Friday, June 23, 2017

Mid year book tag!

First, I can not believe that we are already in the end of June, half the year has already disappeared. Feels completely unreal how fast time sometimes goes. I read some books this year. 29 books so far. Including some graphic novels. 

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

I read so many amazing books in 2017. The best book I read so far is When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi. This is a very emotional non-fiction read. I did a book review on this unique story earlier this year. 

When Breath Becomes Air

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017.

I got the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets for Christmas last year by my mom. I love Harry Potter and could re-read the series several times a year without getting bored. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.

I really want to read Lady Midnight, I love Emma and Julian in the last book of TMI. But I'm a little skeptical and afraid not to like it. Therefore, I have not read it yet, even though I pre-ordered it last year. I feel I have a hate/love relationship with Cassandra Clare's books. Either I love them so much. Like I did with The Infernal Devices or I hate them , like I did with The Mortal Instruments. Besides the last book. I love City of Heavenly fire so much. So this may not be a very new book, but this year I decided not to buy many books. So it's one of the latest releases I have on the bookshelf, which I have not yet read.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I love Adam Silvera so much. I'm very excited to read "They both die at the end". This sound like a story I would love. 

They Both Die at the End

5. Biggest disappointment.

Not sure why. I usually love fantasy, but I did not manage to get into this story. The forbidden Library sounded so amazing and like a perfect book for me. Unfortunately not.

The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)

6. Biggest surprise.

I had never read a Sophie Kinsella book when I decided to borrow this at the library. I love it so much. The story, the characters and everything. I did a review on it not long ago. 

My Not So Perfect Life

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Adam Silvera with no doubt. I read More happy than not earlier this year and I loved the book so much. The writing was epic, fantastic and amazing. 

More Happy Than Not

8. Newest fictional crush.

There are many I could have chosen, but since I love historical fiction and well, British boys, I had to choose Thomas cresswell from Stalking Jack the ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I love him so much, he is mysterious, sweet and charming at the same time. I think the main reason I loved him so much was that he reminded me a little about William Herondale.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

9. Newest favorite character.

I love Agatha from The School for good and evil so much. I really hope she get her happy ending.

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

10. Book that made you cry.

When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi or More happy than not by Adam Silvera. I cried a little bit of them both.

11. Book that made you happy.

My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I saw this in the cinema last year and bought it on dvd some month ago. I love this film adaptation.

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13. Favorite review you've written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year)

I love writing reviews. But it takes time, so I don't do it as often as I would have liked. Hope to get better at it. Of those I've written so far this year, my review of Stalking Jack the Ripper may be my favorite. Especially because I loved the book so much. 

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

The Beauty and the Beast

I love the cover on The beauty and the beast. So beautiful.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don't really have any books I need to read before the year is over, but I hope to have read some more of the books I own and have on my bookshelf.

~ Elin ~ 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My hogwarts house: Hufflepuff.

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I grew up with Harry Potter, read the first book when I was around 11-12 years old. When I was a child, I always wanted to be in Gryffindor. That's where my favorite characters were and I had the idea that Gryffindor was the best house. I was not interested in any of the others. It is only in recent years that I have actually spent time figuring out what the different houses stand for. I have taken countless quizzes online and have finally found out where I would elong.

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I've always wanted to be tough and brave, be a gryffindor. But the truth is that I would have been better in Huffelpuff. I am a person who wishes everyone good, I'm very loyal to those I care about. I like to spread joy and happiness around me. I am a friendly, kind and caring person. I was not the smartest at school, but I was not afraid of hard work. I tried as well as I could. I've always thought it's important to be true and be yourself. I am known to be patient and to believe in other people and see the best in them. Even if they disappoint you at times. I have always thought it's important to tolerate other people's differences in the world and be fair to everyone. I love animals. Both in real world and in the fantasy world. I would have been just like Newt Scamander. Had I lived in the fantasy universe created by J.K Rowling. I'm always touched by my friends and family happiness. I would be the person in the room who was tearing up over a friend being sad or happy. I cry easily of sad movies, but also the happy ones. For me, it has always been more important to be liked by other people than to be hated.

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Which house would you have belonged to?

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book review: My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella.

My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorites contemporary books. With both laugh-out-load and warm-hearted moments this book was a amazing reading experience. I'm usually not a fan of romantic comedy, but if this book had become a movie. I would have seen it several times.

