Swedish review: Rich boy

img_3022.jpgRecension: Rich Boy av Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli
Språk: Svenska
Förlag: Natur och Kultur
Antal sidor: 476

Betyg: 4/5

Kort om historien och eventuella trigger warnings:

Vi får följa tre kvinnor inom samma familj, i tre generationer. Vi har mormor Gully, mamma Marianne och sedan hennes dotter Annika. Vi får följa deras liv, hur det är att vara kvinna under tiden de lever och deras motgångar. Vi har Gully som gifter sig och får barn och bor i en fin villa med sin man, men så dör han och värmen i hemmet försvinner. Vi har Marianne som aldrig känt sig älskad av sin mor och som lever med Kaj som inte är den bästa av män. Och sedan har vi hennes dotter, Annika som känner sig åsidosatt som sin mor före sig och när hennes liv går i bitar behöver hon rannsaka sig själv och hennes mammas historia. 

Romanen innehåller sex, våld, droger och missbruk.

Vad jag tyckte om/inte tyckte om:

Gillar du att läsa böcker som känns som en käftsmäll? Livshistorier som aldrig verkar se ljuset? Ja, då är nog detta en bok för dig. I boken finns ett komplext persongalleri och fantastiska historier. Jag älskar att läsa miserabla historier, men det gör ju inte alla. Så om du söker en berättelse med en lycklig medelpunkt är nog inte detta romanen för dig. Jag älskade att följa alla berättelser, skillnaden att vara kvinna på 2000-talet kontra när Gully var ung om flerbarnsmamma och hur det var att bli vuxen under 60-talet.

Why it’s been echoing in here…

Hello friends!

It’s been a while! I’ve been rather busy the last couple of weeks. I got a job October 1th, so most of my time has been commuting and working + studying these last weeks. Because of this, I haven’t had that much time to read and write reviews. And every time I open my blog, I find things I want to change with it. However, those changes has to wait for now.

Anyway, there will be some changes here. Since I’m a Swede, I also read Swedish books. And I don’t want to exclude them from my reviews. So from now on, I’ll also review the Swedish books I read and these reviews will be in Swedish. If it’s a translated book, the review will be in English, as it has been before.
I wanted to make a separate category for the Swedish post, so they don’t show up on the homepage since most of my followers via Instagram and my blog doesn’t speak or read Swedish. But this has to wait for now. I’m writing and editing a Swedish review right now. And this one will show up on the homepage as usual. But in the future, the Swedish and English posts will be separate. I hope this doesn’t cause to much of a inconvenience for you right now.

My plan is to try to publish one blog post every week. Mainly because I have to focus on my literature course when I’m free from work at the time being. But maybe I’ll up the amount of posts as soon as I’m done with the course (January 2019).

 

I hope you’re having a great day!

xx

Review: Hydranos

[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

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Review: Hydranos by  Constantina Maud (her blog and her Instagram)
Language: English
Pages: 586

If you want your own copy of the book, you can find it here (via amazon)!

My overall rating for this book: 3,5/5

Synopsis:
“On Cosmos, death is not everyone’s fate. There, where children cannot grow up away from their birth land and humanity is split into four Nations… are Stones that are not stones.
A cadet official of her country’s royal council, Drynoe keeps finding herself torn between duty and her very nature. And her scarred past has forced her to believe that being governed by one’s feelings is a weakness that comes with a fatal price…
When a most revered, supercentenarian ruler who was unable to die meets his unforeseen end, and Hydranos, the primordial Stone-‘essence’ of water that uncovers even the most hidden of feelings, takes flight, the cosmic balances start to go haywire. Drynoe and her friends end up in the vibrant colony of Helicasteros and on the threshold of life-altering events, like their encounter with the enigmatic master builder Lythes, who constantly challenges anyone that isn’t true to oneself… when he’s not weaving his own impenetrable mist of secrets. Immersed into the oblivion and almost eternal summer of a land where treasure hunters are entitled to sanctuary and no barriers between wishes and real life exist, Drynoe’s resolve is tested more than ever. And the group’s protean hostess Vryx is⸺like Hydranos⸺tenaciously set on unmasking their hearts’ deepest desires… and turning them from dreams into reality.
Hydranos is the first novel in the series The Age of Stones.”

What did I like/dislike about the book?

For how long could the past last?

This is a fantasy adventure, and it’s the first book in a series, which means it contains a lot of world building and character building (Did I hear a ‘yay’?!).
The story itself is pretty forward, it’s almost like you’ve thrown into it. It feels like the story begins in the midst of things. However, I did enjoy it. And read it in a course of about two weeks. When I write reviews of books, I try to focus on just that book for the time being. So that I have my thoughts collected and focused around one storyline.

One thing I thought about was that I felt that the language use was a bit too hard for me, I could at times not get in to the flow because I felt the language use was too advanced for me at times. But then again, bare in mind that English isn’t my first language. However, mid-book I had forgotten about this and basically flew through the pages. Maybe I just had to get used to the writing style!
The book comes with a pretty handy appendix in the back, with maps, a glossary, timelines and family trees.  Which certainly came in handy and is highly appreciated!

 

 

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 385

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

The story and triggers warnings
Trigger warnings for abuse, rape and a lot of alcohol!

