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I'm passionate about books (fantasy, mysteries, YA, historic, science fiction and non-fiction) and writing

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Thriller Fiction Trilogy Tackles Animal Rights

Exposing animal abuse is the focus of vegan novelist Robin Lamont’s trio of suspense novels collectively called The Kinship Series. The stories follow an undercover investigator named Jude Brannock who works for an animal-rights organization called The Kinship.


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Book Blog Question of the Week: Book Blog comments?

I found this Book Blog Question on a Swedish book blog and I thought I'd do it here too.


The question is Do you still get comments on your book blog? Do you still comment on other people's book blogs? Where do you keep in touch with your readers and discuss what you and other book bloggers have posted on your blog?


My reply is Yes, I do still get comments on my blogs, book blogs and others. I comment on other people's blogs as well. It's definitely on my blogs that I keep in touch with my friends and where any discussions about my blog posts take place. Of course I'm 25 +. I know what Snapchat and Instagram is, but I'm not interested. I use my computer more than my phone and when I chat/send instant messages I use iMessages.

Here we go again...

I have picked up on some disturbing vibes about this place so once again I'd like to mention where my friends/followers can stay in touch with me if the worst happens to this site.


First of all, you can check out my Book sites page, where I list the book communities I'm on. That's Libib, LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle and Anobii (the three latter are only for keeping in touch, I don't add books or reviews anymore). I'm also on Litsy, but I have no idea how to use it.


You can also follow my Dreamwidth journal, where I've also posted all my reviews.


I'm also on a bunch of other less relevant sites, but if you'd like to stay in touch, you're welcome to follow me there anyway:


Blogger, Care2, Twitter,, Belletristica, Wattpad, AO3. I don't use Blogger very much, but I do have a blog there. I'm trying to get my personal homepage and my fan fiction site up and running again, but at the moment, I won't be able to post there. If this site is still around, I'll let you know when the sites are back.


Occasionally, I'm also in Second Life and Open Sim and I also play some online games. If you happen to play the same games, I'd love to be friends there too, but I realize the odds are against it. At the moment I'm playing Forge of Empires and Elvenar.


Having said all this, I want to finish off with a little bit of whining.


NOOOO! Why does Booklikes have to go through all these troubles? I love this blog. It's so much like my old Tumblr. If I lose this, blogging won't be the same anymore. Sure, I'll still have Wordpress, but I'm having so much trouble there too and has ads and I've read about their 'policy' when it comes to trolling and threats. If I had an alternative I'd probably leave, but at the moment, I just can't do without it and my friends there. I wish someone nice and reliable would buy Booklikes and keep it going. It's the best book community I've ever joined. None of the others come even close, except possibly Libib.

Questions and Answers

I found this on Themis Athena's Garden of Books and I wish I'd found it earlier in the evening. I was just too tired to do it then and unfortunately after that I forgot about it. Still, I want to do it now, even if I'm very late. Better late than never, I guess.

How long have you been a blogger?

I can't remember anymore. Probably over ten years now.
At what point do you think you'll stop?

Who knows? At the moment I'm not planning on stopping any time soon.

What's the best thing?

It's a way to express myself, quite simply. And it's fun!

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

Feeling guilty about not posting as often as I'd like. Trying to post more often will help, obviously, but only if I have something to say. Posting nonsense won't help.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Usually not very long. Wikipedia is my friend... :)

Who is your book crush?

As in book character? Author? The actual book? Interesting question. Character? Conrad in Conrad's Fate. Author? It depends. Relatively recently I've had contact with several different authors and fortunately, all were very nice. But crushing on them? No, not really. As for books - I'm pretty crazy about Anthea Sharp's Feyland series and I'm now looking forward to reading her Feyguard series set in the same universe.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Pretty much anyone I like and admire.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

What I always wear around the house, sweatpants and jacket usually with a stretch top underneath.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Not as long as it should, but I usually write on the spur of the moment.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

It's generally very nice but I don't feel that I have really come to know most of the people, unfortunately. Like in real life... Of course this is real too.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Write posts you are passionate about and to post regularly. Also, be nice to your potential commenters. I always thank them for commenting and usually comment back.

