Book Rambles, Media

Book Rambles: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

After My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises, the next Fredrik Backman novel in my possession was Britt-Marie Was Here.

It’s a spin-off centred around one of the secondary characters in My Grandmother. If you haven’t read the previous book, don’t worry: Britt-Marie can still be read as a standalone because it is unrelated to Elsa’s adventure and it retells the main character’s backstory from scratch. Readers who have read My Grandmother, on the other hand, will learn more details about Britt-Marie’s past and discover a new side of this woman, who had previously seemed too annoying to bear.

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Life Matters, Self-development

30 Thoughts on Turning 30

One early Tuesday morning (precisely at 3:50 AM) of August 1987, in the hospital of Malta, a baby girl was born. It was right in the middle of a heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40˚C, and little did this child know how many other heatwaves would bring torture to her.

Yep, that’s me! Today I’m turning 30. How do I feel? Eh… I’m not entirely sure.

Unlike many others, I have no bucket list to turn to. I don’t care about tying my goals and wishes to a particular age. And hell, I never liked birthdays, not even my own. Maybe it’s because I grew up with a lack of gifts (except money from relatives) and parties and cakes (before you start feeling sorry for me, I never cared for these things as a kid!).

However, this big, rounded number still beckons for a particular post. So, I’m using this occasion to look back on what has brought me to this point in my life, with the hope of finding positivity and motivation.

Coming up with 30 thoughts seemed difficult at first but, once I started, the flow wouldn’t stop, and it turned out to be a good freewriting exercise. Beware: although you might find something that resonates with you, it’s going to be extremely personal!

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Blog Announcements

Scrabbled Rambles has a new Facebook Page

I have opened a new Facebook Page for Scrabbled Rambles, after deleting the old one.

I’d been annoyed and worried for a while because my old Page kept getting Likes from users who clearly have nothing to do with a page or blog of my sort, and I could not block and remove all of them.

I was close to deleting it and forgetting FB forever (I don’t use the page that much, besides for automatic posting and resharing of old posts). But then I thought I could give it one more try, just for the sake of having a presence on this platform as well. I’d rather have one or two real followers than hundreds of fake ones. So…

>>Come and follow Scrabbled Rambles on Facebook!<<

I can’t promise to be more active on there, although I have some things in mind that I could do to increase my presence there. If only I can get some genuine likes, it would be much easier! If you have any tips about this, I would appreciate it. 🙂

Meanwhile, you can follow me on Twitter (again, I don’t write much, but I often retweet), where I changed my username to @scrabblerambler. Same change happened on other social media. Find the links to my profiles on the top bar, at the bottom of the page or on the side menu.

You’re welcome to promote your social media, just leave me a comment!
Media, Movie Rambles

Movie Rambles: My Top 20 Michael Nyqvist Films

Swedes and movie buffs, especially fans of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick, were shocked to learn of Michael Nyqvist’s death at the age of 56 on 27th June.

I discovered him through some of his most popular Swedish films. Ironically, the news of his passing came out while I was finishing the Millenium trilogy, which had catapulted the Swedish actor to international fame.

And so I wanted to rewatch his films and catch up with most of his works. Naturally, I couldn’t watch everything due to lack of time and availability, and some of those I watched were hard to get. But I’m lucky to have a native Swede and a big movie fan as a partner, so I thank Matt for all the help and patience throughout this month! 💕

Today, one month from his passing, I’m proposing my personal top 20 films with Michael Nyqvist. My ranking is based on a combination of the films’ quality, Nyqvist’s performances and the relevance of his roles.

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