Recension: Ung i ghettot av David Safier

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Författare: David Safier

Titel: Ung i ghettot

Tyska originalets titel: 28 Tages Lang

Förlag: Bazar förlag

ISBN: 978-91-7028-428-1

Läst: 11-13 september.

Utläst: 13 september

Mitt exemplar: en inbunden bok; ett recensionsexemplar från Bazar förlag

Boken handlar om sextonåriga Mira, de skälvande sista dagarna i ghettot, både precis innan helvetet bryter lös och när det gjort det. När allting vänds upp och ner, ännu mer än det redan gjort i och med att alla judar fösts ihop och tvingas bo i ett ghetto i Warszawa, blir saker ännu mer uppochnedvända. Som en fast punkt i Miras tillvaro finns systern och systerskapet. Mira har en yngre syster med mycket livlig fantasi och hon berättar en sagolik berättelse, som binder dem samman när allting annars är smärta.

Det här är en mycket spännande bok. Jag började läsa i den och sedan var jag fast, läste hela helgen. Boken var omöjlig att lägga ifrån sig. Den är utförd som en spänningsbok – ett format som Daid Safier vanligtvis inte använder sig av – och det har korta kapitel, består av mycket action och många händelser, och flera underliggande teman som vänskap, syskonskap och kärlek, men den berättar så mycket mer än en historia. Den berättar om allas vår historia och världshändelser som vi inte får glömma bort. Den är viktig, och det är viktigt att den blir läst.

Därför är det också viktigt att det är en ungdomsbok som vänder sig till den yngre generationen. De nya generationerna som inte har varit med om varken första eller andra världskriget, men för det inte får glömma, inte får tro att det inte skedde, för det gjorde det.

Det här är en viktig skildring, värd att berättas, om och om igen.

Tack så mycket för recensionsexemplaret, Bazar förlag!

Boken finns att köpa bland annat på Adlibris och Bokus.

Recension: Skrivande röster av Maria Bielke von Sydow

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skrivande rösterTitel: skrivande röster – inspirationshandbok för skrivsugna

Författare: Maria Bielke von Sydow

Förlag: BIMA förlag

ISBN: 978-91-979719-5-9

Mitt exemplar: recensionsexemplar från författaren själv

Utläst: 2015-09-11

Maria Bielke von Sydow låter sex stycken skrivande röster förutom hennes egen komma till tals i denna skrivarbok.

Den här boken håller vad titeln lovar. Det är en inspirationshandbok som kommer med handfasta tips såväl som många exempel. Den här boken kan användas som en inspirationsbok för skrivargruppen. I boken finns handfasta övningar och många exempel på varje slags text som presenteras i boken.

Jag gillar att de skrivande röster som kommer till tals i den här boken, var och en får ett eget uppslag, ett presentationsuppslag, med foto, namn, och presentation såväl av människan i sig och hennes sätt att skriva på.

Bäst tycker jag om flödesskrivningstipset. Att flödesskriva innebär att skriva vad som än dyker upp i huvudet. Om det blir ”jag vet inte vad jag ska skriva” så kan man skriva även det. Det här är långtifrån en ny övning för mig, men jag tar ändå till mig den än en gång, och tipset om att börja varje ny skrivsession med en stunds flödesskrivning för att få ur sig det som sitter i vägen för det man verkligen vill skriva.

Exemplen i boken är enkla, långt ifrån pretentiösa. Det blir kravlöst på ett vis som gör att läsaren själv kan sätta sig och skriva något liknande, även om han eller hon är en nybörjare. Även texterna som presenteras i boken är okomplicerat utförda, något som var och en kan känna att ”det där kan jag också skriva”. Det här är en bok för den som vill skriva men inte skrivit förr. Genom den här boken kan man se att det inte behöver vara så svårt eller ta så mycket tid; den här boken kan bli en push till att våga.

Genast som jag börjat läsa den här boken vill jag sätta mig ned och skriva själv, och det är ju ett väldigt gott betyg.

