Books and love - Carl David af Wirsén

When you silently sit by your desk
and forget the wide earth in favour of a book,

and she, who became your all, slips
her arms around her lover then,

so don't sourly say: leave me alone!
No, leave the book behind, and do the same!

For bundle of papers you have any day,
but you do not know, how long she will stay.

And many a man, who now sit lonely,
so longing to be disturbed just like you.

Let love fill your binder with painted
miniatures, shining in gold!

Then it shall, you unfortunate one, if your home stands empty,
the old book shine like a saint,

and right on that page, where you were disturbed then,
an angelhead shall stand and wave.

Fear of Love - Vizma Belsevica

Dearest, what shall I do?
Shall I give in?
And shatter the shell of loneliness?
In the spring the bud give in
to long awaited sunshine.

Yes please - Sonja Åkesson

A warm hand.
A warm nest.
A warm cardigan
to wrap the shivering thoughts.
A warm body
to wrap the body.
A warm soul to wrap the soul.
A warm life
to wrap the shivering life.

The silent love - Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht

I love, hiding the flame.
The torment content me:
I suffer,
I whimper,
loving without hope,
in uncertain dread fights,
with stifled sighs repress
the pain
my heart
in silence gnaw apart.
Oh, loveliest burden!
Oh, sweet pangs of love,
to secretly revere
their high choice!

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Hello and welcome to the first review I've actually written in a long time. Or at least my attempt at it.
So I've read Art In The Blood by Annie MacBird which is a Sherlock Holmes novel with a very deep and rich story where we get to see a different side of Holmes that is more vulnerable and fragile, both in body and mind. I loved Annie's way of writing the characters and I think that Sir Conan Doyle would've approved.
The story starts us off with Dr Watson as always, retelling one thing or another. This time he is on hos way to 221B Baker Street after receiving a troubling message from Mrs Hudson. He finds Holmes in a terrible, drug-fueled state. After many failed attempts by the doctor to rouse him a letter arrives from Paris, encoded. A new case! Holmes springs into action and the game is afoot. The case takes the pair between London, Paris and Lancashire, showing new twists and turns that we can only expect from this kind mystery-novel.
Now what did I think? I absolutely loved it with it's rich story, dark subjects and truly interesting characters that go beyond the detective and the doctor. It was truly my taste and I'm so glad that I'm already 3 books along in this year's reading-goal.

Rating: 5/5 🌟
Recommended? Absolutely! If you love a good murder mystery, then this will be your cup of tea.
Author: Annie MacBird
GoodReads Page: Art In The Blood

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The future is approaching and it is waiting for no one!

That is how I feel and I feel it now especially, I have to decide what to do for the next 5 years of my life. It's not like I don't have a plan, but I think I'm having a small existential crisis. It came as a shock yesterday because I've never experienced something like it before. All of a sudden I'm worried about the future. What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? What is my dream? It's all very scary but also very real and natural, which reality tends to be. I am a crier, that is also a truth. I cry when I'm sad, happy, frustrated, scared, angry, etc. etc. etc. So I've cried quite a lot these past few days, but that's only because it helps me went "the system" so to speak. And as I told one of my friends; I'll be fine because I always land on my feet sooner or later.
I'm grateful for my books during these types of moments in my life. They comfort me and give me something to be happy about when everything just seems gray. I can cozy up in my room, next to my fairy-lights with a cup of tea and a good book and all of sudden things seem to look up. I've also started to journal whenever I feel the need. Writing down whatever comes to mind really helps me since my brain can't seem to shut up.
So I will be fine. I'm just a little scared right now.

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As is evident by this blog; I love to read. Most things really, as long as it's interesting and well-written. A month ago Christmas visited most of us and as per usual I received a giftcard. To one of my favourite bookshops to be more precise. The giftcard happened to come in a little box in red and white and a piece of writing on the lid. The writing wasn't something that the one who gave it to me had put there, but it was special non the less. What I'm trying to say is that this writing really resonated with me, so I decided to translate it and share it with all of you.
Happy reading!

The Magic of Stories

You are already shook by the first word. When the first sentence is finished you smile slightly. Then you quickly read through a paragraph or two, a chill spreading down your spine and you have time to be both horrified and astonished. Before you can realise what has happened, you turn to the next page. Then you tumble about in pain and happiness, in despair and hope, hate and love. The feelings develop word for word. Sentence by sentence. Page by page. Chapter by chapter you have the world in your hands. You can touch it, feel it, hear your own and others' heart beat. Maybe you lay awake through the night, eating the letters with your eyes against the stiff binding. Exhausted, excited, exhilarated you slam the book shut when you arrive at the last page's last word. You close your eyes. Open them again. Then you smile. Happy and safe in knowing that there is hundred and thousands of books you have not yet read, millions of feelings yet to wake.

