Monday, 31 December 2018

Challenges I've Participated In This Year

As it is the last day of 2018 I decided it was probably time to do a wrap up post for all the challenges I've participated in this year. As usual, I overestimated a bit on how many challenges I would manage to participate in, so I didn't accomplish the goals in all of them. Regardless, I still had a fun reading year and here's my lists.

Foodies Reads
Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey
The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder
Poké! fargerik gatemat fra Hawaii av Oskar Sellin og Helle Øder Valebrokk
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle (The Cosy Teashop #1) by Caroline Roberts
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss
Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery) by Vivien Chien
Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch
Food Wars! Vol. 2 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki
Food Wars! Volume 3 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki
Bake for Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli
The Street Food Secret: The World’s Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern
Viltkokeboka - enkle og fristende oppskrifter av Anders Levén
Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
Death by Eggnog (Bookstore Cafe Mystery #5) by Alex Erickson
Farmor si oppskrift - julemat og tradisjoner av Ingrid Sandvik
Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan
Frida's Fiestas by Marie-Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera and others

Back to the Classics
Woman Author; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Classic with a colour in the title; The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Cloak and Dagger Mystery Challenge
Geeks and Things by Sarah Biglow
Svarthuset av Peter May
Ved elven av John Hart
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart
Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen
The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson
The Baby On The Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis
The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River (Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter) by C.A. Verstraete
Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S. Alderson
Frankly Speaking by Don Massenzio
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss
Midnattspiker av Jonas Moström
Irène (Camille Verhœven #1) by Pierre Lemaitre
Forsvinningen av Frode Granhus
Coffin Road by Peter May
Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo
Møt meg i paradis by Heine Bakkeid
The Secret by Katherina Diamond
Blid er sommarnatta by Jógvan Isaksen
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
A Murder to Die For by Stevyn Colgan
Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery) by Vivien Chien
Gutten som elsket rådyr av Samuel Bjørk
Med mine øyne av Sheena Kamal
Lucifers fall - et Falkener og Wilberg-mysterium av Jan Boris Stene
The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Høstlandskap i Havana av Leonardo Padura
You by Caroline Kepnes
Mørkets testamente av John Hart
Korset av Ingar Johnsrud
Ravnens time av Roar Ræstad
Barføtt over isen av Ingebjørg Berg Holm
Et dødelig mørke av Stuart MacBride
One Blood by Graeme Kent
Anestesi av Henrik Fram
Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
Death by Eggnog (Bookstore Cafe Mystery #5) by Alex Erickson
Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis
Purring Around the Christmas Tree by Liz Mugavero
Thread the Halls by Lea Wait
A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton

Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge
  1. Scotland; Svarthuset av Peter May
  2. United States; Togdrømmer av Denis Johnson
  3. England; The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen
  4. Germany; Det litterære apotek by Nina George
  5. Denmark; The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen
  6. Italy; Circles of Hell by Dante
  7. Norway; Fangene som forsvant - NSB og slavearbeiderne på Nordlandsbanen av Bjørn Westlie
  8. Nigeria; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  9. Syria; Kjære verden - en syrisk jentes historie om krig og bønn for fred av Bana Alabed
  10. Sweden; Midnattspiker av Jonas Moström
  11. Latvia; Latviske vottar by Maruta Grasmane
  12. Angola; The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa
  13. Greenland; Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo
  14. Faroe Islands; Blid er sommarnatta by Jógvan Isaksen
  15. Japan; Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
  16. Chile; Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
  17. Indonesia; The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  18. South Africa; Menssmerter av Kopano Matlwa
  19. Iran; Persepolis - The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  20. Cuba; Høstlandskap i Havana av Leonardo Padura
  21. Argentina; The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
  22. Guatemala; Den polske bokseren av Eduardo Halfon
  23. Ghana; Faceless by Amma Darko
  24. Solomon Islands; One Blood by Graeme Kent
  25. Mexico; Frida's Fiestas by Marie-Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera and others
Library Love Challenge
  1. Svarthuset av Peter May
  2. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  4. Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo
  5. Heavy Metal And You by Christopher Krovatin
  6. Blid er sommarnatta by Jógvan Isaksen
  7. The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa
  8. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  9. Korset av Ingar Johnsrud
Platypire Diversity Challenge
January; Bi-Racial Awareness Month
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

