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OT: My ancestry - again

Reading the results of the DNA test has made me consider my identity. Before we had the results, we assumed we were more or less 100 % Scandinavian, but it turns out we actually have about 10 % less Scandinavian ancestry than the average Swede. It's certainly given me food for thought.

We've always been different and considered different by others, but is this the explanation? That we're partly Irish (and Iberian)? Because being partly Karelian and Wallonian is no different than most people here.

All this has made me wonder what actually makes us who we are and if this new knowledge in some way influences what I consider 'home' or where I'm going in life. Has our family been shaped by our 'exotic' DNA?

My conclusion, that is by no means final, is that while it's fascinating to find out more about our past, it's not where we come from that matters, it's where we belong - and that's a whole different question. In short, this hasn't helped me decide what to do with my life, but it's been a lot of fun.

If you're the least bit interested in your family history or indeed any kind of history, I can really recommend taking this sort of test.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/179131.html
OT: Our Ancestry!

The genealogical DNA test results have come! I had no idea they sent these things on a Sunday, but apparently they do.

Unfortunately, most of our relatives don't seem to be doing any research so today we've only found a few people that we're related to.

What we did learn was our genetic origin.

Just like we already knew, we're mostly Scandinavian (Swedish and Norwegian - 82 %). Surprisingly, we are also 9 % Irish, 3 % Finnish/Karelian, 3 % Western Europe (most likely France or Wallonia), 2 % Iberian (Spanish/Portuguese - I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's the latter, since I have a really good friend who's Brazilian, with mainly Portuguese ancestry) and 1 % Britain (England, Scotland, Wales). This is so fascinating. We'll probably never find any relatives from Ireland etc, living today, but just knowing about this part of our ancestry is so thought provoking. Apart from our Scandinavian ancestry, the Irish ancestry has the highest probability, but clearly there's something else as well.

I really hope we'll be able to find out more. When more people join the genealogy site (and possibly some others that use the same DNA tests), we might actually get to know people who are related to us. Maybe we'll even solve the great mystery of our family tree - 'who is my dad's real mother'?

 

Origin

Quiz: Which Brontë Sister Are You?

You got Emily!

 

You′re just like Emily! Quiet and courageous, you don′t really want to stand in the spotlight, you rather just have your work speak for you. Even though other people may not be your thing, you love your family -- and animals! Maybe you′re a little mysterious, but isn′t it fun to keep people guessing?

 

Emily Brontë

 

Wow. This sounds exactly like me. Amazing. I haven't read anything by the Brontës but I do have several books by them downloaded to my Kindle and I'm looking forward to reading them.

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-which-bront-sister-are-you
Which characters from literature are you and your siblings?

I Got: Hansel and Gretel from “Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm.

 

Which Characters from Literature Are You and Your Siblings? http://app.contenttools.co/quizzes/parent_393774

 

This actually seems to make sense somehow. (About me and my sister - Minwynn here on Booklikes) :)

 

Sorry I couldn't get this to look a little bit more quiz-like. There's no code to copy and paste

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-which-characters-from-literature-are-you-and-your-siblings/1478?trr_article_source=related-posts-module
Report from what might be the last parents group meeting

Warning! Potentially boring child related post.

Last week the parents' group (or as I might have mentioned before, by now the mothers' group) had a meeting at the library. It went great, but it feels a little sad. Most of the other mothers have gone back to work now. Their children are in daycare and they will only be able to meet during the weekends if at all. Unfortunately, we can't get anywhere during the weekend, so I guess this is it. There are two more mothers still at home with their babies/toddlers, in this case two girls, so those few of us might still be able to meet again a few times, if anyone's still interested. Everyone except us might be able to get together during the weekends, but somehow I think most have lost interest in the group. So sad. It's been so great meeting other parents and learning more about the progress of their children.

Anyway, to begin with, the children's librarian showed up bringing a pile of books suitable for one-year-olds. I hadn't really heard of any of them, but most seemed great so I'll see if I can get my hands on at least some of them. After that, we got to stay in the private room for as long as we wanted.

A funny little incident occurred. We'd run into J and his mother G on the way to the stores the week before. Then G told us that J has met a little girl in daycare and that he's so enamoured of her that he wants to share his pacifier with her. Which might be the daycare equivalent of engagement? LOL. Unfortunately, it seems J is just as much of a philanderer as little M who so courteously approached me to obtain my permission to court my daughter (in a manner of speaking, LOL), then kiss her hand, only to have forgotten all about her the next time. J cornered Pepper and tried to kiss her. (On the cheek, naturally). She skillfully maneouvered two chairs into position to avoid him. In the end, J managed to kiss her anyway and she took that in her stride. Pepper is a tough little girl. G, J:s mother was embarrassed. Poor J seems a bit traumatized by being in daycare. He clung pathetically to his mum for a long time before he finally realized he could close the door to keep her inside. It's so sad seeing that big, confident, mobile boy reduced to an insecure baby again, just because his mum had to go back to work. G says she regrets it now and wished she'd held on a little longer.