- by Mons Kallentoft

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But I love your hands - Ebba Lindqvist

But I love your hands
your strong safe hands.
Before clenched against life
they now open against life,
tightly closed around my own,
love your hands,
they are you.

Remember other hands well,
peculiarly lost,
as lost as mine,
all thoughts go numb,
life turns to dust
in these mixed-up hands.

I remember the hands of the sea,
large, white hands,
cooling and empty,
redoubtable hands that agonise,
before but nevermore.
Love your hands,
love only yours.

Tenderness - Ulf Lundell

Tenderness
my love
I don't ask for much more
than
tenderness.
It's not that hard
You just have to go to the heart
your own
and ask
if it wants to lower itself to the level
for some tenderness.
Everybody tortures each other on the streets.
You can see it, can't you?
The tenderness
comes last.
It is too dangerous
It makes people hastily abandon
their roles
and become children again
and pitiful
and tender.
Tenderness
my friend
is the name of the beautiful street.

The everyday love - Maria Wine

Love
but not the the kind who runs
on flaming feet
to and from fleeting encounters
hunted and hunting
hurt and hurtful
not the one who constantly lives high of off
painful revulsions
but the love
that gives security and rest
that warms and protects
and only have one farewell to fear:
death's

Love
But not the kind that has barely calmed its longing
until a new one forms
not the rushed and hotblooded
flogged by demands of desire
more often agonizing than lovely
nor the anxietyfilled love
that is scared of being burned
and at the same time being afraid of not burning
but the mildly flowing love
the one that dares to rest
and when time comes
disturb the rested

Love
that is waking up together
and greeting the blue-eyed morning
to exchange warming smiles
and care for the new day's future
that on the journey through the day
rest with each other on the small waitingstations of time
and have joint meals
illuminated by the red joy of lingonberry-jam

The daily chafing we receive and give
the double-edged pain
that ache within us
and that we overcome within each other
the invisible guardian angel
that comb out the shrubbery of irritation
the surfeit that threaten with emptiness
but is cured by each
pulling back to
loneliness' necessary oasis
the right to be absent in their own dreamland
the joy to be present in each other's lives -
this is love.

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​This one was a rollercoaster for me, I mean really. It's not that weird though considering that this is the longest book in the series. This time I actually wrote some thoughts down as I read it and the first thing I mention in my notes is about Molly and the Boggart at Grimmauld Place. Damn, that scene hurt. I cried like a baby and just sat there thinking about all the pain she must've have felt when it happened. Thanks for the punch in the gut Rowling!
I also cried about Neville's parents a lot in this book, 'cause I am apparently a complete crybaby. I just can't deal with the thought of parents not knowing who you are, it hurts me down to my core.
And don't get me started on Sirius! I knew his death was coming, everyone knows that, but it doesn't prepare you for sobbing mess you become. I can just hear Harry screaming in my head and I can see the pain on Remus' face. It is awful, and such good writing.
Now I wasn't just sad during this read, I was freaking mad as well.
We all know sweet, lovely Umbridge with her obsession with pink things and cats. Wonderful woman, that one. Oh wait! She is the most vile creature on this earth. I couldn't stand reading about her, everything she does makes my body itch with the need to punch something... or someone. I sometimes struggled to get through parts of the book simply because she was in them. Rowling truly succeeded in writing an absolutely revolting character.
But I have been happy too, I have laughed out loud several times. I loved that Ginny has grown even more as a character and that Ronis such a typical older brother when it comes to her dating-life.
And I love that we actually get to see Neville's bravery and loyalty to his friends.
And Harry realises from time to time that he is acting like a total git, because angst-Harry is no fun.
I have loads more to say about this book, but I think it'll just drag on so we'll leave it at that.

Rating: 4/5 🌟 
Recommended? I of course recommend this one, but be prepared for the most mixed read of your life. And fuck Umbridge!
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

