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Review; Life On A Rock by K. A. Albury

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Recently I ended up reading Life On A Rock by K. A. Albury so I could cross of Bahamas on my World Literature Project. Today I'll post my review of the book. Description of the Book Kate lived on Highborne Cay, Exuma, in the Bahamas for five years. Most people think it would be a vacation paradise to live and work on a small island, away from the stress and confusion of everyday life. This book will tell otherwise. It is the true story of a woman who learned about courage, fortitude and patience as she continually faced extraordinary and often dangerous situations in a place that had no doctor, no police nor other emergency personnel. Her everyday experiences in an isolated surrounding provide excitement and give a fresh and thought-provoking view of unusual events that were part of her life on this tiny, unprotected island in the Caribbean. From an armed robbery, drug traders and illegal immigrants, to medical mishaps and disasters at sea, Alison learned in those short five years

Omtale; Fiolinen fra Auschwitz av Maria Àngels Anglada

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For en stund siden leste jeg den historiske romanen Fiolinen fra Auschwitz av Maria Àngels Anglada og i dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget En uforglemmelig historie fra andre verdenskrig, om en mann som nekter å overgi sin verdighet i møte med historiens største grusomheter Krakow 1991: En eldre kvinne spiller på en fiolin med en helt særegen, vakker klang. Hennes unge musikerkollega blir fullstendig bergtatt av det han hører, og kvinnen forteller at instrumentet har en spesiell historie ... Auschwitz 1944: Den polske jøden Daniel er helt nedbrutt av alle pinslene han og de andre fangene utsettes for. Minnet om kvinnen han elsker blir svakere for hver dag, og håpet om en fremtid blir stadig mindre. Men så avsløres Daniels fortid som en dyktig fiolinbygger, og en av leirkommandantene setter ham på en hard prøve: Daniel må reparere en ødelagt fiolin og få den til å lyde like vakkert som før. Hvis han mislykkes, får leirens ondskapsfulle lege lov til å bruke Daniel til s

Book Tag; The Summer Book Tag

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I came across The Summer Book Tag over at  A Little But A Lot and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun book tag to do. WHAT BOOK COVER MAKES YOU THINK OF SUMMER? Bag of Bones by Jackie Layton WHAT BOOK HAS BRIGHTENED YOUR DAY? The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans FIND A BOOK COVER WITH YELLOW ON IT. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER BEACH READ? From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley WHAT ACTION BOOK HAD YOU RUNNING FOR THE ICE CREAM MAN? Region 6 by Ian James Krender (SUNBURN) WHAT BOOK HAS LEFT YOU WITH A BAD AND/OR PAINFUL ENDING? A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (SUNSET) WHAT BOOK GAVE YOU THE HAPPIEST FEELINGS WHEN IT ENDED? The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton WHAT BOOK COVER REMINDS YOU OF A SUNSET? King of Kings by Wilbur Smith with Imogen Robertson WHAT IS ONE BOOK OR SERIES YOU HOPE TO READ THIS SUMMER? As I'm in the middle of moving, I don't have much time for readi

Top Five Wednesday; Outside My Comfort Zone

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads  group with the same name. The theme of the week was books outside my comfort zone and here's my picks. Death Rattle by Sean Lynch Cottonmouth by Sean Lynch Massacre at Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G. West The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Read In One Sitting

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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 books I read in one sitting. Here's my picks; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Pains and Penalties by Sarah Biglow Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda Animal Farm by George Orwell Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov The Drum That Beats Within Us by Mike Bond Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Omtale; Mercedes-snittet av Anne Mette Hancock

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For lenge siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Mercedes-snittet av Anne Mette Hancock fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget En nervepirrende psykologisk krim om hevn, synsbedrag og arr i hjertet. En gutt er forsvunnet fra skolen Lukas ser ut til å ha forsvunnet i løse luften. I skolegården møter journalisten Heloise Kaldan sin nære venn og etterforsker Erik Schäfer. Lukas mobil blir funnet, og viser at gutten var besatt av pareidoli: et fenomen der man ser mønstre i tilfeldige ting. Særlig et foto av en låvedør, som ligner et ansikt, blir interessant i etterforskningen. Er det her Lukas er? Heloise blir beordret til å stoppe en artikkel om soldater som er rammet av posttraumatisk stresslidelse for å dekke saken om den forsvunne gutten. Men da det dukker opp fakta i Lukas-etterforskingen som peker i retning av traumatiserte soldater, trenger Schäfer hjelp fra Heloise for å finne vei i virvaret av spor som finnes. M

#SixForSunday; Characters I'd Go On Holiday With

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It's Sunday and perhaps time for a new Six For Sunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was characters I'd go on holiday with and I decided narrowing it down to characters from fantasy novels. Here's my picks. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Effie of Glen Coe from The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer Sam Quinn from The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore & Bar by Seana Kelly Vasilia from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Belle from As Old As Time by Liz Brazwell

