the hearty slow-cooker recipe that you're looking for. Start the day of apple-picking off right with a hearty breakfast like Cranberry Bread Pudding, Breezy Brunch Florentine or Banana-Walnut Oatmeal. Invite family & friends over to watch the big game and munch on Spinach Queso Dip and Honey-Garlic Meatballs. Whip up some Cuban-Style Pork roast with a side of Mushroom & Parsley Stuffing or Veggie Fettuccine Alfredo. Be sure to top it all off with a big slice of White-Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake. Plus, there's an entire chapter dedicated to those warm, nostalgic memories of autumns past...sure to get you in the spirit of the season. So sit back, relax and let your slow cooker do the work while you enjoy the best that fall has to offer.

My Thoughts On The Book
It's a really sweet cookbook subdivided into themes like breakfast and brunches, soups, mains, and desserts. There's also really cute illustrations and the recipes themselves are pretty straight forward and easy to follow with an autumn-feel to them. The book tempts me so much that I really want to try several of the recipes, especially since I have a "thing" for autumn.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Omtale; Med mine øyne av Sheena Kamal

For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Med mine øyne av Sheena Kamal fra forlaget. Siden den passet inn i Cloak and Dagger Mystery Challenge, har jeg nå lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Hun trodde hun hadde lagt fortiden bak seg. Men hun tok feil.

En natt får Nora Watts en telefonsamtale som bringer fortiden tilbake i livet hennes. Datteren hun adopterte bort for 15 år siden, er forsvunnet. Ettersom Bonnie har rømt hjemmefra flere ganger før, tar ikke politiet forsvinningen på alvor. Nora er nå adoptivforeldrenes siste, desperate håp.

Etter å ha vokst opp i fosterhjem, og med en fortid preget av vold og smerte, vet Nora hva som kan skje med forsvarsløse jenter på gata. Hun har kjempet hardt for å legge det gamle livet bak seg. Motvillig begynner hun likevel å lete etter Bonnie. Med hunden som eneste selskap begir hun seg ut i regnvåte gater, vel vitende om at hun kommer til å åpne sår som aldri har grodd.

Gravingen hennes avdekker konspirasjoner, bedrageri og vold, og leder henne inn i et farlig spill. Til slutt støter hun på det hun frykter aller mest. Alt for å redde et barn hun aldri ville ha, men som har arvet de svarte øynene hennes.

Mine tanker om boka
Med mine øyne er en altoppslukende og fengslende bok som det er vanskelig å legge fra seg. Selv om Nora er langt fra perfekt, heier en allikevel på henne og håper på at alt skal ordne seg.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Cover Reveal; When Stars Come Out by Scarlett St. Clair


When Stars Come Out
Scarlett St. Clair
Publication date: October 31st 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth–and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.


Author Bio:
Scarlett St. Clair is a red-hot writer who writes stories for naughty women like her. Whether you're hiding beneath the sheets reading her stories or acting those fantasies out, she has something for you. She writes stories that combine emotional sparks with pleasure and pain, often focusing on the powerplay present in relationships - but that isn't all she likes to write! She dabbles in a little bit of everything sexy, and it can all be found on her author page.
When she isn't teasing the masses with hot smut, Scarlett is a student fantasizing about what it'd be like to have such hot professors. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and watching Netflix, but that usually isn't as dirty! Sign up for Scarlett's mailing list here to receive exclusive writing, information on upcoming stories, and other goodies: http://eepurl.com/bLf8nP

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Book Blogger Hop; One Book at the Time or Several?

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?".
Personally, I usually stick to reading one book at the time, just so I don't confuse the various book plots or forget anything, but if I get an ARC or a press copy with a quick reading/blog post deadline, I might switch things up a bit.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Review; Love Spell by Mia Kerick

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours, I got the chance to read Love Spell by Mia Kerick and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity—or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy”—remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the local Beans and Greens Farm’s annual fall celebration, serenaded by the enthusiastic catcalls of his BFF, Emily Benson.

Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible—except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. Chance wants to be noticed and admired and romantically embraced by Jazz, in all of his neon-orange-haired glory.

And so at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance and Jazz fall under the fickle spell of love?'

My Thoughts On The Book
I had a good laugh at times while reading this novel, especially because of Chance. I also liked that Chance and Jazz was the polar opposites - Chance being a bit OTP flamboyant at times and Jazz being slightly more down to earth, nice and a bit immune to high school theatrics. The really big bonus of this book was that it tackles issues such as gender identity and learning how to be true to oneself as there is no such thing as "one size - fits all".