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.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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.

Book Tour & Giveaway; Secrets? by Christer Tholin

Stockholm Sleuth Series Book 2
by Christer Tholin
Genre: Mystery Crime Thriller

"Dammit! She’d made a huge mistake. She’d never make it out of here - they were going to kill her."

In the crime novella SECRETS?, fledgling private investigator Elin Bohlander takes on what looks like an easy assignment — at first: to determine if her client’s boyfriend is having an affair with another woman. To do this, Elin follows him to a secluded cabin in the woods, where she soon discovers that what’s actually transpiring is stranger than anyone thought. Having ventured too far, she’s stumbled upon a hornet’s nest and put her life at risk. But it’s too late. Can Elin win the unequal fight against a gang of brutal child molesters?

SECRETS? is the second, standalone book from Christer Tholin’s Stockholm Sleuth Series. In the previous novel VANISHED?, Elin and her colleague Lars solve their first case together.
If you like fast-paced action and surprising twists and turns, then you will love Christer Tholin's sleuth series.

Stockholm Sleuth Series Book 1

He could only hope he’d get out of here in one piece.”

To come to terms with his recent divorce, Martin, an attorney in Berlin, plans a peaceful vacation – two weeks in a Swedish summer house seem to be the solution. It won’t be peaceful, however, and those two weeks will change his life forever. He takes a liking to Liv, a Swedish woman whom he meets in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, they don’t get to have their first date – Liv disappears under mysterious circumstances. Martin begins his search but soon realizes he can’t find Liv in a foreign country by himself. He hires two private investigators, and their discoveries make everything seem even stranger. 
The complexities in this suspenseful criminal case lead to a hunt across Sweden. Martin comes close to finding answers, but his search lands him in very real danger, eventually leading to the first deaths. Soon he‘s wondering if he can get Liv and himself out of this situation alive.

The author grew up in the North of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. Today, he lives together with his family in Stockholm, Sweden, where he works as management consultant.

Already for ages he has been a great fan of crime stories and therefore, had the desire to write his own crime story with the characters acting in Sweden. This crime-fiction is now available under the title "Vanished?".
The crime novel starts at a slower pace - like Martin's holidays, but the tension goes up more and more. It comes to a number of surprising turns giving new impulses to the story. Apart from that, the lovely country Sweden is described with the view of a foreigner.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Book Blitz; Murder on the Lake of Fire by Mikel J. Wilson

Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
Britt hadn’t been able to even look at her skates since the embarrassment of her last competition, and now as they dangled from her shoulders, she faced the frozen lake like it was a pervy ass-pincher about to get slapped. Knowing someone had drugged her didn’t soothe the humiliation of that night and didn’t make returning to the ice any easier.
“I can do this,” she chanted while her shins cut through the crouching morning fog and her boots crunched a path onto the snow. As she unburdened her shoulder at the lake’s bank, the blades clinked against each other like engaged sabers, shocking the silence to attention. She changed her footwear and stepped onto the frozen water, prepared for battle.
Britt plowed through the thin layer of snow atop the ice and warmed up with minor moves of little friction that evolved into grander displays of gifted athleticism. From a Y-spiral she leapt into a butterfly jump and followed it with a double Axel. When she landed, she spotted something protruding from the ice in her path. Branch! She shuffled her feet and averted a tumble, but the back of her blades scraped each other, which caused a slight spark.
Composure regained, Britt twisted into a purposeful spin. As she drew in her arms to increase her speed, her visible breath encircled her head like the arms of the Milky Way. She couldn’t focus on the white and grey world that whirled around her, but she noticed that the sun had risen and was now warming her face.
The sun, however, was still in its place, hiding behind the snow-covered pines.
Fire surrounded her petite frame and spread across the lake. Britt tried to scream, but the smoke she gasped in gagged her throat.
She continued spinning, unable to stop, as the blaze engulfed her body. In a fiery vortex, Britt plunged through the melting ice.

Author Bio:
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Book Blogger Hop; Favourite Christmas Read

It's time for yet another Book Blogger Hop post thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and the question of the week was "What is your favourite Christmas themed read?".

I can't choose just one book, so some of my favourites are A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien, Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie and A Gift From Bob by James Bowen.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Topp 5 bokomslag Desember 2017

Det er Desember og på tide med årets siste topp fem bokomslag, som blir arrangert av Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer hver måned.

Her er mine valg for Desember.
The Girl in the Tower av Katherine Arden

Shadow Girl av Liana Liu

Foolish Hearts av Emma Mills

The Truth Beneath The Lies av Amanda Searchy

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles redigert av Natalie C. Parker

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Omtale; I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban av Malala Yousafzai med Christina Lamb

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Tatt i betraktning at jeg deltar i POC Reading Challenge og jeg hadde I am Malala av Malala Yousafzai med Christina Lamb i bokhylla, endte jeg opp med å lese den. Nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Mine tanker om boka
Selv om det er en del historiske fakta om Pakistan i boka, er den allikevel verdt lesinga, tatt i betraktning et av hovedtemaene; kvinners rett til utdannelse (noe mange i vesten tar for gitt).

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday; Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish and the theme of the week was top ten books on my winter TBR. Some of the books happens to be advanced reading copies I've put on hold and basically "needs" to read soon as they are not-that-advanced-reading-copies anymore.

My list includes;
Urmakeren i Auschwitz by John Donoghue

Håp i høstfarger by Susan Meissner

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Den forbudte elven by Chigozie Obioma

Gåten by Jessie Burton

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Beatrix & dunklumpene av Cathrine L. Wilhelmsen

Glimt fra okkupasjonen bind 1; Tyske vinger over Sola og Forus av Militærhistorisk forening Rogaland

Charlotte av David Foenkinos

Vi som er annerledes av Veselin Markovic

Monday, 27 November 2017

Mailbox Monday Uke 48

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Det er en ny mandag og på tide med et nytt Mailbox Monday-innlegg, takket være bokbloggen med samme navn. Her er i hvert fall noen av bøkene jeg har fått tilsendt i posten i det siste.

Charlotte by David Foenkinos (leseeksemplar fra forlaget)

Hviskingenes bok av Varujan Vosganian (leseeksemplar fra forlaget)