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Top Five Wednesday; Summer-y Starts

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads group  with the same name. The theme of the week was books that gets me in summer mood. Here's my five picks. Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright & Cass Grafton

Summer Reading Recs - 20 Books To Read This Summer

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As it's summer, I figured out it was only fitting I wrote a list of book recommendations for summer reading. Although I do love fantasy and crime/mystery novels, I do read other books as well, believe it or not. Considering just how many books that are published, I wanted to make it a bit easier to sort through everything and list 20 books one could pick up to read this summer. Without any further ado, here's the list. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon Summer Dreams at Vi

Omtale; Min sønn av Arne Svingen

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I fjor var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av kortromanen Min sønn av Arne Svingen fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Hvor langt ville du gått for å redde ditt eget barn? Midt på natta oppdager Jorunn at sønnen, Ronny, kommer hjem med blod på klærne. Dagen etter er klærne borte. Jorunn frykter at en konfrontasjon vil ødelegge et allerede skjørt mor--sønn-forhold. Ikke er hun sikker på at det virkelig var blod, heller. Men da roen i hjemmet igjen har senket seg, skjer det noe som snur opp-ned på alt sammen, og Jorunn må handle. Men hvor langt er hun er villig til å gå for å redde sønnen sin. Min sønn andre bok i serien med frittstående romaner inspirert av De ti bud. Denne boken tar utgangspunkt i det det fjerde budet: Du skal hedre din far og din mor. Mine tanker om boka Min sønn er en kortroman med interessante karakterer og en historie med flere vendinger. Jeg hadde i tillegg sans for skrivestilen og språket t

#SixForSunday; Favourite LGBTQIA+ Characters

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It's Sunday and time for a new #SixForSunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was favourite LGBTQIA+ characters. Here's my picks. Sophia and Constance from Cinderella is Dead by Kaylinn Bayron Felix from Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender Sam McQuade from Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame Sahar from If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan Yetu from The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Omtale; Tåkedis av Frode Eie Larsen og Dag Otto Lauritzen

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For et par år siden var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av spenningsromanen Tåkedis av Frode Eie Larsen og Dag Otto Lauritzen fra forlaget. Jeg har til slutt somlet meg til å lese den og i dag kommer omtalen av boka, som forøvrig er beregnet for ungdom. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Mot, nysgjerrighet, vilje og vennskap! Hannah finner en jakke som er skylt på land i fjæra, og hun får umiddelbart en følelse av at noe er galt. Verken bestekompis Einar eller faren, som er politisjef i den lille kystbyen, er overbevist. Men når den eneste motstanderen av den lokale utbyggingen forsvinner sporløst, blir det klart at de står overfor et mysterium. Amerikanske investorer, luksusyachter, falske penger og forsvunne politikere er ikke hverdagskost i skjærgårdsbyen - men Hannah og Einar følger sporene og nekter å gi opp. Hannah er datter av den lokale politisjefen og har en nese for hemmeligheter. Samtidig satser hun knallhardt som juniorsyklist. Sammen med bestevennen Einar og

Let's Talk Bookish; Appreciation For Book Bloggers

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It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of  Literary Lion and Eternity Books . The theme of the week was appreciation for book bloggers. I'm not going to deny that I sometimes feel a bit like an "underdog", even within the book blogging community, as I'm not exactly a top ranking/popular book blogger. That said, I do appreciate the comments, views, etc, that I get, so please don't get me wrong here. I'm not totally sure who appreciate the work of book bloggers the most, readers, authors or other book bloggers. All I know is that I have occasionally recieved some nice comments and/or tweets from authors if I've reviewed their book(s) or highlighted their work in a list. I also know that sometimes people add books to their TBR lists after reading about them at my blog. In terms of social media, I am a bit torn. In some cases, social media like Instagram and TikTok can depreciate book bloggers in terms of in-depth bl

Book Tag; #ToBeRead Tag

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I came across the #ToBeRead Tag over at  The Book Dutchesses  and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag to do. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? By keeping them separate from those that I've read Is your TBR mostly print or ebook? Mostly print A book that has been on your TBR the longest. Feel free to get a good laugh, but I've had Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell on my TBR for quite some time A book you recently added to your TBR The Story So Far by Jane Eklund A book in your TBR pile strictly because of its cover Frangipani by Célestine Vaite A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler for pretty obvious reasons - I'm reluctant getting into his mind An unpublished book on your TBR your excited for Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead A book on your TBR that everyone’s read except for you A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu A book on yo

Review; Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay (Swallowtail Bay #2) by Katie Ginger

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the novel Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay (Swallowtail Bay #2) by Katie Ginger through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay! Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben? A brand-new joyous summer read from Katie Ginger, author of the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award 2019 nominee The Little Theatre on the Seafront! Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with Swallowtail Bay! My Thoughts on the Book Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay was a cute and charming summer read. The characters were well d

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was simple enough as it was books on my summer 2021 TBR. Here's my picks. Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given Wench by Maxine Kaplan The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey Lizzie by Dawn Ius The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde Grrls on the Side by Carrie Pack I Can't Think Straight by Shamim Sarif Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Omtale; Stoner av John Williams

