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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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OT: Longer meme

1: Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?

Yes.

2: Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused?

Yes. :) Well, not taken, but all the others.

3: What if I told you that you were pretty?

I wouldn't believe you.

4. Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”?

Sort of.

5: Are you interested in anyone right now?

Unfortunately not.

6. What are you looking forward to in the next week?

Having an ice cream.

7. Do you want to be single?

Yes and no.

8. Did you go out or stay in last night?

Stay in.

9. How late did you stay up last night?

Until about 1.30.

10. Can you recall the last time you realized you liked someone a lot?

Yes.

11. Last three things you had to drink?

Tap water, mineral water, cranberry juice.

12. Have you pretended to like someone?

Yes.

13. Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it?

No.

14. Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months?

My family.

15. Is it hard for you to get over someone?

Yes.

16. Think back five months ago, were you single?

Yes, unfortunately.

17. What were you doing at 12:30 this afternoon?

Taking care of my children.

18. Hold hands with anyone this week?

My children.

19: Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol?

Yes.

20. What would you name your future daughter?

I have a pretty name, but I'd like to keep it to myself.

21. Do you miss anyone?

Yes, several.

22. Have you kissed three or more people in one night?

No.

23. Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed?

No.

24. Are you good at hiding your feelings?

Yes, I think so.

25. Have you ever cried from being so mad?

No.

26. Who did you last see in person?

Hm. Tough question. I 'see' people at the store etc. But I don't 'see' people as in meeting friends. It's been almost three years since I last saw the guy I'm closest to right now. :/

27. Are you listening to music right now?

No.

28. What is something you currently want right now?

To move. To get some new clothes, glasses and other necessities, as well as some new books.

29. What is the last thing you said out lot?

I expressed my disappointment that a job wasn't like I thought it would be.

30. How is your heart lately?

Physically, fine. Emotionally, not so fine.

31. Do you wear the hood on your hoodie?

No.

32. Are you wearing socks?

Yes.

33. What do people call you?

By my first name.

34. Will you talk to the person you like tonight?

No.

35. Are there any stressful situations in your life?

Yes.

36. Who did you last share a bed with?

Haha.

37. Did you do something bad today?

No. At least depending on what you call 'bad'. I wasn't happy about certain things I did, but I do my best.

38. When was the last time a member of the opposite sex hugged you?

See question 26. Almost three years ago.

39. Do you get stressed out easily?

Yes.

40. Will you sing today?

Probably not.

41. Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t?

Yes. Frequently.

42. Who do you go to when you need to talk to someone?

My sister.

43. Have you ever been taken to the emergency room in an ambulance?

Not in an ambulance.

44. What are you listening to right now?

Nothing.

45. What is wrong with you right now?

I'm sad and concerned about the future.

46. What is on your wrists right now?

Nothing.

47. Where did you get the shirt/sweatshirt you’re wearing?

I bought it online.

48. What do you like better: hot chocolate or hot apple cider?

Hot chocolate.

49. Do you make wishes at 11:11?

No.

50. Are you a good artist?

I'm a writer.

51. Love really is a beautiful thing huh?

Of course.

52. Do you miss the way things were six months ago?

No.

53. Ever been on a golf cart?

No.

54. Do you have trust issues?

Yes.

55. Ever stayed up all night on the phone, with who?

Yes. With my brother.

56. Do you own something from Hot Topic?

No, I don't even know what that is.

57. Do you use chap stick?

I should.

58. Have you ever slapped someone in the face?

Hm. I don't think so.

59. Do you have a little sister?

I have a sister who is close to me in age.

60. Have you ever been to New York?

No.

61. Think of the last person who said I love you, do you think they meant it?

No.

62. Have you hugged someone within the last week?

My children.

63. What were you doing at midnight last night?

I was sitting right here in front of the computer or reading a book.

64. Have you ever regretted kissing someone?

No.

65. Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?

Actually, there are two. My children.

66. Were your last three kisses from the same person?

Yes.

67. Have you kissed anyone in the last five days?

My children.

68. Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?

Alone.

69. Will next Friday be a good one?

I hope so.

Happy nameday to me!

