Captured Moments… Scotland

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I have returned from my vacation in Scotland, full of impressions. I’ve always loved to travel, and even as a kid I often travelled with my family. Travelling can be expensive, but it’s worth giving up some other things in order to save for a trip. Getting in touch with different countries and cultures really broadens your horizons and I love it!

Anyway, that’s the reason I wasn’t very active on my blog for a while. But, I do bring you some amazing and inspiring photos of the Scottish nature and castles. The photos don’t really do it justice, I have to say. The experience of being there is something that cannot be translated to an image. However, the photos are still beautiful and I hope you’ll be as inspired as I was. The Scottish landscape and stories told by our great and funny tour guides really did inspire me and they helped me develop the story of the book I’m currently working on (though quite slowly). Enjoy!

Oh, and I might do a post with images of castles as well. 🙂 Most of those images are not on my camera so I don’t have them on my laptop yet.

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And, to finish this post bookishly, I did buy some books there! I found a store which had a discount on Wordsworth Classics and some other books, three for 5 pounds, so I picked some I wanted to read. I also bought The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory at the Edinburgh Castle shop. It’s a book about Mary Stuart, so it seemed fitting. I know these books are not really historically accurate, but they have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a while now. They are the easy reads I pick up when I’m tired for anything else. But they can also motivate me to explore the real history behind them and to find out more about the historical characters they mention.

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On New Books and Book Buying

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As the title says – I’ve bought some new books today. Buying books always makes me happy, so I felt inspired to write a random post about them. Since I read The Golem and the Djinni few days ago, I’ve only been reading a book for my Swedish classes. I study Swedish in a school for foreign languages and it’s my third year there so I’m quite proud that I’m able to read an entire book in Swedish. And this is our second one! 🙂

Anyway, I wanted to buy something to read so, without any high expectations, I went to a bookstore. The first book I got is The Uninvited by Liz Hensen. I actually noticed Anna Dressed in Blood by Kandale Blake first and was almost certain I would buy it, even though the paranormal romances aren’t really “my cup of tea”. I somehow thought it might be interesting, but I wasn’t sure. (If anyone’s read it, I would really like to know what you thought of it.) And then – this book stole my attention. On the cover, it’s compared to Kazuo Ishiguro, and I loved Never Let Me Go, so I decided to give it a go.

The Uninvited is supposed to be a “part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare”, creepy and thought-provoking. And I hope it will be, because covers sometimes lie.

“A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires.

An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong.”

As I said in one of my previous posts, I like a bit weird, even disturbing fiction, so you can see why I had to grab this book.

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The other book I bought is The Collected Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen. I wanted something like this for a while, and I found this nice, inexpensive edition. I already have the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe from the same collection and I’ve seen several others, but this is the first time I’ve come across this one. I don’t actually like these but, chunky books because it’s quite hard to hold them and read, but sometimes they are a great solution, especially when it comes to short stories. The book also looks pretty, and it’s a great collection, I can’t even count all the fairy tales which can be found in it. The Illustrations are black and white, and a bit dark, but they somehow suit the tone of Andersen’s tales as they some of them are quite bleak. I’m just so happy to have this edition in my possession! 🙂

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This is basically how I buy books. First I try to find the books I’ve heard of and want to read. Sadly, where I live the choice of books is quite limited so I usually don’t find any of those. And only one bookstore has books in English, and I don’t like reading translations if I can read the original. So, if I really want to read something, I order it online. Therefore, I usually just look around, and if I have the time I do it for a very tong time. I admit, I completely lose sense of time when I browse through bookstores and that can sometimes be annoying to people who happen to be with me. But, what can I say, everyone has their own little obsessions. 😉 I wish I had more choice, because to me online orders are simply not the same as shopping at a bookstore. I don’t know why, but I like spending time there – alone, or with someone equally enthusiastic to discuss books and possible buys.

In the end, here are my two lovelies, from the same collection. I might add another one to my bookshelf, sometime in future.

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