Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Blogger Hop; Friends and Book Discussions

It's Friday again, 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 "When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?".
It's fair to say that it often turns to books, though it happens more frequently with some friends than others. One of my friends from university and I sometimes have "bookshopping dates", so then it's pretty natural that our conversations turn to books.

I might add that not all of my friends are equally as much bookworms as myself, so in some cases books are more mentioned than actually talked about.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Library Loot Week 12

The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief are hosting the weekly feature Library Loot and today I wanted to show you a few books I've borrowed at the library recently.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa

Heavy Metal and You by Christpher Krovatin

Blid er sommarnatta av Jógvan Isaksen

Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

My Favourite... Hobby Next To Reading

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite hobby next to reading.

Apart from reading and being a huge coffee drinker, some of my favourite hobbies includes knitting, cooking and baking. The benefit of baking is of course that sometimes I end up having yummy treats to eat while reading.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Spring TBR

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week is books on my TBR.

My list includes;

Gyllen sol av Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Vi som er annerledes av Veselin Markovic

Det som ventet meg av Parinoush Saniee

Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona

A Place Called Milagro de la Paz by Manilo Argueta

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

A Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Faceless by Amma Darko

The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang

Blid er sommarnatta av Jógvan Isaksen

Monday, 19 March 2018

Review; Shadow On The Wall by Jonathan Aycliffe

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I came across the novel Shadow On The Wall by Jonathan Aycliffe a while ago at Book Depository and I just couldn't resist. I've finally read it and here's my review of it.

Description from Goodreads
In the countryside of Victorian England, Edward Atherton, rector of Thornham St. Stephen, has taken on the arduous task of restoring the ancient church. But he should never have meddled with the tomb that lay beneath the church's crumbling walls. The moment the workman raised the tomb lid, an unspeakable horror escaped. At a loss to explain the unsettling noises and frightening visions that begin to plague the church, Atherton calls upon fellow antiquarian and Cambridge professor Richard Asquith to help investigate the strange events that began in the wake of the tomb's disturbance.
The two discover tantalizing hints of whom and what may have been laid to rest in the tomb, but the unforeseen circumstances force Asquith to give up his inquiries and leave the small village of Thornham behind. Asquith tries to put the frightening experiences behind him and focus on his new wife and family. But death and disappearances abound, and Asquith soon has no choice but to confront the darkness that has followed him from that ancient church into his own home
My Thoughts On The Novel
I felt it was a bit of a slow read at times and not that scary, but Jonathan Aycliffe knows how to write descriptions.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Ti tips til påskekrim

Siden det nærmer seg betraktelig påske, tenkte jeg at det kanskje var passende å skrive en liste over anbefalte krimbøker. Da jeg ikke har fått lest så mye av krim utgitt i år ennå, måtte jeg hovedsaklig basere meg på bøker utgitt tidligere.

Her er i hvert fall ti krimromaner som kan anbefales.

Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo

Midnattspoker av Jonas Moström

Svarthuset av Peter May

Forliset av Frode Granhus

Jernspøkelset av Ivar Aase

Jeg skal savne deg i morogen av Heine Bakkeid

Stumme skrik av Angela Marsons

I djevelens klør av Jan Boris Stene

Ildbarnet av S. K. Tremayne

Myrkongens datter av Karen Dionne

Book Tour & Giveaway; Women of History - Empress Wu Zetian and Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd

Empress Wu Zetian
The Legendary Women of World History Book 5
70 pages

The most hated woman in Chinese history! 

Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, Empress Wu was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo -- too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the Analects of Confucius. 

Married off at age 14 as a low-ranking concubine to Emperor Taizong, Wu’s intelligence, beauty, and charm won her a place as his secretary and protégé, political experience that would empower her to transform the lives of countless billions. 

Explore the life of Empress Wu and discover why the world is a vastly different place because she dared what no woman in China before or since ever dreamed of.

Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd:
The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
The Legendary Women of World History Book 6

56 pages

Queen Elizabeth Tudor's Heroic Welsh Foremother!

Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan was always destined for great things. As daughter to one of Gwynedd's greatest warriors she grew up strong and passionate -- more than a match for her older brothers. 

At sixteen Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries and lives in the heart of every Welsh man, woman, and child.

Includes an extensive timeline covering over 400 years of Welsh and English medieval history.

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. 

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.

In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.

One winner each week will receive a sapling tree from the Arbor Day Foundation – trees will vary depending on the winner's region – US only. There will also be two random winners for a special mystery prize- drawn at surprise moments during the tour!

Follow the tour HERE to discover the other amazing Legendary Women of World History books and enter the weekly giveaways!