Books for the new year

So it’s a new year. The holidays are over. We “celebrated” the last today, 20th-day after Christmas when you’re supposed to take down all the decorations. We didn’t have a tree this year but I had some stuff up that needed to be put away and I’m mostly done. Just a few knick-knacks left to pack up.

I finished the Goodreads reading challenge for 2016. I set the goal for 40 books and I met that already in October. With a bunch of short stories and novellas as well as some comics I ended up finishing at 60 books in total.

I set a new goal for 2017, 40 books again. I read a lot but there is no need to shoot for more than that.

I “fell behind” schedule when I didn’t finish a book in the first week but today I got the first finish of 2017. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
It was pretty hard to get into. It’s been on my “currently reading” list since June last year. I was told it was a good one though so in the end I decided to do the work and get through it and I ended up loving it. I have the sequel on a shelf at home but I want to switch it up a bit this year and not read several books in a row by the same author.

Instead I started Lips Touch by Laini Taylor who wrote Daughter of Smoke and Bone which I absolutely looved. This one’s an antology with three short stories and the first two have been most enjoyable.

I find I like having several books going at once. I’ll start a few and see what grabs hold. I also like to have one “real” book and one on my Kindle-app. That way I’ll always have something to read no matter where I am. I mean – I’m never far from my phone …

Tomorrow I’m taking the littlest one to the movies but before that I have a book to pick up at the SciFi-book store. Rickard insisted on going with me to keep me from buying anything else – which might be good or I’ll have another “Oooops“. Not that he could stop me if I really needed/wanted something 😛

Readathon – hour 21

#Readathon: Hour 21
Local time: 10:00
Hours spent reading: 7
Pages read: 250
Books finished: 1

I crashed around 9.30 pm yesterday (hour 10-ish) and called it a night. Then I slept in and didn’t start reading again until just now.

Currently reading:

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. It’s been a fun and weird read. Kind of slow but still eventful. It’s hard to describe. I like it.

Readathon – hour 6

#Readathon: Hour 6
Local time: 19:00
Hours spent reading: 4
Pages read: 160
Books finished: 1

Well the reading got off to a rocky start when I came across a misprint in my book and I had to stop and suddenly pick something else. It threw me off for a bit.

But I picked up a short illustrated story with 60 pages that I finished quickly enough and now I’ve gotten some ways into my third book. Not as far as I would have liked though so I’ll try and get going again now that I have had dinner.

Currently reading: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Only on page 60 so far so it’s a bit slow going today.

How is everyone else doing?

Readathon – hour 0 meme

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    I’m reading in a rainy Malmö, Sweden. Perfect reading weather.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    The Watchmaker of Filigree Street looks most exciting.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    I have prepared a plate of veggies and some dip and I got a small bag of crisps – I haven’t had any for months so …
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m Lotta, from Sweden. I began reading before I started school and never really stopped (unless you count the years when my two girls were babies and I didn’t really have energy to read). I’m not very picky about what I read but lately it’s been a lot of Gaiman, Gail Carriger, Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell so say urban fantasy, steampunk, regular fantasy, sf (just a little).
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    It’s my first readathon and I’m mostly looking forward to a day of reading. My husband was onboard when I told him about it and agreed to fix dinner so I didn’t have to. ❤

Happy reading everyone!!

Readathon Autumn 2016

In April I found out about an online-event called the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon where participants read all over the world for 24 hours. Everyone is starting at the same time no matter what time zone they’re in.

I didn’t find out about it until the day of so I had no way of participating then but I made a note in my calendar for the one held in the autumn, which is today.

For me the event starts at 2 pm which is pretty good for me. I can do all my prep in the morning and get ready to start at 2 pm. Then I can read into the night (which I do often anyway) and set the alarm to get up early tomorrow for some more reading until 2 pm when it’s finished.

I dropped Isabel off at hiking group pickup at 8.30 am today then biked to the store to stock up on snacks and food for tonight. I’m doing the WW-thing again (it’s going pretty good actually) so I went easy on the unhealthy foods and candy and decided on veggies and a sour cream dip. I also got some meat and potatoes for dinner tonight that Rickard agreed to fix for us so I can read.


I have pulled out some books for my TBR pile (lots of new acronyms to learn – TBR=To Be Read).

  • Neverwhere is a reread (love it)
  • The Name of the Wind is new and I have read a few chapters but can’t really get into it, everyone keeps telling me it’s awesome and keep at it so I put it in the pile.
  • Who Fears Death is new to me
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora is my current read – I’m halfway through and that will be my starting point. I hope to finish that one if nothing else
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is also new – I mostly got interested because of the cover and then the blurb which is how I find many of my books.
  • Tales of the Peculiar is set in the same universe as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which I loved. I think it’s short stories but I’m not sure. Again – pretty cover and a universe I already liked
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle is a short illustrated book that I have been trying to get to – I put it in the pile for an easy finish if I grow tired of the other stuff
  • Hansel & Gretel – same thing I’m hoping it’s a quick read and I love Neil Gaiman’s stories so I’m sure I will get through that one quickly
  • Not in this picture are all the books I have on my Kindle – Johannes Cabal is the one I’m reading at the moment and I plan to switch between that one and Locke Lamora – at least to begin with.

I do plan to get an early start though because Isabel’s pickup is at 2 pm so I figured if I got an hour read before that I could count it towards my total even if the 2-3 pm hour is lost in getting her home.

I’ll probably update here a few times during the day just to keep track. Hi! everyone who found me via the Readathon-list. Welcome and I hope you’ll return after the Readathon is over.

Let’s do this!