After a while, we decided to go to the cosy cafe only a few houses away, where we usually meet. G:s mother was visiting and it seemed G:s husband desperately wanted to get rid of his mother-in-law. G asked us if it was ok for her mother to join us and we all said yes. So we asked if it would be ok to ask our mum to join us and of course everyone agreed.

So now we're a parents' and grandparents' group. :) Maybe L and E want to bring their mothers too if there ever is a next time. LOL. It's always great to have a few extra hands to help with the children. You'd be surprised how long and strong those little arms and hands can be when they're reaching for something like a hot cup of coffee.

Pepper seems to have mastered saying 'Mum' now and both twins are busy practicing their conversational skills, even though we grownups can't quite understand what they're trying to say yet. It seems they're a bit late, compared to the other children. All seem to be speaking several words by now, but T, L:'s daughter isn't walking at all yet.

And - all this happened last week, which means everything seemed normal back then. Now everything's different, after the terror attack in Stockholm that occurred yesterday afternoon. If you're interested I've blogged about it here.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/178540.html
OT: In shock

I'm sitting in front of the tv, following the news about the terror attack in Stockholm. It's hard to describe how I'm feeling right now. Stockholm was my dad's city, so in a way it's also mine, even though I've never lived there. I see images of places I've walked and where I might, in theory have been walking at the time of the attack, if I'd been out traveling. It's completely unreal. At least my whole family is safe and sound, right here, next to me. Today, it's never been more clear to me that nowhere is safe, no one is completely protected from this sort of thing. At the moment, I don't have anything more to say, except take care, hold on to your loved ones.

 

LittleLion

 

The image is of a little copy of one of the 'big' lions that briefly appeared in the footage from the news segment, one that my sister bought the last time she was in Stockholm, since we have passed it more than once while in Stockholm. I'm letting it symbolize my Stockholm.

OT: Cute (and a little accident)

Today, my children got to watch figure skating on tv for the first time. Just as I'd imagined, my son loved it. He was jumping up and down while he was listening to the music. Strangely enough, this time my daughter who usually loves to watch dancing, wasn't interested. Maybe she was tired. It seems that way, because she fell asleep a little later. While Pepper was asleep, we decided to take Salt out for a little walk. I was going to get his overall when I tripped over the rocking horse and almost fell down. Fortunately, I didn't drop Salt and he wasn't frightened either.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/178216.html
The Martian Way and other stories
The Martian Way and Other Stories - Isaac Asimov

This is one of my dad's old books. I really liked the twist at the end of one of the stories, Youth. It isn't finished yet. I hope I'll like all of it.

Quiz: Who’s Your Book Sidekick?

Because everyone needs someone looking out for them!

 

We love sidekicks and besties in literature. They deserve so much more credit than they’re given. Being a protagonist’s best friend, confidant, or advisor plays a big part in revealing more about the lead character and we all know what wonderful support our besties are in real life. Is your ideal sidekick more of an outsider like Huckleberry Finn, or someone to help you think logically like Dr. Watson? Whoever your sidekick is, we’re sure they’ll stick by you!

 

You Got: Toto from ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

 

Toto is such a great sidekick. As a dog, he’s obviously extremely loyal and even travels with Dorothy to Oz! He’s really down for any adventure and is always there to keep you as safe as he can—he is a small terrier after all. Although Toto doesn’t talk until later books in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ he’s still a great one to have around. Sidekick to: Dorothy Gale.

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-who-s-your-book-sidekick/1000?trr_article_source=related-posts-module
Quiz: Who's Your Literary Pet?

Pets are awesome- literary pets are even more awesome

 

Who's your pet match from literature? It could be any creature from a cat to a scaly dragon, depending on your preference of cuddliness. Animals from literature usually have added perks, like the ability to talk, fantastical skills, and/or incredible loyalty. Some may not make the best pets, but they would be great animals to at least have in your life. Let's see who your literary pet is...

 

You Got: The Velveteen Rabbit from “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

 

You are a tender-loving person who loves hugs and cuddles and helping people fell special and taken care of. The Velveteen Rabbit needs you just as much as you need him! We know he’s a stuffed bunny, but he wants to be a real rabbit plus his emotions are so real. He would be a perfect cuddly pet for you. You want a pet who wants to be there for your every move, from picnics on rolling hills to hikes in beautiful forests. No pet would ever be as loyal as the Velveteen Rabbit, and you would be just as loyal back.

 

Check out the quiz here.

