Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

Last week I read a book in Norwegian for a change (haven't done that in a year or so). Nattmannen by Jørn Lier Horst is book 5 in an excellent detective series featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting. So far only book 6 in the series, Dregs, has been translated into English, but hopefully the rest will follow soon.

A while ago I won the first three books in the Jack Susko series by Lenny Bartulin from Booklover Book Reviews (thank you, Jo!). They attracted me for two reasons: The main character owns a used book store, and they are set in Sydney, my favourite city in the world, so I was delighted to be able to read them. I have started the first book, A Deadly Business (it has later been renamed Death By the Book) and so far it's pretty good. The best part is that Jack's book store is situated only two blocks from where I lived in Sydney, so I know the area quite well. Being able to picture the locations in my mind makes for a much more vivid reading experience. (It also makes me miss Sydney a whole lot...)

As usual I don't have anything particular planned - but I don't think it will be a mystery.

What are you reading this week?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Bookends!

Aren't they cute? :) Of course I don't actually have anywhere suitable to put them at this point, so for now they're just sat on top of one of my bookcases. But I reckon they'll look really good in my future library. ;)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Different Kind of Romance

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

This week's question is:

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Who and what about them did you love?

First I should mention that I tend to fall much faster and harder for TV and film characters than literary characters. I don't know why, maybe it's because on TV I can see their physical appearance very clearly, whereas characters in books are always a little fuzzy in my head.

That being said, I have fallen in love with a character from a book: Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. Admittedly I watched the first movie before reading the book so I already had the image of Viggo Mortensen on my mind, but I'm pretty sure I would have fallen for Aragorn anyway. He's the ultimate man really; mysterious, noble, ruggedly handsome, strong and courageous (and in the book he even has a sense of humour).

I also have a bit of a crush on quite a few characters - Dirk Pitt (Dirk Pitt adventures), Locke Lamora (The Lies of Locke Lamora), Sam Howard (Winter Solstice), Joe Morelli (Stephanie Plum series), Keiro (Incarceron & Sapphique)... And I used to have the biggest crush on Nancy Drew's boyfriend Ned Nickerson when I was a kid. He was dreamy. Nowadays I rather seem to fancy Carson Drew instead... ;)
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