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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.

Happy Midsummer!

Happy Midsummer everyone! 

Too busy to read

At the moment I have too much to do to read anything more than a few blog posts. I hope we’ll get everything sorted out soon because I really miss reading. It would also be great if I could find my French dictionary because I have two French historic mysteries that I haven’t been able to read for ages.

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Country library
Country library

Quite a big library for such a small town.

In the woods

We finally moved up to our cabin in the woods! It’s a lot more primitive than I remembered it and it definitely needs fixing up but there’s such peace.

 

If you’d like to see a photo from out there you’re welcome to visit my photo blog.

Harry Potter-themed meme

Shocking as it may seem to most people, I haven't read more than the first book in the series, but I thought this Harry Potter-rellated themed meme was good and I thought I'd do it. If I've made any mistakes, since I don't know the fandom too well, I hope you'll let me know so I can correct them.

Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body.

I have lots of scars, mainly from beloved cats, but I also have a scar from a vaccination that didn't go quite as it should have. The spot where they injected me, swelled up, or rather my whole back, and I can still remember how much it hurt and how much I cried and how as I grew it moved across my body. I also have a barely visible scar from the C-section.

Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?

Please, Hermione, you of all people should know that it's impossible to pick just one book. But I do have several that I have read and re-read over the years, among them LOTR.

Ron Weasley: Something you’re afraid of?

Many things, but mostly the situation in the world today.

Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.

If I knew that maybe more people would like me.

Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can’t do any, what’s the best one you’ve seen?

Unfortunately, I haven't seen any good magic tricks that I can remember.

George Weasley: What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I once tricked a not very nice temp that I disliked into letting me go get Camilla's (my name) French books in her locker. He said I could go but when I returned a friend of mine had told him what I'd really told him. It was really my sister's books I was going to get.

Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.

I'm not sure I want to do that. Embarrassing is embarrassing and it's not something I'd like to share with anyone. I just want to forget.

Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?

Yes. I'm closest to my sister and my daughter.

Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?

I don't even know what that is, but I know I should.

Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?

Yes, all the time.

Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?

Yes.

Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)

What? I can take only one? Cats and dogs would be my answer, and if I could maybe some rabbits, guinea pigs, cockatiels and maybe bantams as well.

Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?

To be loved.

Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?

Unicorn, I think.

Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.

If I could make rules for the rest of the world, I'd make sure we were all safe.

Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?

It's hard to pick just one, but I do love my boots a lot. Yes, boots, but I do love my books as well and my old toys.

Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?

When I had my children.

Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?

My family.

Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do?

Yes.

Argus Filch: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

In the kitchen of a mental hospital.

Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?

Five - ten books.

Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?

Neither. I walk by myself. LOL.

Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?

Not really.

Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?

Being able to have children despite many difficulties and setbacks.

Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?

A protective spell (if I had one).

Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?


Yes.

Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?

A dragon, maybe.

Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?

Friday.

Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?

I'm not sure I know any really brave people.

Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best “muggle” invention?

Self-driving cars, maybe. 3D printers are pretty cool too and so are androids and robots.

Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?

Something to do with history.

Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?

I'd be a lot thinner.

Moaning Myrtle: What is something that always makes you cry?

Lots of things make me cry.

James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?

Yes.

Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?

Greyish blue.

Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?

Yes, weirdly enough.

Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?

I'm not sure. Not brown anyway.

Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?

No. I only text my family as a rule, but I have texted a few guys. Not really ones I've had a crush on, sadly enough.

Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I hate sports.

Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?

Either forgetmenots, geraniums or apple blossoms (if those count).

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