The story follows Country girl Katie Brenner, she have a flat in London and a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. At least that is what she want everyone else to think. Okay, so the true is a bit different. She have a small bedroom and a appartment she share with two other roomates who don't talk to her and the pictures on Instagram is not from her life. But randomely people she sees in the cafe and other places in London. Her work at a branding agency isn't what she hoped for, with no real friends and a boss who can't remember her name. When she meet a handsome and charming guy at work, things changes for the better and he gives her the courage she need to present her ideas for her boss Demetere. But then Demetere suddenly fired her and all of Katie's dreams is crushed in a thousand pieces. She have to leave London and move back home to her father and step mother. Katie returned to her family farm. Together with her parents she started a glamping bussiness. She tries to stay positive and hope to one day return to London. Months later, her old boss Demetere shows up with her two children and husband. They are glamping guests at the farm. Her parents are unaware that she got fired and thinks she has taken a break from work just for a while. Katie is afraid that everything will come out, but when Demetere does not remember her, she decides to take revenge. 

I love Katie as a main character. She was lovely, funny and interesting. You really felt for her and her situation. The story is perhaps a bit predictable and chessy at times but for me that is what made it so fun to read. I love the side characters. OMG! Alex!!! I love him. He was so charming, sweet and likable. Alex was perfect as a romantic hero in Katie's story. I love the ending, so perfect and Katie was still Katie. Ha ha. I did love Demetere in the end. I loved it when they become friends.

5 stars. 

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Get to know me tag.

I've seen this on different blogs and on YouTube.  So I decided to do this on my blog too and share some facts about me. Hope you like it :-)

1. My name? 

Elin. No middle name.

2. Do I have any nick name?

When I was younger my older sister used to call me many different things. But for the most part she used the word: "lillesøs". Which is "little- sis" in english. 

3. How many siblings do I have?

One older sister. She is five years older than me. 

4. Where was I born and raised?

I was born and raised in a small town on the countryside in east of Norway , with my parents, my older sister, and my bestfriend, a golden retriever. My grandparents was living next door and in so many ways they raise me as much as my parents did. I can still smell my grandmothers cooking and her amazing cakes. She made the best cakes ever. The weirdest thing is that I can't tolerate sugar today because of my migraine. But if I could have one wish come true, it would be to teast my grandmothers chokolade cake one more time.

5. My favorite colours? 

In my childhood I loved pink like any other little girl. Everytime someone ask me about it, I would say: Pink or Red. Today one of my favorite colours is still red, I also like sunset orange ( yes like Peeta) and blue like in a cloudless sky on a sunny day. 

6. My favorite things to do as a child?

I loved being alone i my room. Playing with my aninal figures or my pony toys. And before you think she was that kid without any friends. No you where wrong. I got my first friends in kindergarden, when I was three and I had more friends in school. I was never alone. I just liked to be alone. Two different things. Don't get me wrong I loved my friends and I was happy for having them in my life. I still feel the same about my friends today, even though my friends I had back than isn't the friends I have today. Friends is like a second family too me. I love them more than anything in the world and love spending time with them. But sometimes I like being left alone, reading a book, watching my favorite tv shows or going to the cinema alone. I always needed my alone-time, and it all started on my bedroom back home when I was a kid.

7. When did I read my first book?
All I can remember from my early years is always caring a book around. One of the first books I remember reading all by myself is Harry Potter, when I was around elleven. So 16-17 years ago. But I know I started reading a long time before that. My mum and my older sister read for me before bedtime. I loved Famous five, Pippi Longstocking, Paddington, Emil of Lonneberga,  and so many other things. When I become old enough ( around six or seven) I started learning reading myself because my mum and sister didn't read fast enough anymore. Ha ha. 

8.  How many countries have I visit?

For a really long time my answer for this was only Sweden, which isn't that big of a deal if you live in Norway. I was in my early twenties before I visit any other countries (beside Sweden and Denmark), where I actually have to traveling on a plane and having a passport. I've been to France ( my first time on a plane), England, Spain and Denmark. Only visit France, Spain and England once. While I've been to Denmark twice. 

My parents have never been on a plane in their entire life. I grow up with going on road trip in the mountains in Norway. So I not very comfortable with flying, but I love England and hope to visit the place someday again. Sadly after all the terrorism in Europa lately, I'm afraid of flying or traveling to another country. But one day I hope to visit England again. 