OT: Internet basics

The other day, my family and I had two visitors (an old friend of my mom's and the friend's husband). They brought gifts for my babies and also a few for us grownups. One was a plant grown by my mom's friend's daughter. So I emailed the daughter to thank her. No reply, except for an automated 'I'll be back at the end of August'. Naturally, she only has her work mail. Then my sister who is on Facebook tried to contact this woman there with the same result. That is just typical of a few people, mostly older ones.


I realize that I may be preaching to the choir here and in that case, just ignore this post. It won't be long until I share my next link and everything will be back to normal here. :)


I used to do these posts once in a while in the past. Now it's been ages, but I thought I might do it again.


Most younger people (say under 40) know all this, but I've noticed that many older people (and some younger ones as well), don't know even the basics of communicating over the internet. So, I thought I'd list a few suggestions.

First of all you need an email address. Once upon a time, people used to get one with their internet connection, but as far as I know it's not like that anymore. That means you have to get one yourself. The easiest way is to just sign up for a Google account. Among other things, you'll get a free email address with almost unlimited storage. There are other addresses that will expire if you don't log on for a while. I don't think Gmail does that. In any case, you also get all kinds of other things, like a You Tube account, which might be useful if you like to watch videos. Though personally I kind of like Vimeo too.

If you don't think you'll need all that or you have some other reason you don't want to use any service from Google, there are other options.

Zoho provides a 'business suite' for free. That includes an email account.

Gmx is a great alternative to Google (and Zoho). There's almost unlimited storage and all kinds of great features. Gmx is my favorite.

Finally, I can mention Protonmail  which provides a more private alternative, if you're concerned about your email being spied on.

If being able to keep in touch is all you need, then this is it. You can forget about the rest.

Just one thing, please don't tell people you have an email address, if you don't intend to check for email once in a while, like once a week.

Oh, and most people seem to find it difficult to set up an email account on your computer, using a mail program. It can be a bit complicated, but most email sites provide detailed instructions. If you don't want to take the trouble, you can just log on to the webpage. Most email services provide webmail.

If you'd like to start using the internet a bit more, there are a few more things you need to know.

Search engines are very useful. If you're looking for shoes or toys or some gadget you can use search engines to find a good deal. There are also sites that compare prices etc. The same goes for most kinds of info.

Most people use Google search and that may be all you need. However if you're concerned about your privacy I can recommend Ixquick and DuckDuckGo.

Many people have blogs and/or homepages. You can get both from Wordpress. Lately, though, Wordpress has had some problems. It's still a great blog platform, but you may want to keep that in mind. provides a free blog/homepage that is hosted by them. Just get an account and start blogging. That's not all though. You also get access to several different other services. Primarily a Blog Reader where you can add any blog with a rss feed. You also get Gravatar which is a sort of online profile, where you can list ways for people to get in touch with you.

Dreamwidth is a cool blogging/journaling community with a free journal and communities for you to join.

Twitter is known as a microblogging community, where you can post short messages, status updates, share links etc.

Finally, I can mention a free service that provides you with a homepage. Weebly. Personally, I find it a bit difficult to use, but it's supposed to be very easy. You pick different modules that you'd like to include in your homepage. There are also different themes to choose between.

Themes are color schemes for your blog or homepage. You can get themes for basically any blog service you sign up  for, and sometimes even your email too.

There are all kinds of other communities you can join for whatever interests you have.

My favorites are book communities. The most popular one is Goodreads, owned by Amazon.

LibraryThing is also co-owned by Amazon.

Booklikes is another book community and my favorite among them. You also get a free blog.

Finally, most people use chat programs and instant messengers.

If you're using iOS and MacOs, you'll get iMessages for free. It's also free to chat if you have internet access. Otherwise, if you're on your phone, you'll need to use your phone subscription. If you don't know the person you want to chat with all that well, maybe someone you've just met, you can just give them your email address. They don't need to know your phone number.

Others seem to be using WhatsApp. I haven't tried it myself, so I can't vouch for it. My sister tells me it's fine. Easy to use. And it's cross-platform, that is, can be used on any computer, surf pad or phone, which means you can communicate with your friends whatever platform they use.

There are all kinds of other sites as well, like 3D sites, writing communities and much more, but you can find them yourself, by using the search engines.

