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…

Book review: Library of Souls

3/5 stars This is the third and final instalment in Ransom Riggs’ tales of Peculiardom. The story in the first book was based around old, mysterious photographs that the writer had collected, which also feature throughout the series. This way of telling a story worked very well in the first book, less so in the…

Book review: Beatless

Preamble: Confession time: I have literally dozens of books on my Kindle that I downloaded on a whim because they seemed kind of interesting and were really cheap or in some cases even free. I’m honestly a little overwhelmed with the sheer volume of books available for Kindle. It’s a good thing, but it also…

Book review: Hyperbole and a half

5/5 stars I re-read this book to see if it would be a good gift for a  friend of mine. And I had only just sat down and opened the book when I found myself half way through (or so it felt), and wondering why I do not read this book every week. I must…

Book review: Pride and Prejudice

5/5 stars. Clearly this book is so well known as to not require further reviews, but it’s one of my favourites so I’d still like to say a few words about it. To my mind, this is one of the greatest love stories ever told. It’s a slow burn. It’s not ridiculously unbelievable head-over-heels crazy…

Book review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Preamble: I’ve been gone a while… I’ve not finished a book in a while and I’ve not felt inspired to write in a while. I’ve been low on energy after a busy period and I’ve been flirting with depression. I had a week off now and haven’t done all that much. I’ve also made myself…

Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

4/5 stars. Interesting theory, with a lot of good points, and a fun read. I’m just not sure it’s something that works for me. From reading all examples throughout the book I should come to the conclusion that I already give very few fucks, as I generally don’t have much of a social life (by…

Book review: A Dance with Hummingbirds

3/5 stars. I “picked this up” (on my Kindle) because the cover and the title were intriguing. It continued to be intriguing but it was a bit of a mixed bag. I felt it fell somewhat short of what it promised, as it tried to accomplish too much on the just above 200 pages. A…

Book review: A man called Ove

5/5 stars This was just a funny, sad, emotional and clever feel-good story through and through, about an unlikely and unlikeable (on the surface) old man who doesn’t have a place in the world anymore after losing his wife – the only person he ever loved. We go with him on his daily inspection rounds,…