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Not Your Average Crime Novel – ‘Unwanted’

'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' 'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' Suspicion immediately falls upon the husband who has previously been violent towards his estranged wife in the past, but is he really the killer?

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Enjoy Scandinavia without the long flight!

A while ago, I was invited to write a post about Scandinavian books and have reproduced some sections and updated others here so grab a cuppa, make some waffles and enjoy a literary trip through novels I have recently read.

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30 Day Book Challenge – Book You Couldn’t Put Down

I was fourteen and a half when the Germans came. On that 9th April we woke to the roar of aeroplanes swooping so low over the roofs of the town that we could see the black iron crosses painted on the underside of their wings when we leaned out of the windows and looked up. In this exquisite novel, readers will find the crystalline prose and depth of feeling they adored in Out Stealing Horses, a literary sensation of 2007.

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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 chapters, but that was it. This series just didn't grab me like it did the… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t

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30 Day Book Challenge – Author I wish people would read more.

DAY 17. - Elsebeth Egholm  An Author I wish people would read more. "Elspeth who?" I hear the Australians, who read my blog, say with a rising inflection!!!  For this author is almost unknown in that part of the world.  Hailing from Denmark, she has only had two of her six novels, translated to English,… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Author I wish people would read more.

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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 mechanisms in the brain that trigger mental illness and those feelings and action that may… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Most thought-provoking book.

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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.

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30 Day Book Challenge – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t.

After selling more than 90 million copies and combining the genres of detective, thriller and conspiracy fiction, I must be the only person who has NOT read this book in the western reading world.

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30 Day Book Challenge– A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving.

 DAY 10. How often can you say that there was nothing at all you disliked about a book? Not too often but this is what  I said about Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson. When I first heard the title and the subject matter, let me tell you, I wasn't champing at the bit… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge– A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving.

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30 Day Book Challenge – Most Overrated Book

Day 9- The Shell Seekers Despite being nominated by the British public as one of the top 100 novels (I am not sure where in the top 100 of the 'Big Read'),  I thought the 1987 novel, The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher, to be lacklustre. It did not grab my attention at all, and… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Most Overrated Book

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The 30 Day Book Challenge – Comfort Book

Again, this challenge requires more thought than I imagined. A comfort book might be one that you read again and again or it might be one that is so good you go back to it in your mind's eye remembering the plot, characters or storyline. As I don't re-read books, (unless by accident), I must hatch a Plan B for finding a comfort book i.e. Find a book something so appealing you think back to it long after your have finished reading it. That leaves out the majority of the mystery and crime fiction I normally read.

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30 Day Book Challenge DAY 4. – Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated.

Which book have I read that was turned into a movie and completely desecrated? Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist Even though I like horror films, I never, ever read books about Vampires, and that includes the popular Twilight series. Nah! No! Never!I have no specific reason, they just seem rather pointless… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge DAY 4. – Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated.

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The 30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2. – Favourite Side Character

Day 2 really made me think. I have a lot of favourite side characters in film and television, particularly Scandinavian crime series, but do I have a favourite side character in a novel??? I really like the brash, but family-minded and a bit impulsive,  Martinsson, who often goes off half-cocked, in the Kurt Wallander (Henning… Continue reading The 30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2. – Favourite Side Character