Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Summer reading continuing ...

 I have finished another two books from the pile I got from my parent's house, which I wrote about under Just checking in ... The first three books I did a very short review on in Summer reading. The next two books are: 

The Storrington Papers by Dorothy Eden 

I used to read a lot of Dorothy Eden when I was younger, and I know remember how I loved her books. Even reading her again so many years later was a pleasure. 

"For Sarah Goodwill, still reeling in the aftershock of a disastrous marriage, the position of secretary-ghostwriter to Major Charles Storrington seems the ideal opportunity to exorcise a few demons of her own. Sarah will help Major Storrington, confined to a wheelchair by the tank accident that finished a promising military career, to research and write the family history of the Storringtons, an armaments dynasty. She will also serve as governess to his small son."

Through old documents and a diary Sarah is taken back to the beginning of the century and the family that then lived in the mansion of Maidenshall. She quickly discovers that past happenings are coinciding with her own position in the family. Then there is the famous governess, not to talk about the old nurse to Major Charles Storrington. Now in her nineties, she seems absentminded, but who is she really? Keeps you guessing to the very end. A wonderful summer's day reading. 

The Son of the Thunder God by Arto Paasilinna

This is my first book by Arto Paasilinna, and it teases for more. 

"The Finnish people clearly no longer believe in their own God. This is the conclusion drawn by a crisis meeting consisting of pagan deities. That’s when Ukko, the supreme god, decides to intervene. He sends his son, Rutja, to earth in order to convert Finland’s people back to their true religion.

But Rutja needs a disguise, otherwise the Finnish authorities might just step in. He swaps places with Sampsa Ronkainen, an easy-going Helsinki antiques dealer and a true believer. Next, as if on cue, the beautiful Helinä arrives to audit Ronkainen‘s accounts. Rutja secures his first disciple. From here on out, things happen at breakneck speed."

This is a hilarious take on the Messias theme. What happens in the modern world when a new Messias is sent to earth to convince people to believe in him. The obstacles Rutja encounters tell a lot about how our society works today. It is fun, it is food for thought and gives a whole new dimension on the world we live in, our society and people living today. A wonderful book. 

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Summer reading

The reading has been rather slow for me in June. Being on the road does not give much time for this pleasure. We have bought a camper van and is now touring the north of Sweden. Wonderful experience of nature. For those of you who speak Swedish, or just want to look at pictures, can follow me on Den tillfälliga besökaren

Another obstacle with a van is that there is not so much space for more than the necessary things. As mentioned in the post 'Just checking in...' I choose a few books from self-service book shelves and those I have brought with me. I leave them at various camping as I have finished them. Here a few summary reviews of what I read. 

Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason Another thrilling and intriguing story from Iceland. Detective Sigurdur Oli is contacted by friends to investigate a blackmail. Upon visiting the suspected blackmailer Sigurdur Oli finds her murdered. The friendship makes the solving of the case more difficult for him, and many times he suspects his own friends. It takes him through all levels of society, through greed and pride before he finally finds the culprit. 

Bad Intensions by Karin Fossum Three old friends meet in a cottage in the woods. In the middle of the night they venture out in a rowing boat. One of the friends does not come back. Fossum are excellent in keeping suspense and a psychological twist to her stories. It is hinted that something terrible happened in the past which affects the three friends. Two of them more than the third. Thrilling story about ordinary people. 

A Lady at Last by Brenda Joyce The pirate father of Amanda, called La Sauvage, is sentenced and executed and she is alone in the world. Another pirate, Cliff de Warenne, of noble ancestry and pirating only on behalf of the government, is charges with Amanda. He will take her to London to meet her mother whom she has never met. This is a real romance, almost too much, but it is after all summer and an easy, romantic read, came in handy. Daring and beautiful pirates and bold and beautiful women. It takes quite some time before this story is finished, but I think we can all guess how it ends up in the end. 

