2017 · December · Favourites · Lists

Christmas Movies

Here’s the terribly belated Christmas movies-post! I’ve had quite a lot to do for class recently, which is why I’ve been fairly absent on here. I know that this list is the same as last year’s, but I don’t have any new favourites to talk about. I still thought I’d repost this to get in the Christmas spirit, plus if you’re new here, you might not have seen this yet.

The Polar Express
Directed in 2004 by Robert Zemeckis

I wrote about the book in my last post, and I think they did a really good job of adapting this. The book isn’t very long, so there wasn’t perhaps that much to adapt, but the entire book is in here. Some themes have also been developed, which is really nice. This is one of my favourite Christmas movies of all time ❤ .

A Bride for Christmas
Directed in 2012 by Gary Yates

This is one of those medium-quality, super cheesy TV films that always show up around Christmas time. I remember watching this one morning around Christmas a couple of years ago because it aired on TV and my mum happened to record it. Although it’s cheesy, it’s also worth watching.

The Holiday
Directed in 2006 by Nancy Meyers

I watched this for the first time a couple of years ago and liked it a lot ❤ . The Holiday is one of those staple Christmas movies and I would love to rematch it, but our DVD has mysteriously disappeared and it’s not on Netflix. Anyway, I saw someone describe this as “that Hugh Grant film without Hugh Grant” and I totally agree, so if you like that type I would definitely recommend this!

2017 · December · Lists

Christmas Books

As the best holiday of the year is coming up, I thought I’d post about some books related to Christmas to get in the right mood! I went back in the archives to see what I wrote about last year (also to cheat, because I’m going to shamelessly use that same list ^.^), and it seems as if I made one post about both movies and books. This year, you’ll be getting two separate posts instead 🙂 .

“The Polar Express”, by Chris van Allsburg

This is the picture book behind one of my favourite Christmas films of all time. It’s about a boy who gets whisked away by a train to the North Pole along with some other children, where they get to meet Santa. It’s a nice read about the spirit of Christmas, and I think it’s perfect for this time of year.

“The Snow Child”, by Eowyn Ivey

I guess this isn’t strictly Christmas-themed, but it’s set predominantly during winter, and it’s based on a Russian fairy tale about the Snow Girl. It’s about a couple who desperately wish for a child, and end up building one out of the first snow of the year. The next day, the snow child is gone. It’s been a while since I read this, but it’s still up there as one of my favourite books!

“Let it Snow”, by John Green, Lauren Miracle and Maureen Johnson

Here, we get three short stories about three different groups of people that all intertwine. Perhaps it isn’t my favourite John Green story (I can’t say anything about the other two, since I haven’t read anything else by them), but it’s the perfect book for Christmas.

“Trollvinter”, by Tove Jansson
Translated into English with the title “Moominland Midwinter”

Did you really think I could stop talking about Moomin, even for a second? 😉 , I read this for the first time last year and liked it. It isn’t strictly a Christmas book, but it’s about how Moomintroll wakes up from hibernation in the middle of winter and can’t fall back asleep. So now he has to go outside and find out what all that cold stuff on the ground is. Trollvinter is more of a winter book than anything, and it’s lovely.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, by Joanna Bolouri

I guess this is cheating, seeing that I haven’t actually read this yet, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not. My mum recently got it for me because she’d heard a lot of great things about it, so I’m planning to read it while we’re away on holiday over Christmas and New Years 🙂 .

2017 · November · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | November 2017

This month, I only read two books ^.^’ . One was for fun, the other was for class. But I thought that I’d put up this post anyway, just to sum up what I read.

“Norra Latin”, by Sara Bergmark Elfgren
4 feathers
Full review can be found here

I liked this book a lot! I flew through it, and I think I read it at the exact right time. It was definitely the type of book I needed to pick up when I read it. Also, it was really nice to read something set in an environment I’m familiar with.

“Candide”, by Voltaire
3 feathers

This was for class, and it was so random. I get that it’s the point, but how much shit is it even possible to put your characters through??? I appreciate having read it, though.

That was everything I had to talk about today. In December, I will try to post a little bit more regularly, both here on the blog and on my Instagram. Also, if you check in later this afternoon, there will be a post over on my second blog as well 🙂 .