And to every other Camilla that might be here. :)

A little book meme
Tintin in Tibet - Hergé

1. Favorite childhood book

 

I think that The Wind on the Moon was my favorite when I was very young, but as I grew a little older, it was too sad for me. I guess I'll pick Tintin in Tibet instead, which was another great favorite of mine. I got it for my fourth birhday and I read it so many times, it was basically ruined, then a boy I knew gave me a new copy for a later birthday. I also liked a 'series' of two little paperbacks about a girl named Camilla (my name) who solved mysteries. We didn't have much in common and she was a 'big' girl (about fourteen) when I was four. That always puzzled me. The characters in the books I read were always a lot older than me. I guess that comes from learning to read at the age of 3...


2. Favorite toy growing up

 

The Snoopy I won at an amusement park when I was eight.

 

Cartoon Snoopy


3. Favorite fun dinner as a child.

 

Spaghetti rings in tomato sauce.


4. Cookies or cupcakes?

 

I'll have to say cookies, because when I was a child, no one had heard of cupcakes here in Sweden, though I guess I preferred cake or a Danish roll.

 

Birthday cake

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Journal
Journal
Journal 2
Journal 2

I just had to share this lovely journal. It's really cute. I wish I'd been able to get one like this when I was in school.

OT: Missing house

A while back, I started thinking about the house we lived in when I was six-eight years old. It was up north, in a very beautiful area. I guess the only downside that I can think of is that by now I would have hated living so close to everyone else. The houses have such small gardens you pretty much feel as if you're sitting on other people's laps.

Anyway, I started searching for our old house on Google Maps, Streetview and couldn't find it. I was so upset, thinking maybe it had been torn down or burned to the ground. But there were certain differences that couldn't be explained by our house disappearing, such as the houses across the street being older and having bigger and older gardens than the ones I used to look at through our windows.

Then my sister remembered the name of the block, not just the street address. And there it was. It actually looks better than when we lived in it, since back then it was brown and now it's red. My mom doesn't like the little roof over the front door, but other than that it's just like when we moved out. Also, I'd forgotten that the garden was more or less nothing. I guess that's often how it is. Fantastic house, no garden to speak of, or vice versa.

I really wish my dad hadn't insisted on selling it. We could have still had it and never had to live in this dump. It had a huge basement with wonderful big rooms and the upstairs was nice too. There was a big playroom where my sister and I played every day. And you know what? It seemed to be bigger on the inside. ;)

I miss that house so much.

Review
4 Stars
Top Secret Twenty-One
Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich

This time around Stephanie works with Ranger, but the job takes a turn for the worse when Ranger's building is hit by a polonium attack. Someone Ranger encountered in his earlier life wants to kill him, and threatens Stephanie too. It sounds scary, but mostly this book is just good fun. Some feral Chihuauas and an annoying short guy also show up and add to the usual craziness. If you don't mind funny action, then you might like this series. I know I do. Reading these books, is one of the few things that can get me to smile on certain days.

 

Review
4 Stars
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

The other day I finished reading The Raven King. Like the first three books in the series, this was magical. Some of the story was dark, but much was just fascinating. I enjoyed finding out about the world and getting to know the main characters. The ending was satisfying. I have no complaints.

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Birthday present
Birthday present

Today is my children's second birthday. Naturally, they got books (among other things).

Rereading old mysteries
After the Funeral - Agatha Christie 4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

Lately, I've read, and in one case, read for the first time, old Agatha Christie mysteries. It's so relaxing, maybe even therapeutic. They're so reliable. I can't believe I'd never read After the funeral before, when I've read almost all her mysteries at one time or another. It was a nice surprise, even though I can't say it was one of her best titles.

 

Before posting here, I spent some enervating minutes trying to type the same post into the Litsy app and my Swedish iPad wanted to turn most words into Swedish words. I kept having to fight it. It's so annoying. And even more annoying - once I'd managed it, the app told me my blurb was too long. I just shut the app down and decided to just post here instead. Thanks Booklikes. :)

 

Tonight I'm going to read The ABC Murders (I hope that's the right title, since this time I'm reading it in Swedish). Actually, I read all three above titles in Swedish since I can conveniently borrow them from my local library as e-books. Quite conveniently anyway, since now they think I've borrowed too many in a short while (less than a week) so I have to wait a while to borrow the next one. Fortunately, I have cards at two other libraries as well. :) Tonight, I'll escape into nostalgia again. :)

