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Challenges I've Participated In During 2017

It's the last day of 2017 and probably the time to actually summarize the results for the reading challenges I've participated in this year. I had originally planned to participate in more challenges, but due to various reasons (like blogs closing down etc) I ended up doing three challenges. I've enjoyed doing them all and if I had more time, I would probably have read a few more for the Foodies Reading Challenge, but I'm happy nontheless.

Foodies Reading Challenge, Short-Order Cook (1-3 books), hosted by Spirit Blog
The Mistress of Spices av Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Food Wars! Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

LBTQIA Reading Challenge, hosted by Book Dragon's Lair
Blå er den varmeste fargen av Julie Maroh
Den forhatte kroppen av Niccola Lecca
Ernesto av Umberto Saba
The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings and True Love to Inspire Us All av Sarah Galvin
It Could Happen…

Omtale; Skinnet bedrar av Agnes Lovise Matre

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I jakten på norsk litteratur og krim, endte jeg opp med å låne Skinnet bedrar av Agnes Lovise Matre og nå kommer omtalen av romanen.

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Idyllisk sommer, mørke hemmeligheter

Det er varm sommer ved den blikkstille Hardangerfjorden, Folgefonna lyser hvit i det fjerne, morellene er i ferd med å modnes. En tidlig søndag formiddag blir seksårige Anders observert gående i pysjbukse langs hovedveien. Det er det siste noen ser av ham.Likevel meldes ikke Anders savnet før dagen etter, og da er det storesøsteren, 12-årige Ina, som ringer lensmannskontoret.Den forsvunne lille gutten setter hele Hardanger-bygda Øystese på hodet, og lensmann Bengt Alvsaker må utsette sin egen ferie ... den ferieuka han skulle bruke på å møte sin egen sønn for første gang. I den gigantiske leteaksjonen og etterforskningen som følger, avdekkes bygdas skyggesider og hemmeligheter. Hemmeligheter som altfor mange har grunn til å holde skjult.

Mine tanker om boka
Skinnet be…

Book Blogger Hop; New Year's Kiss

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It's the last Book Blogger Hop post of the year, thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and suitably enough, the question of the week was "What character or characters would you not mind to sharing a New Year's kiss with?".

Book Blogger Hop For me, there's just one answer to that; Mr. Darcy from P & P by Jane Austen (added bonus if it's Colin Firth of course).
"Till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud..." #MrDarcy#PrideandPrejudicepic.twitter.com/fCps2XT2Ni — myl26 (@michelleylinney) July 29, 2017 Btw, I couldn't resist posting this one as well, considering that I did wrote about him in this post.

#MrDarcy#PrideandPrejudice#JaneAustenpic.twitter.com/7OgIVdKC5u — Moreland (@JA_Runs_MyLife) June 9, 2017

Book Tour & Giveaway; Wolf of the Tesseract by Christopher D. Schmitz

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Wolf of the Tesseract by Christopher D. Schmitz Genre: SciFi Fantasy 227 pages
While investigating a series of strange murders in her neighborhood, college student Claire Jones is kidnapped by a handsome werewolf who claims he’s rescuing her from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. But she can’t run forever and if Claire and her companion can’t reclaim an arcane artifact to end the warlock’s reign of terror, he will unleash the dark god Sh’logath’s cataclysmic power upon the universe, shattering dimensional barriers, and devouring all reality.
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Christopher D. Schmitz is the traditionally published and self-published author of both fiction and nonfiction. When he is not writing or working with teenagers he might be found at comic conventions as a panelist or guest. He has been featured on cable access television broadcasts, metro area podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors. Always interested in stories, media such as comic bo…

Book Tour; Red Sleeper (The Berlin Fraternity Universe Book Two) by Brian Downes

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Red Sleeper The Berlin Fraternity Universe Book Two Brian Downes
Genre: Historical horror
Date of Publication: December 1st, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1978447349 ISBN-10: 1978447345 ASIN:
Number of pages: 450 Word Count: 118,766
Cover Artist: Miriam Medina
Tagline: A cold war after dark.
Book Description:
In the horsepower town of 1950s Detroit, FBI agent Christopher Haigwood is raising his Catholic family and hunting Soviet spies. Then a communist fanatic who was arrested with a lot of guns, dynamite, and heroin breaks out of jail right before his eyes, and Haigwood is plunged into a terrifying labyrinth of plots, informants, liars, and the horrifying revelation that vampires are real, and that some of his KGB quarry are undead.
Red Sleeper is set in the world of The Berlin Fraternity.


