READING IS DREAMING WITH OPEN EYES

I thought I would share another list of books I have read that I would recommend, following up from my Judge a Book By It’s Cover post a couple of months ago. So, here it goes;

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Attachments is the latest book I read, a very easy and quick one to get through. It tells the story about a man who falls in love with a woman through reading her emails, which sounds quite stalker-ish.. Lincoln works as an Internet security officer at a newspaper, which means that he sits in front of a computer all night reading any flagged emails getting through the system like big brother. He comes across the conversations between Jennifer and co-worker Beth, and even though he knows he should give them a warning he can’t help but keep reading.. It is a sweet story with funny and likable characters, one of those books that makes you feel happy inside.

“Rainbow Rowell lights up the sky with this sparkling debut novel. ATTACHMENTS is fresh, fun and charmingly quirky” – Claire Cook

 

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I read Charlotte Street a couple of years ago, and liked it so much that I am thinking about reading it again. The book is in short about boy meets girl. After a very brief encounter girl disappears and Jason Priestley (not that one) is accidentally left holding her disposable camera full of undeveloped photos.. To try to find the girl Jason develops the photos looking for any clues of where she can be, which ends up developing into a long and complicated trail. Danny Wallace is such a funny, honest and great author. The language of the book is very real, and the characters are easy to identify with. I definitely recommend this book!

“We loved this funny romance with a twist” – Closer

 

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When I read Going Out it took a couple of chapters to get into it, but when I did I was hooked. The well-written story is about the friendship between Luke who is allergic to the sun and therefore stuck in his bedroom and Julie who is smart but scared to leave her home town. After someone contacts Luke and claims they have a cure for his decease, both of them have to face their fears to see if this is true. The story includes a homemade space suit, quirky characters and nods to The Wizard of Oz. All in all an enjoyable read.

“Going Out is wonderful. It hits all the right nails with just the right amount of force” – Douglas Coupland

 

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I have to admit that I am a bit obsessed with John Green’s writing. His debut novel Looking For Alaska deals with difficult issues such as suffering, loss and grief, all without unecessary drama but at times a bit inappropriate. Miles Halter has no friends and an obsession with famous last words, he wants something more and decides to go to “seek the Great Perhaps” at Culver Creek Boarding School. There he meets some interesting characters, and gets captivated by the weird but wonderful Alaska. It is a well written book, the story really draws you in and you will not be able to predict what will happen..

“John Green has written a powerful novel — one that plunges headlong into the labyrinth of life, love, and the mysteries of being human. This is a book that will touch your life, so don’t read it sitting down. Stand up, and take a step into the Great Perhaps” – K.L. Going

 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette was one of my holiday reads, and it was the perfect book to bring along to the beach. I picked it up because the writer Maria Semple wrote for one of my favourite television shows Arrested Development, and thought therefore it must be a good one. Bernadette Fox, a former exceptional architecture, is a wife and mother with anxiety issues. She doesn’t like to deal with people and ends up hiring a virtual assistant in India to do everything for her. But then Bernadette disappears and her daughter Bee tries to put together the pieces to find her.. It is a fun and clever book, and hard to put down so be warned.

“A shrewd yet compassionate portrait of family dysfunction and the volatility of genius in laugh-out-loud, irresistibly high-spirited prose…. WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE takes readers on an original and movingly imaginative adventure” – Catherine Straut (Elle)

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.

March 6, 2015

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