Sunday, 10 December 2017

Review; Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

With POC Reading Challenge in mind, I ended up reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs during Dewey's Readathon in October and here comes the review.

Description from Goodreads
The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlremains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North.

Written and published in 1861 after Jacobs' harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master, the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and hypocrisy of the master-slave relationship. Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave, her eventual escape after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years in self-imposed exile, hiding in a coffin-like "garret" attached to her grandmother's porch.

A rare firsthand account of a courageous woman's determination and endurance, this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of family. 

My Thoughts On the Book
The memoir was heartbreaking at times if one considers how unfairly the slaves were treated. Got to give the author a bit of credit for her personality though, as I doubt a lot of people could endure a fraction of what she went through.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Omtale; Fengselsdikt av Mahvash Sabet

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Med POC Reading Challenge i bakhodet, endte jeg opp med å låne Fengselsdikt av Mahvash Sabet på biblioteket, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Innesperret i et av Irans tøffeste fengsler, skriver Mahvash Sabet dikt på servietter og toalettpapir. I 2008 ble hun arrestert og to år senere dømt til tjue års fengsel, bare fordi hun er medlem av Bahá'í-samfunnet. Takket være en rekke hjelpere blir Sabets tekster smuglet ut, redigert og utgitt som Prison poems. Diktene er historiske dokumenter over Sabets elendige soningsforhold, men er også unike portetter av iranske kvinners livsvilkår. Det er sterke dikt som reflekterer over desperasjon, håp og ensomhet.

Mine tanker om boka
Diktene var sterk lesing, og det er en diktsamling som definitivt burde leses av flere, rett og slett fordi den gir innblikk i noe en sjelden hører noe om. I tillegg likte jeg språket i diktene.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Book Blogger Hop; Reading Christmas Romance

It's Friday, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts?
Personally, I'm not too much into romance in general, so if I happen to read one (regardless of Christmas-theme), I do need to find the plot interesting.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Review & Book Tour; Thread of a Spider by D. L. Gardner

Thread of a Spider
by D.L. Gardner
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy


When all attempts to save her fiance fail, Ailis must rely on the magic of the forest folk. 


Following an ambush at the Upton Rail Station in 1921 Ireland, British troops burn Ailis' home to the ground and arrest her fiancé, Liam, for murder. She and her younger brother Paddy flee to an enchanted glen. Lured by a haunting song, Paddy is abducted by forest folk. Perilous obstacles, and a questionable stranger, hinder Ailis' attempts to find her brother or free her fiance, until her only hope for survival rests on the magic of the Fae.

˃˃˃ A bitter uprising in Ireland is taking place and two siblings are tossed in the battle, facing death, believing in love, and hoping in magic. 

1920 found Ireland at the peak of tensions that had been building for centuries. Famine, tyranny and strife robbed the Irish of their homes, their lives and their country. Four years after the Easter Rising, pressure became so great, that the southern Irish took up arms against the British and fought for a free nation. Thread of a Spider, a historical fantasy, weaves history and Irish myth together to tell a story about two teenage siblings caught in the war and swathed in the legends of Erie.˃˃˃ A fantasy based on history woven with rich Irish lore.

With a passion for a good wholesome story, Gardner dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dabbling in screenwriting, she's won screenings and a trophy for some of her film projects. 

She loves a tale that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

D.L. Gardner is a columnist for the science fiction and fantasy publication Amazing Stories Magazine

Personally, I found "Thread of a Spider" a fun, entertaining and interesting read. The author manages to blend fantasy andIrish folklore with historical fiction in a way that makes sense and isn't "overkill". The Irish is pretty known for their folklore, so it wasn't a "shocker" that the blend between historical fiction and fantasy would work. The author also writes in such a way that one is more or less within the story ourselves and could experience what some of the characters did.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My Favourite... Christmas Read

It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books. The theme of the week was Christmas read.

As I recently wrote a post about it in relation to Book Blogger Hop, I decided to pick some other books for this post (as there are so many good books).

My picks are; The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace Was Found by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey, Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren and The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren.

The Christmas Truce tells about that rather famous Christmas during WW1 and the two books by Astrid Lindgren are classics (at least in my eyes).

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love To Visit

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish. The theme of the week was ten bookish settings I would love to visit and I decided narrowing it down to places in the UK. Those who knows me well enough knows that I'm a little bit of an anglophile, so I guess it wasn't such a big surprise.

Even though my "proper" list includes settings I'd love to visit, I would just quickly mention two places that I have already visited; The Long Room at The Library of Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) and The Minster Gate Bookshop (York, UK).
My list includes;

  1. Word On The Water - The London Bookbarge, London
  2. Whitby Abbey (backdrop for Bram Stoker's Dracula), Whitby
  3. The Open Book, Wigton
  4. Sherlock Holmes Museum, London
  5. The Jacobite Express, Scotland
  6. Scarfes Bar, London
  7. The Book and Record Bar, London
  8. Far Rockaway, London
  9. Pages of Hackney, London
  10. The Calder Bookshop, London

Monday, 4 December 2017

Omtale; God's Bits of Wood av Ousmane Sembène

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I forbindelse med POC Reading Challenge endte jeg opp med å lese romanen God's Bits of Wood av Ousmane Sembène og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
In 1947-48 the workers on the Dakar-Niger railway staged a strike. In this vivid, timeless novel, Ousmane Sembène envinces the color, passion, and tragedy of those formative years in the history of West Africa.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig syntes jeg det var en tankevekkende bok, spesielt med tanke på arbeidsvilkår, rasisme og kulturkollisjoner. Den kan definitivt anbefales.