9. Cats or dogs? 

I love dogs and hope to one day buy a golden retriever puppy.  I... hate cats. Sorry. Yeah I do. All my friends are cat lover, but I dislike cats so much. Ha ha. Pretty sure I was a dog in my past life. That's how much I hate cats. Now you know. 

10. Tea or Coffee? 

Tea. I love tea, specially tea from twinings. 

11. My favorite movie?

It's really hard to choose only one movie. I love sooo many of them.  Guardians of the galaxy, Titanic, The martian, Letters to Juliet, The forbidden kingdom, Juno, The battle of red cliff, Need for speed, warm bodies, Avatar, Beauty and the beast,  Jack the giant slayer and all the Harry Potter movies. I also a big fan of animated movies: Mulan, Lion King, Frozen, Pocahontas, Tangled, Storks, Home and so many more. 

12. My favorite book?

Harry Potter is my favorite series but it's seven books. I can't choose only one. I CAN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM!!!! Please don't ask me to choose between them. My precious books. The love of my life. Sigh! 

13. My favorite tv-series?

I love tv-series. I've seen a lot of them through the years. Right now my favorites are the ones you can find one Netflix. I LOVE NETFLIX. I also love old ones, which I have on dvd. Lately I've been watching Bones, Sleppy Hollow and Chuck. I have all the seasons of Chuck on dvd and is now on season 2. 

14. Do I speak many languages?

I speak Norwegian, since that the language in my country. I also learn english in school. I'm not perfect in speaking english but I feel people understand me ( at least I hope so!). I can't speak any other languages but I can some words in German. Ich liebe dich - I love you. 

15. One thing I want to do before I die?

Traveling around in England for a year, visit the great wall of China and safari in Australia.  

Okay I know this was three things.  But I can't choose between them. All of them is on top of my bucket list. 

16. My male celebrity crush? 

Dan Stevens

17. What is my favorite food?

Lasagne or quesadilla.

18. Favorite drink?

Water. I love water. It's both healthy and good.

19. My favorite song for the moment?

I believe in you by Michael Buble.

20. What is the first thing I notice about someone I like?

Eyes. He need to have kind eyes.

21. If I where another person, would I be friends with myself? 

Yes. We would probably talk about books and british male actors we had a crush on.

~ Elin ~

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Books and second chances.

I feel this year is filled with second chances when it comes to books. I'm currently listen to Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo on audiobook. Almost finish with it. When I bought the book maybe two-three years ago. I try to read it but DNF it after less than 50 pages. I never thought it would be a story I would love. But I really do. Some part of  the story reminded me about other fantasy books I read. In a good way.

♡ A girl with magical hidden power.
♡ A really sweet and amazing bestfriend.
♡ Hot and dark badboy. And I don't feel bad for being little bit in love with him. Since he is over 120 + years old, and not ten years younger than me. Wish most characters I read about in fantasy series is. 
♡ An unique magical fantasy world.

Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor is another book I decided to give a second chance. Specially because so many people is loving it. I try to read it two years ago and I had a hard time with her writing style. Yes I still find her writing a bit too much. But I love the story and I'm interested to find out more about the main character.

Do you believe in second chances?

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Real books vs E-books ( kindle)?


In many ways you can call me old-fashioned.When I first heard  about e-books, I was very skeptical and sure I never would read an e-book. I like to keep a book in my hand and for me, that feeling has always been something special. A part of the reading experience.

In 2014, I decided to buy a Kindle and it was like my birthday when I got it. It was love at first sight and we have had so many good moments together since that time. It's a nice friend to go on holiday with, instead of  several books that takes up a lot of space, I can now bring a Kindle with hundreds of books. For a reader like me, it's something big.

I will always read real books, but in the bag, a kindle is more reasonable to carry. If I have come to the end of a book, I don't need to have two books in my bag. I can instead carry a kindle that contains many books.

I think it's both pros and cons for both e-books and real books. My opinions is that both are great in their own way.

~ Elin ~

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book haul May!

I haven't bought many books so far in 2017. My goal is to read the books I already have on my bookshelf. Have about 60 books on my TBR list.

I bought 5 books this month. 2 books and 3 e-books on my kindle.

Last month I came across free shipping worldwide at Society6 for a short period of time. Paperfury which is one of my favorite book bloggers, has her own shop there. I have long wanted to buy something from her shop,  to support her. But haven't done it because of the shipping I have to pay. Finally, I got the opportunity to buy a  Cary-all pouch. It's very good quality, which surprised me. Have previously bought something similar from Redbubble, but much better quality from Society6 is my experience with it.