Omtale; Under samme sol av Gry Strømme

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I fjor var jeg såpass heldig at jeg mottok et leseeksemplar av debutromanen Under samme sol skrevet av Gry Strømme. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Den hardtarbeidende idealisten Rebecca Holmestrand har ofret forholdet til datteren for å gi alt i FN-jobben der hun leder et prosjekt for å straffeforfølge voldtekt i krig. April har i mange år forsøkt å få et nært forhold til moren, men nå tvinger et oppgjør seg frem. Hun vil vite hvorfor moren har valgt som hun har gjort. Hun vil vite hvem som er hennes far. Den verdenskjente forfatteren Alvaro Aingeru har skrivesperre, og søker Rebeccas tilgivelse for en hendelse i fortiden. I Under samme sol flettes disse tre menneskenes skjebner sammen – sett i lys av større temaer som krig, konflikt, traumer og tilhørighet. Karakterene i romanen må jobbe hardt gjennom hele historien for å finne nytt håp og komme nærmere hverandre. Mine tanker om boka For min del var det en helt grei debutroman om viktige tema og

Let's Talk Bookish; What Are The Best Ways To Get Over Reading Slumps?

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It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of  Eternity Books and Literary Lion . The theme of the week was " What are the best ways to get over reading slumps? ". I can't deny I've had a couple of reading slumps over the years, I even have one now partially due to the fact that I'm moving in a few weeks. What I usually do when I have a reading slump is to not stress about it and basically take a break from reading. Right now I need to take a break anyway, due to moving and putting everything in boxes, but that's another issue. In other circumstances, I tend to read something light/easy or a very thin book or two, so I feel that I've accomplished something. It could be a graphic novel or some comics, it could be a poetry collection. When treating reading slumps, I think it might be a bit daunting and/or unwise picking up a brick of a book with 950 pages. At least I know I would struggle getting though it. Another thi

Book Tag; The Book Cake Tag

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I came across The Book Cake Tag over at  The Book Dutchesses  and I decided to play along. Self-raising flour: a book that started slow then picked up Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed Butter: a book with a really rich, intense plot An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Eggs: a book you had reservations about but actually really enjoyed The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa Sugar: a sweet book Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame Icing: a book that included all the things you enjoy in a book A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland Sprinkles: a book or series that you return to for a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down Dracula by Bram Stoker Cherry on top: your favourite book of the year So far this year, the best one I've read is Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi

Top Five Wednesday; Bastille Day

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads group  with the same name. The theme of the week was Bastille Day, so here's five of my favourite books written by French authors. A Spy in the House of Love by Anaïs Nin Time is a Killer by Michel Bussi Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo Germinal by Émile Zola

Review; Freud's Sister by Goce Smilevski

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As I have a World Literature Project going on, I ended up reading Freud's Sister by Goce Smilevski, who is from Macedonia. Today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Vienna, 1938: With the Nazis closing in, Sigmund Freud is granted an exit visa and allowed to list the names of people to take with him. He lists his doctor and maids, his dog and his wife’s sister, but he doesn’t list any of his own sisters. The four Freud sisters are shuttled to the Terezín concentration camp, while their brother lives out his last days in London. Based on a true story, this searing novel gives haunting voice to Freud’s sister Adolfina—“the sweetest and best of my sisters”—a gifted, sensitive woman who was spurned by her mother and who never married. From her closeness with her brother in childhood, to her love for a fellow student, to her time with Gustav Klimt’s sister in a Vienna psychiatric hospital, to her dream of one day living in Venice and having a family, Freud’s Sister imagi

Omtale; Toner fra en stille skog av Laila Brenden

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I 2019 var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Toner fra en stille skog av Laila Brenden fra forlaget. Jeg har til slutt lest den og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget En fortelling om kjærlighet og svik, om viktigheten av vennskap - og om musikken i livet og i oss selv. I alle år har bygdefolket sett med mistro på Ane Solingen, kvinnen med de uvanlige øynene. Men sammen med kjæresten Hans har hun funnet lykken på en liten plass dypt inne i skogen. Etter at han omkommer i en ulykke og hun finner ut at hun venter barn, må hun inn til bygda for å få hjelp. Møtet med sambygdingene blir bedre enn hun hadde fryktet. Særlig en prest møter henne med vennlighet. Han aner en musikalitet i henne og gir henne en spesiell gave. Et instrument hun umiddelbart kjenner en dragning mot. Hun finner trøst i musikken og får livsgleden tilbake. Nyter dagene og ser sønnen vokse til en frisk og glad gutt. Så en dag rammer en ny ulykke den lille koieplasse