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Review; On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J Duncan

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J Duncan through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Netgalley With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday. And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously - until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it. The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries "consistent with a fall from a great height," and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there's more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot,

#SixForSunday; Magical Books

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I came across the weekly meme called #SixForSunday, hosted by  A Little But A Lot and I decided to participate this week as the prompt of the week, magical books, looked fun. Here's my six picks; Swords, Sorcery & Self-Rescuing Damsels edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Frens Femmes edited by Gwen Benaway The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Review; A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery (Castle Bookshop Mystery #3) by Essie Lang

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery (Castle Bookshop Mystery #3) by Essie Lang through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and conversation to the charming locals and seasonal tourists. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Except bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books's home base on Blye Island, one of New York State's famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged be

Bøker om andre verdenskrig

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I nattens mulm og mørke 9. april 1940 invaderte Nazi-Tyskland Norge. Fem år etter var andre verdenskrig over. I forbindelse med invasjonen av Norge, og deretter okkupasjonen, fant jeg ut at var passende at jeg skrev en liste med anbefalinger av bøker om andre verdenskrig. For som Winston Churchill sa, " de som feiler å lære av historie er dømt til å gjenta den ". Her er tolv bøker verdt å lese. I Flew for the Führer av Heinz Knoke Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II av Robert Matzen 26. november: Fire fortellinger fra det norske Holocaust av Mikael Holmberg Anne Franks dagbok av Anne Frank Gutten på trekassa av Leon Leyson Arkadij: en sovjetsoldat i Bjerkreim og andre skjebner fra 2. verdenskrig av Bjørn Bratbak Krysseren Blücher av Alf R. Jacobsen Frontsøstre: Norske kvinner under hakekorset av Vegard Sæther Okkupert: De fem lengste årene i Norges historie av Bjørn Are Godøy Dødsleirene på norsk jord av Jarle Elvemo Fangene som forsvant: NSB og slavearbeiderne på Nor

Book Tag; The Book Snob Tag

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I came across The Book Snob Tag over at  Musings of a Book Girl  and I decided to play along. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie? Most of the time, yes, but there's exceptions, such as Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Format Snob: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks? Physical books. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader? Maybe, if they had other mutual interests. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch? Romance. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose? Either fantasy or down the line of mystery/crime. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community? Based on my own experiences, I would say probably fantasy or horror. Snobbery Recipient: Have you

Omtale; Lyst til å drepe av Anki Edvinsson

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For lenge siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Lyst til å drepe av Anki Edvinsson fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Et mulig terrorangrep ryster den ellers så fredelige byen Umeå. Samtidig skjer et brutalt drap. Er det en sammenheng mellom de to hendelsene? Etterforskerparet Per Bergh og Charlotte von Klint jager skygger i en by lammet av sorg. Parallelt følger vi to sinte, unge menn på vei mot stupet, og en innvandrerjente opplever at livet blir stadig vanskeligere å håndtere. Mine tanker om boka Lyst til å drepe var en spennende bok å lese, spesielt hvis en liker krim med fokus på politi, samtidig som en følger noen andre karakterer også. Jeg var usikker på hvem gjerningspersonen i det ene tilfellet, i tillegg til at jeg syntes det var noe hjerteskjærende over historien til Mariam. 

Omtale; Dykket av Frits De Bourg

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I fjor var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Dykket av Frits De Bourg fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Frits de Bourg, norsk krims best bevarte hemmelighet, leverer feinschmecker-spenning om livsfarlig dykking, kynisk profittjag og korrupsjon. Nicolay Wolff er i Holmestrand for å hjelpe Jenny Borgelin med å få broren ut av et skipsvrak på bunnen av Oslofjorden. Broren omkom i et dykkeroppdrag i vraket, som har en eksplosiv last. Det er få dager igjen til det hele skal dekkes med fyllmasse. Men hvorfor etterlot broren et notat med navnene på kommunens rike og mektige? Hva har det å gjøre med to døde tenåringsjenter og en populær ordførers avgang, og hvorfor begynner også Wolff å motta bibelsitater i posten? I Dykket må journalist Nicolay Wolff gå dypt, både i fjorden, i seg selv og i en kystbys mørke hemmeligheter. Frits de Bourg (f. 1946) har skrevet fem romaner om journalist Nicolay

Mailbox Monday April 5th 2021

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I realised it was a while since I wrote my last Mailbox Monday post, hosted by  the blog with the same name and I decided it was time to write a new one. Here's some of the books I've recieved lately. Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce by A. L. Herbert Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A. L Herbert The Femg Shui Detective by Nury Vittachi Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu Haiti Noir edited by Edwidge Danticat Criminal Kabbalah edited by Lawrence W. Raphael