 

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-who-s-your-literary-pet/1730?trr_article_source=related-posts-module
Quiz: Do You Know What These Difficult Words Mean?

I Got: Woooo!!! You′re a superstar. Everyone′s jealous of your vocab to be honest....

 

Try the quiz here.

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-do-you-know-what-these-difficult-words-mean-pt-2/3334?utm_campaign=702411_newsletter_172003&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Reading%20Room%20&dm_i=2P56,F1ZF,Z2B5Q,1JN9A,1
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10 Words You Didn't Know Existed

Wouldn't it be great if we all had the time to read through the entire dictionary? Okay, maybe not for all of us, but there are so many words in the English language that we don't know about because they're not used often. We went on a hunt to find some of the most interesting words that aren't used in everyday speech, but should be!

 

Read more here.

Source: http://www.bookstr.com/article/10-words-you-didn-t-know-existed/3232?trr_article_source=post-ribbon-module&utm_campaign=687014_newsletter_170603&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Reading%20Room%20&dm_i=2P56,EQ3Q,Z2B5Q,1I8XH,1
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A-Z ways to arrange your bookshelf

 

Let's say it loud, a bookshelf in book lover's life isn't only a space to collect books. It's a space to show your reading personality, it's a place to praise your sweethearts. Your bookshelf is You. The way you arrange your bookshelf tells a lot about you.

 

BookLikes bookshelf also offers a set of features which allows you to present your bookish personality with your book collection.

 

 

5 Bookshelf personality types

- what kind of reader are you?

 

1. Alphabetized bookshelf - you're well organized, up to date, never late and always right. Classy reader.

 

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2. Color oriented - you're an artistic type with a bright and energetic personality, you love doing DIY, never bored, full of ideas and plans to be engaged in. Happy hippie reader.

 

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3. Author sorted - you like meeting new people and getting to know them a little bit better, you're open minded but confident of your stand. Smart reader.

 

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4. Genre listed - you're an adventurous type with many buddies around, always on the go, ready to hit the road without a specific plan. Extrovert reader.

 

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5. No order - you're a mess but in a positive sense. You're carte blanche, introvert personality, you're emotional but at the same time you keep a poker face. Mystery reader.

 

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BookLikes bookshelf know-how

 

BookLikes is a place where you can not only start your book blog and review books but also present your book collection in the most desirable way. The following bookshelf description is a reminder of numerous shelf options available on your shelf page on BookLikes.

 

To add a book to your bookshelf, please click any book cover in the service and press +Shelf.

 

 

Here you have the fast shelving options:

I - choose a reading status

II - select a thematic shelf, can be accompanied with a reading status;

III - add a new thematic shelf

IV - show advanced shelving options

 

If you select option IV (+Shelf advanced) the bigger pop up will appear with additional options to choose from:

 

 

A. Read / Planning / Currently - choose a reading status if you haven't done this in the fast shelving view 

 

B. Progress - set your progress with accordance to the book edition (paper book/pages; e-books get % and audiobook/minutes)

 

C. Set dates - add reading dates (the dates when you start and finish the book) to make the book count to your Reading challenge

 

D. Edit shelves - add new one or choose from the ones you have (note: deleting the thematic shelf will not delete the books from your shelf page)

 

E. Edit exclusive statuses - add your own reading status if Read, Planning and Currently aren't enough (e.g. New, DNF)

 

F. How do you feel about this? - show your bookish feelings with emoticons :)

 

G. Other options - use these tick boxes to mark a title as your favorite, add to to your wishlist or mark as private (it will be visible only to you)

 

H. Private notes - view or add a private note (visible only to you) concerning this very title

 

I - click Save and go explore more BookLikes, or Save and write a review to go to the text editor page

 

The Read status has two more options:

 

 

J. Rating - add rating stars, including half stars!

K. Dates - add reading dates, including re-read dates!

 

 

OK. Filling up the bookshelf page with my favorite titles was easy-peasy. What to do next? First you should answer the question which reading personality type are you, decide how you'd like to arrange your books and then read the following section with the Shelf page options on BookLikes. 

 

 

1. Add a new thematic shelf - a new thematic shelf will be added to your shelf page; you can also set it as status, then it will be added under other statuses: Read, Planning to read and Currently reading.

 

2. A Shelf search - search your shelf, type title or author;

 

3. Sort option for your books - choose how to view your books;

 

4. Your private notes - find books with your private notes; the book with a private note receives a little dot under the cover;

 

5. Shelve it!  - a feature that helps you shelving new books from other webpages, move the Shelve it icon to your bookmark bar and click when visiting a book pages of Amazon and other booksellers;

 

6 and 7 - Cover view and Table view for your Shelf - choose which one suits you better;

 

8 - Shelf Settings - a gateway to manage your shelves, statuses and sorting options, have a look at available options below. 

