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Top Ten Tuesday, Ten Signs I'm A Book Lover

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It's Tuesday and time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was ten signs you're a bookworm.
Here's my list; I write this book blog.I majored in English at university.I've been nicknamed a bookdragon. Dragons hoard treasures. Mine just happens to be books.I dream of having a library room when I live a place with enough space to do it.I believe there is no such thing as too many books, just not enough bookshelves nor time to read.I can easily finish a book in a day.I've lost count on how many books and bookmarks I've got.My perfect Friday/Saturday night includes a good book, a blanket, candles, some kind of beverage (coffee, tea or hot chocolate) and some yummy food. Too bad I lost my cat last year, otherwise I would add having a cat on my lap.I'm a frequent user of the library.I love bookish merchandise, such as candles, totebags etc.

Omtale; Kvinneleiren - historien om Ravensbrück-fangene av Kristian Ottosen

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Jeg er blant de som ikke klarer å holde meg unna litteratur om andre verdenskrig. Da jeg kom over boka Kvinneleiren - historien om Ravensbrück-fangene av Kristian Ottosen, endte jeg opp med å kjøpe den. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Ravensbrück konsentrasjonsleir for kvinner lå i Mecklenburg nord for Berlin. Under krigen passerte ca. 130 000 kvinner leiren. Av dem var omkring 100 norske. I denne boken tar Kristian Ottosen for seg Ravensbrück-fangenes historie. Han skildrer dagliglivet i leiren, grusomhetene og fornedrelsen, men også oppofrelse og ukuelig livsmot, og han kommer inn på en rekke dramatiske enkeltskjebner. De norske fangene står i sentrum, men Ottosen forteller dessuten om selve leirens utvikling og dens plass i nazistenes konsentrasjonsleirsystem.
Mine tanker om boka Kvinneleiren er en makaber og trist bok, men med tanke på tematikken er det en bok som bør leses. Det at forfatteren trekker frem enkeltskjebner, gjør at historiene får…

Review; Jane Goodall by Isabel Sánchez Vegara

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the picture book Jane Goodall by Isabel Sánchez Vegara through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
This board book version of Jane Goodall —from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series—introduces the youngest dreamers to the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.

When Jane was little, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. This inspired her lifelong love of animals, and she went to study them in the wild as soon as she could. Jane lived with chimpanzees in their natural habitat and became famous for her pioneering approach to research. She now educates the public on animal rights. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating woman, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

My Thoughts on the Book I've heard a …

Book Tag Saturday; Beauty & the Beast Book Tag

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I came across this Beauty & the Beast Book Tag over at The Book Dutchesses and I couldn't resist playing along.
“Who’s a man among man?” – Gaston Song A Villain You Can’t Help But Love Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming” – Belle Song Your OTP Karou and Akiva from A Daughter of Smoke and Bone-trilogy by Laini Taylor
“I want much more than this provincial life” – Belle Reprise A Character Destined For Greater Things Aru Shah from the Pandavan Quartet by Roshani Chokshi
“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious” – Be Our Guest A Book That Made You Hungry Chocolat by Joanne Harris
“Barely even friends, then somebody bends” – Beauty & the Beast Opposites Attract I'll answer Karou and Akiva from A Daughter of Smoke and Bone again.
“There may be something there that wasn’t there before” – Something There A Character Who’s More Than They Appear Tessa from Scales by Amity Green
“I was innocent and certain, now I’m wiser but unsure”…

Omtale; Alle spørsmåls mor av Rebecca Solnit

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I forbindelse med 2019 Non-Fiction Challenge, endte jeg opp med å lese Alle spørsmåls mor av Rebecca Solnit og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Med essayet "Menn forklarer meg ting" ble Solnit et fenomen og det var med dette essayet begrepet mansplaining ble født. "Alle spørsmåls mor" er Solnits aktuelle oppfølger, der hun tar for seg forskjellige former for trakassering, undertrykkelse og taushet, og hvordan både kvinner og menn kan undertrykkes til å miste sin stemme.

Mine tanker om boka Essayene i denne samlinga tar opp tråden der hun slapp den i Menn forklarer meg ting, men jeg savnet litt mer bredde i temaene. For er det en ting som er tydelig i denne samlinga, er det at det er "hvit feminisme" essayene omhandler, i tillegg til at skeive og transkjønnede blir mest nevnt i forbifarten. Interseksjonell feminisme er kanskje ikke Rebecca Solnit's greie, men den er viktig.

Review; The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Success by Rebecca Gibian

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Success by Rebecca Gibian through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Understanding and applying the wisdom of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Given her incredible tenure as a Supreme Court justice as well as her monumental impact on the modern women’s rights movement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the most prominent political leaders of today. To complement her judicial significance, she has also become one of the most culturally popular political figures in US history. Not only has her workout routine gone viral (and been detailed in a book by her trainer), but RBG’s story has been featured in multiple critically acclaimed films.

Organized into three parts and then broken down into more specific chapters within each part, The RBG Way offers wisdom from Justice Ginsburg, based on comme…

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge; Favourite Things to do in the Spring

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It's Wednesday yet again and it's time for a new Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. The theme of the week was favourite things to do in the spring.
Apart from obvious of reading books, I love to do some nature photography when things start to grow and/or get a bit greener. I have a Canon DSLR that I purchased way back in 2007, which I'm pretty happy to use. I sometimes also write seasonal bucket lists of what I want to accomplish/do that particular season, though I haven't written one for this spring yet. By the way, if you want some inspiration for a spring bucket list, feel free to check out this blog post from Uncustomary, which is a friend of mine. She has a really cool and colourful blog in general, so please check it out.

