Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin #1)

I absolutely love cozy murder mysteries whether it is in print or watching them on T.V. I grew up watching Midsomer Murders every summer, a tradition that stands to this day.

However, book versions of cozy murder mysteries are for me usually a hit or a miss. More often a miss. So when I found out that the tv-series Agatha Raisin was based on a book series I wanted to give it a go. And I was not disappointed.

It differs a lot from the series but that just made it more fun to read. The story is pretty straightforward but so much fun to read. This is the synopsis on Goodreads:

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry–but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe… 

And the story is just as hilarious as it sounds. I absolutely loved it and then quickly ordered as many books from the series that I could afford (about 20 of them ;P)

If you are looking for a fun cozy murder mystery to read then you should definitely give this a chance!

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz (Alex and Eliza #1)

When I read this book I was in the middle of fangirling over Hamilton. I was listening to the music over and over, and absolutely loved it. So when this book came out I just had to get it. As soon as I got it I read it, but for some reason I haven’t reviewed it (it’s been two years, I have no good excuse).

Even though it was ages ago since I read it, I can still pretty much remember all of it. That should give you an idea of how much I loved this book.

The book is centered around the time that Alexander and Eliza first met and how their relationship developed. It is written from Eliza’s point of view and therefore we get to spend a lot of time with her family. Despite being intrigued by Alexander from the moment she meets him, the relationship between them takes some time to actually take flight. This did not really matter as it allowed the characters to grow and you got to know who they are without each other before seeing how they are with each other (are you still with me? That was one hell of a sentence!)

The book was very well written and I really liked de la Cruz’s take on the love story of Alex and Eliza. Lin-Manuel Miranda made it popular thanks to Hamilton, but de la Cruz definitely gave it more of a body and story. If you are a massive Hamilton fan then do be aware that this is not a re-telling of the musical, it is a take on how the lives of the actual real life persons might have looked like. I doubt it’s a 100 percent historcally acurate, but it is still a lovely story.

“And at last, the lonely young man who belonged to no one finally belonged to someone, forever, and the practical girl who would not settle for less than a love story for the ages found the lifelong romance she had yearned for all her life.” 
― Melissa de la Cruz, Alex and Eliza

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday

This weeks TTT is Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With .

This was actually a difficult one. I rarely read a book and go “oh, I would love to be friends with these characters!”, but I will give this a go.

  1. Dexter J. Daley from Hell & High Water. Just because he is pretty crazy and always seems to have a great time. I think everytime you would spend time with him you would be drawn into some weird shennaningans.
  2. Hazel Wong from Murder Most Unladylike. Because she just seems really nice and she likes to read books. I think I would enjoy spending time with her.
  3. Nina from The Little Shop of Happy Ever After. Being best friend with somebody who has an intense passion for books would be quite amazing. She also seems really fun.
  4. Sam Vimes from the Discworld series. Mostly because we could be grumpy and sarcastic together. We could also marvel at others stupidity.
  5. Daisy Wells from Murder Most Unladylike. I would like to be friends with her because I would very likely be dragged inte mysteries, but I might end up slapping her several times.
  6. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series (do I really need to specify this?). She would be great to have around. Level-headed, smart and kind. Seems like she is extremely loyal to her friends and does her best to help them without doing everything for them (like things they can do themselves).
  7. Rhy Maresh from the Shades of Magic series. Because I love him.
  8. Arlen Zachary from The Harmatia Cycle books. Because he needs a hug and I want to give him one! My poor little baby.
  9. Rufus Merle from The Harmatica Cycle. He also needs a hug. And rest. Just a break overall. He is also a little shithead and we would get along so well.
  10. Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld series. She is a long suffering witch who just tries to make sure that people don’t kill themselves from sheer stupidity. I sometimes feel like this with my students. The two of us could sit together, drink tea (or whiskey) and just share stories of the stupid things people do.

I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS TOOK ME TWO HOURS TO WRITE. I mean, I was watching an Eddie Izzard stand-up show but still.

The comeback kid!

It’s me! I mean, hopefully it’s me. I haven’t blogged in almost a year, and haven’t blogged consistently for almost two years. There is a reason. The reason is work.

I started working as a teacher a year ago and I absolutely love it. Yeah, there are moments when I want to pull my hair out but in the end it is really rewarding. However, my first year was really rough. I just didn’t have enough time for anything, or at least it felt like I didn’t. I stopped exercising, stopped reading and of course, stopped blogging. It took all my time and energy to just survive.

But going in to my second year as a teacher I feel more confident and more settled so I’m hoping to be able to do all those things that I enjoy doing (exercising, reading and bloggin to name a few). So the plan is to try and post at least one review a week, which should be no problem because I am so behind on reviewing the books I have read.

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

I really enjoyed this book, it was fun to read and it was a bit different from the other books I was reading at this time.

The book is about Isadora, who just happens to be the daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora feels overlooked by her family and just wants a normal life (who doesn’t?). She gets a shot at this when she goes to live with her brother in California. As you can guess, it’s not that simple and poor Isadoria is pulled into several crazy adventures. She also meets a boy (surprise!).

It sounds extremly cliché but it was actually a really fun read. Yes, the characters could be annoying at times and some of the plot was a little bit predictable, but it was still an engaging read for me. It did help a lot that White’s writing is really good which leaves you with several amazing quotes.

“I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you” 

Like seriously, I gasped and clutched at my chest at this point because my heart was beating double time. So yes, it is typical YA, but it is beautifully writtena and well worth a read. The mythology aspect of this was really fun as well. The idea that the different gods are all alive and have families was a fun concept and I think White handled it really well.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Någon måste stoppa Ivy Pocket av Caleb Krisp (Ivy Pocket #2)


 Tack till Modernista för recensionsexet.

img_0899

Jag älskar verkligen böckerna om Ivy Pocket! De är bara så underbart roliga att läsa. När jag läste den första boken blev jag störtförtjust i Ivy och den här boken förstärkte den förtjusningen. Ivy är underbart exentrisk och har absolut ingen koll på vad som egentligen händer runtomkring henne. I den här boken får vi följa med Ivy på nya äventyr och det går vilt till redan från första sidan. När man läser den här boken kan man inte undgå att bli road från första sidan.

Denna bok (och den första) borde vara ett måste för alla med barn (även de utan barn) då Ivy är en underbar karaktär som man inte kan låta bli att tycka om.

Jag gav boken fyra stjärnor.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

This book was one of those that I’ve been wanting to read since I was a little kid. I just never got around to it, until last year (yeah this review is well late). I did enjoy it a lot, but it was a lot weirder than I expected. However, it was still a fantastic book and I can understand how it is seen as a classic. It was such a special read that I hardly wanted to put it away after finishing it.

If you have ever thought about reading it but just not picked it up yet, then I totally recommend that you do. It is very short (my version was 93 pages) and is a quick read. However, it is a huge story and it will stay with you for quite some time.

I gave this beauty of a book 5 stars.