Thank You For 100 Followers

Thank you so much for 100 WordPress followers. When I started this blog I didn’t think anyone would read it. I was conscious about my writing, especially because I’m writing in English (Norwegian is my first language). Thank you so much for following, liking and commenting on my posts. It makes me want to continue with my blog and I’m not going to stop anytime soon.  

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October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

I’m very happy with the amount of books I read this month. A couple of months back I was in a reading slump, and for a while there I though I wouldn’t be able to finish my goodreads reading challenge for this year. Now I’m finally out of the reading slump and on track, yay. I have read 44 books of 50 so far this year. I focused on reading darker books this month, like thrillers or more creepy stuff. I also participated in the Spookathon, that helped a lot and was so much fun.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

A great first book in a middle grade book series. The book is a quick read it didn’t take me long to finish. It has some great characters and the story is fun to read. I really like the Greek mythology theme in the story. It is both very creative and a great spin on mythology. The book is educational especially for children. Rating: 4.

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Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

I liked this book, it was interesting and a different read for me. I usually don’t read mystery or nonfiction. The author of the book is trying to find out the truth behind a famous Russian tragedy where 11 students mysteriously died on a hiking trip. Rating: 4

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in the Gentleman Bastard series

This book is so good. It is my new favorite book, maybe of all time. If you like fantasy and thieves read this book. A review of this book will be up in November. Rating: 5

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The book was interesting and creepy. I found the setting very creative, and I wanted to know about the butterfly garden. I didn’t care for the characters and the character’s voice and I didn’t like the ending. I’m not sure I completely understood it? I don’t know. I also want to know why the Gardener did what he did. What is his backstory? Now I can’t look at a butterfly tattoo and think of anything else than this book. The book is very graphic when it comes to rape etc and also contains suicide, so trigger warning. Rating: 2

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You by Caroline Kepnes

Book 1 in the You duology

This is a crazy romantic love story. Or ehm NOT if you are a normal person. But from Joe’s perspective it is. Joe is a crazy obsessive stalker. I really liked this book. I found the book suspenseful, and I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I wanted to know what would happened next. It was different and interesting to be in Joe’s head. Rating: 4

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t like to read about people being sick, like Conor’s mom in this book. It’s just one thing I really don’t like to read about. This book is really sad, and I wanted with all of my heart for a happy ending. My favorite parts are when he is talking with the monster. I like the writing and the ending was beautifully written. I think a lot of other people would like this book more than me, only because I don’t like to read about illness. Rating: 3

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Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

The books aren’t bad. It’s just I don’t think they are for me. I can see why people like this series though. Rating: 3

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-What did you read this month?

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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I was nominated by BooksInked. Thank you so much for nominating me. Great questions, I hope you liked my answers.

THE RULES OF THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award & ask them eleven new questions.
4. List the rules & display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog.

1.Why do you start up a blog?

I started my blog because I wanted to talk about books and share my love for books with other people. I also don’t have a job or go to school because of my health situation, so I started a blog to have something fun to fill my days with.

2.What are your goals for 2017?

Bookish goals? Hmm I don’t have one specific goal for 2017. Here is some goals I have: to read 50 books, shrink my TBR shelves, organize my bookshelves and continue writing 3 blog posts every week, and write more book reviews.

More personal goals is to get better with my health. I’m so happy that I started to get better in 2016, and I want to get even more healthier in 2017.

3.What are your top two books in 2016?

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch is my favorite read this year. Number 2 has to be Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff . You can find my review of Illuminae HERE!

4.What are your top two TV shows/movies in 2016?

Stranger Things and Stranger Things.

5.What is your favorite quote and why?

To be honest I don’t really care about quotes. So I don’t have one.

6.What do you prefer: hardback, paperback, or an ebook?

I prefer all of them, I like to mix it up. I always have one ebook on my phone and kindle, one hardback/paperback and one audiobook that I read.

7.What world from books, TV shows, and movies would you like to live in, other than Harry Potter?

I wish the Oasis from Ready Player One was real.

8.Which characters in the books would you love to be friends with?

Standard answer but it has to be Hermione, Ron and Harry.

9.Pick a scene for you to look out while you are reading: a mountain, a forest/wood, a lake/pond, or an ocean?

Sitting on a porch, high up on a mountain with a beautiful view, breathing fresh air. The weather is not too cold or too hot, just perfect. Drinking tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate.

10.What is the best pet name in the book?

Norbert, the name of Hagrid’s dragon.

11.What covers is your absolute favorite, even though you love it or hate it?

There is so many beautiful book covers out there. The first cover that came to my mind was the covers of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, look at these beauties. Another goal for 2017 is to read this series.