2017 · November · Reviews

Book Review: “Norra Latin”, by Sara Bergmark Elfgren

Published in 2017 by Rabén & Sjögren | Stockholmsserien #1 | 4 feathers

Summary:

“Norra Latin” follows two girls, Tamar and Clea, who start high school at Norra Latin in central Stockholm. Tamar moved from Östersund to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. while Clea grew up on the stage. They’re as different as can be, but their first year didn’t turn out the way they expected. There’s something evil lurking in the shadows of Norra Latin…

Review:

I read the Engelsfors trilogy several years ago and liked it a lot, so when I discovered that Sara was publishing a new book and after reading a bit about it, I knew that I needed to read it. I’m so glad I did.

The book drew me in from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. I think that’s my favourite part of the book; just the fact that I hadn’t read anything in a while that I couldn’t stop thinking about until I finished reading it.

It’s also been a while since I read anything in Swedish, not to mention that it’s been ages since I was excited for a new Swedish release. It was nice reading about an environment that I have to some extent experienced myself; not that I have ever gone to one of the “innerstadsskolor” in Stockholm (how do you even translate that? “Central schools”? Anyhow, it’s the schools in central Stockholm ^.^’), but I have visited the city a few times and I have gone to school in Sweden, so I could relate to the entire environment. That felt refreshing after reading a lot in English.

Another thing I appreciated a lot is that Clea was one of the popular kids, but she wasn’t a douche. Normally, it’s as if you can’t be both popular and nice, you have to be either popular or nice. In Norra Latin, though, Clea was both, which was great reading about.

Unfortunately, this hasn’t been translated into English yet, but if you understand Swedish, I have three words for you: go read it!

2017 · Currently Reading · November

Currently Reading | November 2017

Sorry for the lack of updates here recently, I haven’t been reading all too much lately. And I haven’t really felt that I’ve had enough thoughts on what I have read to actually write a full review on it. But here I am with a currently reading-post at least!

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green

This is the most important book on this list, because I just started it and I’m so excited for it! John Green is one of those authors whose books I’ve liked overall, but I haven’t loved all of them. Still, they have been good enough that I will read pretty much anything he writes. So far, I have only read two chapters, but I like what I’ve read. Everyone who’s read it is saying that they’ve really liked it, so I’m hoping I will too.

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have been reading this for ages as an audiobook, but I haven’t been in the mood for it lately. So I don’t have very much to say about it at this point. If you want to know more of my thoughts about it so far, you can check out my currently reading-posts for September and October.

Beckomberga, by Sara Stridsberg

This has been around forever as well, so I’ll probably finish it once I’ve read Turtles All the Way Down. Other than that, I don’t have very much to say about this either. Check out my September currently reading-post for more thoughts 🙂 .

That was everything for today, guys! I actually have a review in store for you, which will be up next week!

2017 · October · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | October 2017

Here we are again, with a written wrap-up. I haven’t really had the time to film and edit a video this month either, so I decided to write it down instead. So here it is! I only read two books this month ^.^’ .

The first one was Drakskeppet, by Maj Bylock. This was for my children’s literature class, and I thought it was okay. I would have loved it if I had read it when I was ten, and I think that if you have children around that age they would enjoy this book. Sadly, it wasn’t really for me anymore. So I ended up rating this 3 feathers.

Then I read Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was for my antiquity-to-renaissance class. As I said in my most recent Currently Reading-post, I’m not that big a fan of Shakespeare, because I don’t alway get his plays. That was partly the case here as well, but I liked the story and the themes this play dealt with. This got 2.5 feathers from me.

That was everything I had to talk about today! See you guys soon with a new post 🙂 .

2017 · Lists · October

Three Spooky Books to Read for Halloween

As the title suggests, I will be talking about three Halloween-y books today. I personally haven’t read these yet, so consider it the list of books I would have read had I had the time to read for fun this weekend 🙂 .

  • Ghost Stories, by Charles Dickens

As the title suggests, this is a short story collection containing a bunch of Dickens’ ghost stories. I got it in England last year to read for Halloween, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, and it might have to wait for a while longer ^.^’. Also, the edition I have is lovely, with gilt pages.

Here’s a link to the Book Depository.

  • Färjan, by Mats Strandberg

This is a Swedish horror book that is set on “Finlandsfärjan”, or the cruising ship to Finland, where strange things happen. I have read the Engelsfors trilogy, which the author co-wrote, and I liked it a lot, so that’s the major reason why I picked this up in the first place. The cover is really creepy, though, but hopefully I will like it!

Apparently an English translation is going to be published next year, which you can pre-order here. Otherwise, if you’re in Scandinavia, you can get a Swedish copy here.

