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 · 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 · July · Lists

Releases I’m looking forward to July-December 2017

I did a similar list back in January with book releases I was looking forward to during the first half of 2017, so I thought I’d do something similar now, but focus on July to December.

  • Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green (published 10 October)

I don’t even know what this book is about, but it’s a new book by John Green, so of course I have to read it! I cannot wait for it to be released.

  • The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling, with illustrations by Jim Kay (published 3 October)

I love the other two illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books that I have at home, so of course I need to add this to my collection.

  • The illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling, with illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill (published 7 November)

I already own a copy of this book, but the Fantastic Beasts film was one of my favourite movies last year and the illustrations look gorgeous, so I can’t wait to add this to my library.

  • All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater (published 10 October)

I read The Raven Cycle last year, and found it slightly strange. I was also a little bit disappointed by the ending. However, I am curious to find out what Maggie Stiefvater has up her sleeve next.

  • They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera (published 5 September)

I have never read anything by Adam Silvera before, but this book seems really interesting – it’s set in a world where you get a phone call 24 hours before you die, and in this novel we follow two people who get that phone call and get to know each other through an app called Last Friend. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Adam Silvera’s books, so I’m looking forward to read something by him.

2017 · Lists · Tags

The Musical Theatre Book Tag

I’m going to be a little bit boring today and do another tag… I’m hoping to finish Dracula soon, though, so hopefully there will be a review of it in a week or so, and on April 7th, the Tome-Topple Read-a-thon starts, so my tbr for that will be up this week too.

Anyway, I’m doing the “Musical Theatre Book Tag” today. I found it on YouTube (original video here) and it seemed fun, so here goes!

1. Wicked – Favourite fictional friendship
Karou and Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, because I love how they manage to keep it somehow like “normal” even when things are crazy.

2. Sweeney Todd – Favourite villain
Hmm… good question. Maybe Snape? I hate him sometimes, but I also kind of feel a little bit sorry for him.

3. Phantom of the Opera – Favourite love triangle
I think I mentioned this recently in another tag, but Will-Jem-Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. It’s a little bit less cliché than other love triangles.

4. The Lion King – Favourite sidekick
I feel as if I keep getting back to this series (I love it so much), but Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

5. Grease – Least favourite ending
I don’t know… Inheritance by Christopher Paolini felt way too long, but it’s not as if I disliked the story as such, and I think it had been too long since I read the first book so I wasn’t properly invested in the story anymore.

6. Matilda: The Musical – Favourite adaptation of a book
I haven’t watched that many musicals, let alone book-to-musical ones, so I’m going to mention movies instead, of which there are many good ones. Bridget Jones is hilarious, and I remember loving Stardust as a kid, way before I knew it actually started out as a book.

7. Les Miserables – Favourite death in a book
I never like when people die in books, so I don’t actually think I have one.

2017 · Lists · March · Tags

Run Away with the Circus Book Tag

As I’m still a little bit out of reviews and ideas at the moment, I thought I’d do another tag in the meantime! This time I’m doing the “Run Away with the Circus Book Tag”, which is inspired by Owlcrate, who have begun doing tags based on the themes of their boxes. I thought it seemed fun, so here’s my version of the tag!

  • Rings Master: Best Main Character

This is a bit cliché, but Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is one of my favourite main characters, because she is smart and not ashamed of it. I also really like Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor.

  • Trapeze Artists: Favourite Friendship

Again, Karou and Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I love both of them as characters, and I love reading about their friendship.

  • Juggling: Best Love Triangle

Will, Tessa and Jem from the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, mainly because it’s not as cliché as many other love triangles I’ve read about.

  • The Big Top: Fantastic World Building

I just read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and even though it’s set in our world, it still seemed so vivid and magical, so I’ll go with this one.

  • Magician: Favourite Magic System

I’m not sure I have one, but I’m listening to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss at the moment and I like how the magic system is set up and explained as something that would actually have a logical explanation (i.e. magic doesn’t just appear, you have to draw energy from something else). I also like how it’s something you can actually study at the university, and that it’s so much more than just “magic”.

  • Tight Rope Walking: A Book that Kept You on the Edge of your Seat

I can’t come up for a good answer for this, because I can’t really remember the last book I read that I just had to continue reading, but I’ll go with Heart of Darkness for this one even though I didn’t particularly like it. There are so many symbols in there that you keep on reading with a sense of doom.

  • Contortionist: Best Plot Twist

I think they mentioned We were Liars by E. Lockhart in the video, and I think I agree. I’ve read other books with good plot twists, but this is the best I can think of as of right now. I don’t think I can say too much about it, though, because of spoilers.

