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Smakebit på Søndag; A Witch Hunt in Whitby av Helen Cox

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Det er søndag og kanskje på tide med en ny Smakbit på Søndag, som blir arrangert av Betraktninger . For litt siden leste jeg krimromanen A Witch Hunt in Whitby av Helen Cox og boka omhandler en seriemorder som tapper ofrene sine for blod, og de ender opp med to stikk-lignende merker på halsen. Til felles er at alle ofrene har en eller annen link til det okkulte. Bibliotekaren og privatetterforskeren Kitt Hartley er blant de som skal etterforske det hele. Smakebiten jeg vil dele, er fra da Kitt og to venner møtes i York. "Morning, both, glorious day, weather-wise, isn't it?", said Kitt, her smile considerably wider than one might expect given the mammoth task ahead. She breezed past Grace and Evie, who had beaten her down to the meeting place and were sitting on a bench. She then unrolled a large tartan blanket from her satchel and began spreading it out on the grass enar the weathered ruins of St Mary's Abbey. The opportunity to lounge out on the grass surrounded by

Review; Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

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Earlier this year, I read the South-Korean novel Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo and today I'll post my review of the book. Description from Goodreads Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own. Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night. Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn't get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity. Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely. Kim Jiyoung is depressed. Kim Jiyoung is mad. Kim Jiyoung is her own woman. Kim Jiyoung is every woman. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century and raises questions about endemic misogyny and instit

Review; Mother's Beloved: Stories From Laos by Outhine Bounyavong

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A while ago I read the short story collection Mother's Beloved: Stories From Laos by Outhine Bounyavong, which enabled me to cross off yet another country in my World Literature Project. Today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads This book presents 14 of Outhine Bounyavong's short stories in English translation alongside the Lao originals, marking his formal debut for an American audience. It is also the first collection of Lao short stories to be published in the English language. Peter Koret's Introduction explores the history of modern Lao literature and considers Outhine's writing within this broader context. My Thoughts on the Book Although I found some of the short stories a wee bit basic and simple, Mother's Beloved was still an entertaining read with glimpses from Laos and for that, it was worth the read.

Book Tag; The Europe Traveller Book Tag

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I came across The Europe Traveller Book Tag over at  The Book Dutchesses and decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag to do. Here's the prompts. France – Your favourite love story The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans Spain – A colourful cover The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns Italy – A book taking place in Summer The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley Greece – A book with mythology Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Belgium – A book with politics In the Name of Honour by Mukhtar Mai Ireland – A book with a strong friendship group Pieces of Happiness by Anne Østby The Netherlands – Flowers on the cover! Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang Germany – A book taking place at Christmas Murder Most Festive by Ada Moncrieff

Top Five Wednesday; Current Obsessions

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Top Five Wednesday, courtesy of  Top Five Wednesday and the theme of the week was current obsessions. Here's my five picks. The Story So Far by Jane Eklund A Witch Hunt in Whitby by Helen Cox The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

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It's Tuesday again and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was books I was SO EXITED to get, but still haven't read. My picks are; The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Heartless by Marissa Meyer Wench by Maxine Kaplan Ash by Malinda Lo Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao One for All by Lillie Lainoff Lizzie by Dawn Ius

Omtale; Flukten fra leir 14 - en beretning fra Nord-Korea av Blaine Harden

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For en liten stund siden leste jeg boka Flukten fra leir 14 - en beretning fra Nord-Korea av Blaine Harden og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Nord-Korea har mellom 150 000 og 200 000 politiske fanger. Gjennom historien til Shin Dong-hyuk får vi et innblikk i de lukkede fengslene i verdens mest totalitære stat. I leiren betraktet han sin mor som en motstander i kampen om maten, vaktene oppdro ham til å bli en tyster og han var vitne til henrettelsen av sin egen familie. Boken er en opprivende fortelling om Shins liv og hans utrolige flukt. Mine tanker om boka Flukten fra Leir 14 er en hjerteskjærende og tankevekkende bok som ikke er egnet for sarte sjeler. Allikevel, det er en bok som bør leses på grunn av tematikken - nemlig arbeidsleirene i Nord-Korea og Nord-Korea på generelt basis med tanke på hvor lukket landet faktisk er.