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Excerpt:
          Haigwood had read Walter Swale’s file several times. He’d written sections of it. White. Brown eyes, brown hair, approximately 5’6”, 175 pounds estimated weight. Father born in Poland, 1893, changed t…

My Favourite... Thing About 2017

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It's Wednesday and time for this year's last My Favourite... post, thanks to Maureen's Books and fittingly enough, the theme of the week was "thing about 2017".

A lot of nice things have happened this year, but my favourite thing is probably finishing my BA degree, majoring in English language and literature. The highlight from that is probably recieving and A for my BA thesis on Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2018

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It's the last Top Ten Tuesday of the year and the theme, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish is ten books I resolve to read in 2018.
My list includes; Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
RoseBlood by A. G. Howard
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland
The Burning Blue by James Holland
The Battle of Britain by James Holland

The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard

Omtale; Lille Linerle av Myriam H. Bjerkli

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I jakten på noe krim, endte jeg opp med å låne Lille Linerle av Myriam H. Bjerkli på biblioteket, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
Sju år gamle Mari leker på stranda utenfor huset der hun bor. Det er en regntung oktoberdag og mamma har besøk av den nye kjæresten sin, Petter. Mari liker ham ikke. Hun drømmer om at den ordentlige pappaen hennes - som hun bare husker fra et sort-hvitt-bilde hun har på nattbordet - en dag skal komme på besøk. Det finnes mange eksempler fra virkeligheten på unge jenter som blir holdt fanget av usle menn. Noen av dem i årevis. Ofte i mørke kjellere, i helt vanlige boligområder, der ingen aner hva som foregår innenfor naboens vegger. Kunne det samme skjedd i Kodal, det fredelige, lille tettstedet rett utenfor Sandefjord?

Mine tanker om boka
Lille Linerle var nok en av de bøkene som jeg leste ut i løpet av en kveld fordi den var såpass spennende. Noe av det som derimot irriterte meg var den logiske bristen de to siste sidene, da det er heller tvils…

Omtale; Strikk din egen julegenser - 24 flotte plagg til høytiden av Siv Dyvik og Østre Aker Husflidlag

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For en liten stund siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av strikkeboka Strikk din egen julegenser: 24 flotte plagg til høytiden av Siv Dyvik og Østre Aker Husflidlag fra forlaget og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I "Strikk din egen julegenser" har den erfarne strikkedesigneren Siv Dyvik utarbeidet mønstre til 24 flotte juleplagg, i samarbeid med Østre Aker Husflidslag. 
Glorete og høytidsdekorerte ullgensere har lenge vært et humoristisk innslag i britiske og amerikanske juletradisjoner. Hvem husker ikke Mr. Darcys ikoniske julegenser med reinsdyret Rudolf fra filmen"Bridget Jones dagbok" fra 2001. Disse morsomme høytidsplaggene har også nådd Norge, og vi ser dem både til hverdags og fest når desember banker på døren. Den som vil skaffe seg en julegenser finner lett masseproduserte og «engelskspråklige» plagg, men hvor er genserne som forteller de norske historiene? Tiden er inne for å fornorske tradisjonen. Og for å gj…

Omtale; Milk and Honey av Rupi Kaur

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I jakten på diktsamlinger, endte jeg opp med å lese Milk And Honey av Rupi Kaur, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Mine tanker om boka
Diktsamlinga har fire deler; the hurting, the loving, the breaking og the healing. Mange av diktene er bra, samt jeg hadde sansen for de enkle illustrasjonene.