Laundry room re-do – step 1

Our washing machine died two weeks ago. I thought a broked dishwasher was a bad thing but a broken washer is way (way!) worse. We couldn’t get a repair guy out until ten days later and after discussing it we came to the conclusion that we should just get a new machine instead. The one we had was as old as the house and I was not interested in another saga like the one we lived through with the dishwasher a year ago.


So we bought this beauty! It takes a 16 lbs load and does a 1600 rpm spin cycle and I am in love.

We have planned a re-do of the laundry room for ages (since before we did up the attic) but things always got in the way. Now was the perfect time to get started on it when we had a guy coming to install the new machine anyway. He capped the pipes to the faucet we had in there and we took out the sink and cupboard as well.

The next step is measuring and ordering a counter top to go on top of the machines, a sink to go into the counter top and a new faucet. That’s all in step 2.

To be continued …

Candy bag

I’ve been coveting the shoes made by Shoe Bakery since I first saw them. Being on the larger side, feet wise I wouldn’t fit in them but I have been thinking about getting a pair just to keep for show.

But when they designed tote bags based on their ballerina flats I set my sights on one of those instead. They were still a bit pricey so I needed to save up first but last night I picked it up from the post office and it’s just as pretty as the sales pictures.


This is the larger tote bag and in it is my 13″ MacBookPro, two zippered pouches with pens and cords and stuffs, one Filofax and my wallet. It’s pretty stuffed but not uncomfortably so.

It’s not made from leather but some kind of pvc-material and it has a bit of a smell to it but I’m hoping that will air out over the next couple of days.

They have a smaller version of this bag on their site as well and I am sorely tempted to get it but I’m thinking it would be a bit much. Sofia flipped out when she saw it and asked for the smaller version – we’ll see if Santa brings one for her.




One of the last days before I went back to work we took the train to Copenhagen. It’s such a short train ride – it takes about 20 minutes from Malmö C to Copenhagen C.


The train runs along a 5 mile long bridge starting at the Swedish side, transferring to a 2.5 mile run along a man-made island (named Pepparholm) and plunging into the Öresund into a 2.5 mile tunnel before emerging in Denmark on the Amager island, right next to CPH Airport. We have completely given up using Malmö Airport for international travel because it’s so much easier to get to Denmark from where we live.

As soon as we came out of Copenhagen C the rain started. Luckily it was over after just a few minutes but it meant we had to wait under a roof directly opposite Tivoli and while we stood there both girls suddenly realised that the didn’t want anything more from life than to visit Tivoli right this minute.

Which wasn’t the plan. There was a bit of a sour face coming from them both when we wouldn’t budge, but it passed. Reluctantly.


This helped. Waffle on a stick dipped in chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. After lunch.

Rickard took them to Tivoli last week and they agreed it was worth the wait.

The Never Ending Story

I took a break on the sofa last Saturday and read a book (Lock In by John Scalzi) while I waited for the washer to finish its cycle. The neighbour kids were playing outside on their hoverboard (the kids call it a SwagWay in Sweden) and it kept beeping. It sounded pretty annoying and suspiciously regular for a toy. But whatever.

Cut to me three hours going to investigate why the washer wasn’t done … turns out the beeping wasn’t the hoverboard but the blasted washer sounding the “flood alarm”.

It hadn’t leaked any water (Thank you!) but it didn’t work. At all. And the error code only said to turn off the water and electricity and call a technician. Ominous.

So I booked a repair guy on their website (so convenient, I don’t even have to talk to a real person!) but the first available time was Thursday next week (10 days). Which is a bit long for a washer to be broken. (Never mind that we did laundry every other week when we lived in the flat, but we’re not equipped for that any more. Plus we were due for an Aunt Flo visit as well.)

Anyway. I prodded Rickard to convince him that we needed to buy a new washer but he wanted to hold off a bit (the payment for the new beds are due this month) and have the repair guy come take a look before we decide. Ok. Fine I said. We’ll do that but can we at least look at a new machine?


Welp, Friday afternoon at the white wares store, we end up with a high end machine to be delivered in-store on Tuesday with the added bonus of a plumber bringing it to us (on a still undecided date – it may be even later than Thursday, but who cares?!), installing it and capping the pipes to the faucet we have there now so we can get started on that reno I’ve been dreaming of for the last 5 years.

Double Yay!

This is going to be great!

New Colours


Rickard and I ordered new beds this summer. They’ll be delivered in late August – so long to wait! But that gave us the push we needed to repaint the bedroom.

When we bought this house in 2007 the builders had painted the grey walls and we did the purple accent wall ourselves. I liked it when we first made it but over the years I grew a bit tired of it. So we chose the same colour for the walls as the one we used downstairs last year.


It’s a white colour with some grey in it. I love it. To make life easier we chose it also because it matched the grey walls that were already in the room because one wall is purple, that would get painted, then there is a wall with a door that we painted and a half wall behind the door that also was freshened up. The rest of that side and the fourth wall are all wardrobes, windows and another door so we decided to be lazy and not paint those.


I like how the new colour works with the old. We have discussed taking out the wardrobes and replacing them with some Elfa-system shelves and crates and do sliding doors instead – the beds end up very close to the wardrobe doors so it would save a lot of space. Maybe we’ll go through with it now that we get new beds, we’ll see.

The paint was pretty much dry last night but we decided not to move the mattresses in after all. We’ll do that tonight. So Rickard slept on a bunk bed in his office, and I took the sofa.
Now the sofa is all well and good to fall asleep, and nap on – but I don’t think I’ll voluntarily sleep on it a whole night ever again.