Friday, November 23, 2018

Svenska böcker... :)

Hello!

Good morning everybody! Today we will talk about Swedish books <3

I moved to Sweden 2001 in January. I lived there until December 2012. In the capitol of Sweden: Stockholm. Well, the first year I lived in the suburbs. Then, in April/May 2002 I moved to Kungsholmen, in the center of Stockholm. My closest bookstore was 2,5 blocks away, what a luxury! It is called Akademibokhandeln. It is awesome! My two favorite bookstores in Sweden are NK Bokhandel and Akademibokhandeln on Mäster Samuelsgatan, both in the very heart of Stocholm, near Sergels torg... I studied English and Finnish at the University of Stockholm on/off for 11 years. The University became my second home in Sweden. Too bad I didn't study Literature too... That is, in Sweden if you study literature, it is of course Swedish literature. LOL. Instead I studied English and Finnish... Well, I love those languages of course a lot too. Swedish just happens to be my first native tongue lol. Sooo... I never got to dig deep into Swedish literature, except in Finnish when we read a few Finland-Swedish authors. I read "Den amerikanska flickan" by Monica Fagerholm and "Drakarna över Helsingfors", they were of course written in a bit different Swedish... And it all happened in Finland. In the Helsinki are too... It is no big mystery but I really do not like the Swedish they speak in Helsinki... I don't like Helsinki that much, just a little. IF I would write a book, it would take place here in Tampere and in Stockholm and in Jakobstad <3 Like my life has taken place lol... That I why I'm re.considering writing a book about my life... BUT!!!! Those things are completely off point sorry!!!

SWEDISH LITERATURE!!!

Back to the point. When I moved to Sweden, I was not so into Swedish literature. Not so much into literature, period. Which is strange, since I started studying English and later on Finnish, which studies required a lot of reading... lol... My old English teacher once said: "Yeah, you can study English but you gotta love reading!" I was like: "Of course! I do love reading!" Now in hindsight I realize what he meant lol. When you study any language, READING IN FUNDAMENTAL. lol Sooo, not just a little, a LOT! Really really really much! I am kinda sad that I wasn't such a huge reader before my time in Sweden... But now I have mended my ways... lol

Swedish literature that I like are mostly in three categories:

Swedish crime/horror
Swedish children's literature
Swedish "religious, old fiction"

Let me explain... My favorite authors from Sweden are all crime, children's and religious fiction writers. I would say that my most favorite books from Sweden are "Låt den rätte komma in" by John Ajvide Lindqvist, "Tordyveln flyger i skymmningen" by Maria Gripe and one I'm still woring on: "Utvarndrarna" by Wilhelm Moberg. Okay, so I just realized I have read mostly crime novels from Sweden... It was years since I read "Tordyveln..." and I have been stuck on page 100-something in "Utvandrarna" for ages. I have seen the musical "Kristina från Duvemåla" and listened to the music a million times, that is based on the novels about the Swedish immigrants going to the Americas, so I know the story well and the musical is pretty true to the books... It's four parts. Thick books. Well, I just also realized that I need to widen my horizons... I need to read other books in Sweidsh, other than Crime, horror, Childern's books and Religious epic fiction stories. One other Religious book is "Jerusalem". It is still on my TBR... :)

So, if you are a Swede or know a lot about good Swedish books, let me know what I should read :)

Hey! :)

Hello there!

This past month I have been finding more ways on overcoming reading slumps. :) FINALLY! 

I have listened to audiobooks, re-read old favorites, started some books that have been YEARS on my shelves etc. Now I'm completely hooked! :) Can't stop reading. So many on my TBR that I have decided to only buy books if they are the next one in the series and I have read the previous part and if they are on my TBR, no more "surprise"-bookshopping lol... NEVER AGAIN! I have ended up with sooo many wierd and "bad" books... I used to be so impulsive as a bookbuyer. It was crazy... I went to Gran Canaria a few weeks ago. I found a great book in the hotel's library: "Just in Case" by Meg Rosoff <3 It is such a gem. I really liked it. It completely sucked me in. Thank goodness for books like that! Now I have started a book that I have owned a few years: "Possessed" by Niki Valentine. First of all, I play the piano, as does the main character. And second: I love stories with twins in them... :)

Today it's Black Friday. I'm not going to buy a new book or many new books, I'm going to "shop" on my own shelf lol. There are probably over 100 unread books in my library... I know CRAZY!!! :( I have been an impulsive shopper and a lazy reader... What can I say? I'm bad... lol

More later! :)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

First book read!