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Oh my, this was weird!
This book is about Ava Bingen and Midi Sorte, two women in their late teens living as servants in a castle in the Scandinavian kingdom Skyggehavn. After some setup the shit hits the fan when Ava accidentally stabs the Queen with a needle during a mending of her Highness' dress. Not that things go crazy, just that every other action in this freaking book is set into motion. Now a lot of stuff happens: rape, pregnancies, abuse, poisoning, killing, almost-marriages between 10 year old girls and 34 year old men; all that fun stuff.
One reviewer on Goodreads put my feelings about this book perfectly into words; "Friends, do you ever read a book and be torn between simultaneously enjoying it and sort of wanting to take a shower?" That is exactly how I feel. It's so creepy, but so good. The language is beautiful, the characters are interesting and I can't get over the fact that one of them had sown jewels into their actual balls. I might've snickered and cringed at the same time when I first read about it. I also find it amazing that I could become excited over the fact that a 10 year old girl stabbed a man in the thigh because she was so curious as to what it would feel like. I know it sounds insane, but if you read the book, you will want her to stab him too.
Now the author herself describe this book as a fairytale about syphilis and oh boy is that putting that mildly. This book is disgusting, there is intricate descriptions of everything: the King's bowel movements, the Queen's gynaecological exams, the childrens' boils and rashes, absolutely everything is described in great detail. I can't believe I actually sometimes read this during my lunch breaks. Now I want to mention one more thing about this book; It is marketed as a YA book, but that is not the case. I wouldn't even hand this to someone else my age and tell them to read it. Now I'm used to this type of book because I've read some fucked up shit before, but as I said, don't read this if you're under 18, just don't.
(I'm also going to include links to two other reviews that I really enjoyed reading)
Francesca's Review
​Lee's Review

Rating: 3.5/5 🌟 
Recommended? This I would recommend to someone who likes a good Historical Fiction-read.
Author: Susann Cokal
GoodReads Page: The Kingdom of Little Wounds

“Fate refuses to stop at the pretty part of the tale; Fate insists on more tests of courage and wit, a terrible end, even if the heroine's heart be pure and her crime accidental.”

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Wow, that sounds insane... No but I just wanted to inform those that are getting a bit sick from the Harry Potter wave are in luck, I'm taking a break from the series. However, only for one book! I'll be reading The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. It sounds quite interesting with royal drama and death and family, and yeah. It's gorgeous too!

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​I mean really people, we're getting into the good stuff, like the really good stuff. I was a bit meh over the movie, but this book has depth and fire and tension. It also shows new sides of characters that I hadn't known of before and it is just lovely.
A quick side-note before I go into the actual review; I love the fact that it feels more and more natural to see Hermione and Ron as a couple the more the story progresses. In this one you can really notice their underlying jealousy whenever Krum receives Hermione's attention and Fleur receives Ron's. I also like how they built up the ball and the relationship between Hagrid and Madame Maxime, because I never understood why they stopped talking in the movies. Moving on!
Now one thing that I've noticed is that they make some scenes more light-hearted and... fun, I guess. Take the scene when Alastor Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret. In the movie the students surrounding them are laughing and the ferret is simply "bounced" in the air before going down either Crabbe or Goyle's pants (can't really remember which). When Professor McGonagall shows she is slightly flustered but not too upset when she tells Moody about the proper rules. Malfoy is also just a bit dishevelled and confused when he is turned back to a human. Now let's look at the same scene in the book. In the movie Malfoy almost attacks Harry but doesn't quite get there before Moody stops him, in the book Malfoy actually succeeds but only manages to graze Harry's ear. Moody then turns him into a ferret and literally slams him into the ground and high up into the air several times before McGonagall stops him. No students are laughing, and Malfoy is actually hurt when he turns back into a human. Maybe this is nitpicky, but I thought it interesting.
I also feel like I gain more and more respect for Dumbledore through each passing book. In the movies I saw him as wise, but in the books his power and determination really shines through. I also respect his willingness to show Harry the truth and the importance of telling people as it is.
Oh, and another thing! If you loved Molly in the movies, then she is a true gem with her kids and others in the books. She simply melts my heart.

Rating: 5/5 🌟 
Recommended? All in all I apparently can't give a bad review, and we're getting into the really good stuff. So yeah, read this, read like you haven't read before! (Does that make any sense?)
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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​Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy, do I love this book! I loved the film-version as well, so I see a theme forming here; if I liked the movie it is very likely I will like the book.
What I found very refreshing with this one is that you get in even deeper with the characters and in this one my favourite is introduced, namely Sirius Black. This book made me love this character even more than I did before with little things that you can't really get into with films. I found it cool how Rowling does the descriptive part because I can really see it infront of me. Sure, you have a little help because of the movies, but I actually get a slightly different view in my mind.
I also loved Snape in this one, and I've never been the biggest fan of him (I haven't hated him, I just haven't really liked him). He's much more verbal in the books and he yells and he's so dramatic, frankly, I'm sold. It's interesting to compare Alan Rickman's (may he rest in peace) performance to the character. The things he does, the way he snoops around and interact with others is a delight. I actually found myself getting annoyed at several points in the story because I just wanted him to back off for a hot minute.
Next up is the second thickest book in the series; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, which I'm starting right now.

Rating: 5/5 🌟 
Recommended? Yes yes yes, read it and then read it again.
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

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