Blog relay participant in September

In September, I’ll be one of the participants in a blog relay organized by B. Whalströms (Swedish publisher) for the book One by Sarah Crossan, which is the first book by Sarah Crossan to be translated into Swedish.


It is about two twin sisters that share everything, literally.  They are conjoined twins, joined at the waist. Although they share the same bones and blood are two different people with their own thoughts, secrets, and emotions, just like any teenager anywhere. Due to their condition, they’ve been homeschooled their whole lives, but as their family can’t afford the twins to be homeschooled any longer, they are forced to start a regular school. Although this change brings a lot of difficulties, it also forces the twins to get out of their comfort zones in a positive way, making them experience things the haven’t been able to before.

I’m really looking forward to reading this. I’ve heard great things about it. On September 24, it is my turn to blog about the book, and I’ll tell you about my thoughts about it. We are a total of nine Swedish bloggers participating in the relay and we’ll blog about the book every day from 17th to 25th of September.

17th of September – Maddes bokhylla
18th of Septemberer – Agnes bokblogg
19th of September – Petras bokblogg
20th of September – drawreadandtakeaphoto
21st of September – Booze ‘n’ Books
22nd of September – Book Obsession
23rd of September – Bibliotekarier
24th of September – Little Tree of Stories
25th of September – Bookish Glimmer

How an e-reader changed my opinion on e-books

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The never ending dilemma of e-books and e-readers. For as long as I can remember I’ve been an anti e-book activist. Who in their right mind would ever want to read a book on a screen? It totally ruins the reading experience. I prefer the feeling of a solid book and its paper pages, and I’ll probably always do. Yet, I’ve recently gone against my better judgement and got myself an e-reader. Läs mer

Christmas gifts for readers

Hey, guys! I’m sorry for literally being MIA for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been busy doing my internship and haven’t had time to properly sit down and write any blog post. However, as it’s almost Christmas I thought I’d make short bookish Christmas gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for the reader in your life.

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Books
There´s no going wrong there. The easiest present you could get for any book lover is books. We can’t get enough of them and I’m sure the book lover in your life would squeal with excitement if they found a rectangular gift under the tree.

Prints
Either you can buy a really cute book related print online at Etsy or you can make your own. The only thing you need is a computer, a printer, some nice paper and creativity.

Mugs
Again, internet shopping is a great thing and with a quick search you can find several online shops that sell book related mugs. But if you’re short of time, you could buy a plane ceramic mug and write or draw something on it with a sharpie and put it in the oven for an hour or so, to make the paint stick permanently.

Notebooks
Most readers also write, and, therefore, they’re in constant need of nice notebooks where they can put down their thoughts, keep track of what books they’re reading and what they think about them.

Bookmarks
A reader always needs bookmarks!

Calendar/planner
Since 2016 is almost upon us, most people, not only readers are in need of a new calendar or planner. Why not make one out of an old book?

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The perfect reading companion.

Merry Christmas!

Gothenburg Book Fair 2015

A few weeks ago it was finally time for The Gothenburg Book Fair which I’d been looking forward to for a long time. The Gothenburg Book Fair is a, well, a book fair held for four days in September every year, and is a place where publishers, authors, illustrators, readers, educators and so on, gather to breath, talk, discuss and of course, to buy books. Thus, it’s the highlight of every September and I’d managed to get a hold of a free ticket (which wouldn’t really have mattered since I happily would’ve paid for one myself, but still) and I had the most amazingly confusing and nerve-wracking day filled with everything books.

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For you non-Swedish-speakers, it says ”Books change the world” on the orange wall, and I couldn’t agree more.

As was expected, I bought a few books and got a few of them signed, which was a really traumatic experience for everyone involved (at least for me). I met Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren, the authors of the Engelsfors Trilogy and Lars Wilderäng, the author of Stjärnklart (i.e starlit (?)). I was so nervous and completely starstruck, I didn’t know what to say which made it all very awkward. Hopefully, they didn’t notice, they were really nice! I also saw and listen to Paula Hawkins talk about her novel The Girl on the Train but didn’t manage to meet her.

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you’ve had a similar (awkward) encounter with an author or a person you idolize, it can’t just be me, right?

How to blog about books without writing reviews

I stumbled across a post by a fellow blogger Bluchickenninja where she gives her readers some advise about how to read more, and it got me thinking. Since I started this blog I’ve tried to read more and more books in a shorter amount of time. Because, by starting a blog one commit to write about a certain subject and upload blog posts regularily.

It comes with some sort commitment or responsibility towards your audience, at least that’s how I feel about it. Thus, to be able to blog about something you must create some sort of content, in my case, my content is based on books and reading which requires me to read more books faster to be able to write something about it.

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I’m amazed by people who are able to read several books a week (how do you do it?!) and still manage to keep up with everything else, school, work etc. However, I’m not one of those people and not everyone is and that’s okay. I consider myself a slow reader, thus I’ve had to consider other means of creating content.

