Book Review – Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors, I have read most of his books and enjoy his writing. Despite this, it took me many years to get around to reading Tuesdays with Morrie. It was one of those books that for awhile was everywhere and there is nothing I find more off putting in a book than everyone talking about and praising it, so I waited. I picked up other books by him, enjoyed them immensely, followed him on Twitter and finally one day at the library, prominent displayed on the NEW BOOKS shelf was the 20th anniversary edition. New, shiny and unread by anyone. I had to read it.
I was not disappointed. I enjoyed immensely how the story is set up, jumping between the past and present, weaving its way between the two men’s story. The failing body of Morrie and the insight of Mitch himself to what his life once was and what it has become.

If you haven’t picked up this short book yet, I truly recommend that you do, it was a great pleasure and a clear five star.

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A-Z End

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

reflection

 

I have used a lot of Swedish this past month when completing the A-Z challenge. I always feel when I have spoken and written too much in Swedish, my thoughts and dreams change. Either they turn all Swedish or there are bits that are in Swedish and bits that are in English. In general I will only think or dream in Swedish in a Swedish context. The worst of all are dreams where people who are not Swedish suddenly speak in Swedish. Somewhere the wires cross and frazzle in my brain.
Anyway, now I will spend some time going back to my usual writing and publishing schedule and will go back to thinking and writing mostly in English.
I have already started to sketch out what I want to do next year for the A-Z challenge. A bit of brainstorming and researching before making any decisions.

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April LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LAST. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

This month I want to highlight some of the terrific blogs I have read, visited and followed during A-Z challenge. Using their handy excel list, I have visited even more blogs than previous years and these are some of my favourites.
1. Word Wacker Haiku – I enjoyed this theme enormously last year in trying to figure out the answer to the Haiku everyday, I was so happy when it returned this year.
2. Living a Life of Gratitude – This lovely blog is centered around nature and contains lots of photograph as well as thoughtful thoughts on the daily word.
3. Quilting, patchwork, Applique – Not my immediate interest, but the many pictures and detailed descriptions had me hooked throughout the month.
4. No love for fatties – Cute, short stories based on a children’s alphabet carpet
5. Black and White Words and Pictures – Fantastical creatures, some amazing art and interesting facts. All in one blog
6. Best Bookish Blog – Lots of interesting books to add to my TBR list.
7. AJ Blythe – To increase your Movie Must See List
8. Ronel the Mythmaker – – For music to write to, or simple to enjoy
9. Keith’s Ramblings – Short stories from a child’s perspective
10. Whakaahua – Gorgeous photos of flowers and plants to fill your feed.

If you are interested in my A-Z posts under the theme ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ you can find them here.

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Z – Zzzzz

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Att vakna med filten i örat’

To wake up with the blanket in your ear

This ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ is slightly related to the aXe where someone is late to getting something or doing something, you can say that they are waking up with the blanket in their ear. They are a little late to the ball and doesn’t quite know what is going on, but still bold enough to make a statement and show that they know what is going on, but is way off the mark.

Anyway, that was the last one for this year. I hope you have enjoyed this topic and learnt something fun along the way. If you have missed any posts you can find them all in the A-Z tab above.

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Y – Yummy

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Att koka soppa på en spik’

To cook soup on a nail – to use a nail to make soup.

This ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ is something you would say to someone, who you think are really clever. They are so smart that they can even make soup by only using a nail. A bit like McGaywer (if you don’t know who this is you better google this 80s icon).

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X – aXe

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Goddag yxskaft’

Hello handle of the axe.

Not the greatest translation, it sounds better in Swedish, I promise.
This ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ would be said to someone who are a bit behind and finally catches up with something, showing that by announcing something that everyone already knows. It is quite an ironic saying as the handle of the axe is not something that is very smart, but it is nicer to say then to say to someone straight out that they are a bit stupid. Always classy, us Swedes.

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W – Wall

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Släng dig i väggen’

Throw yourself at the wall

We were talking about throwing yourself on the hill a week ago, today’s ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ want you to throw yourself at the wall instead. More or less the same meaning. Someone is not happy with what you have done or said and therefore they want to get rid of you one way or another. At least they are polite enough to ask that you do it yourself. You can also ‘gå och dra något gammalt över dig’ – go and cover yourself in something old. This last is probably the nicest of the ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ you hear when someone is disappointed with you or with what you have done.

We are almost at the end, to look at any posts you might have missed go to my A-Z tab to find the whole collection.

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V – Value

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Morgonstund har guld i mun’

Morning time is golden (literal translation Morning time has gold in its mouth)

This is the kind of ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ you see embroidered and put above the kitchen sofa in a traditional Swedish cottage. It is probably a saying from a long time ago when it was a virtue to be up early and getting things done to seize the day etc. Being a night owl, I have never really felt the need to use this particular saying. Anyone who likes to get up early are welcome to whatever prize they get as long as they let me have my lie in!

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U – Umbrella

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder.’

There is no bad weather, only bad clothes.

A ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ that probably every Swedish child has heard from their parents before being sent out to play, school etc, even though the rain is sleeting down and the wind blows cold.
It is also used quite smugly if someone has forgotten their umbrella or raincoat and is now complaining that they have to go out in the rain.

A lot of these sayings are often used to put people in their place, we are not particular nice people until you get to know us and then we say it because we care.

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T – Taste

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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‘Smaken är som baken, delad.’

The taste is like your bum, divided.

Or the more insulting version: ‘Smaken är som baken, skitig’ – The taste is like your bum, dirty.
We all have different taste, and even if it is divided, it’s Ok.

Another unrelated ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ that is also about your back side is: ‘Finns det hjärterum som finns det stjärterum’ – if there is room in the heart there is room for the bum. If you are in a crowded place and a friend comes along, you will make space for them anyway because you have a space in their heart for them. You will give up some space for them to make sure they are included too.

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