Official Title Book Dragon Carry-All Pouch

I love "My official title is book dragon" and the art work is so beautiful made. I love the dragon and the flowers.

Have you bought any books lately? Please share below.

~ Elin ~

Monday, May 15, 2017

What I read so far in 2017.

I'm one of those people who forget to post wrap up posts every month  ( the last one was in January)and don't make a TBR list of the month because she constantly changes her minds about what she's going to read.
It's me in a nutshell. So I thought it was time to share some of the things I've read lately. When I include graphic novels, I have read 23 books in 2017 so far. I was aiming to read 100 books when the year started, but after thinking about it, I decided to change my goals to 60 books. More reasonable and achievable for me. My opinions about audiobooks has change lately and I listen to a lot of books on my phone. I was not a big fan on audiobooks before, but now I love them :-) Specially on the train/bus or at the gym.

When Breath Becomes AirIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)Go Set a WatchmanMore Happy Than Not
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of HopeGotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)The Beauty and the BeastPassenger (Passenger, #1)

Bok anmeldelser/ Book reviews:

When breath becomes air.
Go set a watchman. Passenger.Beauty and the beast.
More happy than not. 

I'm planing to review The School for good and evil and The Queen of the Tearling soon. Have just not have time to write them yet. So more reviews will be coming soon.

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book review: More happy than not by Adam Silvera.

More Happy Than Not

I don't know where to start with this book. This is one of those books that is hard to forget after reading it and difficult to describe to others. It's a strong debut novel. Adam Silvera is my new favorite author without a doubt. I wanna warn against some hard content. Some of the things that happened in the book are suicide, hatred against sexuality, guilt, friendship, love and violence.

More happy than not is about 16 years old Aaron who is struggling to be happy after his father took suicide. With the help of his girlfriend Genevieve, his brother and his overworking mother, he tries to recover after a hard time. It's not easy when he is constantly reminded of what happened by watching the scar on his arm after his own almost suicide.

When Genevieve is gone for two weeks, Aaron uses all his time to hang out with the new boy Thomas. Aaron's friends notice it and are not exactly happy about his new friend. But Aaron can not help feeling happy with Thomas and an opportunity to be himself.

In Aaron's world there is something called the revolutionary memory change of the Leteo Institute, people can take an operation that makes them forget about wounded memories and become more happy.

Aaron considers this when he realizes that he has feelings for Thomas and does not want to be gay. These are just part 1 of the story. In the middle of the book, one unforeseen event happens after the other and I can not understand I did not understand it earlier. Especially when you get a new view of a character you meet earlier in the book and find out that Aaron has already been to Leteo. I will not tell you too much, since I feel this is a book you should read without knowing too much about it in advance.

At times, I felt very sorry for Aaron, especially when we found out the truth about his father and the way he reacted when his son told him he was gay. It made me angry, frustrated and really pissed. Everything you feel when someone is not accepted for who they are. Then you have the so-called friends of Aaron who are not much better. I loved Aaron's brother and mother, I enjoyed his friendship with Thomas and his relationship with Genevieve. Although it ended as it did for obvious reasons.

The whole story of Aaron is completely insane at times, you don't understand it. How can a person experience so much grief at such a young age? At the same time, it's all about living, about being yourself and accept yourself for who you are. The book asks many questions about being human and what makes us happy.

I feel this whole review is a big mess, but it's hard to describe it in any other way. I don't know what else I can say than: Read it. This is one of the best books I have read for a long time, it's unique and something special. It makes you think and ask questions. A very good book about serious things. I recommend it for the age of 15+. 5 stars.

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book review: The beauty and the beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve.

The Beauty and the Beast

The beauty and the beast are for many known as the Disney movie that came out in 1991. Since I was born just a few years before, it was one of the Disney movies I saw as a child. I remember I liked Lymiere and Kloksworth. When I saw the new version with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, I was very excited. My review of the movie can be read: HERE. I loved the new version very well. After watching the movie twice at the cinema, I wanted to read the original story. The original story was written by Garielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve in 1740.

The book  is a very different story. It has a few resemblance to the Disney version. In the original version Beauty (Belle) has five siblings. Three brothers and two older sisters. Her father is a merchant and in the beginning of the story they lose their fortune. The family goes from living in a mansion, to move to a small farm in the countryside. A few years later, when they have lived on the farm for a while, her father decided to make a journey and in hope to get back their wealth. He asks all six children if they want any gifts from the trip. The sons want horses and weapons to hunt with, while the oldest daughters want jewels and beautiful dresses. Beauty only asks for a rose. The sisters show great jealousy over Beauty.

