Dance like nobody’s watching

Being a typical “stiff Norwegian” and shy to boot, dancing did not come naturally to me. I never took any dance classes as a child and never really had any interest in dancing – dancing makes you stand out. Dancing means not being afraid. And I’m nothing if not afraid – and a control freak….

Book review – The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

5/5 stars This series was recommended to me by my BFF when J and I were heading for a weekend away last month and I wanted something to read that I could lose myself in. The Seven Sisters fit the bill very well. A little background The Seven Sisters is a (planned) 7 book series,…

Book review: Here I stand by Amnesty International UK

5/5 stars. This is a powerful anthology of short stories and poems on topics of human rights and freedoms, and the importance of speaking out against injustice. It covers a broad variety of topics such as gay rights, racism, human trafficking, religious fanaticism, bullying and environmental devastation resulting from an oil spill. I almost feel…

The passion of youth and complacency of middle age

This post was inspired by reading Here I Stand. At the ripe old age of 35 I find myself growing complacent. Maybe disillusioned and cynical as well. Apathetic is another word that comes to mind. When I was young and idealistic (some might say naive – and be that as it may, there’s an upside…

Fudge, or “Why I used to be fat”

For as long as I can remember I have had food obsessions. When I was little, these obsessions revolved around things that I could never or rarely have. For instance: my mother was a vegetarian when I was growing up and I used to fantasize about meat. My aunt would babysit me, and apparently witnessed…

Musings on self-published books and a review of sorts

I’ve debated with myself if I should only review books that I find some merit in. After all what is the point of putting down a work someone else spent time and effort to create? I guess there is some use in “warning people off”, but that makes the assumption that people share my taste,…

Book review: Waking by Emily Thompson (Clockwork Twist #1)

4/5 stars. Disclaimer: I’ve never before read a steampunk novel or related work of fiction, so I am completely free from any bias as to how things “should be” within this genre. It was one of those Kindle offers that I got, and on a whim thought “steampunk, why not?” So, that being said I…

(Blind) Book review: The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray

3/5 stars. I used to do this more often when I was younger – sometimes in a bookshop but also at the library. Pick a book at random, where I knew nothing about the book or author in advance, and let it surprise me. I like the idea of not knowing anything much about a…

Book review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

5/5 stars. I won’t say much about this one partly because it’s all been said before, but also because I’m about 6 months behind on reviewing it and while the overall positive sentiment prevails, the details by now escape me. The curse and blessing of a poor memory is I can reread a book and…

Strange Norwegian traditions and a book review

Skip to review In my native country of Norway we have a weird tradition called “Easter crime”, in which we read/watch/listen to crime stories during Easter. Looking it up, it apparently began with a very successful ad campaign for a crime novel around Easter time in 1923 which lead Norwegians to start expecting crime thrillers…

Book review: The Sea and the Silence by Peter Cunningham

4/5 stars. Another book in the series of “Sarah reads books she downloaded to her Kindle on a whim for cheap or free”. In this case the title really appealed to me – there are few things I like more than the sea and silence, and I have resolved to read more books by Irish…

The Guilt Spiral

The guilt spiral is a mystifying thing that occurs when bad things happen to people around me. I start to feel guilty that the bad things are happening to other people instead of me. And then I start to feel guilty about feeling guilty because bad things aren’t happening to me. At this moment there…