Smakebit på Søndag; Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) av Margaret Mizushima

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Det er på tide med en ny Smakebit på Søndag, som  Betraktninger  og  Flukten fra virkeligheten  har ansvaret for. Boka jeg skal ta for meg i dag er krimromanen Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) av Margaret Mizushima, som omhandler teamet Mattie og schæferen Robo. Ute på patrulje for å undersøke skader på en sti etter en oversvømmelse, kommer Mattie og Robo over et lik som flyter i vannkanten. Uansett, her er en liten smakebit som omhandler morgenrutinen mellom Mattie og Robo. "Robo pivoted, his toenails skittering across the hardwood floor as he scurried through the living room to the front door, where a clean leash hung doubled on the knob. She'd sent the contaminated one to the station along with the other pieces of evidence. Robo snatched his leash and came trotting back to her, the blue nylon strap dangling from his mouth, while she went into the kitchen to get the gallon jug of fresh water she'd prepared before dressing."

Omtale; Stråmann - en Robert Vinter-roman av Tore Aurstad og Carina Westberg

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I fjor var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Stråmann - en Robert Vinter-roman av Tore Aurstad og Carina Westberg fra forlaget. Jeg har nå lest den og i dag kommer omtalen av det som er første bok i en ny serie. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Giftig avfall i jorda, likfunn og en karriere i grus. Og dette var sommeren Robert Vinters liv skulle få et løft. Akkurat da Robert Vinter trodde at livet nådde nye høyder, smeller det, både bokstavelig og i overført betydning. Robert blir avslørt som en fusker i bokfaget, og familien blir mistenkt for å stå bak en eksplosjon på et gjenvinningsanlegg. Robert må ta et tvilsomt skribentoppdrag, og snart er han truet fra flere hold. I møtet med en avdanket suksessforfatter, en sleip søppelbaron og en grisk bokbransje må Robert Vinter være tøffere enn han trodde var mulig - for å redde seg selv og familien sin fra gribbene. Tore Aurstad & Carina Westberg har tidligere skrevet tre krimromaner fra et skittent og

Review: A Patient Man by Charlie Garratt

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime/mystery novel A Patient Man by Charlie Garratt through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Inspector Given investigates murder at the outbreak of World War II! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Philip Kerr and Andrew Taylor. Can Inspector Given lay the ghosts of his past to rest…? England, 1939 With the outcome of his previous case still haunting him, Inspector James Given is struggling to recover. Nightmares over his ex-girlfriend’s death are worrying him and he is questioning whether he will be able to continue working as a detective. On top of that, the outbreak of the Second World War is announced and Given’s Jewish family is at risk. While Given travels to Europe in search of his uncle, a complicated case arises at home in Kenilworth. Before leaving, Given had been put in charge of a seemingly straightforward suicide case. But now

Review; Checked Out for Murder (The Haunted Library Mysteries #4) by Allison Brook

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Checked Out for Murder (The Haunted Library Mysteries #4) by Allison Brook through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook's fourth Haunted Library mystery. Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she's a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there's more to Daphne than she lets on. The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne's brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie's overbearing mother hits town. Mom's much younger hus

Top Five Wednesday; Give Me More!

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It's Wednesday and probably time for a new Top Five Wednesday, courtesy of the  Goodreads group with the same name. The theme of the week was standalone novels we wished had a sequel or a companion novel. In order to narrow it down a bit, I decided focusing on historical fiction. Here's my picks; The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard The Winter Loon by Lori Henriksen The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva The Occcupation by Deborah Swift

Lesetips til påskekrim

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Jeg er kanskje bittelitt sent ute siden det allerede er påske, men uansett så ville jeg dele noen bokanbefalinger til krimbøker en kan lese nå i påsken. Her kommer en liten liste over bra krimbøker. Noen av dem er av norske forfattere, mens andre er utenlandske. Gutten som elsket rådyr av Samuel Bjørk Lille Linerle av Myriam H. Bjerkeli Jenta uten hud av Mad Peder Nordbo Jeg skal savne deg i morgen av Heine T. Bakkeid Blindtunnel av Tove Alsterdal Stumme skrik av Angela Marsons Mercedes-snittet av Anne Mette Hancock Forsvunnet av Tina Frennstedt Så ble det kaldt av Frode Eie Larsen Jernspøkelset av Ivar Aase Når stormen aldri løyer av Lars Helle Myrkongens datter av Karen Dionne Midnattspiker av Jonas Moström Død manns kiste av Vigdis Kroken og Ragnhild Kolden