February; Black History Month
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

March; Women's History Month
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
F-ordet 155 grunner til å være feminist av Marta Breen, Madeleine Schultz og Jenny Jordahl
Såpass må du tåle - sex, krenkelser og offentlig debatt av Heidi Helene Sveen

April; Arab Heritage Month
Kjære verden - en syrisk jentes historie om krig og bønn for fred av Bana Alabed

June and July; LGBT Pride Summer
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager and Mike Blanc (illustrator)
My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerrick
Finna kyrkjedøra i meg av Per Helge Genberg

August; Mental Health Awareness
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Archer

September; Hispanic History Month
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
Puerto Rico Strong edited by Hazel Newlevant

December; Religious Minorities
Super Sikh #2 by Eileen Kaur Alden

Various
En muslimsk mors kamp av Azra Gilani og Maria Gilani
Persepolis - The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
Barføtt over isen av Ingebjørg Berg Holm
Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery) by Vivien Chien

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Monthly Summary; December 2018

December is almost over, which means it's time to write a monthly summary of the books I've read this month in addition to my book haul. Even though I'm a book dragon, I ended up recieving just one book for Christmas, believe it or not. Nevertheless, I've both read and got my hands on a variety of books this month.

Books I've Read
Reisen til jordas indre by Jules Verne
En dag i desember by Josie Silver
Boken - en hyllest by Burkhard Spinnen
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
De døde by Christian Kracht
Kuk og hjarta by Heidi-Anett Haugen
Smadra by Brynjulf Jung Tjønn
Kvinnen som ble saget i to by Kari Slaatsveen
Bernard banker på by Ellen Mari Thelle
Djeveldansen by Tore Aurstad and Carina Westberg

Book Haul
Kvinnen som ble saget i to by Kari Slaatsveen (press copy from the publisher)
O jul med din glede - julens fineste fortellinger by Trude Monssen (press copy from the publisher)
Jeg vet ikke helt hva det er by Silje Bergum Kinsten (press copy from the publisher)
Smadra by Brynjulf Jung Tjønn (press copy from the publisher)
Bernard banker på by Ellen Mari Thelle (press copy from the publisher)
Kuk og hjarta by Heidi-Anett Haugen (press copy from the publisher)
Jeg tror fortsatt Proust tar feil om oss by Olav Løkken Reisop (press copy from the publisher)
Hvis by Tine-Jarmila Sir (press copy from the publisher)
The Firefly by Nancy Gray (press copy through Lola's Blog Tours)
Here Walk the Dead by Brynn Chapman (press copy through Prism Book Tours)
Tak over Teheran by Mahbod Seraji (purchased)
Fremmedordbok for kjærester by Xiaolu Guo (purchased)
Det høyeste vesen by Madame Nielsen (purchased)
Gatemagasinet Asfalt: Middag 2018 (Christmas gift)
Agathe by Anne Cathrine Bomann (press copy from the publisher)
Livet i Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant (purchased)
Vox by Christina Dalcher (purchased)

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Book Tag Saturday; Ringing in the New Year Book Tag


Last year I came across the Ringing in the New Year Book Tag over at Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest, but I was a bit too late in writing a post at the time. The tag was created by Bookmark Chronicles.

First off, the rules.
  1. Link to the person who tagged you (that would be Kristin @ Lukten av trykksverte)
  2. Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles).
  3. Share the tag image (it’s up there at the top of the post if you need it).
  4. Answer the questions below.
  5. Tag friends (or not).
Now, over to the fun part - the questions.

Q1 – Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2018?
I read so many good books this year, but three of my favourites were Coffin Road by Peter May, A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland and The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo.

Q2 – Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year?
I discovered Peter May this year and I want to read more of his books.

