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I was going through my Tumblr dashboard and someone mentioned that there are ads on people’s blogs there. It’s something I haven’t noticed but if it’s true I don’t want my photo blog there. Could you take a look at it and let me know?

 

You’ll find it here.

OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

OT: The current situation

This summer has given me much food for thought. Mainly it was the heatwave, the drought and the forest fires that were beginning to strike too close to home, but also the hunters that have been shooting close to our cabin. 

 
Also, the political situation is reason for concern. It seems to me that in just a few short years we’ve gone from circumstances resembling those shortly before the First World War to what’s more similar to the time just before the Second. (Even though Sweden was spared both wars in the end, by playing ’hedgehog’. ) Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we’re heading for an actual world war or even a more limited conflict in Northern Europe. The enemy is most likely smarter than that. At least for now. But there are other serious crises we’re risking. Maybe even civil war. Again, I doubt this will happen in the next year or two, but there are plenty of other scenarios that could unfold that could have equally serious consequences. Foreign powers subverting our election. Acts of terrorism. Desinformation campaigns. Coordinated acts of sabotage against water supplies, electrical companies - maybe even hospitals. 
 
Worst of all, the impending climate collapse. What can you do when forces far beyond your control are at work? Business as usual? That’s what most people here in Sweden want to play at. Barbecue in the countryside and start fires. Fly to Thailand and back again a couple of times. After all, everything is always someone else’s responsibility. 
 
Xenophobia is rearing its ugly head again. Recently, a homeless Romanian man was brutally murdered by minor boys. And most people don’t even care. 
 
I’m terrified of the future. At the moment mostly of the results of the election. Anything might happen.
 
When trouble comes looking for my family I hope we can find a safe place to hide.
 

 

L’inconnu du Pont Notre Dame by Jean-Francois Parot

I’m going to read this next. As far as I can tell, it’s not here in Booklikes’ database and I don’t feel up to adding it manually from my phone. I’ve probably said it before, I really hate typing on a little screen. My regular phone is broken. 

 

 

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

Just like the other books in the series this was fun and well written. Maybe those 1930’s gangsters aren’t my favorite subject for a book but somehow that doesn’t matter. I’m just enjoying myself. This book is for anyone who likes this series or books, libraries and history. But if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series you should. It’s not that you have to to be able to enjoy it; it’s just that you’d most likely love them.

OT: Body image

These days there’s much talk about body image. Women and young girls who dare to post photos of themselves looking different from the current ideal receive negative comments and even threats. As a reaction to all this we are now supposed to love our overweight and less than toned bodies. Personally I couldn’t care less how other people choose to portray themselves. After all, it’s their lives. None of my business. Incidentally, it always seems to be females. Men seem to have no problem loving themselves without posing photos online or elsewhere. But that’s a different (though related) matter. However, I reserve the right to hate my body, while still liking my personality. Being a good person doesn’t require having a perfect or attractive body. So yes, I kind of like myself but kind of hate my body. I’m not going to apologize for that.

 

New meme

1. Favorite animals?

 

Since I love most animals, it would be easier to mention my least favorite animals which are komodo dragons, snakes, spiders etc. 

 

2. Any book recommendations?

 

The Faeland and Faeguard series by Anthea Sharp.

 

3. Three favorite colors?

 

Blue (in different shades), green (in different shades) and dark red. I also like lemon.

 

4. Do you like tea or coffee?

 

Tea, at least to some extent. I’m not crazy about it. Lemon, lime and peppermint, flavored black tea and herbal tea.

 

5. What’s your favorite nature spot to read?

 

In general I don’t like to read outdoors at all, but if I do it would be in a garden or park, in the shade. My eyes are a bit sensitive to strong light. 

 

6. Favorite flowers?

 

Apple blossoms, forgetmenots and geraniums/pelargoniums.

Review
4 Stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

This is a wonderful little book. I loved the main characters and the setting. There were just a few things I didn’t like. If I’d written this book I wouldn’t have let any animals die. Just saying...

Review
4 Stars
A darker shade of magic
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

I just read A darker shade of magic by V E Schwab. It was fascinating. The world or rather worlds are really well thought out. I love Kell and Rhy and I quite like Lila too. After I finished reading I realized that there are more books in the series. Maybe you’ll get to know Lila better in them and most of all see more of the different Londons. My only complaint is that the story was a little too dark for me with too many deaths, but I guess I should have been able to guess that from the title.

Review
3 Stars
A most curious murder
A Most Curious Murder (A Little Library Mystery, #1) - Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

I thought I’d like this book (partly) about a Little Library and to some extent I did; I just didn’t love it. It might have been the characters. I didn’t dislike them - again I just didn’t love them. That means I probably won’t buy the next book in the series.

