Monday, September 4, 2017

My future reading list: TBR for September and October + wrap up of August.

Hello! Sorry that there has been a lack of writing lately. I had my birthday recently, the 22nd of August. Birthday book haul is coming soon. I also pre-voted in the election in Norway ( the election day is September 11th). To all Norwegian: Remember to use your vote. Today I will share my future reading list. I have no hope of getting through the books just in September, but I hope to continue on with the list in October. Since my migraine has gotten worse, unfortunately I can not read as much as before. 

 I still read two books in August, 164 pages in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, 56 pages from Take me on by Katie McGarry , 10 % from Akarnae by Lynette Noni and almost done with Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein on audio book. 

Brooklyn Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

I'm currently reading:

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)

Do you read something exciting at the moment? Please share with the internet. I love to hear all about it :-) 

~ Elin ~ 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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Unpopular opinions book tag was created by thebookarcher on youtube. Check out her channel for the original book tag video. I'm not sure if I done this tag before or not. But if I have, we can call this round 2 :-)

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn't like.

First, I just want to say I have nothing against Cassandra Clare. She has written one of my favorite historical fantasy series: The Infernal Devices. I love her shadowhunter world. But The Mortal instruments was not for me. I love the last book city of heavenly fire, that's why I haven't including that book below. One of the reasons why I didn't like this series was the main character Clary, the second reason was Jace. Sorry not a big fan of Jace. Which is really quite strange, since I love Will from The Infernal Devices. I feel Jace and Will are the same in many ways. Could it be that Will is British? Probably yes. I'm weak for British men. Just have to admit it! I liked Simon towards the end, but apart from him, there were only two characters that I got through this whole series for. I'm talking about Magnus and Alec. I love them so much and they are one of many reasons why I love the last book. 

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

Timeless (Timeless, #1)Timekeeper

I'm not sure how many people who actually hate this, but I wish this series got more attention and more book reviews. I like timetravel stories and this duology was perfect for me. I must honestly admit it's been a long time since I read them, so I do not remember much about what happened in the books. I remember loving the characters and their relationships. Not only the main character and her love interest, but her relationship with family and friends. I also love how you timetravel in this world. 

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don't like.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

I have not completed the series ( only read the first book), but I remember when I read this book, I did not like Mare and Maven's relationship. I really hope she end up with a certain brother ;-) Technically, she did not end up with Maven, but there was the closest I came something I disagree with. For the most part, I agree with what happened in books when it comes to love. 

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

I would say I read a lot of different genre. But perhaps thriller is the one genre I reach less for. I prefer a detective or police type of book if I have to read a thriller. 

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

Jace from The mortal instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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

John Green. I love Fault in Our stars, but I don't like any of his other books.

7. A popular book trope that you're tired of seeing. (examples "lost princess", corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I wish there where more stories where the girl saves herself in the end and not damsel in distress kind of plotline all the time. I need to see more kick ass heroine. 

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. I try to read the first book years ago, but never understand why it was so popular. 

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?

Legend of the seeker. One of my favorite tv shows. I tried to read the book series, but only read the first book. 

~ Elin ~ 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tome topple read-a-thon TBR.

Hello reader friends! Another read-a-thon you may ask? Yes please. I love reading big books and why not read more of them. Tome topple is all about big books over 500 pages. I'm a little bit late with sharing my TBR. This started the 4th of august and lasts to 17th of august.

I decided to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Tome topple was created by Samantha  at @thoughtsontomes on twitter.

Do you like big books?

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My TBR for August.

Hello! I decided to do a TBR pile for August. The reason why I almost never do this is because of my ability to not complete my reading list. I always change my mind about what to read next. But I will try my best this time.

My list:

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.
The perks of being a wall flower by Stephen Chbosky.
Summer days and summer nights edited by Stephanie Perkins.
Second chance summer by Morgan Matson.
Akarnae by Lynette Noni. ( kindle)
and finish 1 audio book ( audible).

This month I have three books I need to finish, which I started reading in may-july   ( Brooklyn, summer days and summer nights and Akarnae). Second chance summer is a book I heard nothing but great things about and hope to love it as much as everyone else. While The perks of being a wall flower I wanted to re-read. Last time I read it I forgot to share it on goodreads, but I remember loving it. On audible I started listen to three different books the last two months, so I hope to finish one of them in August.

What are you reading in August?

~ Elin ~

Friday, July 21, 2017

The biannual bibliothon TBR.

Hello! In two days ( sunday 23rd ) it's finally time for The Biannual bibliothon! I love read-a-thon's and can't wait for this to begin. I hope to read some of the books in my TBR for this week, not sure if I will read them all. My nephew is staying with me some of the days, so I'm not sure how much time I will have to read. The main reason why I pick thin books for this week. In hope to complete more books. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book series I need to finish.

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Hello! Today I like to talk about the series I should have completed a long time ago. I love to discover new series, but spend a very long time completing them. There is so many great books out there that I want to read. Below is some of the series I read one, two or three books of, but never finished. 

The land of stories by Chris Colfer. This is one of my favorite series. I have loved all the books so far and looking forward to reading the fourth soon. This reminds me a little bit about a mix of Narnia and all the Disney movies I've seen as a child. I love Disney and fairytales. So perfect for me. If you like the same things and have not read this series yet, I strongly recommend it.

Across the universe by Beth Revis. I must honestly admit that I don't remember when I read the first book, it is several years ago. I re-read the first book and then read the second book in 2015. I should really read the last book soon. I like the series, although the genre is not my favorite. I love the two main characters and looking forward to seeing how their happily ever after will be like. 

Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi. Shatter me is a series I have mixed feelings for. Yes, I'm going to finish it, but my problem with the series is Aaron Warner. Apart from Aaron, I like the series a lot. I love it when people have different abilities and it almost reminds me of x-men.

The lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love this series so much. When I bought the first book Cinder, I never thought I would like the series. Dystopia is not one of my favorites genre, but this series is amazing and I love all of the characters. Looking forward to reading Cress soon. 

Starbound by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I love These broken stars so much, is one of my favorite science fiction books ever. I really hope to love the rest of the series. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen's story was so epic and fantastic. 

Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas. I remember reading the first book a long time ago and I gave it four stars. I didn't love it. But it was okay. I love fantasy and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Hope this is a series I will like better after a while. 

Do you have any series you have not completed? 

~ Elin ~ 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary - Huffelpuff edition.


I can't believe it's the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Amazing. Happy anniversary :-) Twenty years ago, I was almost 8 years old. I did not discover Harry Potter until a few years later. I don't quite remember when I read the first book, but I think I was between 10-12 years old. I loved Harry Potter from the first moment and I loved it ever since. To celebrate this fantastic book series I bought the new edition for the 20th Anniversary. I had to buy the Huffelpuff version since that's my Hogwarts house.

3 years ago I visit the Harry Potter warner bros studio in London with one of my bestfriends. I really recommend everyone who is a Harry Potter fan to visit London and specially the studio. Yes I know they made a theme park in Orlando, but for me London it's the home for Harry Potter. I hope to one day visit London again and the Harry Potter warner bros studio. 

~ Elin ~

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 ~