Q3 – Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?
I know that A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland is in pre-production at the moment and I really look forward to the movie adaption of this novel.

Q4 – Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one).
Feel free to laugh at this one, but I'm struggling between Mr. Darcy and Hercule Poirot.

Q5 – What’s on your TBR for 2019 (5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list)?
My TBR for 2019 is still a work in progress until December next year, but some of the books I've considered reading for the Diversity Reading Challenge I'm hosting are;
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
  • A Place Called Milagro de la Paz by Manilo Argueta
  • Mother to Mother by Sinduwe Magona
  • The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
  • The Dog Who Dared To Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang
Q6 – How many books do you hope to read in 2019?
Well, as I read over 120 books this year, I'm aiming for the same number in 2019.

Q7 – Will you be particpating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Down the TBR Hole, etc)?
I'm planning on doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge again, but apart from that I haven't quite decided on what other challenges I want to participate in. There's so many fun and interesting ones, it's sometimes hard to pick.

Q8 – Any New Year’s Resolutions (bookish, blogging /vlogging, or otherwise)?
Read at least 120 books and host Diversity Reading Challenge.

I'm not going to tag anyone, but rather make it free for all.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Book Blogger Hop; Books as Christmas Gifts

It's the last Friday of the year, which means it's the last Book Blogger Hop of the year, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Suitably, the question of the week was "Do you get any books for Christmas? If so, name the titles."
It happens from time to time that I get books as Christmas gifts. This year I recieved a cookbook called Asfalt: Middag.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; The Ghost Had An Early Checkout by Josh Lanyon


The Ghost Had an Early Checkout
Sequel to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks
by Josh Lanyon
Genre: LGBT Mystery

To live and draw in L.A.


Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won't You Die, My Darling?

Horace owns the famous, but now run-down, Hollywood hotel Angels Rest, rumored to be haunted. But as far as Perry can tell, the scariest thing about Angels Rest is the cast of crazy tenants--one of whom seems determined to bring down the final curtain on Horace--and anyone else who gets in the way.







The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks
by Josh Lanyon

His romantic weekend in ruins, shy twenty-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat -- and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont? Perry turns to help from "tall, dark and hostile" former navy SEAL Nick Reno -- but is Reno all that he seems?





Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance. 


Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the first M/M title to be published in print. In 2016 Fatal Shadows placed #5 in Japan's annual Boy Love novel list (the first and only title by a foreign author to place). The Adrien English Series was awarded All Time Favorite Male/Male Series in the 2nd Annual contest held by the 20,000+ Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads M/M Hall of Fame award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.





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Review; Super Sikh #2 by Eileen Kaur Alden

I recieved an ARC of Super Sikh #2 by Eileen Kaur Alden in exchange for an honest review. I thought it fitted in nicely with Platypire Diversity Challenge, so I'll post the review today.

Description from Goodreads
Super Sikh is a secret agent who loves Elvis and hates bad guys. In this issue Super Sikh begins his U.S. adventure in a holding cell, makes a new American friend, and the Group X gang launches their evil plot against him.

My Thoughts on the Comic
What I did like about Super Sikh was the fact that Deep Singh is a non-white religious minority, which is not too often portrayed as the protagonist of a comic. What I did find a bit annoying is the over-used trope of "us versus them", which in this case was both good vs bad, but also sikhs vs muslims. But if you want some quick entertainment in a comic with a religious minority, feel free to pick it up.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Review; Frida's Fiestas by Marie-Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera and others

As part of both Foodies Read Challenge and Literary Voyage Around the World (Mexico), I ended up reading Frida's Fiestas by Marie-Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera and others. Today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
In the tradition of the best-selling Monet's Table, Frida's Fiestas is a personal account in words and pictures of many important and happy events in the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and a scrapbook, assembled by her stepdaughter, of recipes for more than 100 dishes that Frida served to family and friends with her characteristic enthusiasm for all the pleasures of life. Full-color photographs.

