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I love books (fantasy, mysteries, YA, historic, science fiction and non-fiction) and writing. Check out my Gravatar profile for more info, if you're interested.

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Decided not to read the other one
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

After weeks or even months of putting off reading that other book, the title of which I've already forgotten (it was soo boring), I've decided to allow myself to start another one. I'm hoping this one will turn out a lot better and so far it seems to be (after reading once chapter). :) I'm also reading another Louise Penny mystery (as a library ebook, translated into Swedish) and I'll get round to reviewing them later. At the moment, all I'll say is that they're good. Well worth reading in any language.

Living in the countryside

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but a few days ago, a mouse bit through our internet fibre cable (not sure about the technical term) and that way several mice got in through the tiny opening. Since then we've been using our humane trap that we got in the summer when we forgot that out here, you can't leave the front door open even for a short while... That mouse was shut into the bathroom and mainly hid behind the shower or the washing machine so it wasn't too difficult to handle - except for the first time I saw it. It was probably a lot more scared than I was - I was just startled - because I'm not really scared of any rodent, just spiders, snakes etc. Anyway, this time around there are a lot more and they're hanging out on our floor, not the cold and more or less empty ground floor. And these clever, cute little creatures can reach in and get to the bait (mainly bread, oats, pasta etc) and not get caught in the trap. Even so, we've probably released about ten-twelve of them in just this short time and we still have at least four in here. They're everywhere! Climbing on drying laundry, on clean laundry we hadn't yet put away (but we have now). One even got on my sister's back when she was sitting in her armchair! We're quite worried we'll accidentally hurt these tiny creatures, but so far they've been more or less fine, only scared, but not nearly as scared as I expected. The few mice I've seen earlier, when we lived in the cabin in the woods, were a lot shier of us. Even the rats that we had in the garage in town were gentle, polite creatures that never did us any harm, though two of them hissed at us, when they realized they couldn't get into the living areas. I've had it with living in this farming area. It must be the wheat fields that attract all these mice. Add to that the lack of communications and culture - well, I just want to get out of here. Not back to where we came from, because that place sucked big time, but somewhere else. Somewhere better. In a way, I feel guilty for not appreciating this place more. It's a nice place. People are nice. We're not used to that. And it's cheap. And several of our ancestors came from here. I should have known there was a reason our family moved away from here...

Litsy again 2
So, once again I'm the outsider who gets to look in on the cool kids having fun.
Litsy again 2
So, once again I'm the outsider who gets to look in on the cool kids having fun.
The Book Babies
The Book Babies

This is how much my babies love books. :) Just like their mommy.


I was in town today and dropped by the library - an island of culture in this town. This pic was intended for Litsy, but I really can't figure out that site, so I'll just stick to dear old Booklikes.

Book blogging

I think that for now, I'm going to be book blogging here and on Dreamwidth. Unfortunately, the Booklikes site issues are only part of my blog related troubles. As my followers probably know by now, my homepages still aren't working - the malware is still doing its evil work on my sites. It makes me wish I could create a nifty little script that could follow the malwarers back to their homes and crash their sites. Sorry. I digress. I think all I can do at the moment is spread myself thin on other book sites that I'm not quite happy with, but that are all I have right now.


If this goes on, I may have to do a bit of book blogging on Blogger and Wordpress as well, but I'd rather not. For some reason these days I find Blogger hard to use and I don't really like the ads on, so for now, I'll use Dreamwidth. People who aren't members of the Dreamwidth community don't need to worry about following my posts there. I've set it up to be visible to non-members. But really, you should consider joining. In many ways it's a great community.


Soon I'll be off to the clinic to have my babies weighed and measured. Keeping my fingers crossed that they have grown ok this time, since the last time apparently they had deviated slightly from their projected weight gain curve, if that makes any sense.

More site issues
Sigh. Now we're having site issues again. At least I am. Related to comments. I guess most of you do. So I guess I'd better do a post about where else you can find me, if something happens to Booklikes. I'm on ( - though my active blog isn't related to books). Actually, I'm also on Blogspot, but again, that blog isn't about books and I'm also not active there. The same goes for Twitter. I am using Libib (@ilirwen) and Litsy (same username), and also Librarything ( and Goodreads (, at least to some extent as far as the latter are concerned. I'm also on a number of writing and fan fiction sites. Please add me if you like.
Five Fascinating Facts about Samuel Pepys
The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Samuel Pepys

Curious facts about the diarist Samuel Pepys:


Read more here.

Book Blog Question of the Week: fantasy and the supernatural

Which do you prefer - reading realistic books that you can easily identify with, reading realistic books from times past or strange environments to dream yourself away to or finally, to read fantasy and similar books about other worlds, magic and supernatural phenomena?


Most of the time I prefer to read either about the past - realistic is fine there - or fantasy and science fiction, occasionally ghost stories. That is, I like to dream myself away, to escape my own reality. Occasionally, I also like to read realistic books too, if the reality they depict is very different from my own. A few things have improved considerably in my life in the past year, but some other things have deteriorated so much that I really need to dream myself away.

Oh, no!

Here we go again. Autumn/fall is here. Once again I'm not ready for it. It's always the same. When it gets colder and darker I get so sad. Sometimes I almost cry. 