 

 Shelf settings:

 

 

There's quite a lot of things to do in here:

 

a. add shelf -  add a new shelf, or set the shelf as an exclusive status;

 

b. choose the default shelves order - alphabetical or manual (then you can decide how to order your thematic shelves);

 

c. shelf Page view - the cover view or the table view for your admin shelf page; 

 

d. books order - how books on your shelf should be presented (this is how you and your blog guest will see the books on your shelf);

 

e. visible columns - chose which columns should be visible in your table view

 

f. rename - change the name of your thematic shelf;

 

g. position - if you wish to set your shelves manually, you can choose theirs positions (write number or use the drag and drop);

 

h. set an existing shelf as an exclusive status;

 

i. delete the shelf.

 

Remember to Save all the changes in the particular sections to make all the updates visible on your Shelf page. 

 

If you choose to view the table view of your shelf page,

here's what you get:

 

 

i. select one or several books, this will activate the option on the top of the table view ( see: k, l, m);

 

j. select all the books - you can select all the books visible on this shelf page;

 

k. add to shelves - add selected book(s) to your thematic shelf/shelves;

 

l. take books off the selected shelf - choose a thematic shelf, select the books and take them off the chosen shelf; the books will stay on your Shelf Page, only the shelves they are on will be changed;

 

m. delete books from your shelf - select book(s) and delete them from your shelf page; even if you delete the books from the Shelf, the review attached to this book will remain on your blog;

 

n. choose how many books per page in the table view to see;

 

o. sort options; cover - see book without a cover and add missing images to green books; Title/Author - alphabetical order; Ratings - according to your rating stars; My review - books with/without a review; Date Read - finished reading date;

 

p. add rating stars to your books;

 

q. add review, see review or edit review; the options depend whether the review is attached or not; 

 

r. edit shelves for a given book - move or add the book to your thematic shelves;

 

s. add the finished reading date - remember that only books with filled up Read Date count to your reading challenge; 

 

t. delete a book from your shelf;

 

u. change an edition - choose other book edition to be presented on your shelf page.

 

 

This shelf compendium covers many shelving issues, if you have any doubts or questions, please let us know in the comment section below or mail us directly.

 

Reblogged from BookLikes
To any Litten who might drop by

Just on the off chance that someone from Litsy will show up here, I'd like to apologize for my very brief blurb about Fangirl. My iPad will not let me type anything I want. I'm sure there's a way to turn off that spelling correction thing, but if so I haven't found it and my sister (Minwynn here on Booklikes) who is a lot better at phones and iPads than I am, hasn't either. So sorry about that. I really try to post stuff on Litsy, but it's difficult. Here's hoping for a web version of Litsy soon.

Review
4 Stars
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

I'll start off by saying that this is not the kind of book I usually like to read. My favorite genres are fantasy, mysteries, science fiction, historic fiction and non-fiction. This is - I don't know. It's definitely YA. Drama? Maybe.

At the start of the book, the main character, Cath, is about to go away to college. Her twin sister, Wren, has told her she won't share a room with her. When Cath gets to the dorm, she meets a boy in her room. For a moment, she thinks he's her room mate. He isn't, but he starts hanging out there a lot, with Reagan, Cath's real room mate.

There were some things I could definitely relate to when it comes to Cath. She's into writing (fan fiction) and she has a sister. In the end, there are several things I don't quite understand so well, but all in all I really love this book. Reading about going to college brings back memories of when I was trying to study at the university. To be honest, at times, it made me feel terrible, but despite that, I mostly enjoyed the book. It's well written and the characters are interesting and engaging.

So... Do I recommend this book to other readers? Yes. If you read the blurb at the back of the book and it sounds like something you might like, I think you will enjoy it.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/177904.html
Reading habit

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

 

Bed or an armchair.

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

 

Neither. Weirdly enough I can always find my spot in the book, without any marker.

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

 

I need to stop reading after at least one chapter. I'd hate to have to stop in the middle of a chapter.

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

 

No, I've never liked that.

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

 

I prefer reading only.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

 

Both, I guess. It depends.

 

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

 

Preferably at home. I find it hard to focus when I'm away from home.

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

 

Silently in my head, unless I'm reading out a paragraph to my sister.

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

 

I might check ahead to see 'if the dog makes it' or something like that, but I'd only skip pages if I didn't really like the book, and then I'd most likely decide not to finish it at all.

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

 

I try to keep it like new, these days, but as a child I know I treated books more roughly.

 

11. Do you write in your books?

 

Not anymore, but I used to write my name on the inside of the cover or somewhere like that and some years ago, my mother, sister and I had a sort of mystery book club where we would read the same book, and grade it. Then I'd write the number I'd picked (at first 1-10, then I realized 1-5 would do).