The story revolves around Eleanor Oliphant’s simple but routine life. She goes to work, and on the weekends she treats herself with vodka and pizza. And every Wednesday, she speaks to her mother. But one day, she sees a musician and everything changes. What if it’s him who will make her life complete and make her mother proud of the life she leads?
And at the same time, a friendship with the IT guy at her office blossoms. It’s a lovely journey to follow Eleanor go from her lonely life to meet people and make friends.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
The story is told from Eleanor’s perspective, you get to follow her thoughts and reasoning behind many of the things happening throughout the story. And occasionally her mind wanders, like all minds do from time to time. And I had never read anything like that before. It took a while to get used to it, but when I had I absolutely adored this style of writing and telling a story.

You get to follow Eleanor around in her head and see her mind change about things. It’s marvelous! I’ll probably recommend this book forever.

what I do before publishing on instagram

Hello lovelies!
I asked my followers on my bookstagram if the wanted a blog post about what I do before posting on Instagram, and here it is:

Look for inspiration

I usually use Pinterest or Instagram to find inspiration for my future photos. It’s important to just be inspired by others work. DO NOT recreate it.
If you find inspiration from a truly spectaular photo or person on instagram, and decide to use their photo to do something similar, I suggest tagging them in the caption. Just to tell everyone who inspired you to make your post!

Shoot the photo

I shoot most of my photos on my bed, when the sun’s shining to get the best lighting.
I use my Canon EOS 1000D for my pictures, if I’m on the run or not at home I’ll use my iPhone 7 plus. Both of these do the job just fine!

Edit in Lightroom

I use Lightroom on my desktop for editing my photos. I also have the app on my phone. But prefer to do it on my computer, where I have more editing possibilities. I have a few presets I like to use and then tweak some of the adjustments for the specific photo.

 

The left one is the unedited one, and the one on the right has been edited and cropped in Lightroom. 

Unum

When I’m done with the editing, I transfer my photos via Dropbox to my phone, and use the app UNUM to get a quick and easy overview of how the photo will look with my feed. This is also great for me since I have a very white feed. I can then see if I have to edit the temperature of the photo further or if it matches the existing content. You can read more about UNUM here.

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While playing around whilst writing this post, I also found that Later has the same feature in it’s app, so from now on I’ll probably skip this step.

Later App

When I’m done with the photos and have the publishing order because of UNUM, I import the pictures to Later. This is a scheduling and posting software for Instagram. I use the free version which gives me 30 uploads every month.  Here I can select which date and time I want my photos to be published and also write the captions ahead of time!

later app

I have a set schedule of posting Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and every other Sunday.

The posting time I choose depending on when that day my followers are the most active, you can find this information if you have a business account on Instagram (which I recommend mostly for the analytic features).

The kicker with Later is that you have the app installed on your phone, so it’ll send you a notification when it’s posting time. I also have set up to get another reminder if I don’t open the notification, so I’ll not miss to post! You can also choose to auto publish if you want to.
To post, you just open the notification, choose open in Instagram and the photo and caption will be copied there. And that’s that!
If you want to try out Later or read more, click here.

Disclaimer: I am aware that there are other software with similiar or identical features as Lightroom, UNUM and Later, these are just the apps I use. 

 

Why scheduled TBRs is my worst enemy

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post about my big book TBR.
I’ve read ONE book from that list (IT – Stephen King), and that blog post is two months old. However, I have not read that much during this time. Three books to be exact.
So, why I can’t stick to a scheduled TBR?

I’m a mood reader
I usually let my mood pick my book. So even with a scheduled TBR it’s really easy for me to stray from it. I absolutely love books with a heartbreaking story, and because of this I usually read a fluffy book after I finish it. And after a though read, it is not that compelling to pick up a chunky book like these on my TBR currently.

I’m a spontaneous reader
This goes hand in hand with being a mood reader. If I read a good review or see a book frequently feature on bookstagram/goodreads I will with 99% certainty buy and read it. Instead of sticking to the books I already got.

I almost always prioritize my newly bought books.
When I buy new books, which happens every month (no shame) is that I want to read my new crisp books as soon as I get the chance. However, since I buy books quite frequently some of my new books are still unread on my shelves.

I easily “get stuck” in series or genres.
This is literary my worst enemy. I should never ever start a new series when I have a scheduled TBR of some sort. I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses a while back. And instead of reading the books I’ve been wanting to read and set aside for this summer, I’ve been reading that series. I’m now on ACOWAR. At least these books are over 500 pages (roughly) so they’ll count for my reading goal this year. But, I’m a bit disappointed with myself for not sticking to my big book TBR.

Reading slumps
This is also a factor. The last months my reading has been slow and I haven’t felt as driven to read books as I usually am. And because of this, I do not want to pressure myself to a strict TBR. I tried to read Wolf Hall after I finished IT, however, I got about 20 pages in and felt it to be a bit to slow for my taste at the moment and did not finish it.

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury (e-book)
Pages: 626

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

Since I read this book on my vacation is south Sweden, I didn’t really take notes on specific things in the book. So, this review is just basically my feelings written down in retrospect. Enjoy.

The story and triggers warnings:
Since it’s a new adult book, the story features both violence and sex in various ways. Nothing quite disturbing. But if you don’t want to read about steamy sex you’ve been warned (lol).

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I felt that this book was a rollercoaster ride. It was wild. It has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I was completely blindsided by some of the twists which was a feeling I’m not used to, and not really in this genre.
And the Night Court, oh my god. Rhysand, just marry me or something.

I usually feel that YA sometimes might be just to predictable for me. However, with this series, that’s not the case. (I just googled and can see that this series is new adult, so my statement is a bit inaccurate).
I’m not an avid reader of new adult, I have mainly stuck to YA or adult fiction. But the mix of the two genres is a fresh breeze. To be able to read a story like this and still enjoy the gory scenes of war and the steamy bits of sex. I’m a fan!