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text 2017-04-07 17:24
OT: In shock

I'm sitting in front of the tv, following the news about the terror attack in Stockholm. It's hard to describe how I'm feeling right now. Stockholm was my dad's city, so in a way it's also mine, even though I've never lived there. I see images of places I've walked and where I might, in theory have been walking at the time of the attack, if I'd been out traveling. It's completely unreal. At least my whole family is safe and sound, right here, next to me. Today, it's never been more clear to me that nowhere is safe, no one is completely protected from this sort of thing. At the moment, I don't have anything more to say, except take care, hold on to your loved ones.




The image is of a little copy of one of the 'big' lions that briefly appeared in the footage from the news segment, one that my sister bought the last time she was in Stockholm, since we have passed it more than once while in Stockholm. I'm letting it symbolize my Stockholm.

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review 2016-07-26 17:10
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline (Stockholm Diaries #1) by Rebecca Hunter
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline - Rebecca Hunter

Stockholm Diaries, Caroline by Rebecca Hunter is a contemporary sports romance taking place in Sweden.  Photographer Caroline Mendoza leaves her home in Michigan to set out on an adventure to see and photograph the world.  While she is in Stockholm, she meets her neighbor ex-Red Wings hockey player Niklas Almquist. She knows her time in Sweden is short and does not want to give up her travel dreams, but she struggles with her emotions about leaving Niklas.  This novel is suitable for adult audiences.


 I like that Caroline was a photographer.  I was an AP photographer in college and used to photograph the hockey games, so I could relate.  I like that she was brave enough to set out on her adventure.  I liked Niklas.  I felt bad for the negative media press he received.  It is horrible that false/speculative media coverage can effect someone’s life so much.  Caroline and Niklas have great chemistry. 


I did not like Ludvig.  He definitely had ulterior motives.  Plus, I felt he was bitter because he was not successful in hockey.


Stockholm Diaries, Caroline was believable and entertaining.  I enjoyed the ending.  I do want to read Caroline 2 to find out what happens next.


Complimentary copy provided via manicreaders.com in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-02-01 00:00
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline - Rebecca Hunter Caroline is a photographer who is on assignment to interview ex-patriots around the world. It is her dream job, and the chance to break free of a life that was stifling her. Sweden is her first stop and will last only weeks before she off to a new country. Niklas is a former NHL hockey player, currently playing for the Sweden national team. He has a temper and a past. Neither is in a place where a relationship makes sense, but they are drawn to one another nonetheless.

The best part about this book is the setting. Caroline is new to world travel and Stockholm. It is terrific to see the city through her eyes. That she tends to see it through a camera lens just makes it all the better. All the little details of daily life in this country add so much to the story. The main characters have a lot of potential, but tend fall a bit flat. Caroline is trying a little too hard to break free of men ruling her life, it is an old saw that was brought up a bit too much. Niklas is a stereotypical hockey player with anger management issues and his constant withdrawal at times leaned toward tedious. Still the love story itself was sweet and the ending was unexpected. I am looking forward to continuing the story in the next book.
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review 2016-01-31 20:12
Okay if with too much padding
Stockholm: A Cultural History - Tony Griffiths

While Griffiths writing is entertaining, at times towards the end it felt like he was padding the pages to reach the set length. Additionally, the jumping around does get annoying and at times one wishes for a bit more depth.

Still, Griffiths' love for his adopted city shines though and the book is fun read.

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