Showing posts from March, 2022

List; 6 Books By Trans Authors

It's the International Transgender Day of Visibility today and I decided writing a list of books by trans authors as a result. Considering all the crap, such as harrassment, violence, murder, and what-not experienced by trans people, I think it's important to show that there's people out there that loves and respect them for who they are. Of course, I might be a bit biased as I've got several friends and acquaintances that's trans, in addition to being a demifluid lesbian myself (crap, now I'm out of that closet too - oh well, I guess I had to mention it sooner or later). Anyway, here's a varied list of books by trans authors to check out. Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes edited by Gwen Benaway Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women and trans feminine writers curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. Drawing on high fantasy and other genres of fanta

Monthly Summary; March 2022

As March is almost over, I figured out it was time to write a monthly summary covering this month. I may not have read as much as I would like, but at least I managed to read a few books. Without further ado, here's the books I've read this month. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (contemporary YA with LGBT+ theme) Spiselig hage - alle kan dyrke sin egen mat by Dennis Asbjørnsen (Norwegian non-fiction) Last Stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind (history/non-fiction) The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (crime novel) Thin Air by Michelle Paver (historical fiction/ghost story) The Night Silver River Run Red by Christine Morgan (horror, western)

Top Ten Tuesday; 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

It's Tuesday and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was 21st century books I think will become classics. To narrow it down a bit, I decided to focus on diverse books. Here's my ten picks. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem by Amanda Gorman Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea by Bandi Fullblood Arabian by Osama Alomar

Book Tag; Dark Academia Book Tag

I came across the Dark Academia Book Tag created by  CarolynMarieReads  and  * e m m i e *  over at  Leigh Hecking . As I've got a weak spot for dark academia (I even had it in mind when planning out my living room in my house), I honestly couldn't resist doing this tag. What is your favourite “academia” or “dark” book + movie? Dead Poets Society What dead poet would you like to have a drink with? Edgar Allan Poe, no doubt. What is your favourite painting and/or sculpture? Self Portrait Wearing a Velvet Dress by Frida Kahlo What is your favourite architectural marvel? How can I just pick one? I'll say Colosseum in Rome, Italy and Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany. What Shakespeare play would you want to be the lead in? Anthony and Cleopatra How many languages do you speak and which language would you most like to learn? I speak 6 languages, but would love to learn Hebrew and/or Romanian. What is your favourite quote (from poetry, prose, plays, etc.)? "For as l

#SixForSunday; Picture Books With Nature Themes

It's Sunday and perhaps it's time for a new Six For Sunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was books with nature themes and I decided narrowing it down to picture books as there's so many beatifully made picture books that deserves more recognition. Here's my six picks. If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever The Woods by Rob Hodgson 111 Trees - How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh Who Stole the Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister My Bison by Gaya Wisniewski When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee

Omtale; Karma av Jørgen Jæger

Etter å ha lest et par andre bøker i serien om Ole Vik, endte jeg opp med å lese Karma av Jørgen Jæger og i dag kommer omtalen av krimromanen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget En mann forsøker å ta livet av seg på Korsneset i Bergen, men en turgåer griper inn. Da politiet ankommer, er mannen død og turgåeren sporløst forsvunnet. It-medarbeider Sebastian Maddox blir funnet død i en bakgård. Har han tatt sitt eget liv, slik det ser ut til? Det avdekkes uregelmessigheter i etterforskningen, og lensmann Ole Vik blir bedt om å gjennomgå saken på nytt. Etter hvert trer konturene av en kynisk bakmann frem – en mann som hensynsløst dreper enhver som står i veien for ham. Mannen kaller seg ”Karma”. Men hvem er han? Ole Vik har bare noen få timer til å finne det ut. Mine tanker om boka Ole Vik har definitivt hendene fulle i denne boka, og siden det er mye som skjer, er det definitivt fengende lesning. Handlinga og plottet er engasjerende og karakterene er komplekse, sånn at de ikke virker som papp-figu