Book Blitz; The Truth of Letting Go by Amy Sparling

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Book Tour; Last Resort by Amber Malloy

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Last Resort Amber Malloy
Genres: Interracial/BWWM Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Book Description:
African American socialite and bestselling crime writer Cayden Young returns to her high school stomping grounds to solve a cold case. Unfortunately, her hot business partner is in her way. In love since high school, they couldn’t work out their rich-girl, poor-boy differences. While she attempts to put the past to rest, she ends up unearthing a more than a decade-old secret that could get her killed.
Former Marine Levi Scott is ready to take over his family’s resort fulltime. The only problem is he needs to buy out his partner, who he happens to be in love with. Always on unsure footing with the wealthy beauty, he is determined to get her out of his life for once and all, and decides the best way to do so is offering to help her solve a thirteen-year-old cold case. Soon, they figure out the murderer may still reside in their posh resort town … and Cayden could be next on thei…

Book Tour and Giveaway; Better Not Cry by Willow Rose

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Better Not Cry Rebekka Franck Book 8 by Willow Rose Genre: Mystery, Supernatural Suspense
He stalks you when you’re sleeping. He kills when you’re awake…Reporter Rebekka Franck is ready to escape the headlines for a relaxing holiday with her family. Small town Cocoa Beach, Florida seems like the perfect getaway for sunny days and silent nights. At least, until a boy’s dead body is found stuffed in the chimney… Rebekka learns that the boy is the latest in a long line of victims preyed upon by a local legend. But a demon cloaked in red with sharp fingernails who comes down the chimney can’t be real. Can it? With the help of a local teen whose dad fell victim to the creature, Rebekka investigates the growing body count. But as Christmas creeps closer, the reporter must catch the demon before it checks her and her family’s names off the naughty list… Better Not Cry is a spine-tingling Christmastime horror story featuring Willow Rose’s iconic characters Rebekka Franck and Jack Ryder. If you like …

Review; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

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Considering that I'm participating in both LGBTQIA Reading Challenge and Foodies Read Challenge, I ended up reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg and now comes the review of this novel.

Description from Goodreads
It's first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women -- of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

My Thoughts On the Book
Personally, I found it a heartwarming book which included themes like friendship, love and race relations through the 20th century. I might admit though, that I sometimes got a little bit hungry while reading.

Book Blitz; All We Want For Christmas Is You by Anita Maxwell

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All We Want For Christmas Is You
Anita Maxwell
Publication date: December 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Hayden Halloway wants to see her name in print when she gets out of college, preferably in one of the big five newspapers in New York. She has everything lined up to make that happen, except for that one perfect story to finalize her portfolio.
Christian, Vinnie, and Justin, first string forwards on the college hockey team, all have their sights set on Hayden. But a situation involving her best friend and the Puck Games – the hockey team’s sex rating competition – ends up setting them on a collision course that could leave more than their reputations damaged.
Eggnog, coffee dates, and the Winter Wonderland all have Hayden losing bits and pieces of herself to the guys. Will Hayden sacrifice her integrity for her heart, or will she ruin the guys chances at going pro and any chance they have of being together?Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:
Anita Maxwell is from New…

My Favourite... Christmas Tradition

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It's Wednesday and time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to the blogger behind Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was Christmas tradition.

I don't have that many Christmas traditions as I'm both single and childfree, but the last few years I have baked Christmas cookies, so I guess that count as a tradition.

Book Blitz; Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks by Amy Gettinger

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Deck The Malls with Purple Peacocks by Amy Gettinger. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 7 till 20 December. See the tour schedule here.

Get this book for free!
From 9 till 10 December and from 15 till 17 December the book will be free on Amazon!

Deck The Malls with Purple Peacocks (Alice Chronicles #2)
By Amy Gettinger
Genre: Chick-lit/ Women’s Fiction/ Sweet Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 18, 2017

Blurb:
It’s Christmas in Orange County, California, and the mall is full of purple peacock decorations, large and small. Department store employee Aracely Martinez has a goofy Cuban friend, Quito (who’s awfully cute in his mall Santa suit), distracting her from her night-shift restocking job. But Aracely has a long-held secret, which her supervisor at the store, Jacob Thinnes, is holding over her head to make her do his bidding.

Which is too much bidding.

Enter Aracely’s oldest friends: A…