Tack, Maria Bielke von Sydow, för recensionsexemplaret!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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Another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015. All in all I have read 29 books so far this year. Here is the Top Ten.

In no particular order:
1. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (read in Swedish as Sju minuter över midnatt)
3. Wool by Hugh Howey
4. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (read in Swedish as Den femte vågen)
5. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (read in Swedish as Splods öga)
6. Saga volume Four by Vaughan & Staples
7. Doll Bones by Holly Black (read in Swedish as Dockskelettet)
8. Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo (read in Swedish as Drottning Pokou: Concerto för ett offer)
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (read in Swedish as Boktjuven)
10. The Demon by Michail Lermontov (read in Swedish as Demonen)

Tuesday Talks: Spoilers

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IMG_20150618_133843The topic for this week’s Tuesday Talks is ”Statute of limitations on spoilers? What is and what is not a spoiler?”. Tuesday Talks is a Goodreads group where you get a new topic every Tuesday, discussing the topic on your blog or in your youtube channel or likewise, and post the link in the group and discuss in the posts and in the comments the specific topic for the week.

When I do reviews of books I try not to spoil anything at all. I don’t want to be spoiled. Neither in written reviews nor in video reviews of books (or films or other media as well for that matter).

I even tend to avoid reading the back of books sometimes, and I hate it when they give away too much of the plot on the back, especially if there are things that happens towards the end of the book. Then you’re reading like half of the book thinking ”when will that happen?” and get somewhat disappointed when it happens towards the end or you even get the ending spoiled.

Talking of that, a couple of years ago when Mo Yen won the Nobel Prize in Literature, I watched a tv show in Sweden called Babel, a tv show about books, and there a man recited some of one of Mo Yen’s books. So far so good – but(!) – he read the ending(!) of the book! The actual last two pages of one of Mo Yen’s books! How could he? What was the producer or whoever decided such a idiotic thing thinking about? Talk about disappointing and talk about spoiling things!

The back of the book, or the review if it’s a common one, should make the reader/listener curious about the book/film and make him/her wanting to read/watch it. Nothing more, nothing less. If it’s not a critizising reveiw – then you could tell someone not to watch/read, but still – avoid spoilers!

In circumstances you want to discuss something that include a spoiler – warn the reader/viewer and make him/her easily avoid the spoiler should s/he not want to be spoiled.

And I think this is the case no matter how old a book or how old a film. There are new born people every second – you cannot possible demand that they all know everything about old things, just because you do.

What is a spoiler?

Mayor things happening – things that differ to the plot and change characters (or make them hurt or dead or such).

Things you should have rather not known on beforehand when reading a book or watching a movie.

Talking about movies – I think trailers of today spoil far too much of the plot. It’s just like with the back of books. Sometimes the producer/editor doesn’t know when to stop. It’s better to say too little and make the reader/watcher curious, rather than say too much – you just make the audience disappointed instead.

So, when making a review – think about what you should rather not be spoiled about, and keep in mind that less is more, also in the case of reviews.

Top Ten Topics We’ve Ever Done In The Past 5 Years

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TTTToday’s Top Ten Tuesday is a hard one – and an easy one – depending how you look upon it. The topic is: My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We’ve Ever Done In The Past 5 Years. This particular topic is decided as a way to celebrate the Top Ten Tuesday site, which is celebrating its fifth years birthday in June (or the fifth year of the Top Ten Tuesday topic rather).

I could go through the Top Ten Tuesday page and choose some at random but I won’t, so it will be a very, very short list. I have only participated twice in Top Ten Tuesday and I will lost those two in this Ten Top – Two Top? – list.

The first one is written in Swedish, and on my Swedish blog but even if you don’t understand Swedish you will understand my list if you scroll down in the post (I made two lists; one of living authors, one of dead authors).

Top Ten Authors I want to meet

The second one is on this very blog, not long ago:

Top Ten Books for my TBR Summer 2015

I am looking forward to participate in future Top Tens and hence get more favorites for this list and future similar lists.

