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
2017 · January · Lists · Tags

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

So, tag post. This one is pretty old by now, but you know what they say – better late than never ^.^’ You can find the original YouTube video here.

1.A popular book or series that you didn’t like

I had to think a bit about this, but then I remembered that I disliked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn when I read it a couple of years ago – I think it was partly to do with the fact that I accidentally read a spoiler on Facebook (why can’t some people just warn everyone else before spoiling the plot of things?), and then it didn’t end up being what I was expecting.

2. A book or series that everyone hates but you love

I don’t know… I don’t think I have any that really stands out. I kind of liked the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, and I’ve heard people saying they didn’t like it, but all the books in the series are still rated 4 stars or higher on Goodreads. Also, my inner 14-year-old still really likes Twilight

3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP that you didn’t like

Haha, does Bella and Jacob count? It’s been almost eight (!!!) years since I read the entire series, but I remember really not wanting Bella to end up with Jake… Also, when I reread the Harry Potter series last winter/spring, I began shipping Hermione with Fred. I’m not entirely sure that I’m 100% on board with the Ron/Hermione thing. Oh, I have one more. *Spoiler alert*, but I have realised that I’m not totally shipping Celaena/Aelin with Rowan. I kind of did when I read Queen of Shadows during the summer, but now I’m a bit meh about that. For the record, I don’t ship her with anyone else either.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Dystopian. For some reason, I’m not that big of a fan of dystopian books. I have no problems with “proper” science fiction, but there’s something about dystopians that just put me off a bit. I don’t read that much contemporary books either, but I read – and like – that genre more than dystopians.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like

Hmm… Jace from The Mortal Instruments? It might seem a bit contradictory, considering that I love Will from The Infernal Devices, but after the fourth book of TMI I was so tired of Jace that I almost dnf:ed the entire series. Also, Rowan might count here as well, but that’s just because I don’t ship him with Aelin…

6. A popular author you can’t seem to get into

V.E. Schwab maybe? I enjoyed Vicious because of the interesting concept, but didn’t like A Darker Shade of Magic as much and continuing on with that series is pretty low on my to read-list.

7. A popular trope you’re tired of seeing

That plain girl who doesn’t know she’s special but is actually really pretty and ends up saving the world. And then all the guys start liking her, so she ends up in a love triangle. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about. I wouldn’t mind a book where they changed that up a little bit.

8. A popular book or series you have no interest in reading

Maybe Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I wanted to read it, but ended up accidentally reading a spoiler online for this one as well that entirely killed it for me.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I haven’t watched this in several years and stopped after season three, but as far as I remember and based on what I have watched, The Vampire Diaries TV-show made a lot more sense than the books. Yes, they changed it a lot, but the book series just derailed somewhere along the way and I have yet to finish that one too.

2017 · Lists

Reading Goals: 2017

I decided to write this post because I thought that it might make me stick to the goals if I make them official by blogging about them ´^.^`. I have five goals on this list, which seems reasonable, so I think I’ll be able to stick to them.

  • Read 50 books

I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books this year. I have read a lot more than that for the past two years (62 in 2016 and 81 in 2015), but that’s because I counted everything I read for class as well and I’m not sure I’ll read as much even for uni this year. I might raise it as the year goes on if I notice that I’ll manage to read more, but for the time being 50 books felt more doable than anything else.

  • Project 5: Read 5 books before I get to buy a new one

I own so many books that I haven’t read yet and I literally can’t fit any more books into my shelves anymore. So this year I want to buy less books, use the library more, and finish the books that I own. Library books and audiobooks don’t count because they don’t take up space on my shelves.

  • Publish at least one blog post/week and revive my Instagram account

I’ve been pretty good at posting on here during the autumn, but I would like to keep it up because I like it. And I also want to star posting on my bookish Instagram a bit more.

  • Get better at using my reading journal

I used to be really good at using my reading journal, but I fell into a reading slump in the beginning of the summer and then lost track. I bought a new one before I moved home from England, so I’m excited to start using it in the new year!

