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Friday Face Off; "...The Children of the Night. What Music They Make."

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It's Friday and time for another Friday Face Off, thanks to Lynn's Book Blog and the theme of the week was a cover with a vampire. For that prompt, I chose Vampyrrhic by Simon Clark.




Even though they're all creepy, I prefer the first one.

Book Blogger Hop; Time Travel and First Editions

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It's Friday yet again and time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?".
Book Blogger Hop In honestly doubt that anyone who knows me well enough would be surprised if I said Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Monthly Summary; November 2018

November is almost over and I think it's probably time for the monthly summary. I've managed to read some books this month, even though it wasn't as many as I wanted because of a small renovation of my flat due to a minor water leak (yay, not). Nevertheless, here's the lists of what I've read and my book haul for this month.

Books I've Read
Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis
Purring Aroud the Christmas Tree by Liz Mugavero
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Hjemmelaget jul - pynt, bakst, godteri, gaver by Miia Seppäla
Sykt enkelt by Mari Hult
Det jeg skulle ha sagt: Håndbok mot seksualisert trakassering by Anja Sletteland and Hannah Helseth
Den lille kafeen i Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Frida's Fiestas by Guadalupe Rivera and others

Book Haul
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (free, thanks to the bonus card Norli has with buy 9 English paperbacks, get 1 free)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (through Blind Date with a Book Club)
A Highland Christma…

Review; Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Considering that I've heard a lot about Caraval by Stephanie Garber, I ended up borrowing it at the library a while ago and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborat…

Top Ten Tuesday; Platonic Relationships in Books

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was platonic relationships in books (friendships, parent/kid, family, etc).
My picks are;
Harry, Hermione and Ron from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (though I should mention Dumbledore as well)
Weetzie Bat and Dirk from the Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block
Lin and Rufus from The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
Charlie and his grandfather from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The elder artist and her granddaughter in The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny from The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Arabella Holmes and Dr. Watson, plus the father/daughter relationship with her father Sherlock Holmes in Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman
Karou and Zuzana in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
Ruthie and Alice (daugher/mother) in The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Kimmy and her grandmother in Gran…

Omtale; Viltkokeboka - enkle og fristende oppskrifter av Anders Levén

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For et par måneder siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av kokeboka Viltkokeboka - enkle og fristende oppskrifter av Anders Levén fra forlaget, og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Følelsen av å tilberede vilt som du har felt selv er vanskelig å slå. Selv om du ikke jakter selv, er råvarer fra våre skoger og marker det beste grunnlaget for et godt måltid. Her finner du retter med forskjellige stykningsdeler av viltet, og i de fleste oppskriftene kan du benytte akkurat det viltet som du har tilgang til: elg, hjort, rådyr, hare, villsvin, osv. Klassiske nordiske smakstilsetninger blandes med inspirasjon fra hele verden. Ikke gå glipp av den sørafrikanske bobotien med kvernet kjøtt av elgkalv, shish kebab med flatbiff av elg, karrigryte med elgstek eller chili med kvernet elgbog. Eller hva med godt krydrete hjemmelagde pølser, en saftig burger eller pizza med tynne skiver av elgbiff? Retter som både jaktlaget og familien kommer til å elske! Ander…

Review; The Street Food Secret: The World’s Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern

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I'm not going to deny that I have a weak spot for interesting cook books. When I came across The Street Food Secret: The World’s Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern I couldn't resist and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Celebrating classic dishes enjoyed every day by generations of people the world over, as well as more modern fusion food creations, this book is packed full of exiting recipes ideal for sharing with friends and family. Following the success of his previous two books, author Kenny McGovern has ventured abroad and developed his repertoire of global fast food, becoming particularly interested in street food - an interest increasingly shared by the UK's foodies whose own travel experiences in places such as Mumbai, Marrakesh and Malaysia have fuelled a rise in authentic ethnic dishes such as Mediterranean kebabs, tacos and wraps, halloumi, satay and jalapenos.

My Thoughts on the Book Apart from the fact that thi…

Book Tag Saturday; The Birthday Book Tag

I came across The Birthday Book Tag at Heather's Reading Hideaway, and the original can  be found here. As it is my birthday today (I've turned 30, yikes), I decided I wanted to play along.
Here's my answers.
1. Birthday Cake - A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

2. Party Guests - Your most anticipated book release for this year.
The year is almost over, but I'm keen on reading Blood Communion by Anne Rice.

3. Birthday Presents - A book that surprised you with how much you love it.
Germinal by Émile Zola.

4. "Happy Birthday" Song - A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got. Can I mention a trilogy instead? If so, I want to answer Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

5. Happy Music - A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.
I'll make it easy for myself and answer Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur.

6. Getting Older - A book that you read a long time ago, but you think …

Review; Bake for Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli

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As part of the Foodies Read Challenge, I ended up reading the Bake for Syria Recipe Book by Lily Vanilli and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
#BakeForSyria started as an offshoot of the very successful #CookForSyria campaign by Lily Vanilli. This special edition cookbook will raise additional awareness and funds for the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with all profits going to UNICEF’s Syria Relief Fund. This book is an amalgamation of stories and traditions around Syrian food from Syrian nationals and recipes from the restaurants, contributors and chefs headlining the #BakeForSyria campaign.
My Thoughts on the Book Not only does this book have great photographs and a great variety of recipes, it also raise awareness on the crisis in Syria in addition to raise funds for UNICEF's Syria Relief Fund. It's a great selection of both traditional Syrian recipes and modern recipes inspired by Syrian food, with the added touch of the comments fro…

Omtale; Forvandlinga av Kathrine Nedrejord

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For en liten stund tilbake fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Forvandlinga av Kathrine Nedrejord fra forlaget og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Hva er det hun ikke orker. Å snakke. Å bruke ord. Å være menneske. Å være voldtatt".