Rainbow Readathon, day 1, 2 & 3

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Rainbow Readathon, which I explain in this post, started very good for me. The first day I read a total of 248 pages. I read 133 pages in the book by John Irving and thus finished that book. I read 2 ages in Wool by Hugh Howey and 113 pages in Nosebleed Studio’s manga collection.

In day one I finished my purple spined book. And read quite a lot in my blue spined book and a couple of pages in my red/yellow spined book.

During day 2 I read a total of 357 pages. The amount being so high was due to the manga book, which was a very fast read. Day two I read 10 pages in my pub facts book, Bears Can’t Run Downhill: and 200 other dubious pub facts explained by Robert Anwood. I finbshed my blue spined book, Nosebleed Studios Stora Mangasamling (Nosebleed Studios’ Big Mangacollection), and also read two pages in Wool. All in all, as said, 357 pages.

Day 3 was the day of the green spined book. I started and finished the green spined book, i.e. Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo (I read it in Swedish though). I also read some in my orange spined book the pub facts book, 31 pages. And 10 pages in Wool. All in all during day 3 I read 179 pages, because I read another book! Not mentioned in my TBR pile. It was a comic book, Sisters, part 1 by William & Cazenove. It was a pink spined book. So that’s a bonus book!

As a summary, day 1-3, I have read a total of: 784 pages. Not bad, if I may say so myself.

Day 4 is a slow day, this far. Not much read. I am doing other things and the reading goes kind of slow…

Tuesday Talks: Book Buying Bans

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20150510_133522Book Buying Bans… Honestly, it sounds like something children and teenagers give to themselves. Grownups, adults, they buy the books they want to buy, when they do, or don’t they?
After that provoking remark, lets discuss this a little further.

You could ban yourself from buying books for two reasons, as I see it. One, because you don’t have the money and you end up lending money or stealing money or murdering for money because you have to have a certain book (or you steal the book itself which sounds easier but still crazy). Not likely really, but still, you can buy books when you are not really affording it, and that is bad. Bills and food should come in the first place.

The other reason could be that you already have way too many books at home or you have too many unread books already. That is almost two reasons and not one only.

If you have way too many books you could always make room for more by giving books away to charity, friends or family, or you could store them in cages in a storage room or you could simply buy more bookshelves. If you don’t have room for bookshelves you could always store the books on the floor or in the kitchen cabinets or in other strange places. Not that I do. But it is always a matter of prioritizing and how pleasant you want your home to be (too many books make it look way too crowded). I prefer storing books in bookshelves and bookshelves only. And I have no more room for neither bookshelves nor books, so I should probably think about a book buying ban.

But instead, I just (today actually!) gave 30 books to the Red Cross instead. Books I already read or didn’t want to read. You coud always get rid of old books when you buy new ones.

The other – third – reason is that you have way too many unread books, and I have to sign that one. I propably should think about a book buying ban because of all unread books I already own. BUT! And it is a big but.

Books are expenditure items; they get bought easily and for reasonable prizes and there’s always new books coming out. If you don’t buy a book when it is in the store, you will miss it. It might come to the second hand store eventually, or if it is becoming a classic it might be reprinted.

But most books come and go like butterflies, living only for hours or days.
Therefore, I think you could and should buy a book when you want it, if you want to read it, book ban or not.

But there is another matter to discuss and that is the library. If you for some reason or another do not want to buy books right now, you could always borrow them and read them. As long as you do not have books unread at home! Or?

(I borrow a lot even though I have so many books at home, and that is my main reason for not reading my own books; I keep borrowing books from the library foolish enough, until I read more library books than books of my own.)

Anyways, books in the library also have a short lifetime, even though it is far longer than in the bookstore, books get elimenated from the shelves if they are too old or if “nobody” is borrowing them. And so, libraries are a good alternative but not the best or the only option.

Then we have the e-books that do not take any physical place but still are buyable. I am not much for e-books myself, but they are an option – and they are easier to sneak around the book buying ban because of the lack of physical place. Still, they do cost money – often more than physical books.

I could give myself a book buying ban but I am already before very restricted when it comes to buying books due to my economial situation, hence I don’t have to bother about a book buying ban, although I am tempted to set up some sort of rules because I have over 1000 books at home and I haven’t read even half of them… But there’s always the matter of books coming and going and you wanting to read them and them tempting you, luring you into buying them…

The easiest way should be to stop reading altogether, but that would be too sad…

Top Ten Books on my TBR For Summer 2015

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IMG_20150616_112619First of all, I want to finish the books I have already started. They are way too many and I want to limit them down; I want to read only one physical book, one e-book and one audio book at a time.

Since I have already started them, I’m not counting them on my list, but I will give you the titles and authors here:

Wool by Hugh Howey, Bears Can’t Run Downhill: and 200 other dubious pub facts explained by Robert Anwood (in Swedish), Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, The Demon by Michael Lermontov (in Swedish), Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Vampyrens tunga och andra hemska historier (The tongue of the vampire and other horrible stories) by Monica Zak, The Art of Character by David Corbett, Nosebleed Studios Stora Mangasamling (The big collection of manga) by Nosebleed Studios, and Ranveig den Havsdjärva (Ranveig the Sea Brave) by Kerstin Trygg.

My one and only audio book right now is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
My one and only e-book for now is: The Young World (in Swedish) by Chris Weitz.

And that is nine (9!) physical books, one e-book and one audio book. (And since yesterday I am participating in the readathon #rainbowthon and yesterday I had ten physical books; as said – way too many!).

IMG_20150616_113142Over to my list of Top Ten Books:
(in no particular order)
1. Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (in Swedish)
2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (in Swedish)
3. The Long War by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
4. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (in Swedish)
5. Odin’s Child by Siri Pettersen (in Swedish)
6. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
7. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
8. Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie
9. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
10. Among Others by Jo Walton

Rainbow Readathon: Introduction and TBR

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IMG_20150613_193817I am participating in the Rainbow Readathon, shortened to #rainbowthon in digital media. The idea is to read six book with the spines in the colours of the rainbow. The colours are:

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Purple

If you want to there are some alternatives to this readathon. You can either choose to read six books with the spines in the same colour, in other words choose one of the colours above and then six books with spines in that colour OR you can choose to read only five or four books, where you combine at most two colours in one book and at most two books with combined colours. For books you can also choose graphic novels as well as ordinary novels.

The #Rainbowthon starts today, Monday June 15 and continues the whole week, ends with the last day being Monday June 22 00.00.

For this readathon I choose to go with the theme Unfinished books. I have a huge pile of such books. Books I started but never finished, books I am reading but in the same time not, because even though I choose several books to read at once, two or three or as it is now, around 6-7 books, I rarely read more than one at a time anyway. So I want to narrow this pile down to one book only or maybe one novel and one audio book. Something like that. Therefore, this readathon is a perfect opportunity for me to finish books I have started and read a few pages, half the book or most of the book…

Here are my picks for the readathon:

1. and 3. Red & yellow combined: Wool by Hugh Howey.

2. Orange: Bears Can’t Run Downhill: and 200 other dubious pub facts explained by Robert Anwood. I read the Swedish translation of this book. The spine is white with orange letters on it.

3. Yellow – combined with number 1.

4. Green: Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo. I read this one as in Swedish as well, titled Drottning Pokou. This is a very thin book and that’s why I’ve chosen this one, also it’s a translation from the original French; the author is from the Ivory Coast, and I like to read books from different cultures and different cultures than my own. This book I haven’t yet started but I have meant to read this one for about a year now and now it’s time to do so.

IMG_20150615_1541135. Blue: Originally I choose a book I had in my former TBR for the last readathon I participated in, Ranveig den havsdjärva (Ranveig the Sea Brave) by Kerstin Trygg (a novel taking place in the age of Vikings). But I think I will go for a graphic novel instead. Today I started reading Nosebleed Studios Stora Mangasamling (Nosebleed Studios’ Big Mangacollection), and I will read that one instead. It’s a thick collection of 454 pages but it’s manga so it’s a fast read. I have already read to page 78. I think this will be a good choice since Wool is a very thick book and it will take me some time to read that one.