A storm causes her father of the road to seek shelter in the castle where the prince/ the beast live. He stays overnight, and on the way out he comes across the rose garden. He then remembers what his youngest daughter wanted. While he takes a rose to bring home to his youngest daughter, the beast appears . The beast is given him a choice, either to die or to return with one of his daughters as the price for the rose. The beast warns the merchant that the daughter he sends must come to him by free will. 

There is no candlestick or clock that can speak at the castle. Instead there is invisible servants and monkeys. Something else is the way the beast gets cursed and why he has to live like a beast until he finds someone who can love him. I the original version his father dies, his mother must rule the country in his place. So she is away a lot and gives responsibility for her own child to a good fairy she believes. The fairy take care of him and is like a governor for him. When he has grown up, he becomes a beautiful prince. The fairy falls in love with him and as thanks for taking care of him, she wants them to marry. When both the prince and his mother say no to the courtship, it turns out bad. She curse the prince, turns him into a monster.

What I liked the most about this book was that we got behind the story of both the Prince and Beauty. In this version, Beauty turns out to be a princess, her parents thought she was dead, because of the same evil fairy that cursed the prince and Beauty becomes united with her biological father in the end.

I liked the relationship between Beauty and the Prince. In the book Beauty is dreaming about the prince for several nights without knowing that he and the beast are the same person. She fall in love with the prince and she thinks the beast keeps him hidden in the castle. She is determined to save him. After some time she leave the castle to visit her father and while she is with her family she release that she have feelings for the beast. She chooses to forget the prince from the dream and say yes to the beasts proposal. Yes, the proposal is also something that happens every night in this story. Every night since Beauty come to the castle, the beast asks if she wants to marry him, but she always answers no.

The book is different without a doubt, but if you've seen the movies you can still recognize the story. The only thing I felt the original version was missing was a bit of the magic I felt the love story had in the Disney version - both the good old and the newest. I liked the relationship between Beauty and the Prince, but I felt it was more like a strong friendship than love.

4 stars.

I would have given the story 3 stars, but I felt the illustrations in this book were absolutely amazing and made me love the book even more because of it.

~ Elin ~

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Anything but books tag.

Hello my book friends!

For today's blog post, I thought to do a little different tag. Where I can talk about anything but books. Yes, I do other things than reading books. Shocking but true 😉

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

I haven't seen a cartoon in a long time. But a few months ago, I saw Tom & Jerry along with my nephew, and I loved Tom & Jerry as a child. One of my favorites.

2. What is your favorite song right now?

Before I saw the latest Fast & Furious movie on the cinema last friday, I would have said Evermore from The beauty and the beast movie with Dan Stevens. I love that song so much and the actor even more. But now my new favorite is Good life with G-Eazy & Kehlani.

3. What could you do for hours ( that isn't reading)?

Netflix. I love watching tv-series and specially on Netflix. One of my favorite series to watch lately have been Bones. It's one of my favorite crime series and I love all the characters. Specially Bones and Booth, the two main characters.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I could say I like writing, but I don't think it's a secret anymore. I love to cook, specially dinner. Don't know if I'm very good at it, but I love doing it.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about ( this can do with books, I guess)?

I love learning about history. Specially about people in different time periode, if that makes any sense. I'm really facinated about people and how they live their lives back in the days. More than the actually events that happened.

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I don't think I can do anything unusual. I'm pretty sure I'm a boring normal person.

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can)

I made a photo album of my niece and nephiew, to my parents for Christmas last year. But I'm not going to show it. Since it was a gift to my parents.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I'm made a photo album of my holiday trips in 2015. I love making photo album.

9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows)

My family (and that includes my friends). I love my family and wish them all the best in the world. I may not be a big believer in God, but sometimes I send a thank you to the universe and I'm glad that they are all safe. Especially with everything that happening around the world.

10. Give us something thats your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.

My favorite dinner while watching Netflix on a Friday or Saturday night alone in my apartment is Lasagna and salad. Lasagna is one of my favorite things to eat in the entire world.

Lastly, say the first thing that pops into your head.

Tea. I need a cup of tea, right now. Bye!

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~ Elin ~