Review; A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Netgalley When her former director is found dead in the water, librarian Lucy Richardson will have to get to the bottom of the mystery before the killer ends her tale. It's summertime in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Bertie James's college class is having their 40th anniversary reunion. The opening night reception is held at the Lighthouse Library and Lucy and her colleagues have assembled an exhibit of library artifacts showing how libraries have changed over the years. After the reception, some of the women take a walk down the boardwalk to the pier, using flashlights to illuminate the dark path, but what's scarier than the dark is finding the former director of the Lighthouse Library floating lifeless in the water. Helena S

Smakebit på Søndag; Dough or Die av Winnie Archer

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Det er på tide med en ny Smakebit på Søndag, som bokbloggene  Betraktninger  og  Flukten fra virkeligheten  har ansvaret for. Boka jeg vil ta for meg i dag er en cosy mystery roman som heter Dough or Die, skrevet av Winnie Archer. Olaya driver bakeriet Yeast of Eden og har flere ansatte, blant annet Ivy. De skal bli med i et reality-program om bakeriet, men ting går mildt sagt litt galt. Først blir en kameramann påkjørt og så blir den ene programverten drept. Smakebiten jeg vil dele omhandler derimot tankegangen bak bakeriet og bakekursene som bakeriet har hatt. "The whole concept behind Bread for Life was to lift up and empower low income and immigrant women in the community and help them develop hirable skills, as well as to build self-confidence. Olaya was teaching them to bake. They shared recipes, especially for indigenous breads, and each class offered the participants a chance to connect with one another. It had ended up being far more than a series of baking classe

Review; Murder in Waiting (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) by Lynn Cahoon

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Murder in Waiting (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) by Lynn Cahoon through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads In the latest Tourist Trap mystery from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lynn Cahoon, bookshop café owner Jill Gardner contends with a best friend-turned-bridezilla while trying to solve a local historian’s untimely date with death . . . At Coffee, Books, & More, Jill’s the boss. But as Amy’s maid-of-honor, she can barely keep up with marching orders—and now she’s in charge of organizing an epic bachelorette! Adding to Jill’s party-planning panic, the South Cove Heritage Society just unceremoniously dumped her historic landmark bid. While vying proposals rush in from a loaded land developer and a pushy travel guide company, Jill finds an unexpected ally in Heritage Society expert, Frank Gleason. But their happy union

Let's Talk Bookish; How To Promote Diversity In Book Blogging and Publishing

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It's Friday, which means it's time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of  Literary Lion and Eternity Books . The theme of the week was how to promote diversity in book blogging and publishing. If one is a bit creative, I think it could be a bunch of different ways. That said, I often feel that the Norwegian publishers are a bit "slow" to publish diverse books, if they publish them at all. Aside from a very small handful of non-western bestselling authors, I rarely see any non-white authors (or diverse authors in general) prominently displayed, whether it's in newsletters, in bookstores or what-not. If we're going to read diverse books, they need to be published and for that matter, promoted so much that people know they exist. Not that there's anything wrong with Jo Nesbø and Lucinda Riley, but come on, there's tons of authors out there that could be displayed and/or deserve to be on the bestselling lists. In some cases, there's also

Book Tag; I Love Spring Tag

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I came across the I Love Spring Tag over at  Lala's Book Reviews  and I decided to play along. How is Spring where you live? It's ever-changing weather as usual, but apart from that spring is pretty okay where I live. At least spring flowers such as tulips are starting to grow. Most anticipated book release this Spring? For me, one of the most anticipated spring releases is Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates. I've read a few other books in this cosy mystery series and it's really fun. Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring: The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns Where are you going to read this Spring? As I'm having a major reading slump/reading block at the moment, I'm not entirely sure. The pandemic doesn't help either in terms of travelling and such. Find a cover with the sun on it! Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie What are your favorite Spring reads? Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower Find a book wit

Review; Botched Butterscotch (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #4.5) by Amanda Flower

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Botched Butterscotch (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #4.5) by Amanda Flower through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads A slice of intrigue. . . Mother’s Day is a sweet and busy time at the candy shop Bailey King runs with her Amish grandmother. This year is extra special, because Bailey’s parents are visiting Harvest, Ohio. Bailey’s father has rarely returned since leaving the Amish faith over thirty years ago, but Bailey is confident that the right treats can help sugarcoat any awkwardness. For Mother’s Day Tea at the local church, she’s whipping up her mom’s favorite: butterscotch fudge. All’s going well, until a sticky-fingered thief makes off with the money raised for a local women’s support group. While Bailey tries to discover who stuck their fingers in the cookie jar, she encounters an assortment of suspects. It doesn’t help that Juliet,

