About Ida

I’m an English and Spanish teacher in and from Sweden. And this is why I started this blog:

I make my students read a lot in English, since that is by far the best way to learn English (unless you happen to be in a English speaking country of course). I realized that I also need to keep my English alive to be the best teacher I can be. And.. well.. I like reading. I read a lot in English. I have been blogging in Swedish, so why not give this a try?

So here it is.

As I’m not English or Australian or American or anything of the sort, but simply just a Swede, I expect that once in a while you will find some linguistic errors. But you’ll still understand me, so just relax.

4 thoughts on “About Ida

  1. Hi Ida,
    I wonder if I may be so bold as to recommend for your review the new Austen-inspired book, Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Melanie Kerr. It has been getting exceptional reviews on Amazon (amazon.com/dp/B00GD76KJY) and you can read
    the first chapter, the blurb and a bit about the author on the website: FolliesPast.com. There are also three enticing, film-style trailers that can be seen at that same website or on Youtube.
    Essentially, the book is based on the story of Darcy, Wickham and Georgiana, as described in Darcy’s letter to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. It is intertwined with an original and sweet love story of the author’s own invention and is written in the style and the language of Jane Austen’s own works.
    Reading it really feels like discovering a long-lost Austen manuscript.
    Please feel free to email me at folliespast@gmail.com if you would like any more information, or to let me know if you decide you might like to review it so that I can send you a copy, in your choice of eBook or paperback or both.

  2. Hi, Ida. I’m an active member of the Horror Writers Association with
    my first novel being published by an independent, Larry Czeronka
    Publishing. INK is a horror novel, coming out at the end of June,
    co-written with my writing partner, Dale Pitman. As for my background,
    I’ve been a professional screenwriter up until this point with two films directed
    by acclaimed horror director Wes Craven. Would you consider looking at an
    Advanced Review Copy? Here is the blurb:

    His studio has become his refuge and his prison – a place of boundless imagination and lonely isolation. Brian Archer, creator of a series of successful graphic novels about a vengeful supernatural being called “The Highwayman,” has become a recluse after the adoration of a female fan turned to rage and violence.

    But all that changes when he meets a renowned and beautiful illustrator, A.J. Hart, who carries emotional scars of her own. Their work together is fueled by the unrequited passion they share and a mysterious bottle of black ink that arrives one day at Brian’s doorstep.

    The impossibly dark liquid has mystical properties, making their characters appear so real they eventually come to life, reigning terror on those who mean them harm and if not stopped—threatens to unleash an apocalypse on all mankind. Brian must break free of his self-imposed exile and solve the mystery that allowed these terrible creatures into the world.

    Thanks for your consideration. All the best, Glenn Benest

  3. Dear Ida:

    I came across your site via The Book Blogger List website. You may find it interesting to know that I was born under the sign of Aquarius, and I love cats and dogs equally.

    In any event, I can tell that you enjoyed enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Anyway, based on your amazing online and social media presence, it is obvious that you take books seriously but enjoy them. Your reviews are thorough and thoughtful. And, you clearly appreciate a variety of books as well as many other aspects related to books. These qualities are admirable ones in a book blogger.

    Might I convince you to take a look at my upcoming book, Yes, I Named My Daughter Gaylord Focker. So Focking What! (Over 1,000 Real Names of Real People, All Weird) by Joseph Joel, no kids. Don’t want little sh*theads on my floor. I was just kidding! It releases as an eBook September 1. It is a quick read at just over 11,000 words that will be worth every minute that you will choose to spend with it.
    Thanks for considering this request. I look forward to hearing from you,

    Joseph Joel

    Here is a part of Yes, I Named My Daughter Gaylord Focker. So Focking What! (Over 1,000 Real Names of Real People, All Weird) by Joseph Joel, no kids. Don’t want little sh*theads on my floor. I was just kidding!:

    To begin with, let me be clear: this book is unusual and very, very funny because it is real. But, it is maybe the world’s first unbook. That is, there is little narration. It is a book of lists. You will laugh, but there are few bona fide jokes unless you think that it is funny for a parent to name his kid, “Dick Head.”

    Now, consider this information:

    Outraged customer ahead of me in a store. Unreasonable business associate. Nothing that a good chuckle can’t cure.

    If you pay attention, you can learn a lot about people. Some of it is obvious. Some of it is bizarre.

    Now, about the obvious: Everybody has a name, and everybody can relate to names. As a person who talks but especially listens a lot, I run into unusual and quirky names often. But still, this book has taken most of my life to write. Anyway, I write down the person’s name and verify it later regarding getting the information correct in the first place. No name is incorrectly reported in my fierce quest for accuracy.

    I have learned that there is not a person alive who does not have or know somebody with a name that is atypical or weird. The waitress at one of my favorite diners in town is sure to remind me that her name is “Bippie,” and if I get it wrong, I may find a fake fingernail in my lentil soup. Not really. She does a professional job!

    I met this wonderful woman named “Luna.” Her whole life, she was tormented by this first name. But worse, she hated that she was not given a middle name. While growing up, she would pin imaginary middle names on her bedroom curtain quite often. And, when she turned 21, she legally gave herself the middle name of “Delight.”

    Now, the pronunciations may not be what some people might expect, but the spelling is what matters. For instance, “Moron” may have a Spanish or even a French pronunciation that we would not initially expect which is better than the “I am a dumbass” related pronunciation. But, the spelling is the same.

    A part of the inspiration for the book is a custom-made license plate that I saw while walking on a lonely street in a city where I resided at the time. It said, “MORON.” Is that how that person wanted to be labeled and known? What was the thinking behind giving one’s car, and hence oneself, such a name? Or, was thinking even possible in this case? I, on the other hand, do not want to look stupid. Silly, outrageous, sarcastic, thorough, and funny are much more my style.

    And, it was not long ago that I found a sign outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that said “Shit Creek.” Does anybody wanna go fishing?

    Now, what inspired this whole book even more, however, is my love of movies. I saw Meet the Parents, in which the main character, played by Ben Stiller, is named “Gaylord Focker.” I learned that Jim Carrey came up with this name only for one of the producers to learn that there actually are three Gaylord Fockers in America, or at least this notion is what he believed. (I do not think that he researched this suspicion well.) In fact, the producer was wrong, or at least, I see no evidence of it. Nobody really has or had that name in real life. Everybody makes mistakes, even producers of hilarious movies. He will remain nameless. It is only fair. Ha ha!

    Anyway, it was just too much──the combination of the name “Gaylord Focker” and seeing bizarre names on an infrequent basis in my social life and business life──that propelled me into the huge research project that evolved into this delightful, irreverent, and funny, but even somewhat educational, book. Not too educational, however. Let’s be real. This book is the paper or computer wire version of the fart. It is nothing groundbreaking, brilliant, or special. It doesn’t even smell good.

    Still, you can believe me: you will see people in a different light when you are done with this book. And, you will realize that celebrities are not the only people who curse their children with impossible-to-live-with names although weird names related to celebrities are listed in this book as well.

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