So, in conclusion: don't be scared to try things on the internet. Usually, it's not dangerous at all and I swear, your computer or phone won't blow up! :)


Tiring day

Today, some friends of my mom's visited. They brought gifts for the twins. Unfortunately, the twins were tired and grumpy and kept crying almost the whole visit. It was so embarrassing, but I think understandable. Also, they seemed to be a bit scared of my mom's friend's husband. Which is odd, since they usually love the sound of men's voices (not that they don't like women's voices... it's just that they enjoy hearing a different kind of voice than they get at home). Now that they've had a long nap and are actually sleeping again, I think they're feeling better.

OT: New favorite tea!

I just found a new tea flavor that I really like. Wild Raspberries (that is, black tea flavored by raspberry). Sorry. I just had to gush a little about that. :)

OT: Not getting a haircut...

Today, we went into town to do some shopping. I was going to get a haircut too, because I need to get a new ID. Would you believe that both hairdressers that I would consider going to, were both closed for the summer. Grr. Also, I'm pretty annoyed that the wheel for the pram/baby carriage we'd ordered still isn't coming for a long time. Fortunately, today the stroller we got on sale arrived so we could take the twins into town with us. I think they felt a little disoriented without their old pram/baby carriage. Both are really nice though and I'm sure they'll get used to the stroller too.

Ärans och hjältarnas språk

Article about the Swedish language (in Swedish).


Svenska språket har försvunnit – och språkvetarnas tal om utveckling gör mig bara mer fundersam.


Läs mer här.

Utan tyskan blir vl lite dummare

Article in Swedish about studying languages.


Om det är ett uttryck för intelligens att människor byter perspektiv för att förstå sin omvärld, så borde språkstudier ses som rena hjärngympan.


Läs mer här.

4 Stars
Kolbarnet av Monica Kristensen

Review of Norwegian mystery (in Swedish translation)


För några veckor sen läste jag färdigt Kolbarnet, en deckare som utspelar sig på Svalbard. På mer än ett sätt är det här en lite annorlunda kriminalroman. På sista tiden har det förekommit flera böcker och tv-serier som utspelar sig i lite ovanligare miljöer. Jag är en av dem som tycker det är intressant.


Man får verkligen en känsla av det klaustrofobiska stämningen i ett så här litet samhälle, med den isiga vildmarken runtomkring. Boken börjar med att förskolan Kolbarnet har lite problem med att lokalisera alla barnen. De senare har hittat sätt att gömma sig. Dessutom förstår man att någon står och spanar på barnen och lite senare får man veta att någon brukar ge barnen godis. Ganska snart försvinner en liten flicka. Redan från början misstänker man flickans pappa som inte har någon bra relation med sin fru. Man tror att man lätt kommer att hitta flickan igen och sökandet bedrivs kanske inte så energiskt som det borde.


Så tillstöter komplikationer och man börjar ana att scenariot med en pappa som tagit med sig sin lilla dotter på en oplanerad utflykt kanske inte riktigt stämmer. Det pratas bland annat om "den sjätte mannen" som tydligen är en gammal skröna om ett spöke i gruvan. Dessutom förekommer det diverse intriger bland befolkningen i Longyearbyen. Till slut utvecklas fallet till en kamp mot klockan om man ska kunna hitta flickan i tid.


Författaren är, lite oväntat, eller, med tanke på miljön i boken, kanske inte så oväntat, en av Norges främsta polarforskare. Hon har en doktorsexamen från Cambridges universitet, men skriver alltså också deckare. Och det får man nog säga att hon klarar bra.


Jag tycker det här är en bra och välskriven deckare som jag kan rekommendera till alla som gillar pusseldeckare, och gärna de som utspelar sig i en lite ovanlig miljö. Som mina läsare nog vet vid det här laget föredrar jag ett bra mysterium framför en andlöst spännande thriller, men den här boken är lite både och. Spänningen är lite lågmäld men byggs upp efter hand. I det här fallet har jag inget att invända.



Svenska språket är en konstruktion

Article about the Swedish language.


I konstruktionen av svenska spelade bibelöversättningen 1541 en stor roll.




Läs mer här.



Help a Friend's Dog?


I don't believe what vet's bills can be these days.  Sophie, the dog of friends of mine, had to have ACL surgery last week - and it cost over $4000.  There's a go fund me page for her here.