OT: A Wild Goose Chase

Today, my family and I went into the town center to visit one of the open preschools there. Just like the first time - last week (another open preschool, run by the church), we found that the activities hadn't started yet. You'd think the people behind this open preschool might like to let potential participants or rather their parents, know when they intend to start again after the Christmas break. I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

 

A while back I mentioned that I had tried to find a new hairdresser and had trouble finding one here. There are supposedly at least three, apart from at least one barber, but the only one listed on the Yellow Pages had shut down. The one I approached to enquire about prices etc, later turned out to be closed despite it being during the 'official' working hours. I have really had it with this town. This is just one more reason for me to want to leave. :(

 

Before returning home we did some grocery shopping. While waiting for the bus back, my sister took a photo of my new handbag. You might think that I'm a real shopping freak and you might not be entirely wrong about that - but the main reason I got this, apart from it being really cute and cheap, is that my other newish handbag doesn't have a zipper on the main compartment. With our weather, it wouldn't be practical to use that one during the winter. I'd get my phone wet all the time, and anything else as well. Also, I'm a little tired of carrying a handbag in my hand, rather than using a shoulder strap.

 

Anyway, here is the new one:

 

New handbag

 

In the background you can catch a glimpse of the ugliest railway station in Sweden. Or the most artistic one, if you ask the local authorities who contracted an artis to transform it. Ouch, my eyes are hurting. And I really love other shades of blue, not just this one.

Review
4 Stars
Lily Blue, Blue Lily
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

The third book in the Raven cycle is just as good as the first two. Blue's mother has disappeared, looking for Blue's biological father, and Blue desperately wants to find her. Her friends try to help her. In the end they find more than they imagined and not all of it good. I like that there's always a proper ending in these books, with some closure but also a continuing story arc.

Review
4 Stars
The Dream Thieves
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

The sequel to The Raven Boys turned out to be just as fascinating as this first book in the series. In this story the reader is introduced to an amazing idea that I won't go into here, since it would be a bit of a spoiler. I love the main characters and their quest, and the plot isn't - at least to me - at all predictable. In a way, the story is quite dark, but not too bad. The world seems magical and incredible but at the same time completely realistic. Although I probably wouldn't want to live in a female collective like the main character, Blue, does, it's really interesting. Their rambling patchwork house is amazing.  I'd definitely recommend this book and the series to anyone who likes unique fantasy stories.

Review
4 Stars
The Feyguard series by Anthea Sharp (and Feyland)
Spark - Anthea Sharp Royal - Anthea Sharp Marny: Feyguard Book 3 - Anthea Sharp

I recently finished reading the last of the books in the Feyguard series by Anthea Sharp - Marny. I first encountered the books about the magic world Feyland on Wattpad. Since I loved the first book, I wanted to read the rest of the series. Eventually, I bought both the first series - Feyland, then the second one too - Feyguard.

Basically both series are set in the (near?) future. There are computer games that you can enter, like Star Trek's Holodeck. Throughout the books you get to know several people and in the first book it's Jennet and Tam. At the beginning of the first book (later a sort of prequel) Jennet finds out that the game Feyland is connected to a real Fairyland, but not a cute Disneyland type of faerie, a really dark world where you can end up injured or even dead. And your injuries sustained in game can carry over to the real world. In the 'real' Feyland the main characters encounter various magical creatures, need to complete quests etc, rather like in a computer game, but of course here, the stakes are higher.

I liked the whole Feyland world. The 'real' world is very well done too. I also liked all the characters but I think my favorite was Marny. In the end, she gets her own book (book 3 of Feyguard).

The plot is fairly straightforward, but not in any way dull. If you don't like YA books you might not like this series, but it's a well written, well researched series of books and it's not too dark. If you like YA fantasy I think you'll like these two series. You can still read some of the books for free on Wattpad, so if you're there you might want to take a look.

 

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Bookstores and libraries are places of refuge, somewhere to go when the skies are dark and rain is beating on the windows.

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Source: http://bibliophileanon.tumblr.com/post/169397740512/bookstores-and-libraries-are-places-of-refuge
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When the Wood is no more
There will be woe in the World.
There will be no more laughter on the wind.

~ Traditional proverb

from The Speed of Darkness, by Catherine Fisher

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Christmas Books
Christmas Books

No books in Swedish this Christmas. I'm going to have to do something about that in the new year.