My Thoughts on the Book
It was fun and interesting going through the pages, as Frida Kahlo is a pretty iconic artist. One can learn a lot about a country and a person when it comes to food and one does so in this book. If one is interested in either art or food, feel free to pick up Frida's Fiestas.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Hoped To Find Under The Christmas Tree Yesterday Evening, But Didn't

Merry Christmas everyone. It's time for the last Top Ten Tuesday post of the year, thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was "books I hope to find under the Christmas tree this morning", but as the "big day" in Norway is Christmas Eve, I had to twist this week's theme a bit.

My picks are;

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc

Symmetry Breakfast by Michael Zee

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

Dracula, My Love by Syrie James

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Monday, 24 December 2018

Review, A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton

It's time for the last review of a Christmas-inspired book. Today I'm writing about A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton, which I read earlier this month.

Description from Goodreads
Christmas is an ancient Roman festival, not to be celebrated by decent folk in the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has always loved the festivities, but this year his family is vacationing in sunny Florida. He is stuck with the long, lonely Christmas shift in freezing Lochdubh. A cranky old lady kicks off the holidays by reporting her cat missing. Then the Christmas lights and tree in a nearby village disappear soon after the local council voted to allow decorations. As Hamish finds a way to bring Christmas to the Highlands and make a little girl's dreams come true, he finds -- to his delight -- that he has the best Christmas ever.

My Thoughts on the Book
It's a light and charming read, especially if one has a weak spot for anything related to Scotland. It's almost like I envision in my head some of the rather odd villagers.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Omtale; En dag i desember av Josie Silver

For et par måneder siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen En dag i desember av Josie Silver fra forlaget og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Laurie er temmelig sikker på at kjærlighet ved første blikk ikke forekommer i virkeligheten. Det er bare på film slikt skjer, ikke sant? Men så, gjennom en duggete bussrute en snøfylt desemberdag, ser hun mannen hun instinktivt skjønner er "Den ene". Øynene deres møtes og det oppstår et øyeblikk av ren magi før bussen hennes kjører ut fra holdeplassen igjen. Laurie tror ikke hun noen sinne vil se mannen igjen. Men på julefesten deres året etter, blir hun presentert for bestevenninnens nye kjæreste. Og der står han, selvfølgelig, mannen hun så fra bussen. Jack. Laurie er bestemt på at det ikke kan bli de to. Men hva om skjebnen har andre planer? Hva om en dag i desember faktisk kom til å endre alt? En dag i desember er den hjertevarmende og intenst rørende kjærlighetshistorien du har ventet på og ønsker å forsvinne inn i for alltid. Josie Silver er en uforbederlig romantiker og er stolt over det! Hun møtte sin fremtidige ektemann da hun tråkket på foten hans på 21-årsdagen hans. Hun bor sammen med ham, deres to barn og en katt i en liten by i Midlands-regionen i Storbritannia.

Mine tanker om  boka
Selv om boka tidvis er bittelitt klisjéaktig, er den allikevel sjarmerende og underholdende lesing med feelgood følelse og humor. Det er ikke alltid en trenger å lese tunge bøker, av og til er det temmelig greit med de lett fordøyelige også.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Starla's Christmas Conundrum by Carol E. Keen



Starla's Christmas Conundrum
by Carol E. Keen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Clean Romance

In the greatest conflict of her life, can she figure out who to trust?
Starla Devaroux is at the peak of her music career. Life as a popular Christian music artist is good. This Christmas she finds herself at the crossroads of several life-altering choices. It's quite a conundrum; the path she takes this time will not only define her future but alter the lives of others as well.

"The main characters were very likable, I could really put myself in Starla's shoes."

"It was charming and romantic, and I want to marry Mason, lol."


**Only .99 cents!!**


Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses.


She is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.





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Book Tag Saturday; My Life in Books - 2018 Edition

I discovered the My Life in Books tag over at Books and Me!. As the year is soon over, I decided to play along. The rules are pretty easy, answer using only books you've read this year.