Now I am continuing with Arto Paasilinna's The Son of the Thunder God.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Paris in July - 2021

Thyme for Tea is hosting another Paris in July challenge this year. One of my favourite challenges so I am happy to join. Here is the introduction: 

"Paris is alluring for so many reasons — the incredible culinary adventures you can have, its lens into history through its architecture and art museums, its walkability and world-class shopping. There is a lot to see and do in Paris and first-timers can have a hard time fitting it all in. "

Here, at Paris in July blogging central, we are connecting you with other lovers of Paris through the month long blogging event. Over the past 10 years, participants have used this event to post about new recipes, favourite holiday memories, best books on Paris, set in Paris, about Parisiennes, music from Paris, best cocktails found in Paris, favourite walks in Paris.... almost anything about Paris or France. 

We cant really go to Paris right now, but here we will share many different sides of our love of french things, and Paris. "

This year I am 'on the road' with our new camper van, meaning it is more difficult for me to arrange anything French, like a dinner, or watch a movie (bad internet on most campings), but I will do my best to at least read a few books. I might come up with something else, inspired by you all.

If you want to join, head on to Tamara's web-site linked above.  

I already have in my possession Nina George's book The Little Bookshop in Paris which I will read. I went to my, far too long, list of books I want to read. Books that have been recommended by you, my fellow bloggers. From the titles I found these belonging to Paris and France:

Black, Cara - Murder-on-Ile-Saint-Louis

Cahill, Susan - The streets of Paris

Castigliano, Frederico - Flaneur

Diliberto, Gioia - Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife (NF)

Garelick, Rhonda - Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

Hamad, Isabel - The Parisian

Kincher, Paulita - Paris Runaway

MacLeod, Janice - Paris Letters

Rowlands, Penelope - Paris was ours

Hopefully some of them are available by e-book via my library. Let's see where I end up. It would also be good to read som French authors so will see what is available.

Hope to see you in Paris in July.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Paris in July 2021

Ah, it is this time of the year. The time when we go to Paris in July to share our love for everything French. Tamara at Thyme for Tea is hosting again, thank you so much. I think this challenge is a favourite for many of us. 

This year will be a little different for me. We have bought a Camper van and are going around Sweden on a camping tour. We are heading towards the north on Saturday and hope to all the way up to the Midnight Sun. I am not sure what I will do this year, but read some books connected, one way or the other to Paris and France. I will start with Nina George's The Little Bookshop in Paris. I have heard good things about it, so it will be a good start.

Maybe, I will be able to do a French dinner in our van. Let's see what I kind of ingredients I can find. Maybe a French movie or a TV-series, and listen to some French music. I also hope to be inspired by your choices. 

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Just checking in...

 Several weeks has passed since I last posted here. I have been on the road with our new camper van and been busy visiting family and friends (all with safe distance) I have not seen for long. On Saturday me and my husband Martin, har heading to the north of Sweden. Camping seems like a good idea these days and we expect to keep distance, but still be able to enjoy nature.

Visiting my parents for a few days before we head north. Outside our guest flat there are two book cases with books given by people who live here. I must say that the books are from several genres, many of them I have already read. I have chosen seven of the books to take with me for our trip. They can easily be given to someone else, or a camping, to be enjoyed by other people. 

The Content Reader

I choose these books from various genres: 

Dorothy Eden - The Storrington Papers (used to read Eden when I was young, but have not read anything for quite some time. Should be an easy summer's read.)

Karin Fossum - Bad Intensions (I have enjoyed other books by her and the story seems interesting. I always have a weakness for stories where something is hidden in the past.)

Nina George - The Little Paris Bookshop (Heard good things about it and it will be a perfect read for Paris in July.)

Arnaldur Indridason - Black Skies (Love Indridason's books and I don't think I have read this one.)

Brenda Joyce - A Lady at Last (A little Harlequin romance cannot be wrong in the summer.)

Haruki Murakami - Killing Commendatore (Have read just a few of his books and am looking forward to this one.)

Arto Paasilinna - The Son of the Thunder God (Heard good things about Paasilinna's books and wanted to read something by him. Luckily, I found this one.)

I also have a few other books to read connected to the different challenges I am following. Hopefully I will catch up one day.