February Reading 2018


More reading goodies from the library this month!  And most of the books I've read are in Norwegian, apart from one in English. I'm really enjoying reading in Norwegian much more now.... and discovering more of Norway's poets, past and present. As often, I've been reading a mix of genres. The Norwegian books are links to sources in Norwegian. Sorry, these titles as far as I can find, are not translated into English. I'll start from the top of the stack and work down, translating as I go...

Pynt deg vakker med strikk  ...Pretty in Knits, is how I would translate this title... a collection of knitting patterns from DROPS Design ... lovely cardigans, dress, accessories and more. Yarn inspiration!

Istidens oppdager: Jens Esmark pioneren i Norges fjellverden by Geir Hestmark I would translate this title as, Ice Age Explorer... a biography about a Norwegian explorer's life, times and great discoveries in the wilds of Norway's mountains--the origins of the Ice Age! I've had to renew this book, as you can see it is a BIG brick of a thing, and it's slow going for me in Norwegian, but fascinating!

I boks: den lille matpakkeboka by Susanne Kaluza & Agnete Brun or in English this could be called, In the Box - the lunch book. Ideas and recipes for packed lunches, mainly with kids in mind, but I found a lot of inspiration here for lunches to have at home, or on the go.

Etterlatte dikt: På harmonikk: Siste dikt by Hans Børli Posthumous Poems by the brilliant Norwegian poet and writer Hans Børli, where he shares the writer's dilemmas, thankfulness of being alive, hardship, loss, celebrating nature, and much more...

Dagene går mot vest - dikt by Hans Børli The Days Look West, another beautiful collection of poems by Norwegian poet Hans Børli. There are poems of life, and life fading out... the big questions of life and living, tied with the wonders of nature, time, place and beyond...

100 dikt by Halldis Moren Vesaas 100 Poems by the Norwegian poet, writer and children's book author Halldis Moren Vesaas. One of Norway's famed female poets, she wrote beautifully on and personally about her experience as a woman, mother, widow and more...

And a book in English... on my Kindle app! Hearts at Home, the fifth and final book in the Heavenly Daze series by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt. A small New England island is watched over and entertained by angels... A VERY fun and sweet read this series, which I have really enjoyed and will miss the characters!

Oh, and the pastry on the table! That is called a solskinnsbolle in Norwegian, a loose English translation could be sunshine bun. It's a type of sweet roll flavored with cardamom, filled with a vanillla cream and sprinkled with coconut. Delicious with an espresso and current reading!  

What about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device... or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!


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  1. I'm reading a wonderful novel called "Pachinko" right now by Min Jun Lee (I think) set in Japan and Korea in the years before, during and after WWII about Korean immigrants living in Japan. It's big -- a book club choice -- but compelling. I'm also reading Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey. I had to stop after Anne Boleyn (and page 550-something) to read "Pachinko". I never read two at a time but if one is a non-fiction (especially a 700+ book) I can take a break from it!

    I admire the diversity of your books -- and that you can read in Norwegian!

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    1. I always appreciate your wide variety of reading too, Jeanie! It's nice having 2-3 genres to flip between. That Pachinko sounds interesting--must see about that one! :)

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  2. Omygosh! that sunshine bun! YUM.
    and thank you for the heads up on Heavenly Daze series by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt. the marine gave me his old Kindle and I'm having fun reading on it. though i still love my books!
    and... have to mention it...
    CONGRATULATIONS to Norway! for winning the most medals in the winter Olympics! I was proud for you and your own Viking!!!
    love to you both and precious little Luna. XO

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    1. Thanks Tammy! Norway usually does pretty well at the winter Olympics. We didn't see any of it though, as we don't have TV... LOL! Of course, you can't escape the news, so we saw a bit what was happening in the news. The sunshine buns are pure decadence. They are big, and after you eat one that's all you need calorie-wise for the day--haha! FUN you have a Kindle to use! We do a mix of real book reading and digital, and like the mix. I think you would really like the Heavenly Daze series! :)))

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  3. The sunshine bun looks definitely like sunshine, delicious!
    My books haven't changed too much since last month, but starting Lilac Girls tonight.
    The Norwegian poetry particularly sounded intriguing. I think I would enjoy reading the poetry from Norway.

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    1. Hi, Marilyn! Being a poetry and verse lover, I think you really appreciated the poetry from here... I wish more poets were translated in to English so more could encounter them!

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  4. Too many books to count! But I am currently reading Miss Read's A Year in Thrush Green, Agatha Christie's There is a Tide and a book by Henri Nouwen.

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    1. I know, I've been gobbling up books lately...I'm already dipping into reading lined up for March! ;) Miss Read books--those are such wonderful stories! I've read most of them, though I know there are a couple I've yet to read... Henri Nouwen is always a great choice. :)))

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  5. Sometimes I forget you are in Norway! Or, it seems more evident when you’ve got a stack of books on your table, and the majority are not English. What a terrific variety from your local library. Your description of that pastry had me hunting for something sweet :-) (no, no, I’m not at all suggestible!)

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    1. You're not alone, Anne... I think, since I don't write much in Norwegian here, that most forget where I actually live... haha! Our library, for being a small town, is great. We always find something good to take home, and they often offer a lot of newer books, magazines and other materials. Sorry for sneaking that sweet treat in up there, but I couldn't resist! ;)

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  6. My eye was instantly drawn to the sweet bun Tracy! haha, no surprise there! I love catching up with all that you are reading. I only ever very rarel get a book from the library. I take so long to read a book, that it is not worth it. Most of the books I read I fall in love with and revisit again and again. I know, I am an odd duck. Love and hugs! Now off to source out a recipe for that bun! Yum! xoxo

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    1. You would love the sunshine buns, Marie! We'd love to have your over for tea and sunshine buns! :)

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  7. My dear friend, I love the variety of books that you are reading. I think it is awesome that you are reading the books in Norwegian. I really love poetry books but haven't read any for a while. I like that you are reading the history of an Ice age explorer. That should be fascinating.
    I am very interested in the Heavenly Daze series. The story sounds like a fun one.
    As part of my daily devotional I am continuing to read; "The Book of Mormon". We try to read 10 pages a day so we can read it about 6 times in a year. We are now going to journal the thoughts that come when reading it. We are also studying the Bible when we can for our Sunday School Class at church. I am finishing up a book entitled: "You Are Loved". It is an inspirational read. I am getting ready to start the Book, "The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis. I think I am going to join a book club that is reading that for this month.
    Well I loved this one. Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

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    1. LOVE hearing about what you're reading, LeAnn! I admire the writings of C.S. Lewis--have read some, and should read more of him. I like how you are reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon and journaling as you go! I hope you might share how the journaling experience is as you go... ((HUGS))

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  8. I'm always interested in the reading choices of other people. I have been an avid reader since I was a little girl and I mostly enjoy reading novels preferable from all over the world. I'm a bit bummed that here in the US we don't get that many translations of non-English books. While still living in Germany I was used to being able to read good translations of books from far away places. However, I'm always on the lookout. Not so many books from Norwegian writers, but perhaps I haven't looked thoroughly enough.
    I'm currently reading "Beneath the Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan and I'm captivated by this story of a 17 year old boy during the last two years of World War II in Italy.
    I will look into the Heavenly Daze series, sounds like something I would enjoy.

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    1. Hi, Carola! Thank you for visiting--it's so nice to meet you! I love hearing/seeing what folks are reading... Thanks for sharing your recommendations! Hope you'll stop by again! :)

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