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Top Ten Tuesday; Changes In My Reading Life

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It's Tuesday yet again and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was changes in my reading life.
Here's my list; Using Netgalley so I can read lots of fun new releases in English Going down the rabbit hole of cosy mysteries and loving it Being more aware of diversity and trying to read and review some books on my blog in regards to that The last few months I've basically read one book a day I've actually read a few contemporary romances (not quite won over yet, though) The more recent years I've loved doing reading challenges Doing some themed reading some months for the blog
I've considered stopping reviewing ARC's/press copies recently due to the new rules for Norwegian book bloggers (we're supposed to mark reviews with books recieved from publishers as "ads", even if we recieved the book for free)
Realizing that I have 200+ books on my TBR shelves and that should be reason enough to …

Review, The Whistle Stop Canteen by Barb Warner Deane

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the historical novel The Whistle Stop Canteen by Barb Warner Deane through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
A wartime train station encounter changes a lifetime...After losing her fiancé in WW1, Margaret Parker settled into a quiet, lonely life as the town librarian in North Platte, NE. After the US enters WW2, Margaret volunteers as the historian for the Servicemen’s Canteen organized by the women of North Platte. When Captain Tom Carver strolls into the Canteen, he’s immediately drawn to Maggie and works hard to woo her, via letters, as he heads off to war. While reluctantly falling in love long-distance, Maggie also opens her heart to the teen-aged girl she supervises and the townswomen working beside her, while fearing for the lives of the servicemen and women she meets at the Canteen. When Tom springs a surprise on her, and then winds up MIA, Maggie m…

Review; The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the historical novel The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Dorset, 1935. Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.

But when the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…

Present day. Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken.

When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the …

Omtale; Otto Ruge - hærføreren av Tom Kristiansen

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I jakten på norsk faglitteratur, endte jeg opp med å låne Otto Ruge - hærføreren av Tom Kristiansen på biblioteket og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Det tyske angrepet 9. april 1940 skapte kaos i både den politiske og den militære ledelsen i Norge. Under et ampert møte med justisminister Terje Wold 10. april tok kommanderende general Kristian Laake til orde for forhandlinger med tyskerne. Dette ble oppfattet som defaitisme og førte til Laakes avskjed.

Dagen etter ble Otto Ruge utnevnt til ny sjef for landets militærmakt i krig. Stillingen stilte ekstreme krav til militært håndverk og diplomati, og framfor alt til synlig lederskap i et land i bunnløs krise - krav som Ruge oppfylte til gagns. Mot alle odds og tross sviktende bistand fra de allierte lyktes det å holde en overlegen fiende stangen i to måneder. Deretter dro kongen, kronprinsen og regjeringen i eksil, mens general Ruge - frivillig - gikk i krigsfangenskap. Dette er den første biografien over en av no…

Review; Remembering the Dead: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Remembering the Dead: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan through Netgalley. I red it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
In award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan's tenth Penny Brannigan mystery, Welsh amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan attends a dinner party at a posh country house--where a historic chair disappears and a waiter is murdered.

Artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan is dressed to the nines for a formal dinner at a charming country house. After dinner, the guests adjourn to the library for a private exhibition of the Black Chair, a precious piece of Welsh literary history awarded in 1917 to poet Hedd Wyn. But to the guests' shock, the newly restored bardic chair is missing. And then Penny discovers the rain-soaked body of a waiter.

When Penny learns that the victim was the nephew of one of her employees, she is determined to find t…

Omtale; Sauebonden Heida av Steinunn Sigurdardottir

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For noen måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av biografien Sauebonden Heida av Steinunn Sigurdardottir fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Sauebonden Heida, den inspirerende historien om en islandsk sauebonde, har blitt en internasjonal bestselger, og har vunnet både den islandske bokhandlerprisen og Kvinnenes litteraturpris på Island.

Heida er en enslig bonde med en saueflokk som består av fem hundre dyr, i et ugjestmildt område som grenser til Islands høyland. Området er så øde at det blir kalt «Verdens ende». En av de nærmeste naboene er Islands mest beryktede vulkan, Katla. Helt siden folk bosatte seg der for å drive gårdsdrift på 1100-tallet har den med jevne mellomrom drevet Ljótarstadirs innbyggere på flukt. Det er et annerledes gjeterliv, der man må være på vakt mot farer som jordskjelv og isbreer, eller hente de siste sauene ned fra de høyeste fjellsidene med firehjuling før vinterens…

Review; Who Stole the Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister

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Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the picture book Who Stole the Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A new book from the author of the bestselling Rainbow Fish series!

The peace and quiet of the forest are shattered by a scream. Someone has stolen the squirrel’s three hazelnuts! Who could have committed such a terrible crime? The squirrel begins his investigation, and no one is above suspicion.
My Thoughts on the Book This is a charming book that I think kids would enjoy and I loved those whimsical watercolour illustrations.