Here’s what I’ve leart about filling the the empty space between book Reviews:

  • Google, yes, as simple as that. If you don’t feel creative let others lend you a hand.
  • Use books as inspiration! Write a letter to the dead, rewrite the ending of your favourite book and so one.
  • Write about your thoughts about reading, books, writing, authors etc.
  • Make lists like this one or of your favourite quotes, authors, bookmarks, covers etc.
  • DIY, who doesn’t like to read about and see what you can do with books or how to make book related accessories and such?
  • Read other blogs and let them inspire you.
  • Make time for your writing, you can’t get away from that one.
  • Buy a notebook, and write down your thoughts and ideas about your content.
  • Don’t put too much preassure on yourself. It’s not a competition and it’s okay to take a break and have a off week (month, year), we all have them.
  • Have fun and be silly! The world is too serious anyway, or be serious and critiqe things, it’s your blog, do what you like and like what you do.

Personally, I use Google a lot for inspiration as well as other peoples blogs.

If you have any advice yourself, feel free to comment or tweet me, I love hearing from you!

The Swenglish dilemma

I’ve been thinking, trying to figure out how to relate to the fact that I’m Swedish writing a blog in English. Since I started this blog, I’ve mostly read and reviewed books by English-speaking authors because it would be more available to an English-speaking audience, which I don’t mind at all. The problem, or rather my dilemma is; whether or not I could review Swedish books too and try to adapt it to an English-speaking audience even though some of the books might not be available in English. Is that possible?

Personally, I’d love to read about books from other countries and cultures even if it might not be immediately available in Swedish or English.

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, the reason being I’ve started reading more and more books by Swedish authors, which I haven’t done in about five years. And I really feel like reading in my mother tongue for a while. Not that I’m discarding everything that has to do with books in English (I simply can’t) but I think I just need this somehow.

Thus, to be able to continue blogging, which I love, I’d really like to know what you guys, my readers think about that. It would definitely generate more frequent posts (at least, that’s what I’m hoping).

Is it something you’d like to read about and have me discuss with you and talk to you about?

Long time no see

Dear, fellow booklovers, followers, friends,

I’m sorry about the hiatus. I’ve had exams and such which have made it quite impossible for me to take the time to write posts. Not only have I had exams, but I’ve also been busy packing and travelling back to Sweden. As you may or may not know, I’ve been studying in Ireland this semester. So yes, these past weeks have been crazy, but I’m back home now, and very excited to be surrounded by my books and they have got some new friends, coming all the way from Ireland. Guys, buying loads of books while studying abroad isn’t particularly clever. Books are heavy!

What I’m trying to say is that I’m going to start posting again and I’m sorry for disappearing.

If you’re interested in more general thaughts, random weirdness and books follow me on twitter. There’s a link in the sidebar!

Yours sincerely,

Frida

Finding Harry Potter

It’s amazing how we find certain books and stories that just stick and make complete sense. We can read thousands of really great books, but only a few are those special books which we want others to read or pass down to our children. For me, the Harry Potter books are a few of those special books.

In 2000, my grandfather gave me a hard and heavy present, every child’s dream. In it was a thick book with no pictures. I wasn’t the kind of child at that time, which would jump up and down cheering over a book, but I thanked him. It’s not that I didn’t like books or reading, I just think I was hoping I’d get a cool water pistol or marbles.  I put away the book on my shelf and went outside to play with my brothers. I didn’t know back then that it would turn out to be such an amazing gift. Since I wasn’t a professional reader yet, I had my mother read the book to me before I went to sleep instead, and I loved it, but my mother didn’t. The Swedish translation was bad and hard for her to read.

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Then the film came out and I watched it on our VHS with Swedish speech. I was still not a good enough reader to keep up with changing subtitles. Later I got the second book which I read myself, at least I read as far as the chapter introducing Aragog. I was too terrified to keep reading. Then a saw the second film and became even more terrified of Aragog and the Basilisk. I still can’t watch the first two films without feeling a bit uneasy (Voldemort and the unicorn scene, as well as the Aragog and Basilisk scenes, have scarred me for life, pun intended).

I continued watching the films one by one in secret and sadly, stopped reading the books. By the point the fourth film came out, I still hadn’t read past book two and the chapter about Aragog, but I still loved the story, secretly. You see, during that time, it wasn’t socially accepted amongst my peers to like either the books or the films and I just wanted to fit in and be like everybody else, just like Harry.

The years passed and finally I realised how stupid I’d been, giving up something I loved because of opinions held by others. That summer, the summer of 2009, aka ‘My summer of Harry Potter’, I went into a complete Harry Potter mode. I reread the first two books and when I finished took my bike, the ferry and the bus into town to buy the next book. The only thing I did that summer was reading Harry Potter. I got completely lost in the story and was shocked whenever someone called my name, causing me to be thrown back into the real world. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about reading and when I was sleeping I kept dreaming about Hogwarts.

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This was also during a time when I felt lonely, isolated and anxious about the future and who I was. The characters became my friends and Hogwarts my safe place. The Harry Potter series have taught me so much about believing in oneself, standing up for what is right, friendship, life and death, good and evil, the complexity of life and so much more it would take a whole other post to explain it all.

I’m not one of those people who fell in love with the books when they were children, sitting in a corner on recess reading Harry Potter wearing round glasses (that would’ve been cool though). I’ve always liked Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until ‘My summer of Harry Potter’ I realised just how much. I’m a proud Potterhead and Hufflepuff regardless of how my story started. The most important thing is that it did.

What’s the story of you and your favourite book(s)?