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Review; The Cosy Teashop in the Castle (The Cosy Teashop #1) by Caroline Roberts

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In the search for something light and fitting for the Foodies Read Challenge, I ended up reading The Cosy Tea Shop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts. Today I'll post the review of the novel.

Description from Goodreads
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.

When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!

Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to p…

My Favourite... Children's Book

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It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was children's book.

Well, I'm sure I could have written a top 20 list, but one of my favourite children's books are Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. There is something about the main character (Ronia) that I really like.

Top Ten Tuesday; Bookish Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

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It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was bookish worlds I'd never want to live in.
My picks are; The farm in "Animal Farm" by George Orwell Wonderland from "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll The dystopian world in "The Kill Crew" by Joseph D'Lacey The dystopian world in "Silo" by Hugh Howey The dystopian world in "The Oryx and Crake" trilogy by Margaret Atwood Neverland from "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie The world portrayed in "For the Clan" by Archer Kay Leah The Dark Realm in "Feyland: The Dark Realm" by Anthea Sharp The parallell world in "The Forests of the Fae" series by K. Kibbee The intergalactic world in "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman

Omtale; Jente med dødningehode av Mona Høvring

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Under Dewey's Readathon i oktober endte jeg opp med å lese noen diktsamlinger. Jente med dødningehode av Mona Høvring var en av dem og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
«Jente med dødningehode» er Mona Høvrings sjette diktsamling og niende bok. Mona Høvrings fortettede skjebnefortellinger utfordrer og utvider sjangerens vante former med kraft og resonans. Med sitt særegne poetiske instinkt skriver hun frem sine dikt slik at hver bokside synes å åpenbare de mest prekære dramaer og de skjøreste og nødvendigste dialoger.

Mine tanker om boka
Det var flere bra dikt i samlinga, men på generelt basis var den kanskje ikke helt noe for meg. Kan påpeke at den kanskje kan fungere for andre, så ingen grunn til å bli helt "avskremt".

Omtale; Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen

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Da jeg for en stund siden kom over boka Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen på Løvås i Stavanger, klarte jeg ikke å motstå fristelsen, og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I grålysningen 9. april 1940 seilte den tyske Kampgruppe 5 innover Oslofjorden med den flunkende nye krysseren Blücher i tet. Målet var å vinne rask kontroll over hovedstad, konge og regjering. Hitler spilte høyt. Okkupasjonen av Norge skulle sikre isfrie havner for transport av svensk jernmalm fra Narvik og ubåt- og flybaser i kampen om Atlanterhavet. Dette er fortellingen om en manns vilje og mot. Og om dramaet som kostet hundrevis av tyske liv da krysseren Blücher gikk ned i Drøbaksundet. Det er fortellingen om tysk hovmod og villighet til å ta store sjanser. Og det er den tragiske historien om manglende norsk forsvarsvilje og effekten av en målbevisst nedrustning. Forfatteren gir oss et unikt innblikk i Norges skjebnetime - 9. april 1940.

Mine tanker om boka
Boka greier ut på en …

Book Tag Saturday; The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

The Totally Should’ve Book Tag was created by EmmmaBooks on YouTube so definitely go and check that out. This book tag takes a series of random situations to do with books and you have to say what book (or books) you would like to see that situation apply to. Totally should’ve… Gotten a sequel
Roseblood by A. G. Howard
Totally should’ve… Had a spin-off series The Bear and the Nightingale-trilogy by Katherine Arden
An author who should… Totally write more books Samaire Provost
A character who totally should’ve… Ended up with someone else Feel free to slap me for this one, but I do think that Harry and Hermione should be together
Totally should’ve… Ended differently The Burning Blue by James Holland - it seemed like he rushed it a bit in the end
Totally should’ve… Had a movie franchise The Daughter of Smoke and Bone-trilogy by Laini Taylor
Totally should’ve… Had a tv series Scales by Amity Green
Totally should’ve… Only had one point of view Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by R. L. Stevenson

Totally should… Have …

Book Blogger Hop; First Book I Read By Myself

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It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?".

Book Blogger Hop
I can't remember the exact first book I read by myself, but I do remember that I really enjoyed Rubber Tarzan by Ole Lund Kirkegaard around the time when I first learned to read by myself.

Omtale; The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman

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Selv om jeg er voksen, synes jeg at enkelte bildebøker har en viss sjarm, og nå kommer omtalen av boka The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything at all to eat? That’s just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming in the ocean and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. This charming, oversize picture book is full of fabulous facts about nature’s most devoted dad.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg denne boka, spesielt med tanke på at den forteller på en pedagogisk og lærerik måte om livet til keiserpingvinene, og den kan gi unger en grei introduksjon til keiserpingviner.

My Favourite... Recipe

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It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite recipe.

I couldn't decide between two, so I'm going to link up to both of them and they are Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Portugese Orange Cake. Please don't be too intimidated by the list of ingredients for the Sesame Chicken, it is a really tasty dish (and simple to make).