Let's Talk Bookish; The Evolution of Book Blogging

It's Friday and time for another Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of  Literary Lion and Eternity Books . The theme of the week was the evolution of book blogging and here's the questions related to the prompt. How long have you been blogging, and how has the book blogging community changed since you started? Do you think it’s been a positive or negative change? What do you think the future of blogging will be? Would you want to keep blogging even if blogging becomes very “old school” and isn’t really done anymore? I've been book blogging since July 2012, so I've been doing it for almost ten years and things have certainly changed a bit during that time period. Now, there's Bookstagram, BookTok and BookTube, in addition to the "regular" book blogging and I think it has both positive and negative sides. The negative sides are that there's a "competition" in a sense between the more visual (Bookstagram etc) versus the written ("regula

Book Tag; Reading Habits Tag

I came across the Reading Habits Tag over at  Jess's Bookshelf and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag to do. DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AT HOME FOR READING? I tend to read on my sofa. BOOKMARK OR RANDOM PIECE OF PAPER? Bookmark. CAN YOU JUST STOP READING OR DO YOU HAVE TO STOP READING AFTER A CHAPTER OR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAGES? If possible, I stop reading or take a pause between chapters. DO YOU EAT OR DRINK WHILE READING? I often do both. MULTITASKING: MUSIC OR TV WHILE READING? Nope. ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL? Usually I just read one book at the time. READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE? I can read everywhere. READING OUT LOUD OR SILENTLY IN YOUR HEAD? Silently in my head. DO YOU READ AHEAD OR EVEN SKIP PAGES? Nope. BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT LIKE NEW? It has happened that I've broken the spine on a book. DO YOU WRITE IN YOUR BOOKS? It has happened that I've written or highlighted in my books, especially when I took a few literature classes at un

Top Five Wednesday; First in a Series

It's Wednesday and I figured out it was time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of Top Five Wednesday . The theme of the week was first in a series and I decided narrowing it down to cosy mysteries. Here's my five picks. The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren Description from Goodreads At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do. Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at n

Top Ten Tuesday; Books With an Adjective In the Title

It's Tuesday and time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was books with an adjective in the title. Here's my picks. The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Oscar: The Bionic Cat by Kate Allan Silent Scream by Angela Marsons The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall A Patient Man by Charlie Garratt

Review; The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

A few months ago, I read the crime novel The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties and lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home? My Thought

#SixForSunday; Crime and Mystery Novels To Get People Out of Reading Slumps

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 books to get people out of reading slumps and I decided narrowing it down to crime and mystery novels. I can't speak for everyone else, but when I'm in a reading slump I want to get out of, I often want something action-packed and fast paced and I suspect I'm not the only one. Anyway, here's my six picks. The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard Description from Goodreads London, 1857 - A series of mutilated corpses are pulled from the Thames. Young surgeon Dr George Phillips is first consulted, and then suspected, by baffled police... Meanshile, a secret society meets. This gathering of the finsest minds of the age - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin and others - wish to use their discoveries to change the world... But there are those who use the club for their own mysterious and dark ends. With his reputation and his

Omtale; Det sorte fåret av Jørgen Jæger

For litt siden fikk jeg et innfall om at jeg hadde lyst til å lese noe skandinavisk krim, så jeg endte opp med å lese Det sorte fåret av Jørgen Jæger. I dag kommer omtalen av boka. Beskrivelse fra forlaget DET SORTE FÅRET er årets gladnyhet for alle Ole Vik-fans. Dette er boken Jørgen Jæger drømte plottet til en natt på 80-tallet. Her vekkes Ole Vik og Cecilie Hopen i Fjellberghavn til live for aller første gang. Boken har ikke tidligere vært utgitt. Nå i jubileumsåret til forfatteren, som fyller 75 år, har vi hentet frem dette ur-manuset og presenterer det i bokform for leserne, enklere enn de senere bøkene, usminket og ekte, som den kuriositeten det er med sine styrker og svakheter. Manus har ligget lagret på forfatterens harddisk som bok null i alle år. Så velkommen til 80-tallet - med fasttelefoner, dataskrekk, telefaxer og de første mobiltelefonene til bruk i bil. Glem røykeloven, glem forbudet mot håndholdt mobiltelefon i bilen, glem Internett, Facebook, Twitter, smarttelefoner