  • Read at least one book for fun every month

This is maybe the most important one, because I don’t read that much during termtime since I get so caught up in schoolwork. But this year I want to focus more on my own reading during more time than just the summer.

2016 · Favourites · Lists

My Top 7 Favourite Things I Read in 2016

I know this might seem a weird number, but I don’t feel as if I’ve read as much for fun as I usually do, especially not since some time during the early summer. That’s why I’m not doing a top 5 for July to December as I was intending – not only have I not read as much as usual, but I also haven’t really fallen head over heels for anything I’ve read during that time. So I thought that I’d just take my top 5 list from the first half of the year and add another couple of things to it and make that my top list of the year. This list is in no particular order.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I liked this a lot when I first read it, but I think it has grown on me since then, so it definitely deserves its place on this list.

  • Farlig Midsommar, by Tove Jansson

If it’s one series that I’ve been really enjoying this year, it’s the Moomin series, and this is my favourite so far.
You can find my review of this here.

  • The Arrival, by Shaun Tan

This was such a beautiful, wordless graphic novel about a man who moves to a new country because his family is poor and can’t stay in their home country. It feels especially important nowadays. I also liked the fantasy elements, which you can either read literally or as a symbol for the strangeness of moving to an entirely new country (or both! 🙂  )

  • Night of Cake and Puppets, by Laini Taylor

I finished this right at the very beginning of the year, and included it because it’s a very cute love story.

  • Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson

I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did, but I think it has to do with the audiobook being great and it being a very good book to read during the summer time.
Here’s my review for it.

  • Sent i November, by Tove Jansson

This is another Moomin book, which, again, I loved.
I wrote a review of this one too, which you can find here.

  • Lips Touch, by Laini Taylor

This is a pretty recent read – I finished it just last week – and though I didn’t like it as much as the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I did really enjoy it.
My review can be found here!

  • ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’, by Neil Gaiman

This is actually a short story, which I read because I read Gaiman’s short story collection Smoke and Mirrors. ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ is one of the stories that really stuck with me, and I’ve realised now that I’ve gone over what I’ve read this year that this is so good. It’s a twisted story of Snow White, where the stepmother it the main character and Snow White the villain.

That’s it for the list! I have linked my reviews of the books I wrote reviews for, and if you want to check out my Top 5 January-June 2016, you can find it here. Also, Happy New Year!

2016 · December · Lists

It’s Christmas! <3

When this post goes up, it is December, which means it’s finally Christmas! Everyone who knows me, knows that I love Christmas and that it’s my absolute favourite holiday, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas/Winter-themed books and movies!

  • First out is The Polar Express, which is both a book and a movie. I know that some people find the film a bit creepy, but I love it. It’s about a boy who doesn’t really believe in Santa anymore, but then he’s picked up by a train (the Polar Express) and is whisked off to the North Pole.
    I think that they did a really good job of adapting this, because the entire book is in there. So be it that the book is a 25-page picture book, but they stayed close to the original illustrations and expanded the themes of the story, so I think the film stayed very true to the original. Plus, the book won the Caldecott Medal (which is a fancy prize for children’s lit), and Tom Hanks does several of the characters in the film.
  • Next up is a film called A Bride for Christmas. It’s not really that good – it’s one of those super-cheesy seasonal films that went directly to TV, and it’s not even that Christmassy. But I like it and try to make it a point of watching it every year.
  • I’m a bit late to the party, but last year I watched The Holiday for the first time. Someone described this as “that Hugh Grant film without Hugh Grant”, and that’s so true! This is one of those holiday classics that are still good.
  • This next one is more winter-themed, and it’s a book called The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. It’s about a couple who live in Alaska, and one day they build a snow child from the first snow of the year. The next day, it’s gone, with footprints only leading away from the place where the snow child was… This is one of my favourite books!
  • Last out on this list is Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I read this last year and thought it was okay – my favourite story was the one John Green wrote – but it’s a cosy Christmas-themed book! 🙂