Dear Readers,

I have managed to finish my first book during this readathon! I'm so happy! And yet so sad... Because it was an amazing book, I didn't want it to end. But of course, like all books do, they end... Sad. I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It. Was. Spectacular! I read now the last 100 pages and it blew me away. I laughed, I cried. It was really Something with a capital S. I will always wish, the next times I will be reading it, that I was reading it for the first time. It was so awesome. Okay. I have not read such a good book in a looong time. I truly really liked it.

Now I have the noble intention of finishing off some other books lol ... I have 100-200 pages left in a few books. I am going to eat a snack or something, move to another location in my home, because my butt just got numb from sitting in the same position for 1,5 hours and put on some more light, because this is Finland and the light outside is fading as we speak... LOL.

Good luck with your readathon!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dewey's 24-hour Readathon Oct 2018

Hello there (again)!!!

It is time. Time for another Readathon... I have been planning on watching a bunch of How-to Readathon Guides... Yes, I love me some awesome booktube. My favorite booktuber is Hailey in Bookland. I have been following her on Youtube for years. Yes, years. I'm old lol. Much much older than Hailey too. I'm simply old. Okay. Sorry. I am just so excited!!!

My TBR is a bit easier for me to take on this year. I have this annoying habit of reading several books at the same time, like a little bit of this, and a little bit of that and so on... At last, I come to a point where all those books are almost read! I am in this blessed situation right now. I have maybe 5-6 books which are close to the end. Close to the end for means 100-200 pages from the end, for me. The last 100-200 pages I usually gobble and devour. So, first I creep slowly through the book... Then BAM! Finish off with a sprint! lol It's fun.

On my list of almost-finished books are:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Anne på Grönkulla (Anne of Greengables in Swedish) by LM Montgomery

Narnia #2 (The Lion the witch and the wardrobe) which I will be reading in Swedish too

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Freddie Mercury ... cannot remember by who...

And ... Then there are the started/in the middle of books:

East of Eden

Wuthering Heights

Hmmm... I believe that is about it. I promised myself I would be updating my reading progress... Let's hope that will work out.... lol Shh... I have a secret! I'm going to start reading and listening tonight! It's almost 6 pm here in Finland now, the sun has set, the last rays of day's light is fading ... etc. lol... So, NOW is a great moment to light some scented candles, whip out a few books, get my audible app ready and start warming up for tomorrow! The readathon starts at 3 pm my time... Sigh!

Good luck!
Huggies, Cindy

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Boo!

Hi there...

Good news! My reading slump of the century is almost over ! Yay ! :) I just started diving back into my favorite Twilight book: New moon. I have it on audiobook so I am reading and listening to it at the same time. It's really effective .

I have not bought many books this year . Today I bought a Danish crime novel. My Danish isn't strong enough for me to read it in Danish, so I am reading it in Swedish. Close enough lol. It's a book by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen. It's the first part of the series: Avdelning Q. The first book is called "Kvinnan i rummet " which would translate into "The woman in the room ". My Mom has been recommending it for ages. Only today she said it's really gruesome and horrifying. Lol. Thanks mom!  Better late than never ...

Well,  I will get reading now . No time like the present :)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Books are my best friends

Hi there!

A little over a week ago I finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the third time. The first three Harry Potter books I have lost track of how many times I've read... The Order of the Phoenix I am re-reading now, this will be my second time, The Half-Blood Prince I've read twice (because Snape...) and the Deathly Hallows only once...

Reading an old favorite is like visiting a dear old friend. Sometimes you don't remember everything about them but they are a comforting presence. Today I went to the nurse at my local health care center to check my memory. Last night I tried to decide what to read. I came to the conclusion, that now that I was worrying about my memory and my health, a good and friendly old favorite book will help me relax. Of course, it might make my mind wander, because of the familiarness of the story, but that's not likely when it comes to Harry Potter, it's written so well...

I kinda hope JK Rowling would win the Nobel Price <3

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Updates and challenges

Hi again!

My reverse readathon didn't go as expected. I pretty much just forgot about it. It's awful, I know ... I'm an airhead. I hope that next time I'll remember .

Last weekend I spent on the beach with my auntie and my Mom . M4y auntie rented a cabin near the beach for the weekend. Three days without electricity. And other conveniences.  Just me and my books . And the beach and food and drink and my Mom and auntie. I read over 200 pages, I finished Harry Potter and the goblet of fire . Started reading a book by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen . "Selfies". It's gripping and a real page turner .

Now I am starting to re-read Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix.