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My children were invited to the local library for a bit of book info, and to receive a book each. All children of a certain age living in this area had been invited to a little meeting in the library. Not many came. It was nice and I'm not sorry we came, but we did have to stay for a very long time for a very short 'show'. I was also annoyed by one of the locals. My children are quite outgoing and they were also the oldest children present. When my daughter, as she likes to do, walked over to this woman and her much younger daughter, and 'borrowed' a few of that little girls' things, her mother was clearly offended, not amused at all. What did she expect? My daughter is 16 months old. Both twins enjoyed playing in the library's children's room and used all the 'facilities' to the max. By that I mean that they pulled out piles of books and let them fall to the floor. :)

Here is my son considering which books to throw on the floor:


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I was in town today for a meeting with the parents group. We went to a cafe and sat there talking for a while, until the babies began to get tired. It's always interesting to see how the other babies are growing. One of the boys - my daughter was the only girl present this time - was such a little charmer. I felt someone touch my arm and turned around and noticed that he was trying to get my attention. So sweet. :) Soon he began to turn his attention towards my daughter P and after a little while he was kissing her hand! Very gently too, unlike her dear brother who sometimes bites and scratches... The last time we met, S pushed a little girl down, lay down on top of her and pinched her cheek! This time one of the boys, who seems to like S a lot, pinched his cheek and S didn't cry. Apparently there's a 'manly' pinch between boys. :)

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Top ten books I wish were tv shows

I did something like this only recently, but I love the idea, so I'll do it again, this time more thoroughly.

1. Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series, Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy. Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways, A Tale of Time City, Power of Three. (And several others by DWJ).
2. The Earthsea series by Ursula K LeGuin.
3. Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
4. Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint.
5. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
6. Eliot Pattison's mysteries about Inspector Shan, set in Tibet
7. Barbara Nadel's mysteries about Inspector Ikmen, set in Turkey
8. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams.
9. Jean-François Parot's mysteries set in pre-revolutionary France. Actually, they're already a (French) tv show, but I haven't seen it yet.
10. LOTR trilogy. Yes, I know, they've already been made into movies, but I'd like to see them as a tv series too.
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I found this meme on a Swedish book blog and I thought I'd do it too. It turned out to be more fun than I thought to begin with. I thought I'd have trouble finding the answers to many of the questions, but I do wish I'd had a better reply to the one about the president.

1. What book is on your nightstand now?

A Swedish non-fiction book about a 17th century book (and the man behind it) about grand buildings and monuments in Sweden (which was at the time a rather big power in European politics).

2. What was the last truly great book that you read?

Hm. Tough question. I'm not really sure. Lately, I've read several different books that I liked a lot, but 'truly great'? The past year has been a very difficult one in my life so I'm probably not remembering correctly, but I have to go back several years to think of anything that I can describe that way. So I'll pick either Shadowbridge (and its sequel Lord Tophet) by Gregory Frost or The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams. No, wait, (LOL), I do think Eliot Pattison's mysteries set in Tibet are also truly great and the French historic mysteries about Nicholas Le Floch set in pre-revolutionary France. I'll shut up now. :)

 3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Again, that was a tough one. I have so many 'favorite' authors. And even if I love the author's books, it doesn't mean I'd want to meet him or her in real life. I guess I'll randomly pick Diana Wynne Jones because her books were awesome and she was brilliant and even a bit magical. Or Agatha Christie. Since she was into archaeology and I am too (and history as well), it would be interesting to meet her. I'd like to ask her about that incident when she went missing and everyone thought she might be dead. Anyone who's seen one particular episode of Doctor Who (The Unicorn and the Wasp) will know what I mean. Or if you're familiar with Agatha Christie's life history.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Possibly all the children's and (old-fashioned) YA books and the non-fiction.  Maybe. II'm not sure what will surprise other people.

5. How do you organize your personal library?

Usually alphabetically, with the exception of books either too big or too small to fit onto the ordinary shelves.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrased never to have read?

Jane Eyre. But I'm not embarrassed. Everyone's taste in books (or anything really) is individual so what is embarrassing for someone, may not be for someone else.

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didnt? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

I really don't remember. Out of all the internet freebies I download, the great majority are disappointments, and some are too gruesome or sad for my taste.

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

 I'm drawn to old-fashioned (I almost said 'real', sorry about that. LOL) fantasy, mysteries/puzzles, science fiction, historic fiction, children's books, YA (again, old-fashioned ones) and finally non-fiction. Put another way, I like well-written engaging books that have happy endings. I stay clear of vampire, werewolf, demon and zombie books plus romances (that are exclusively romances). Also, naturally, badly written books or ones that have unhappy endings or are simply too gruesome or sad or both. Finally, I'd like to mention that I hate unpleasant characters. That's usually a reason for me to not finish the book.

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

Which president? Any president in any country? Hm. Any type of well written fiction with nice, pleasant characters, I think. Or maybe some good historic book. Reading is good for you and learning about the past is too.

10. What do you plan to read next?

The Inner Circle by Carmen Caine/Madison Adler.

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I found this question on the Swedish book blog The Cabinet of Miss Magic and I thought I'd reply to it.

It's not all that long ago that I went to Riga in Latvia. Naturally, I wanted something to read on my trip. I brought my phone (which works fine as an improvised e-reader) and my surf pad (that I tend to read on a lot). However, I didn't bring my e-ink devices or any printed books. In general I don't like to bring too much luggage. The less I pack the less I can leave behind or lose some other way.

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I found this meme on a Swedish book blog and I thought I'd do it too.

The meme is about appreciating classics, books that are at least 100 years old.

Irritatingly, my homepages are still down. I had expected them to be up and working again by now, but no such luck. Grr. At least I have Dreamwidth and Booklikes.

First of all I'll mention my favorite Jane Austens:

Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Lady Susan
(I'd say Sanditon too, but I'm afraid I don't even remember what I thought about it). All were published between 1794 and 1818.

Most of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books about Sherlock Holmes are at least 100 years old too. I'll pick A Study in Scarlet (1887) and The Sign of the Four (1890), even though I like all his books about Sherlock Holmes.

I'd mention some by Charles Dickens as well, but it's been ages since I last read any of them so I'll save them for later.

My favorite Jules Verne book, Voyage au centre de la Terre/Journey to the Center of the Earth, is from 1864. I'm not sure why Iike this one so much, but I do.

Edith Nesbit's children's books are other favorites of mine. I can mention The House of Arden, The Railway Children and The Enchanted Castle. They were published 1906 -1908.

Speaking of children's books, I have to mention Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).

I was going to mention Winnie the Pooh and The Red House Mystery by A A Milne, but it turns out they were all published in the 1920's.

I also thought a few of Agatha Christie's mysteries were published a hundred years ago or more, but it turns out I was wrong. They too were published from the 1920's and on.

However it seems Trent's Last Case by B C Bentley was published in 1913 so that one counts. One interesting detail about that book is that a Swedish mystery writer, Stieg Trenter took is name from Trent. His wife and one of his daughters are also mystery writers (his daughter writes for children).
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