Litsy again

Just a little reminder that I'm now on Litsy. I love it, but haven't really learned how to post. I'm working on it though. If you're there and would like to follow me, I will definitely follow back.

The World Lost a Good Man Last Night

My Facebook friend Rich Meyer passed away last night and his wife Mona needs help with funeral expenses. If you can help out at all, I'm sure she'd appreciate even something as small as a reblog or share. 


Rich was a great guy, a snarky, pleasant soul who loved classic television, trivia, and rescuing animals. I remember when he adopted this blind cat he came to call Ruby and all I could think was, "This dude is a saint." Although I never met him in person, he was open enough that I felt like I knew the guy on a personal level. I'm gonna miss seeing him around.


Here's the link to the GoFundMe. I can vouch for the lady who's running the campaign. She's good people as well, and I have no doubt the money will go to the right places.


RIP Rich.




Reblogged from Lornographic Material
Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I’d Want as Family

What a very interesting meme, but also a very difficult one. I think I've done something like this before, but since I really like the thought of more family members, I'll do it again.

Most characters in books and movies aren't exactly the sort of persons you'd like in your family. They're usually attractive or fascinating and you find yourself sympathising with them - if you like them. But to have them as family members is a different matter.

Anyway, here goes:

Conrad in Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones is a boy who really likes books, which seems to be quite rare in most literature. And he's pretty nice too, so I think I'd like him as a brother or as a boyfriend :).

Cat in Charmed Life in the same series as Conrad's Fate - Chrestomanci - by DWJ, would make a sweet little brother. Strangely enough, DWJ has said that she intended for Cat to be autistic. That surprises me, since I seem to be able to understand him just fine and I don't think I'm autistic myself.

Next up is Charmain in House of Many Ways by DWJ. She's a girl who loves books, like I do, and unlike me, she's probably a lot more efficient at what she does, though perhaps not very nice, at least not at the beginning of the story. Efficiency would complement our family very nicely.

Peter from the same book is not efficient, so a lot more like us, and that would probably make him a nice cousin maybe?

I guess it's obvious that I really love DWJ:s books. LOL.

Next up is another author though. I really like the little Woodies in Moominsummer Madness. They're so cute and I'd love to adopt them and take really great care of them. Poor little mites.

Actually, there are two other characters in this book that are among my very favorites in the Moomin series - Misabel and the Whomper. Misabel is a lot like me but hopefully a bit worse. LOL. Someone who doesn't understand her, might call her whiny, but I do understand and I realize that her life must have given her reason to feel the way she does. The Whomper seems nice and is quite cute too and if I was MIsabel I'd really want him to be my boyfriend. Misabel could be my sister, so that's number five on this list.

But since this is the Moomin series I'm talking about, I can't resist mentioning two other favorites. I promise I won't go into Fillyjonk and the Hemulen this time. :) But I just have to mention Toffle and Miffle. They are so adorable and I'd like to adopt them too and make sure they never have to be scared again.

Top Ten Tuesday on a Wednesday, because it was late and I was tired

Top ten books I wish were tv shows

I did something like this only recently, but I love the idea, so I'll do it again, this time more thoroughly.

1. Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series, Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy. Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways, A Tale of Time City, Power of Three. (And several others by DWJ).
2. The Earthsea series by Ursula K LeGuin.
3. Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
4. Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint.
5. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
6. Eliot Pattison's mysteries set in Tibet
7. Barbara Nadel's mysteries about Inspector Ikmen, set in Turkey
8. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams.
9. Jean-François Parot's mysteries set in pre-revolutionary France. Actually, they're already a tv show, but I haven't seen it yet.
10. LOTR. Yes, I know, they've already been made into movies, but I'd like to see them as a tv series.

Finally that haircut

Today, I finally managed to get that haircut. My mom has to go to an eye clinic every two months. Sometimes they inject one of her eyeballs with something, and when they do it takes her eye a while to get back to normal. That means either my sister or I or both of us and the twins go with her. Today all of us went. Unfortunately the train we were going on stopped three stations before the terminal which means the vile dump of a town where I used to live. I really hate having to go there and I still have at least one more visit there this year, probably two, to go to the dentist. Anyway, once I got to that other town (the one where I haven't lived, but where my grandmother once did), I spotted a hairdresser on the way to the hospital. I went inside and asked if they could fit me in, but as I'd expected the lady, while very nice, didn't have time for me. However, she did suggest a competitor across the street. By then I'd more or less given up hope, but actually the lady in there did have time for me and she cut my hair very quickly and at least in my opinion very well. She was also nice to chat with. So now I can go to the police station (not in the town where I live, but one further away) and get a new ID card (or at least order one and have a photo taken). Phew.

We also got a few things for the twins. This time my son, who seemed to love riding on a train the last time, was scared of the train whistle and the sound of the doors opening and closing.

Tomorrow I have to get up in the early hours of the morning and go to the clinic in town and have my blood pressure measured. Unfortunately, I have to be there about fortyfive minutes earlier than the actual appointment, which is at 7.10 in the morning. Ouch. Then I have to wait for about as long afterwards before I can get back. I'm not sure when I'll sleep. A Swedish comedian once said that she didn't think the earliest hours of the morning were actually used, they were just there to fill out the clock. It feels a little like that.