  • The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

If I know Wilde correctly, this one is perhaps more funny than scary, but I want to read it nonetheless, because I really like Wilde’s writing. It’s about the Otis family, who move into Canterville Chase, but then it turns out that there’s a ghost living there already.

This is the edition that I have, which also contains Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.

That was everything that I had to talk about today! It felt fitting to write a post about ghost stories and spooky tales, since Halloween is coming up next week. If I had had the time, I would definitely curl up in front of the fireplace with one of these books this weekend!

2017 · Lists · October

5 Books I’d Tell a Significant Other to Read so They Could Get an Idea of who I AM

That was the longest title ever ^.^’ . Anyway, @dylanthereader5 on Twitter tweeted this a couple of weeks ago, and I quoted that tweet with my answers. I really liked the idea, so I thought I’d make it into a blog post where I develop my answers! Enjoy 🙂

  • Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare

I read this book in my second year of high school and loved it ❤ . It was the first time in a really long time where I truly felt that I could connect to the characters, and for that, this book will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  • Eliza and her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

This is a more recent read, and it’s on here because of similar reasons. Eliza was so relatable, and she reminded me of both myself in some ways and of people I know in real life. I love how realistic she felt and that internet culture got to take up so much space.

  • Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor

I don’t have any deeper reason for putting DoBaS on here than that it is one of my favourite fantasy books, especially when it comes to the world-building. I know that it is the second book in a series, but I don’t care ^.^’ . It’s my favourite part of the series!

  • Moominsummer Madness (Farlig Midsommar in the Swedish original), by Tove Jansson

I first discovered the Moomin books as an adult, when I studied two of them for class. Farlig Midsommar is my favourite one so far. I love how absurd it is (I mean, the Moomins’ house is flooded because of a volcano eruption, so they just randomly move in to a theatre that comes floating along), and I also love how many layers there are to all of the Moomin books. For children, they’re just semi-scary adventure books, but as an adult, you can see so much more in them that you probably missed as a kid. That’s why I love these <3.

  • The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey

This one’s on here because I’m interested in folk tales. The Snow Child is based on the Russian fairy tale about the snegurochka (or, the snow girl), and I think it keeps the suggestiveness of fairy tales and folklore in general. Definitely give this a go if you like folklore-inspired books set in unusual places – this one in particular is set in Alaska.

That was it for today! I’ll be back on Thursday with a Halloween-inspired post 🙂 .

2017 · Currently Reading · October

Currently Reading | October 2017

I’m here with a new currently reading-post! It feels weird that it’s been an entire month since the last one :/ . Anyway, here are the books!

The first one I’m currently reading is Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas. I was really skeptical towards this book, because I don’t care about Chaol and it feels so unnecessary to have to read a book where the plot is parallell to Empire of Storms in order to understand the last book in the series. But now I’m reading it and it’s okay so far – nothing much has really happened yet, and I’ve read about a third of it.

I’m still listening to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I’ve almost reached the halfway point by now. The narrator is great, and I think it’s due to him that I’m liking the book better this time around.

For class, I’m reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare. This might be a bit of an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really like Shakespeare that much, mainly because I find his plays a little bit difficult to understand. Some plays are possible to read without missing much, but Shakespeare’s plays are really the type that are meant to be watched and not read. That might be one of the main reasons I don’t like them that much.

Lastly, I’m still reading Beckomberga by Sara Stridsberg as well. I will get around to finishing it at some point, but right now I need to focus on other books for class.

That was everything for this time! I hope it’s okay that today’s post was late, I didn’t have the time to sit down and actually write it until now.

2017 · Films

Films I’ve Watched Recently

I used to call this series “Mashup Movies”, but I’m thinking about changing that name. Except I haven’t decided what to call it instead yet ^.^’ . Anyway, here are the films:

#realityhigh
Directed by Fernando Lebrija | 2017 | 3 feathers

This was one of those films that aren’t super good, but not super bad either. Actually, this one was actually almost silly. I don’t have much more to say.

The Circle
Directed by James Ponsoldt | 2017 | 2.5 feathers
My full review can be found here

I had high hopes for this, as it starred both Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, plus it raises some interesting issues around social media/the internet, technology and censorship. And I do think that it does discuss those issues to a certain extent, but it didn’t have a punchline, if that makes sense. It’s as if it didn’t really know where it wanted to end and say.

Kingman: The Golden Circle
Directed by Matthew Vaughn | 3 feathers

Actually, I haven’t watched the full first film, but I still feel as if I could watch this and understand it. It was all right. My favourite part about it was that they fought with umbrellas and briefcases, which felt very British.