She hasn't had an easy life before this, either - they found her in a ditch on the side of I-40 between Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C., when she was just a puppy.  She had been beaten badly and left for dead.


I hate people who abandon puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats.



Reblogged from SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Children's book club and more

My daughter P has taken a break from her book club. There's only so many stuffed toy animal books you can collect without getting a bit jaded. :) Besides, I have several of my own old favorites, that my mom and grandmother used to read to me and my sister when we were children. Also, almost every time we go to the local library, mom buys some old library books on sale. It was among one of those library books that the children found one of their new favorite books. It's about a little boy who can't sleep and wants to go for a walk, bringing his red crayon. He draws a path to walk on and things to visit. Sometimes he ends up in precarious situations and has to think quickly to draw himself out of those situations. One of our old favorite books has become popular as well. It's about a boy who finds a seed blown by the wind. He sows it and a huge, fantastic tree grows from the seed. A sort of elevator is lowered down to him and he can't resist sitting in the velvet covered seat. The elevator takes him up to the top of the tree and there he has some wonderful adventures.

Speaking of the children - to my shame I have to admit that occasionally when they're crying and can't be consoled any other way, I let them watch cartoons on tv. I have looked for and found my own old favorites from when I was a child and a few of those have become their favorites (among them Winnie-the-Pooh). I was never going to let my children use anything with a screen until they were at least four. There go all my good intentions...

Book Blog Question of the Week

I found this meme on a Swedish book blog and I thought I'd do it here, in English.

What time period do you prefer when you're reading? Do you like historic books or books set in the present? Do you have a favorite time period?

This was actually a pretty difficult question to answer. I had to think for a while before coming up with my reply. Actually, I like both. The historic ones are usually set rather late, preferably not earlier than the late 18th century. I also like books set in the 20th century, occasionally as late as the 1980's, if you can call that 'historic'. (And I do. Even books set in the early 90's are history now, don't you think?). Also, I've decided to consider classics not historic but simply classics, because they were written in the time period in which the story is set. Of course it doesn't have to be that way. Other people may have a different view of this.

Some of my favorite historic books:

Jean-François Parot's historic mysteries about Nicolas LeFloch, set in pre-revolutionary France. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge. It's fantasy and aimed at older children (I'd say about 9-12 and for anyone young at heart). Gullstruck Island by the same author (and intended for the same age group) is a bit of a special case, because it's what I'd call 'alternate history'. To begin with it's fantasy and it's set in a sort of vague colonial time, maybe the 19th century. When it comes to books set in the present, I have far too many favorites to just mention a few.

Smultron, bröllop och döden av Kristina Appelqvist

Review of Swedish mystery.


Jag läste nyligen färdigt Smultron, bröllop och döden av Kristina Appelqvist. Det är bok 3 i serien om Helena Waller. Den här tyckte jag bäst om av alla tre böckerna hittills. Annars tyckte jag ännu bättre om författarens första serie som utspelar sig i samma miljö - på "Västgöta universitet" i Skövde.


Eftersom jag själv pluggat där och verkligen uppskattar den vackra naturen däromkring var jag direkt pigg på att läsa de här deckarna. De är inte så jättespännande, men jag föredrar pusseldeckare framför spänningsromaner så det passar bra.


Tyvärr är jag inte så väldigt förtjust i huvudpersonerna. Särskilt Helena Waller är så tråkig och präktig. Däremot finns det några andra karaktärer som rör sig kring henne som jag tycker bättre om.


Titeln på den här boken påminner mig om en av Maria Langs deckare, men på Bokus sida jämförs Kristina Appelqvist med Agatha Christie. Det är nog också en ganska rimlig jämförelse. För den här författaren skriver pusseldeckare. Ingen huvudperson är så extremt otrevlig som de brukar vara i de mer välkända kriminalromanerna här i Sverige. Dem brukar jag inte orka läsa färdigt för jag kan inte bry mig om vad som händer med huvudpersonerna. I det här fallet finns en koppling till Shakespeare. Mer ska jag inte säga. Handlingens detaljer är inte viktiga, det är mer stämningen som det handlar om.


Om man tycker om pusseldeckare som utspelar sig i universitetsmiljö kan jag verkligen rekommendera de här böckerna.