"Forvandlinga" er en roman om å vende tilbake til hverdagen etter en overfallsvoldtekt. K. er en ung norsk forfatter bosatt i Paris. Etter overfallet til-bringer hun noen måneder i Oslo, omgitt av nære venner og familie, før hun returnerer til Paris og forsøker å leve normalt.

K. har ofte valgt annerledes, drevet av åpenhet og eventyrlyst. Hun har reist mye aleine, møtt nye mennesker, lært seg språk. Hun tenker på livet sitt på samme måte som fortellingene hun skriver: Det er hun selv som driver hendelsene fremover og gir mening til det som skjer. Men det brutale overfallet er en hendelse hun ikke selv har valgt, det skriver henne inn i en historie hun ikke ønsker å være en del av, i et språk hun ikke ønsker å br…

Omtale; Svartstilla av Susanne Skogstad

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For en liten stund siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseekemplar av debutromanen Svartstilla av Susanne Skogstad fra det nyoppstartede forlaget Gloria Forlag og i dag kommer omtalen av romanen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I Svartstilla har den unge forfattaren valt den gamle kvinnas perspektiv for å skrive om kjærleik, einsemd og om lengsel etter å høyre til. Gjennom den gamle kvinnas sorg får lesaren innblikk i ei uendeleg sterk forteljing om stor kjærleik - og om den stilna som oppstår når eit liv brått tek slutt.

I det store minnearbeidet ho står ovanfor ser den gamle kvinna tilbake på seg sjølv som ung kvinne. Korleis ho elska han som er borte. Gjennom denne erindringa skildrar forfatteren eit liv og ein familie mange kan kjenne seg att i. Skarpt og presist teiknar ho opp eit menneskeliv med all den sårheit og styrke som livet sjølv kan kreve.

Svartstilla er ein liten, men likevel stor roman, om store spørsmål om kva eit menneskeliv er, kva kjærleiken er verdt, og …

Top Ten Tuesday; 10 Diverse Books I'm Thankful I've Read

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was a Thanksgiving/Thankful freebie, so I decided to write a list of 10 diverse books I'm thankful I've read (no offense to white, straight Christian male authors of course).
My picks are; African-American Poetry - An Anthology, 1773-1927
Native American Songs and Poems - An Anthology
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Book Blitz; Berlin Butterfly - Ensnare by Leah Moyes

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Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.

She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past. 





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Stay or flee? Life or family? An impossible choice.
It's Aug 13, 1961, in Berlin Germany. Nationale Volksarmee soldiers roll barbed wire across the war-torn city to create the first Berlin Wall. Families are separated, livelihoods destroyed, death comes easily as crippling fear paralyzes the occupants on both sides of the wall. Fifteen-year-old Ella is faced with an agonizing decision. Does she risk crossing the wall and possible death to reach her family? Or does she embrace her new life and blossoming love that could be wr…

Omtale; Anestesi av Henrik Fram

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For lenge siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Anestesi av Henrik Fram. Til slutt har jeg somlet meg til å lese den og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Anestesi er en actionthriller om menneskeskjebner, og om mørket som omgir oss når vi rammes av det verste som kan skje. Anestesilegen Thoma Bernts møter nettopp det mørkeste av det mørke og en skjebne som han ikke kan kontrollere. Eller kan han?

Mine tanker om boka Selv om boka er underholdende og jeg leste den på to dager, følte jeg at boka hadde et par feil og mangler. En ting er at det var veldig mange elementer på gang, jeg slet med troverdigheten til tider, samt at det var noen løse tråder på slutten. Boka er om ikke annet actionfylt og underholdende, så hvis en ser bort fra noen av de negative elementene jeg nevnte, er den allikevel brukbar.

Review; Faceless by Amma Darko

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Considering I have my own world literature project in addition to participating in Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge, I ended up reading Faceless by Amma Darko, who happens to come from Ghana.

Description from Goodreads
Street life in the slums of Accra is realistically portrayed in this socially-commited, subtle novel about four educated women who are inspired by the plight of a 14-year old girl, Fofo. As the main characters convert their library center into a practical street initiative, the novel invokes the squalor, health risks, and vicious cycles of poverty and violence that drive children to the streets and women to prostitution; and, from which, ultimately, no one in the society is free.

My Thoughts on the Novel Faceless is a thought provoking novel about gender, class and poverty in Ghana and acts as a social commentary on the status of women and children. Faceless is not a fluffy comfort read, but a book that should be read considering the issues it tackles.

Release Week Blitz; Bound by Secret by Elena Lawson

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I am so excited that BOUND BY SECRET by Elena Lawson is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Elena Lawson, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of book 1 in the series and $10 GC courtesy of Elena and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:
Title: BOUND BY SECRET (The Queen's Consorts #2) Author: Elena Lawson Pub. Date: November 16, 2018 Publisher: Elena Lawson Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 221 Find it:GoodreadsAmazon
I'll be the first to admit it...my rise to power hasn't gone entirely as planned.
I'm still getting over Thana's betrayal and the news of the Mad King when a long-lost war hero reappears at court. He's beguiled the nobles, but I'm not so easily swayed or quick to trust.
At least amidst all the chaos has been one constant; my males. Th…