Top Ten Tuesday; Historical Fiction Set During WWII

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It's Tuesday yet again, which means it's time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. As it was a genre freebie theme this week, I decided writing a top ten list of historical fiction set during World War Two.
My picks are;
A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland
The Burning Blue by James Holland
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Whistle Stop Canteen by Barb Warner Deane
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Sparrow Squadron by Darius Jung
Mischling by Affinity Konar
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Occupation by Deborah Swift

Review; Mrs Despard and the Suffrage Movement: Founder of the Women's Freedom League by Helen Matheson-Pollock and Lynne Graham-Matheson

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Mrs Despard and the Suffrage Movement: Founder of the Women's Freedom League by Helen Matheson-Pollock and Lynne Graham-Matheson through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Charlotte Despard, social reformer and suffragette, was always known as Mrs Despard, never Charlotte. Her name should be synonymous with those of Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett. Instead, she remains overlooked.

Born in 1844, Charlotte's childhood was difficult: she found solace in great literature, identifying with Milton's Satan and the romantic words of Shelley. She married Maximillian Despard and had the opportunity to explore the world and try her hand at a career as a novelist.

Widowed in her early 40s, her money and status allowed her to live a life of surprising freedom for a woman of her time. Charlotte devoted her life to improving the lot of the…

Review; Women in Aviation by Julian Hale

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Women in Aviation by Julian Hale through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
This title charts the history of women's involvement in aviation, exploring how American and British women donned goggles and gloves to fly through a predominantly masculine world and onwards into an age of aviation equality.

This title explores the scope of women's activities in aviation, from the time of the Wright Brothers to the present day. After highlighting the earliest female aviators, as well as the trailblazers of the inter-war period such as Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart, the book goes on to examine the experience of women in aviation during the Second World War, including the American Women Airforce Service Pilots and those flying with the Air Transport Auxiliary. The post-war years are also covered and the title emphasizes the growth …

Book Tag Saturday; The New Princess Disney Book Tag

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I came across a book tag called The New Princess Disney Book Tag over at The Book Dutchesses and I decided to play along.
THE RULES Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun Tag Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews and Zuky @ BookBum so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world Play a game of tag at the end! Please feel free to tag yourself, but if you do, let me know! I love to read other people’s answers!!
SNOW WHITE – this book (like the movie) started it all Favourite debut book from an author Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
CINDERELLA – a diamond in the rough Just like Cinderella, you didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem Raj from The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
AURORA – sleeping beauty A book that makes you sleepy or could not hold your attention It was honestly a pain reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
ARIEL – under the sea A book with a water/ocean setti…

Book Blogger Hop; Bookish Interactive Feature

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It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "If you could add one interactive feature to reading books, what would it be?".

Book Blogger Hop In a perfect world, if the mention of food/drinks, said food/drinks would appear in real life. Who wouldn't love to have a Hogwarts feast while reading about those feasts in Harry Potter?

Review; Swords, Sorcery, & Self-Rescuing Damsels edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the short story anthology Swords, Sorcery, & Self-Rescuing Damsels edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
THESE LADIES AREN'T WAITING.

Twenty bestselling and award-winning authors offer enchanting tales of women and girls forging paths through darkness and peril. Cleverness, curiosity, and determinations make worthy heroines in fantastical new worlds.


Featuring stories by:
Jody Lynn Nye
Katie Cross
Robyn Bennis
Raven Oak
Frog and Esther Jones
Dawn Vogel
Matt Youngmark
Lee French
Connie J. Jasperson
Jeffrey Cook
Katherine Perkins
Jeremy Zimmerman
Edward J. Knight
Elmdea Adams
Fulvio Gatti
Robert J. McCarter
Lou J. Berger
Ian Berger
Sarah Bartsch

My Thoughts on the Book This short story anthology was a fun read, especially if one is in search for women rescuing themselves in the fantas…

Review; A History of Women's Lives on the Isle of Wight by Daisy Plant

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the non-fiction book A History of Women's Lives on the Isle of Wight by Daisy Plant through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Ask somebody to give you the name of a woman from history and they'll probably give you a queen's. If not royalty, it'll be a famous courtesan, a noblewoman, a rogue. Some women manage to be all four things at once.

Take a look outside, however, and you'll see a diverse range of women, all with their own set of experiences, preferences, feelings and thoughts - their own stories. And every one of these women will have just one thing in common; they are completely and utterly ordinary.

Ordinary women don't make it into history books - until now.

A History of Women's Lives of the Isle of Wight focuses in on women who were living on the Island between 1850 and 1950. These ladies were not queens. They weren't courtesans, or rogues, or royal…

Top Ten Tuesday; Spring 2020 TBR

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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 easy enough, spring 2020 TBR. As there is a tradition of reading crime, mystery and similar genres in Norway during Easter, I decided making a dent in my pile of press copies that I still haven't read yet. A lot of them are by Scandinavian authors, so a lot of the titles will be listed in Norwegian.

Also, this TBR fits perfectly in regards of the Easter Crime Readathon I am hosting.
My picks are;

You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall

Andre guder by Jørgen Brekke

Norra Latin - Drømmenes skole by Sara Bergmark Elfgren

Dykket av Frits De Bourg

Lyst til å drepe by Anki Edvinsson

Sorte hull by Filip Lundhaug

Mercedes-snittet by Anne Mette Hancock

Tåkedis by Frode Eie Larsen and Dag Otto Lauritzen

Når stormen aldri løyer by Lars Helle