Here's my answers, books read in 2018 style.
In high school I was: The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson
People might be surprised (by): The Haunting of Dr. Bowen by C. A. Verstraete
I will never be: The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Norbo
My fantasy job is: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
At the end of a long day I need: Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin
I hate it when: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Wish I had: You by Caroline Kepnes
My family reunions are: Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
At a party you’d find me with: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve never been to: The Blackhouse by Peter May
A happy day includes: The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts
Motto I live by: A Murder to Die For by Stevyn Colgan
On my bucket list is: The Street Food Secret by Kenny McGovern
In my next life, I want to have: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Friday, 21 December 2018

Book Blogger Hop; Book Club and Book Exchange

It's Friday, which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Does your book club have a book exchange for the holidays or any other time during the year? If you don't belong to a book club, do you think that would be something fun to do?".
I've honestly never belonged to a book club, but I do like the concept of a book exchange.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Omtale; Hjemmelaget jul - pynt, bakst, godteri, gaver av Miia Seppäla

For en liten stund siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av boka Hjemmelaget jul - pynt, bakst, godteri, gaver av Miia Seppäla fra forlaget og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Dette er boka for alle som elsker å lage ting til jul. Her får du en rekke oppskrifter på julekaker, kjeks og godteri, klassiske og moderne. Du får også oppskrifter på juletrepynt, kranser og andre dekorasjoner, fuglemat, samt tips til lekker og personlig innpakning. Varierte og hyggelige juleaktiviteter for hele familien!

Mine tanker om boka
Hjemmelaget jul er en bok med et vidt spekter av ideer til blant annet julepynt, men personlig syntes jeg det kunne vært enda flere ideer i selve boka (det kan hende at jeg er litt vel bortskjemt med Pinterest hvor et enkelt søk kan gi flere hundre ideer). Uansett så er boka en grei innfallsvinkel til litt nordisk-inspirert jul og en får i hvert fall inspirasjon, samt juleglede av å lese den.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Omtale; Adventstid - med aktiviteter i kalenderen for hele familien av Sonia Anita Jensen

Siden jeg har omtalt og skal omtale en bunke med julebøker nå i desember, tenkte jeg at det kunne være passende at jeg omtalte Adventstid - med aktiviteter i kalenderen for hele familien av Sonia Anita Jensen. Boka var jeg forøvrig såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt som leseeksemplar fra forlaget for en liten stund siden.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I en tid der vi kan kjøpe det meste for penger, trenger vi å bli minnet på gleden ved jula og verdien i adventstidens forventning og spenning. Adventstid. Med aktiviteter i kalenderen er en inspirasjonsbok for småbarnsforeldre som ønsker et alternativ til pakkekalenderen, og som gjerne vil skape rom for samvær og kos med barna i dagene frem mot jul. Boken er fylt med ideer til hyggelige opplevelser for hele familien og prosjekter som kan gjøres både ute og inne. Her er det baking og bading, tradisjon og nyskaping, håndarbeid, stjernetitting og ekspedisjoner i Hundremeterskogen. Her finner dere opplevelser for store og små og forslag til elleville og morsomme påfunn som kan snu en travel tid bitte litte grann på hodet. Boken gjør det lett å lage egne juletradisjoner og samtidig forankre dem i tradisjon og kulturarv. Adventstid. Med aktiviteter i kalenderen er rikt illustrert og oversiktlig, med forslag til aktiviteter både til de dagene som er travle og til dem med bedre tid.

Mine tanker om boka
Som nevnt i beskrivelsen av boka, er den lett oversiktlig og oppdelt slik at en kan finne ting for både travle dager og dager med bedre tid, noe som er temmelig hendig. Selv om jeg ikke har unger selv, er det mange ting som jeg vil tro unger vil ha sans for, og enkelte aktiviteter kan nok også tilpasses vokse (jeg kan da ikke være den eneste voksne personen som liker å bake julekaker, samt leke med tanken på å hogge mitt eget juletre). Boka har definitivt sin sjarm og hvis en er på jakt etter en "motgift" til alt kjøpepresset før jul, kan boka anbefales.

