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~ Iben
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21/06/2013

I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry... by Susie Kelly

With uncompromising honesty and hints of her usual humour, the author describes emigrating, from post-war London in every shade of grey to the technicolour splendour of Kenya, as part of a dysfunctional family. From profound lows to sublime highs, the one constant is her pony, Cinderella. You may shed a tear at her losses, and you will almost certainly be shocked and appalled by what she does for the love of Cinderella.
If you have enjoyed reading of Susie's life and travels in France, then this book will give you a moving insight into her earlier life, and allow you to judge her actions for yourself

Blackbirdebooks offered me to read Susie Kelly's latest book I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry... and once again she blew me away. The writing is fabulous as always, but the genre is very different than her previous books.

Her travelogues and her tales of running a two holiday cottages are vastly different from this, her memoirs. While there's still a glimmer of her usual humour, her story is in fact quite bleak, and she had me moved to tears. Without spoiling much I can say that I have a very warm relationship with my parents and after finishing her book I wanted to hug them both very closely - and then I wanted to hug Kelly for having to go through all that.

Kelly is born in the UK but also lives for a long time in Kenya - a country which I've visited and loved and it was splendid reading about it. Everything she writes is so informative, you can't help but learn something about the given place she's writing about whether you've been there yourself or not.

Once again she's written a book I can only recommend. It's an easy read you can't help but fly through as it's hard to put it down once you've started.


I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry... by Susie Kelly
I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry...
ASIN: B00CS8YG34
298 pages / published in 2013
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

*Updated with new cover*

11/06/2013

Bye-Bye to Google Reader

Ahoy Google Reader Subscribers!

In just 3 weeks time (July 1st) Google Readers ceases to be (and maybe GFC with it, according to rumours). Thusly - your subscriptions will go poof!

One way (which I strongly recommend) is to sign up for Bloglovin' instead! It's free, has a sleek design and works wonderfully - far better in fact, than Google Reader ever did IMO.

Another brilliant feature is that it has the most easy way to import all or just your favourite blogs from Google Reader - no hassle!

First, sign up

Then, click this link: http://www.bloglovin.com/import/reader

It'll take you here:



All the feeds you import, you can categorize and make it super easy to keep track of individual subjects like fashion blogs, food blogs and book blogs. I've personally never followed and actual ~read~ as many blogs as since I started using Bloglovin'.

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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse #13

Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire’s girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived earthquakes, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief . . . and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.
But with life comes new trials . . .
The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?

And thus, a series came to an end. I don't doubt many won't appreciate how Harris ended it all  - I see it's received many 1 star reviews on Goodreads and many seem to simply be because fans didn't like the outcome. Whilst I don't agree/appreciate with everything I'm happy to see it to its end. I started out genuinely loving the books, but sooner or later it just turned into a guilty pleasure and I'd read anything Harris writes.

Dead Ever After is the 13th and final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I struggle to say anything without giving anything away. If you have read most or all of the books so far, you might as well keep on reading. It offers conclusive (happy) endings to all characters and leaves none I can think off hanging.

3 stars given to it more out of sentimental reasons than anything else.


Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Dead Efer After
Sookie Stackhouse #13
ISBN13: 9780575096615
338 pages / published in 2013
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013


Spoilers beneath - my actual thoughts on the book.

04/06/2013

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

It's 3 AM and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds; an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor; and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her

I'll start out by saying that I saw the film, back when flying to Iceland to spend a week with my then boyfriend, and I really enjoyed it. Julia Roberts was great and though a bit long, I overall remember it as a very good film - a feel-good.

With my expectations high, I got started on the book - and it let me down, I'm afraid to say.

First of all, the writing is chaotic. Gilbert has 4 tenses. Past and present as well as past-past and present-present. She's in the past and present whilst travelling and in the past-past and present-present whilst writing - and she changes between all 4 every other paragraph. It frustrated me a lot of times, as I had no idea where she was when she said something - was she looking back at what happened or was she living it? It made it hard to sometimes relate to what she said and put it into context.

Another thing; I'm probably too young to read this book. This is the story of a 30-something year old woman who's gone through a nasty divorce and is now trying to find herself. I'm turning 25 this fall. I've never had ring on my finger or even a relationship I knew/thought would last forever. She's also a very different person from me with a completely different personality (extrovert vs introvert). While I could relate to some of what she goes through a lot of it probably went straight over my head - I hadn't experienced the strong feelings related to her experiences and as such couldn't put myself in her place.

Lastly - she believes in God. She won't limit herself to the strict definitions of any one religion, but she believes. I don't - I would love to, but haven't got a drop of spirituality in me. Thusly when she spends a third of the book in India and what felt like forever going on about how meditation works and how it brought her closer to God, I had to force myself to keep my eyes on the pages. Where the film manages to keep it light and watchable, the book has so many details on stuff I basically don't care about. I can't put myself in her place and even say good for you, because I don't understand it at all.

I did enjoy her travels and experiences in Italy and Bali as well as the description of who she is and how she even got started on the travels - just the chaotic writing that threw me in those chapters.

I'm certain this book can be a great read - particular if you're in the right age group and/or spiritual. Personally I'll stick to the film for now, and might reread the book in 10 years time and see how I feel about it then.


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, pray, love
ISBN13: 9780747585664
349 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013