This week question:
Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one? (submitted by Maria)
No. I don’t have acting skills.
As you probably saw, if you are a “coming back” visitor, the site changed a little bit. Even if the site header is the same and so the base colors, this is a brand new theme, coded from scratch. First of all I wanted to have a double site, both in English and Italian and since I had to translate the theme in Italian I decided to code it again (and I did have some errors in the validator that I wanted to eliminate, but I found out they are from wordpress and various script that I can’t do anything about, or rather I will try to check them when I’m finished with the translations). Anyway, New Year (Happy New Year by the way) Newish Site.
So today I’m going to present you the Italian version of this site, even if very few articles are translated. I wanted to have primary my book reviews in Italian, that’s why I created it and because I’m Italian and I think I express myself better in my language (not sure though, sometimes I can say the English word but not the Italian…). Each article is linked to the Italian version and vice versa with the little flag on the right. If there isn’t a translation yet, it links to the homepage of tinghe IT site.
Another good thing, I think, is that the site now is secure; I already had a certificate but for some reasons it wasn’t secure (and this is the second reason why I changed the theme, even if the theme coding was secure anyway). Not every article is “secure” meaning that I still have some images and links without the https so it gives the insecurity, I’m slowly changing all the articles but the site is secure even if there is the not so from google.
Other than that, my friend Janet challenged me to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge so I’m looking for book titles for that (it’s not easy! since I want to do it with crime/mystery books). I won’t have a problem with Nordic Noir since there are a lot of Nordic books translated in Italian (I saw that lots of good ones aren’t translated in English) but others have me stumped…
Oh yes, in December I spent a little bit… Among books, tools and gifts let’s see my Christmas haul!
First we talk about books. In December there were many offers, before and during Christmas, because what could be better than gifting a book? So here the books I bought, they are three (I thought more!).
Gli adepti by Ingar Johnsrud.
This is a Norwegian book, translated in many European languages but not English; the Original Title is Wienerbrorskapet
It seems a simple case of disappearance, the one on which the inspector Fredrik Beier, of the Oslo police, begins to investigate. Of course, it risks clamoring, because to disappear into nothingness was the daughter of a prominent exponent of the ruling party and because the girl lived within a Christian sect, the “Light of God”. But the picture is immediately complicated: in the villa that houses the sect a massacre is consumed and in the basement a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory is discovered, of which the use is not clear. There are those who call into question fundamentalist terrorism, who blows on the fire. But Beier, joined by a young and brilliant Muslim agent, Kafa Iqbal, understands that behind the laboratory and the massacre, there is a much more complex truth and that it sinks its roots to Vienna, in the years of Nazism. Critically acclaimed at home and already sold in twenty countries, “The adepts” marks the debut of a new master of Scandinavian crime.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.
What I bought in October? I’ve been lazy this past two months, after my vacation I pretty much stopped reading, maybe because the book I’m reading right now isn’t that appealing and I was quite busy in September, so I waited to buy books till the very last day of the month
Anyway, here they are.
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag.
This was on my “waiting for eBook list” for a long time so when Kobo finally published and discounted I had to have it. This is the first book in the Kovac and Liska Series.
He performs his profane ceremony in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his victims, then setting the bodies ablaze. He has already claimed three lives, and he won’t stop there. Only this time there is a witness. But she isn’t talking.
Enter Kate Conlan, former FBI agent turned victim/witness advocate. Not even she can tell if the reluctant witness is a potential victim or something more troubling still. Her superiors are interested only because the latest victim may be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. When Peter pulls strings, Special Agent John Quinn gets assigned to the case. But the FBI’s ace profiler of serial killers is the last person Kate wants to work with, not with their troubled history. Now she faces the most difficult role of her career—and her life. For she’s the only woman who has what it takes to stop the killer . . . and the one woman he wants next.
This is what I bought in September, not much because I couldn’t look at Kobo website a lot since I was busy, but I did buy a little bit:
Lycke by Mikaela Bley.
New author for me and new series. This is the first book in the Emma Tamm’s Series.
‘Death, death, death,’ she whispered to herself. But it was already too late. The panic was growing inside her.
On a cold and stormy Friday in May, a young girl disappears without a trace from outside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall.
The missing girl is Lycke, and assigned to report on her story is TV4’s hot-headed crime reporter Ellen Tamm. As the police begin their search, Ellen starts her own investigation, delving into Lycke’s life: her family, the nanny, the kids who taunted her at school.
As Ellen is drawn deeper into a tangle of secrets, lies, and betrayals — and frustrated by the odd behavior of Lycke’s family, as well as corrupt police, her upstart new boss, and the disturbing threats being made against her — she becomes more and more possessed by the task she has been given, tortured by the echoes of her own past, of the darkness that haunts her. Will she find Lycke before it is too late for either of them?
This is what I bought in July, oh man! Kobo had a .99 book sale, you can bet I bought everything and more:
Abandoned by Cody McFadyen.
Fourth book in Smoky Barrett Series. I had to buy this book in English because sold out in Italian and no Italian kobo version
The woman had been missing for almost eight years.
Someone watched her, stalked her, kidnapped her, and held her captive in the dark all that time. No ransom demand, and no suspects. No answers, even now that the woman has been found – thrown from an unmarked car in front of a beach-side wedding – alive but unbearably traumatized. All she can do is scream. Tracking a kidnapper who appears to have no motive, FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett and her team are plunged into the most sinister and disturbing case of their careers.Then they start to find the others.
Here another book haul, this time for June. Again I couldn’t resist, Kobo does pretty good promotions and I think I have a shopping (for books) addiction.
Let’s see what I bought in June (I need to say though, not much).
Since February 2016 I read books with my Kobo eReader. I didn’t like it at first but I had to come to this compromise because I didn’t have any more space in my library. I’m a book addicted and I don’t know how many books I bought since last year because of discounts and promotions on the Kobo website. Thankfully I have them all in “one book”.
I bought 6 books in May here they are:Continue Reading