  • Human Cannonball: A Book with an Explosive Ending

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman perhaps doesn’t have a super exciting ending, but it does end with the end of the world, so…

That’s it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed :). The original video can be found here.

 

2017 · Lists · March · Tags

The Intimidating TBR Tag

I decided to do a tag, because it’s going to be a while until I finish either Dracula or The Name of the Wind, so there won’t be reviews up either of them anytime soon. So here’s the Intimidating TBR Tag!

  • A book on your TBR that you haven’t finished

I have two. One is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I started this back in June and read about half of it, but by then I had fallen into a reading slump and found it a bit too slow. So I put it away and have yet to finish it. The other one is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is also one that I started during the summer, but put away half-way through because it was a bit too slow, the main character was a wee bit annoying, and I wasn’t really feeling like reading this particular book right then. So I put it away too.

  • A book you just haven’t had the time to read

All of them? But maybe some of the thicker, slower-seeming fantasy books, like Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and The Muse, or Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

  • A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel

Lord of the Dark Woods, by Lian Hearn. I got this on sale, and only realised that it’s the second book in a series when I got home (stupid, I know ^.^’).

  • A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

Skuggan över stenbänken by Maria Gripe. I got this on this year’s book sale, and haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  • A book by an author you read previously but didn’t really like

I don’t think I have any answer for this. If I don’t like a book by an author, I just don’t see the point in buying other books by that author. Like, why should I spend money on something I don’t think I’ll even like?

  • A book on your tar that you’re just not in the mood to read

The Selection by Kiera Cass. I read the first few pages in this during the summer, but I put it away pretty quickly because I didn’t really like the writing and I haven’t really been in the mood for it since.

  • A book on your tbr that you haven’t read because it’s enormous

I have a few enomous books on my shelves, but American Gods by Neil Gaiman has been around for some time and I haven’t read it yet.

  • A book on your tbr that you bought because of the cover

Maybe The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, because that cover is gorgeous.

  • A book on your tbr that you find the most intimidating

Hmm… I’m not sure there is one that I find more intimidating than any of the other ones.

2017 · Currently Reading · February · Lists

Currently Reading

Here’s this month’s Currently Reading-post! This month’s list is almost completely different than last month’s list, so let’s get right into it.

  • Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

This is my “for fun”-book this month, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for so long so I’m super excited to finally be reading it. So far I’ve read around 2/5 of it, and I’m liking it so far. Something that stood out to me when I started reading was how Scarlett, the main character, describes feelings through colour. I really liked that detail.

  • Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

I’ve pretty much just started this. I’m reading it for class and it’s supposed to be finished by next Friday, so I thought that I’d better get going ^.^’

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

My audiobook ended, and since it was about two weeks left until my credit renewed, I decided to re-download this. I originally began listening to it back in July or something, and got around four hours through (out of almost 30) before I stopped. So now I decided to give it another go. The audiobook is awesome, the narrator does a great job on all the voices. However, since I just downloaded a new book to listen to, I might not listen to this as often.

  • The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

This is my new audiobook for this month. I wasn’t going to read this at all at first, because it doesn’t seem like my type of book. But then I think it won the Waterstone’s book of the year 2016 and began showing up all over the place in England, and I guess it grew on me. All I know is that it’s set in Essex, that it incorporates some fantasy/folklore elements, and that it seems pretty good.

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker

If you read my last post, you’ll know that this was on there too. It probably won’t disappear until this summer ^.^’ .

2017 · Lists

5 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

I was going to publish this earlier, and I don’t know why I didn’t, but better late than never, right? 🙂 These are all being published within the first 6 months of the year, so I might make another list like this in June.

  • Anyway, number one is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This is supposed to be centred around a circus or performance in which the audience can choose to take part. The main character has always wanted to go, but when her sister finally manages to help her get a ticket, the sister goes missing. That’s about all I know, but it sounds cool.
    Published 31 January
  • Book 2 is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Anyone who knows med knows that I really like Gaiman’s books, so I’m really looking forward to this one!
    Published 7 February
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (it was one of my favourites from last year), and didn’t know that the author was releasing a new book until I heard about this on YouTube and now I’m super excited to read this!
    Published 7 March
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is also a book I’m looking forward to this year. I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and enjoyed Lips Touch as well, so I’m hoping I’ll like this too.
    Published 28 March
  • Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare
    I’m almost beginning to grow a little bit tired of the Shadowhunters series, because they’ve been around forever (like, when is she going to start writing about something else?), and I’m actually more excited for the next series, The Last Hours, which is set right after The Infernal Devices (which I loved). But, since they’re interconnected, I’ll  read this too.
    Published 23 May