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Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56

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A long time since I posted something under this banner, but now I am back with a wonderful book. It is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I bought it because many of you put up excellent reviews. They were well deserved. A review will come soon.      Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader "When people ask me what I do - taxi drivers, dental hygienists - I tell them I work in an office. In almost nine years, no one's ever asked what kind of office, or what sort of job I do there." The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice "She came with me from my childhood bedroom, survived the foster placements and children's homes and, like me, she's still here."

My Life in Books 2019

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I found this tag from Deb Nance at Readerbuzz , who in her turn found it from Jane at Howling Library . It sounds like great fun and it seems to be as much as I can do these days. Deb Nance started from 415 books(! wow). I have to start with 98 books, so maybe a little bit trickier. Let's see. ‘My Life in Books 2019’ 1. In high school, I was a  - Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes) 2. People might be surprised by - A Man of Some Repute (Elizabeth Edmondson) 3. I will never be - The Golden Hour (Beatriz Williams) 4. My fantasy job is - The Kimberley Secret (Gabriel Farago) 5. At the end of a long day I need - Orlando (Virginia Woolf) 6. I hate - Ordinary Thunderstorms (William Boyd) 7. Wish I had -  The Hiding Places (Katherine Webb) 8. My family reunions are - The Clockmakers Daughter (Kate Morton) 9. At a party, you’d find me with -  The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides) 10. I’ve never been to - The Muse (Jessie Burton) 11. A happy day inc

Mount TBR 2019 Final Checkpoint

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I guess we are now up to the first checkpoint of 2020. Since I ended the year with a long trip, I was not really up to blogging about the end of the year versus the beginning of the year administration. Going through all the posts I meant to read later, I am finally catching up. Since My Reader's Block challenge Mount TBR is one of my favourite challenges, I cannot help filling in The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR. Better late than never. First of all, congratulations to Bev for reaching Mount Everest! A real effort. I aimed for Mount Ararat, but only made it a short way up Mt Vancouver. Managed Mont Blanc at least. 28 books all in all. I blame it all on the library books! "The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain. Feel free to add/subtract a word or two to help them make sense."

Life According to Literature Tag

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I usually read other blogs on Feedly. Since I am not too keen on making comments with my iPad, I save the posts to look them up later. Well, sometimes much later. This meme on books you read last year was posted by Brona at Brona's Books on 14 January 2020. Let's see what I can make of it with the books I read in 2019. THE RULES: Using only books you have read during the year (2019), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Describe yourself: The Secret Wife / Gil Paul How do you feel: The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides Describe where you currently live: Saratoga Trunk / Edna Ferber If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Hiding Places / Katherine Webb Your favourite form of transportation: Trains & Boats & Planes / Kille NcNeill Your best friend is: Kristin Lavransdattir / Sigrid Undset You and your friends are: The Noise of Time / Julian Barnes What's the weather like: Ett jävla solsken (A Bloody Sunshine) / Fatima Bre

Easy reading in times of distress

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When you want an easy read, something exciting and thrilling, then a thriller or mystery book comes in handy. I have already read six such books this year and two during the present worrying times. Reading all the gruesome news in the papers is enough for the time being. Not that thrillers are less gruesome reading, but at least it is in a book. Here a few short notes on good mysteries, easy to read and they keep up the thrill until the very end. Byron's Shadow by Jason Foss - a different story set at an archeological site in Greece. A golden pen found at the dig, with the name 'Byron' on it, sets a chain of events in motion. Archeologist, Dr. Jeffrey Flint is in the middle of the action when his boss suddenly is murdered and he is accused of the deed. With the help of his ex-girlfriend, he is in for more than he asked for. Thrilling and hiding the culprit until the very end. The Dry by Jane Harper - a favourite author and this is the first book about her detect

In splendid isolation, or...?

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These are difficult times, as the coronavirus spreads over the world and affects more and more people. I hope that you are all right out there? How are you keeping up with restrictions in moving around society? In Sweden, we are allowed to move around outside, although should refrain from it when not necessary. For me and my husband, it is not a big problem. He came back from Nepal just over two weeks ago. Coming home early, due to the spreading of the virus. He landed in Vienna and re-directed his trip to come to Sweden. It is good that we can be here together in times like these. It would not be so nice to be in two different countries for a time where we don't know when it will end. Walking close to home We spend our days mostly at home. We go for weekly shopping and errands. We try to go for a walk most days. We are lucky to be able to start walking directly from our home, going to the beach, or around the nearby limestone quarry. Otherwise, we take the car and go to n