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Books and Book reviews

Invisible Murder – Book Review

With the topic of refugees and terrorism very much in the news, this novel by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, is written for our time and makes for illuminating reading.   Two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for something to … Continue reading

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Strange Shores – Arnaldur Indridason Book Review

Strange shores is not the usual Detective Erlendur story, and he unexpectedly solves an old cold case whilst processing some of his own demons. A great read and fabulous atmosphere conveyed in this final novel in the series Continue reading

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A book you hated.

It is an astonishing book for its time, belonging I think more to the avant-garde modernist writing than to the sometimes considered “proper” late 19th century. A writer encounters difficulties financially and mentally when he loses his job, adn then is left without income for food and essentials in 19th century Christiania, (the former Oslo), where he slowly and agonisingly descends into mental confusion. Continue reading

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30 day Book Challenge – A Book that Made You Laugh Out Loud

“Van Veeteren was generally able to decide if he was looking the culprit in the eye in nineteen cases out of twenty, if not more. No point in hiding his light under a bushel.” Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending.

Day 25 – The Snowman By Jo Nesbø Harry Hole gets under your skin, and you feel ambivalent about him as a cop. There is much to dislike, in Nesbø’s tough, cool and marginal hero, but still we like him … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months.

DAY 23. – Anne Holt – “Finse 1222” and Camilla Lackberg – “The Drowning” Holt, a former Norwegian Minister of Justice and Journalist, is a brilliant writer. Her book set in a Norwegian hotel, where survivors of a train wreck … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Book Challenge Day 22- Wordy Title but I get it and the least favourite plot device is…. Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t

Day 20 – Harry Potter Series Okay, I admit it – I haven’t read them!!! My kids have, and I half listened to their reading aloud, in their primary school years, so that counts??? and I read the first three … Continue reading

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30 day Book Challenge – Favourite Childhood Book

Day 20 – Winnie The Pooh

Its a tad embarrassing but yes, it is Winnie The Pooh!!!!

The challenge did ask for the favourite childhood book, as opposed to favourite children’s book. That’s my childhood, right? Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge: Favourite Author

Day 19 – Karin Fossum Often called the Norwegian Queen of Crime, Karin Fossum is undoubtedly my favourite, although she does have competition from the likes of other Scandinavian writers. I have read all but two of her 13 books … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Most thought-provoking book.

DAY 16 – Endearing Love by Ian McEwan This story is a surprising book about obsessional love and the actual psychiatric condition that underpinned the story added realism to the plotlines. It really make me think a lot about the … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A Book Character Who You Can Relate to the Most.

DAY 15. – A character who you can relate to the most. The Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks I read a lot of thrillers/mystery fiction so I can’t say I relate to the victims, in those stories, but Anna … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A Book that Made You Cry

Day 14 – A Book that Made You Cry The Potato Factory – Bryce Courtenay Cry? How about bawl my eyes out? Because that is what I did when I read this book released in 1995. And I really can’t … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A Book that Disappointed You

I can hear that howls of protests now, that I dare speak of Annie Proulx’s books in these terms! But I WAS sadly disappointed with this book. After all the Pulitzer prize winning hype and seeing the author speak in an interview, my expectations were high for The Shipping News. Maybe a little too high. Continue reading

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