PS. Hvis noen er ble inspirert til å hogge sitt eget juletre, kan en sjekke ut denne siden for å finne plasser en kan gjøre det.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Winter 2018 TBR

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme of the week was Winter 2018 TBR. My list is basically my TBR for Late-a-thon, a readathon hosted in January, which suits me well in terms of kickstarting the 2019 Blogger Shame Challenge. I've planned to participate in both, as it gives me a proper kick in the rear in terms of reading some of all the press copies I've got.

My picks are;
Effekten av måneskinn på nyfallen snø by Tove Braathen

Mischling by Affinity Koar

Vi som er annerledes by Veselin Markovic

Trikset by Emanuel Bergmann

Håpet by Mich Vraa

De tapte barna by Rosanna Ley

Kjærlighetens magiske regler by Alice Hoffman

Ingenlund - Morrigans forbannelse by Jessica Townsend

Klokkemakerens datter by Kate Morton

Tre kvinner av Mari Ann Augestad

Monday, 17 December 2018

Review; Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

I am not going to deny that I've got a weak spot for cosy mysteries. Recently I've read Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Who better than food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell to book a caterer for the Island Times holiday party? But Hayley's quest for a cook turns into the pursuit of a killer who caters to no one. . .

Office Christmas parties can sometimes mean career suicide--but they rarely lead to murder. Hayley thought Garth Rawlings would be the perfect caterer for this year's bash, but when the gourmet sees her budget, he goes galloping.

Unfortunately his run is short-lived. Garth is found dead on the floor of his kitchen, with his delectable creations burning in the oven. Faced with a spread of suspects, Hayley is determined to discover who would want to take out the Christmas caterer, because--no matter what the season--justice must be served. . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

My Thoughts on the Book
It was a fun read, even though I at times got a bit frustrated with some of the characters. Like, at the Christmas office party, where at one point a co-worker forces himself on Haley while inebriated. She later says, "we all do things we didn't mean when under the influence. No one will even remember this in two weeks." How on Earth can one justify such a comment in this era? Seriously?

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Review; Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Just to have a bit of variation in the Christmas books, I decided to read the picture book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring . . .

This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate and funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.

My Thoughts On the Book
It was a sweet and heartwarming read that easily can introduce a bit of Mexican culture to kids.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Review; Purring Around the Christmas Tree by Liz Mugavero

As it is December, it's time for another review of a Christmas-related book. Today I'll review the cosy mystery Purring Around the Christmas Tree by Liz Mugavero.

Description from Goodreads
In the New England town of Frog's Ledge, the Holiday Light Festival is a Christmas tradition. Killing Santa is not. To bring joy back to the season, organic pet patisserie owner Kristan "Stan" Connor will have to find another Santa before it's too late . . .

To the townspeople's delight, the annual lighting of the tree is a spectacular success. Unfortunately, Santa pulled up in his sleigh, DOA. At first Stan is sure it's Seamus, her boyfriend's uncle, inside the red suit. But the victim turns out to be an employee from the town's Christmas tree farm. Rumor has it the deceased was a mean drunk with a soft spot for feral cats. Stan has no idea why he was dressed as St. Nick--or why he's dead.

Meanwhile, Seamus, a jolly Irishman who comes to America every December to visit his pub-owner nephew, is nowhere to be found. Could he just be off on a Boston bar crawl? Or is something more sinister under the tree? Seamus was supposed to be dressing up and posing for pet pictures with Santa at the shop, but the dogs and cats might have to find another lap to curl up in if Stan doesn't solve two mysteries soon. Or murder might be the only thing under the mistletoe this holiday . . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

My Thoughts on the Book
It's an entertaining read that's well written and paced, in addition to some interesting secondary characters. What frustrated me a tad bit was that it seemed like Stan was more focused on solving the crime, rather than her job (even though I know this is a mystery novel). On the bright side, I enjoyed the book overall.