Review; Vegan Boards: 50 Gorgeous Plant-Based Boards for Snacks and Meals for Family or Friends by Kate Kasbee

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the cookbook Vegan Boards: 50 Gorgeous Plant-Based Boards for Snacks and Meals for Family or Friends by Kate Kasbee through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Finally, a book of beautiful food board ideas for snacks, parties, and family meals that fit your plant-based diet. Serving artfully arranged foods on boards or platters is extremely popular, but until now, all the books on the subject have been full of meats, cheeses, and other animal products. Vegan Boards is the first book to make this trend accessible to people who follow an entirely plant-based diet. The results are delectable—and gorgeous to behold. In these pages, Kate Kasbee, co-creator of the popular blog Well Vegan, shows you how to create 50 stunning plant-based boards. Step-by-step instructions and a color photograph are included for each one. All the boards are remarkably easy to pre

Review; For Whom the Book Tolls (An Antique Bookshop Mystery #1) by Laura Gail Black

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery For Whom the Book Tolls (An Antique Bookshop Mystery #1) by Laura Gail Black through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads In this cozy series debut from Laura Gail Black, Jenna Quinn finds her uncle murdered in his antique bookstore, and Jenna--his primary beneficiary--becomes the prime suspect. Trouble follows Jenna Quinn wherever she goes. Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, NC. In exchange, she'll help him out in his antiquarian bookstore. But soon after she arrives, Jenna finds her uncle's body crumpled at the base of the staircase between his apartment and the bookstore. Before the tragedy even sinks in, Jenna learns that she's inherited almost everything her uncle owned: the store and apartment, as well as his not-so-meager savings a

Omtale; Hundedager by Trine-Lise Rygh

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I fjor fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av debutromanen Hundedager av Trine-Lise Rygh fra forlaget. Jeg leste den kort tid etter og i dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Når er det greit å gripe inn i andres privatliv? Mora til Tess har havna på sjukehus. Hun ble funnet i hagen, ute av stand til å gjøre rede for seg, sier naboen. Tess må komme, må ta seg av bikkja. Så Tess reiser over fjellet, tilbake til huset med de dårlige minnene. Må få ordna med den bikkja så kan hun dra tilbake til kjæresten, til jobben i dyrebutikken – den første jobben hun har klart å holde på. I leiligheten til mora er alle gardinene trukket for, som vanlig. Tess møter naboen, hun som ringte. Fra avstand ser hun ut som en diva, en sånn fra filmer på søttitallet, men hun er ikke akkurat noen stjerne. Og ungen hennes. Ida. Hvordan har hun det egentlig? Ubehaget tyter frem mellom linjene i denne sterke debuten om omsorgssvikt. Mine tanker om  boka Hundedager er en bok som smyger seg i

Review; The Conjurer (The Vine Witch #3) by Luanne G. Smith

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I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the fantasy novel The Conjurer (The Vine Witch #3) by Luanne G. Smith through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it. Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously fa

Let's Talk Bookish; Diversity in Books

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It's Friday and time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of Literary Lion and Eternity Books . The theme of the week was diversity in books. When I talk about diversity, I use the wide definition I published in my  2021 Diversity Reading Challenge , just so you know what's in the back of my head when talking about it. That said, I prefer reading diverse books by an author who knows what they're talking about, but I may make exceptions from time to time. I love to be on the lookout for new-to-me diverse books to read and I often use Bookstagram, Booktube, book blogs and Goodreads for inspiration and suggestions. I find the first three especially helpful in terms of let's say black booktubers suggesting well written books with black protagonists or by black authors, as they know if the book is written in a proper/authentic way. I almost wish Bookstagram and Booktube existed "back in the day" when I first came out as bi, as there were very few books

Book Tag; The Flower Book Tag

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I came across this fun tag called The Flower Book Tag, which was created by  Wordy and Whimsical  and I decided to play along. Roses are traditionally given as an expression of love: what’s your favourite romance in a book? The slow burning one. No offense against Instalove, but I prefer the slow burning one. Stargazer Lilies are named for their blooms that face toward the sky: who is your favourite ambitious character? Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Peace Lilies are known for being one of the easier houseplants to care for: what is a book you think anyone could love? Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Chrysanthemums are given on Mother’s Day in Australia: who is your favourite fictional mother? Molly Weasley for sure. How is it possible NOT to love her? Spider Plants are easy to propagate: what is a hyped-up book that you love? Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Lily of the Valley is pretty but poisonous: share a book with a beautiful cover that was actua