6. Purple: A Widow for One Year by John Irving. I started this book July 22 2014, and I have read this book for almost a year now; it’s time to finish it! I actually finished it today already. I continued already earlier this weekend and I started today on page 404 and now I have finished it. I read 133 pages today in this book. And at last, finally, yay, I can leave this boring book behind. So happy to be able to participate in this readathon.

Recension: Dockskelettet av Holly Black

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dockskelettetFörfattare: Holly Black
Titel: Dockskelettet
Originalets titel: Doll Bones
Sidantal: 244
ISBN: 978-91-29-69490-1
Förlag: Rabén & Sjögren
Mitt exemplar: recensionsexemplar från förlaget
Utläst: 2015-05-22

De flesta böcker mår bra av att läsas i ett svep; läsupplevelsen blir intensivare och därmed starkare, både känslomässigt och visuellt. Läser man stora sjok i ett svep kommer man mycket lättare in i bokens värld och blir lättare en del av den. Så blev det med den här boken och det är jag glad för. Det är också ett gott betyg för det är böcker jag verkligen fastnar för som jag också sträckläser.

Efter några sidor sveptes jag med och sedan läste jag på. Den här boken läste jag på några få sittningar.

Holly Black visar återigen att hon kan konsten att skriva trovärdiga historier. Jag gillar att hon väljer att ha Zachs perspektiv. Det är modigt att som kvinna välja pojkens perspektiv och hon gör det bra. Redan i trilogin om Berörarna visade hon hur trovärdigt hon kan skildra en historia ur en pojkes perspektiv, då i första person, den här gången i tredje person. Holly Black är en sådan författare som växt med varje bok jag läst av henne.

Dockskelettet handlar om hur det är att växa upp och hur det är att inte vilja separera från barndomens lekar. Och måste man ens lämna dem bakom sig?

Zachs pappa får för sig att Zach är stor och slänger hans dockor. Det enda sättet att komma förbi sanningen är genom att ljuga för sina två jämnåriga bästa vänner, Alice och Poppy, säga ”jag vill inte leka längre”.

När sedan porslinsdockan (gjord av ben) som varit fokus för deras lekar börjar prata med Poppy i hennes drömmar och dessutom visar sig innehålla en död flickas ande måste Zach ge sig in i leken igen om han ska klara utmaningen.

Barn skulle nog tycka att den här boken var otäckare; jag är lite avtrubbad som vuxen även om jag är en känslig läsare.

Jag tyckte inte att boken var så otäck, men nog skulle jag ha tyckt att det varit otäckt om jag själv var med om det på riktigt; så är det ju alltid, saker och ting blir lite så otäcka som man vill göra dem när man läser.

Medan när man verkligen upplever något på riktigt så har man inget val annat än att försöka hålla distans i nuet, vilket inte alls är så lätt som det låter.

Och jag tror nog att bokens tilltänkta målgrupp måste tänka på det som står citerat på baksidan: ”Dockskelettet kommer att få dig att sova med lampan tänd.” – citerat av författaren Jeff Kinney.

Det jag tyckte mest om med boken var lekarna och Zachs tidigare inställning till dem, hur barnen lekte och hur fantasifullt och påhittigt och äventyrligt det var; på samma vis som mina egna lekar.

Och med paralleller till vuxna påhitt, alltså vuxna författares inre lekar, kom det fram en stark igenkänningsfaktor hos mig. Igenkänningsfaktorn gjorde att jag älskade detta, älskade den delen av boken och därmed hela boken, den suggestiva stämningen, det realistiska liksom det övernaturliga.

Tycker också om realismen i historien och det osäkra i det övernaturliga – inbillar de sig eller inte? Och att man som läsare får dra egna slutsatser.

Tack, Rabén & Sjögren, för recensionsexemplaret!