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For en stund tilbake endte jeg opp med å lese Stoner av John Williams etter å ha hørt så mye om den rundt forbi. I dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget William Stoner er født mot slutten av det 19. århundre i en lutfattig bondefamilie i Missouri. Han blir sendt til universitetet for å studere agronomi, men forelsker seg i stedet i litteratur og omfavner livet som akademiker. Etter som årene går, møter Stoner motgang på motgang: Hans ekteskap inn i en respektabel familie fremmedgjør ham fra foreldrene, hans karriere bremses, hans kone og datter vender seg vekk fra ham og en skjellsettende forelskelse blir satt under press fra trusselen om skandale. Hans liv er stille, og etter hans død er det få som husker ham. Likevel, med oppriktighet, medfølelse og en intens kraft avdekker denne romanen universelle verdier. Stoner forteller om de konflikter, tap og seire som mennesker gjennomlever selv om de ikke noteres i historiebøkene og tar tilbake betydningen av hvert enkelt mennesk

#SixForSunday; LGBTQIA+ Stories I'd Recommend

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It's Sunday and time for a new #SixForSunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was LGBTQIA+ stories I'd recommend. Here's my picks; Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg The Winter Loon by Lori Henriksen Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Omtale; Vi som er annerledes av Veselin Markovic

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Siden jeg tross alt holder på med et "Land i verden"-prosjekt, endte jeg opp med å lese romanen Vi som er annerledes av Veselin Markovic, som er fra Serbia, som jeg fikk som leseeksemplar fra forlaget for flere år siden. I dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget En gåtefull forbrytelse og en tragisk ulykke danner bakteppet for denne romanen, som i sin oppbygning og spenning minner om en kriminalfortelling. Handlingen er lagt til en liten by på et geografisk ubestemt sted og fortelles parallelt av bokens to hovedpersoner: Vanja og Vladimir. Vanja er en ung kvinne født med en sjelden, uhelbredelig genetisk sykdom, som bare rammer en av to millioner og som gjør at huden hennes har et gulaktig preg. Vladimir, som bærer på et forferdelig minne fra barndommen, er et usedvanlig mattetalent som skriver en doktorgrad om sannsynlighetsteori. Han har plassert en annonse i avisen hvor han ber de som har opplevd noe mirakuløst - noe som virker helt usannsynlig, men som likev

Review; Still as Death (A Lucky Whiskey Mystery #2) by J. A. Kazimer

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Still as Death (A Lucky Whiskey Mystery #2) by J. A. Kazimer through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads When it comes to murder, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good . . . When she’s not busy dodging the killer alligators and small-town gossip of Gett, Florida, Charlotte Lucky has her hands full keeping the family distillery up and running and planning her grandfather’s seventy-fifth birthday celebration. Then an arrogant old flame from her Hollywood days comes to town to woo her back with a proposal of marriage, and she rejects his offer with a burst of anger and no regrets—until the celebrity heartthrob is found murdered and she’s fingered as the main suspect. Certain that the town’s sheriff—a member of the rival Gett clan—would be more than happy to see her hang for the crime, Charlotte gets to work tracking down the real killer. Navigatin

Book Tag; Books I'll Never Read Tag

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I came across the Books I'll Never Read Tag over at  The Book Dutchesses  and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag to do. So, here's the questions. 1. a really hyped book you’re not interested in reading Divergent by Veronica Roth 2. a series you won’t start/won’t be finishing I have no plans to read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer 3. a classic you’re not interested in reading Not sure if it's considered a classic, but I have no intentions of reading the Bible 4. any genres you won’t read I struggle reading most self-help books. I'm not saying I'm not reading them at all, I'm just REALLY picky about which ones I actually read. 5. a book on your shelf you’ll probably never actually read Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, as I'm terrified of getting into his sick, twisted mind and hateful opinions.

Review; Beyond the Tracks by Michael Reit

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the historical novel Beyond the Tracks by Michael Reit through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Berlin, 1938 It’s no longer safe here. When the Jewish families of Berlin start disappearing in nightly raids, 21-year-old Jacob Kagan knows it’s only a matter of time before the trucks come for him. Along with his family and best friend, he flees the country he’s always called home to find shelter in a Dutch refugee camp. Before long, the Netherlands falls to the Nazi war machine — Jacob’s new home is transformed into a transit camp with weekly trains bound for the horrors of the Eastern concentration camps. Handpicked by the cruel new SS regime to police the camp’s Jewish population, Jacob has the opportunity to save his parents and best friend from the dreaded transport lists — but at what cost? Based on true events, Beyond the Tracks is a redemptive story of unconditional loyalty and a wil

Review; Dog-Gone Dead (A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery #2) by Jackie Layton

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Dog-Gone Dead (A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery #2) by Jackie Layton through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Dog-Gone Dead is the second book in A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series. Who’d have thought mulch could cause such a stink? Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother’s landscaping jobs—until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark. Worse, her brother’s landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem happy to have “caught their man,” Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She’ll risk everything to prove her brother’s innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town. If you love small-town coastal life, dogs, and strong heroines, you’ll love Dog-Gone Dead. My Thoughts on the Book I really

Mailbox Monday; June 7th 2021

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It's Monday and time for a new Mailbox Monday post, courtesy of the blog with the same name . Here's some of the books I've recieved recently. The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey The Story So Far by Jane Eklund City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Tethered by Bryce Gibson The Resort by Bryce Gibson Perennials by Bryce Gibson The Eighth Life for Brilka by Nino Haratiswili The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali Nocturnal Light: Sufi Poems by Aïda Touré Frangipani by Célestine Vaite A Girl Called Eel by Ali Zamir The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia