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Reading more…

It seems like I’m in a reading mode right now…

I re-read Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci books
Charmed Life
Witch Week
The Lives of Christopher Chant
They are not that popular here in Sweden, so I haven’t even SEEN any others… 😦
I like them.

Neil Gaiman: StardustΒ 
Lovely little fairytale πŸ™‚

Eva Ibbotson: A Company of Swans
I love her romance novels πŸ™‚ They make me so happy and in love with the whole world πŸ™‚

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And then some…

Charlotte Haptie:
Otto and flying twins (1) and
Otto and the bird charmers (2)

I like these a lot though they are hard to read – emotionally… I really hate persecution… *brr*

Michael Buckley:
Sisters Grimm I: The Fairy-tale Detectives;
-Sisters Grimm II; The Unusual Suspects

Lovely LOL

Karen Stolz: World of Pies
Very nice πŸ™‚ With recipes…

James Redfield: The Celestine Prophecy
It’s not good enough to be a good adventure story, though the idea is good; and not good enough to be a good spiritual self-help kind of a book either… But it gave me something πŸ™‚

Sue Monk Kidd: Secret Life of Bees
I liked this one too πŸ™‚

Dean R. Koonz: Odd Thomas
There’s a twist in the story… I cried rivers in the end…

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Reading some more…

Paul Sussman; The Lost Army of Cambyses
Worthless and outdated debut novel of an archaeologist… The characters are interesting, the story also, but the writing is… awful.
I actually discovered the secret of quick reading – I read about one sentence on every page, but I still got a clear appreciation of the book and it took me about an hour to read it… (~400 pages) So not total waste of time >:-> Now I at least know not to read another Sussman ever again πŸ˜€

Arturo PΓ©rez Reverte; The Club Dumas
To my big surprise I found out that this is the novel the somewhat weird movie “The Ninth Gate” is based on… I like the book lot better than the movie.

Tim Powers; Anubis Gates
Very interesting story… I definitely want to read more by him πŸ™‚

Eva Ibbotson; A Countess Below the Stairs
This is the first book for adults she has written I have read. I liked it. πŸ™‚ Gives a nice spectrum of Eva’s capacity; from the children’s books (like Ghost Rescue) through the teenagers’ books (river sea and Star of Kazan) to these romance novels – she has a very nice style and sense of humor, and her love of animals and children is so clearly present… Honorable Olive is so wonderfully lovely and alive *_*

Lily Prior: La Cucina
Lily Prior: Nectar

I read these both, like them, but… I am not too fond of her writing. Interesting little books.


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I have been reading some books lately… In the beginning of September I visited the library and found some books I have been wanting to read for some time now.

Kate Mosse: The Labyrinth
I liked it. It’s not as good as Katherine Neville’s Eight, but better than Da Vinci Code. I like the mystery part of the book – the idea of that the secret is being protected by Goddess herself and thus it won’t open if you are not worthy…

J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows
Not as good as the previous books but she manages to keep me reading. I found this book a good closure to the series.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason: The Rule of Four
I liked it a lot. I liked the friendship and the idea of that someone had saved the books we know of but have been lost to ignorance and fundamentalism…

Iain Pears: The Portrait
WHOAH! A wonderful little book! So unexpected end… I think this was the best of these books

cezanne's portrait of a man

Eva Ibbotson: The Star of Kazan
Reliable Ibbotson quality. She is like Astrid Lindgren, hates when children and animals get hurt, and she “saves” them by writing a good ending to the stories.
Warning for sensitive readers: some animal abuse. A spaniel get burned badly and loses his leg, tail and eye – a horse gets somewhat abused as well.

Allen Kurzweil: A Case of Curiosities

teresa fasolino's illustration for the book

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I found something today… Hall of Shrones. These people sound all like interesting people πŸ™‚ Yeah, I want to be just like that, when I’m… er… well… some day πŸ˜€
But it is an interesting goal though… how to be a dirty old grand dame?

I also found something else… LibraryThing… where you can catalogue your books… I have been doing that the last couple of days and so far I have listed about 600 books… and still about half undone… My hubby and I estimated our common library to be about 1500 volumes. We love books πŸ™‚

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