Top Ten Tuesday; Best Animal Character Names in the Harry Potter-Series

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was best character names and I decided to narrow it down to animal characters in the Harry Potter-series.
My picks are; Crookshanks (Hermione's cat) Hermes (Percy Weasley's owl) Arnold (Ginny Weasley's Pygmy Puff) Fang (Hagrid's dog) Fluffy (Hagrid's three-headed dog) Norbert/Norberta (Hagrid's Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon) Aragog (the giant spider) Buckbeak (the Hippogriff) Pigwidgeon (Ron Weasley's first owl) Hedwig (Harry Potter's owl)

Book Tour and Review; The Last Prejudice by Bill Blodgett

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Blurb
When Ed Connor slips into a coma his wife, children and their families arrive at the hospital to await his recovery. They gather around his bedside and begin reminiscing about the good old days but as the hours pass stress begins to take its toll causing long held family secrets and unresolved issues to surface. A disagreement over a DNR order put Ed’s sons, Steve and Peter, at odds and the family speculates that their anger is really about an event that led to their falling out when they were teens. While in his coma, Ed exists somewhere between life and death and wonders what he could have done differently when Steve tried to tell him that he was gay. The family is drawn into the bitter battle between Peter and Steve, and they fear things will never be right between them again. It’s now up to the family to devise an intervention as a last ditch effort to bring these two battling brothers back into the family.
My Thoughts on the Book
Personally, I found the book heartwarming, even…

Book Tour & Giveaway; Day Reaper by Melody Johnson

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Day Reaper The Night Blood Series #4 by Melody Johnson Genre: Paranormal Romance
On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter, Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk, especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy, and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .
When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but …

Book Tour & Giveaway; Waking the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish

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Waking the Ancients Nemesis of the Gods #2 by Catherine Cavendish Genre: Horror
Egypt, 1908 University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .
Vienna, 2018 Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman na…

Book Tag Saturday; Rapid Fire Book Tag

Inspired by the post at The Bibliophile Girl, I decided to join in on the Rapid Fire Book Tag. E-Book Or Physical Book?
Physical book
Paperback Or Hardback?
Paperback, but if hardback is beautiful, it is a possibility
Online Or In-Store Book Shopping?
In-store book shopping without a doubt, but sometimes I have to do online as the selection of titles in English at bookstores sometimes varies.
Trilogies Or Series?
Trilogies
Heroes Or Villains?
Villains, as they often have a depth the heroes don't have
A Book You Want Everyone To Read?
This is About You - Amazing, Weird Beautiful You by Mary England
Recommend An Underrated Author?
Assaph Mehr, esp. Murder in Absentia
The Last Book You Finished?
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?

A napkin I think, even though it's not that "weird"
Used Books: Yes Or No?
Yes, if they are in a decent condition
Top Three Favourite Genres?
Fantasy, crime/mystery and sci-fi
Borrow Or Buy?
Buy, as I want my own personal library
Character Or Plot?
Plot
Long Or…

Book Blitz; Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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Book Blitz; For the Ages by Safari Spell

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My Favourite... Art

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It's Wednesday again, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite art.

It's hard to pick in terms of art, as I love so much of it in quite different styles, but I can't deny that I really love yarn bombing and street art in general.
Here are some examples of what I like.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ... #ballinonabudget #banksy #streetart #ballinonabudgetcollective #loveistheanswer Et innlegg delt av Ballin' On A Budget (@ballinonabudgetaus) torsdag 16. Nov.. 2017 PST
#tree #yarnbombing #knitgraffiti #caldasdarainha #silvercoast #portugal #simplelife #igers #wanderlust #neverstopexploring #solucky #november #domcarlospark Et innlegg delt av Kay Embriaco (@kay_emb) mandag 13. Nov.. 2017 PST
Inspiraçao do dia 'Pimp my Ride'... A arte sem limites... 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 . Today's inspiration 'Pimp my Ride&…

Book Tour Grand Finale; Falling for You by Becky Wade

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Book Tour Grand Finale for Falling for You By Becky Wade
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed the Facebook Chat, go check it out here. If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:
Launch - Note from the Author
...Falling for You stars both Corbin and the oldest Bradford sister, Willow. The two had a romantic relationship long ago, so when I thrust them into each other’s path again (kicking and screaming, I might add) fireworks ensued, which was so much fun to write. I enjoyed their banter. Willow’s strength. Corbin’s charm. And the chance to explore the novel's theme of reconciliation.

I hope Falling for You steals your heart!

Warmly, Becky

Amy Watson Author - Excerpt & Review
Text message from Corbin to Willow fifteen days before their breakup:

Corbin
I miss you. It feels like forever since you left.

Willow
I just left Dallas yesterday.

Corbin
Exactly. Until I met you, I didn’t know a day could fee…

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Disliked/Hated, but Am Really Glad I Read

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It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was books I disliked/hated, but am really glad I read. In my case, there is a few books/texts from the literature courses I took at university, just so you're warned.
My list includes; American Ideals by Theodore Roosevelt Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646 by William Bradford The Strenuous Life by Theodore Roosevelt Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith On Suicide by David Hume New Poems Book Four by Charles Bukowski Selected Poems, 1908-1959 by Ezra Pound Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Book Tour Grand Finale; Love, Unexpected by Virginia McCullough

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Book Tour Grand Finale for Love, Unexpected By Virginia McCullough
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:
Launch - Note from the Author
Dear Reader,

Welcome to this book tour for LOVE, UNEXPECTED. I hope you’re happy to be back for the third visit to Two Moon Bay, Wisconsin. Book 3 of my Two Moon Bay series finds us on the waterfront again. Back when I wrote GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, I knew Andi Sterling, Miles Jenkins’ former wife and Brooke’s mom, needed her own story. She told me so many times. You may remember Zeke Donovan and his dad, Art. They own Donovan Marine Supply and they made a couple of appearances in Book 2, SOMETHING TO TREASURE. They’re now front and center is this story, and Zeke gets a chance to expand his world—and his heart...

Heidi Reads... - Drifting Dreams
Like Andi says in LOVE, UNEXPECTED, someone (they don’t yet know who) named the wooden motor yach…