Review
3 Stars
Books can be deceiving
Books Can Be Deceiving - Jenn McKinlay

I wish I liked this book more. It’s quite good, but somehow the characters and part of the plot didn’t work 100 % for me. I think I could work with the main characters if they had existed but I don’t think we would have become friends. Maybe that’s just me. What I did like was the setting. I mean what’s not to like about a library? :) The writing was good as well. I’m not sure what it was that didn’t work for me. It’s not that I hated the main characters; I just didn’t like them all that much. Also, I wasn’t sure about the finale. I couldn’t completely suspend disbelief. Other than that I’m sure many book lovers would enjoy this book.

Review
4 Stars
Illuminae
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

Now I’ve finally read this book that I’ve read so much  about on book blogs all over the internet. I was a bit concerned that the special ’format’ wouldn’t work for me but fortunately it did. This book definitely lived up to its reputation. I won’t go into the plot because it’s mentioned on the back cover. I’ll just say that I liked many of the characters. My only complaint is that the story is a bit too dark for my taste. Despite that, I’m really glad to have read it.

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Book sleeve
Book sleeve

In a meme from a while back, I mentioned that I didn’t know much about book sleeves. After thinking about it for a while, I decided I wanted to know more. Now I have rather pretty one and I’m quite happy with it. It may not have been strictly necessary for me to have one, since I don’t usually bring printed books with me when I go out, but we’re now staying in our house in the woods, and I find it quite useful anyway. I expected it be a bit more padded, but it does what it’s supposed to do and the fabric is really pretty. I may even get another, bigger one for the new French dictionary I hope to get soon.

 

 

OT: A bus ride and something yummy

Yesterday, my sister and I went shopping in the little town near here. It’s actually quite pretty with low hills and plenty of trees. That’s not just an aesthetic quality. These days it’s also important because of the unnatural heatwave we’re experiencing at the moment. Unfortunately the people of the town aren’t quite as pleasant but enough said about that. My sister found a vegan chocolate spread. It’s extremely delicious, but of course we didn’t taste it until we got back.

 

Getting back was a different story. I’d heard that there was a bus that only traveled between that little town and our bus stop but I’d never seen it or traveled on it. Yesterday I did. There was something wrong with the back doors that I always have to pass through with the buggy. But eventually we were able to get on the bus. The best part was not having to climb up all the steps that I have to on the express bus. This is an ordinary ’slow’ bus. The driver was nice and polite to us and since my sister, son and I were the only ones on the bus he just asked where we were going and said he’d take us straight there, ignoring any stops on the way. Maybe it was partly because of the road work being done during everyone’s vacation time. He did, however rattle a young moped driver we passed on the relatively narrow road.

 

Finally, before crossing the road to our side of it, we had to stand by the side of the road and try, only partially successfully, to put up our mailbox. In the relentless heat, very close to the rather intense traffic. So that was quite a little adventure.

Alice in Wonderland meme

Alice: A book you’ve lost.

 
My French dictionary from high school has gone missing but I’m still hoping to find it.
 
The White Rabbit: a book you haven’t had time to read.
 
See above. Two French historic mysteries that I would prefer to read with the help of a dictionary. I could read them anyway and it would be a quicker read but not as much fun.
 
Mad Hatter: a book that made you crazy in a good way.
 
It’s hard to say actually because I often become obsessed with books and their respective universes. I don’t think I can pick just one.
 
Dormouse: a book you’ve fallen asleep over
 
Too many to count. Let me explain. Since I suffer from insomnia and pretty much always have, I try to use books to help me fall asleep. Although now that my little rascals have hit the terrible twos (running) they are now helping me fall asleep as soon as they do.
 
Queen of Hearts: a book that broke your heart
 
Any book where an animal or child or character I like dies or ends up in some terrible circumstances.
 
Knave of Hearts: a book that gave you a hangover
 
I think most really thick books since it takes quite a long time to finish them and consequently you spend a long time in the book’s universe.
 
Mock turtle: a book that made you cry
 
Same answer as for The Queen of Hearts above.
 

 

A Bookish Dilemma

My birthday is coming up and naturally I’m looking forward to my birthday presents (books!). Unfortunately since my family doesn’t have unlimited resources they need to limit the number of presents (books!) I get. Here’s my dilemma: I need a dictionary to read my French historic mysteries (or rather would very much like a dictionary) but unfortunately dictionaries are expensive and if I got one that would most likely be it. No more books this birthday. So I said I’ll do without the new dictionary for now. Which is hard if I don’t find my old high school dictionary but I guess reading those mysteries can wait. Especially since I don’t have all that much time to read anyway.