I Nominate

RineReads

ABibliophilesObsession

TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch

BookwormWhoLived

BooksInHerEyes

HitOrMissBooks

HelloBeautifulBookBlog

AdoptaBookaus

ScarletBookKeeper

TheImmortalReaders

If you have been nominated to The Sunshine Blogger Award before let me know. Thank you to Booksinked again for nominating me 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday October 26: Favorite Spooky Settings

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Favorite Spooky Settings

-These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.

The Hotel in Psycho

Psycho by Robert Bloch is one of my favorite books in the horror genre. The setting of the run down motel and the odd manager Norman Bates makes a good mix for a creepy setting.

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Zombies

I actually really like zombie stuff. I need to need more books with zombies. If you have any recommendations write them in the comment section. 

Good examples are The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey, The walking dead TV series and one of my favorite games The Last of Us.

The End of the World / Post Apocalyptic

I like books set in a The End of the Word or post apocalyptic setting. Often where the characters has to survive. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a good example, and the Fallout games. There is one scene in The Road that shocked me and almost made me sick.

Crazy Person’s mind

This is not really a setting, but I find it interesting to read from a crazy person perspective. The person’s mind can be the setting I guess. Like the narrator in the book I’m currently reading, You by Caroline Kepnes. Other examples are Norman Bates from Psycho or the person in Gone Girl (I don’t want to spoil).

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

Spookathon Wrap Up

I had so much fun participating in the Spookathon. I’m happy with what I read this week. I rarely read thrillers so reading two thrillers after each other is very different for me. It was fun reading books that I usually probably would not read, and go out of my comfort zone. My goals for this week was to listen to two audiobooks and read one hardcover book. I almost finished my goals. I read a total of 828 pages this readathon.

This is what I read :

This is the challenges I finished :

1 Read a Thriller

4 Read a 2016 Release

Log of the week:

Day 1

I started the Spookathon with listening to The Butterfly Garden. I have been listening to the audiobook while playing Stardew Valley. I listened to 2h and 26min of the audiobook and read only 20 pages of Hollow City today.

Day 2

I have been listening to The Butterfly Garden and playing Stardew Valley for 3h and 8min today, pretty much the same as yesterday. I couldn’t sleep so I read 62 pages in Hollow City before bed.  

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Day 3

I listened to 1h and 19 min of the Butterfly Garden today. I’m not sure what I think about the book yet. I think it might be a 3 star read. The story around the garden is interesting and creatively written. There is something about the story that I don’t like but I can’t point out what it is. I don’t like the main character and she annoys me, and not in a good way. I feel like I can’t trust her, I think that is the point.

I read 33 pages of Hollow City. I like this book a little bit more than The Butterfly Garden but it is not a favorite either. I’m going to finish the series because I’m curious to find out what’s will happen to the children.

Day 4

Finished The Butterfly Garden. I didn’t like the ending and I gave the book 2 stars.

I read 69 pages of Hollow City.

Day 5

I started listening to A Monster Calls. I listened to half an hour and I liked the book so far. There is something wrong with the audio file so I can’t continue with the book. Sad 😦 I have to find another book to listen to now.

I started another audiobook, You by Caroline Kepnes. I changed the challenge READ A BOOK WITH RED ON THE COVER from Dark Matter to this book. I listened to 1h and 13min.

I didn’t read anything in Hollow City today because I was tired in the evening.

Day 6

I have been listening to You for 3h 50min today, and I like the book so far. I like to read from the narrator’s perspective, he is creepy AF. He is a crazy stalker wanting to be with this girl that he stalks.

I didn’t read anything in Hollow City. Now I’m worried I’m not going to be able to finish it this week. I have 100 pages left in the book.

Day 7

Yesterday I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to finish Hollow City. Yeah I didn’t read anything of the book today. So I have 100 pages left in the book to read after the Spookathon is over. I have been so tired today that I have not been able to read a single page. Oh well that is life.

I have listened to 1h and 11min of You today though. That is something.

-Did you participate in the Spookathon?

Books I Hate

This is a list of the books that I absolutely did not like. I gave every book on the list 1 star. I know hate is a strong word but I feel like being dramatic. Scratch that I don’t want to use the word hate so I changed it to books I did not like.

London 2084 by Jon Bing

This is a Norwegian science fiction book set in the year 2084. When this book came out I read about it in a newspaper. It sounded ok and I wanted to try to read a book from a Norwegian science fiction author. The author is an older sci-fi writer, now dead. I believe he has done a lot of good and important things for the sci-fi community here in Norway.

This book sucker so much, it was terrible. One of the worst books I have ever read, and the ending was so bad. Sorry not sorry. Good thing I borrowed it from the library. I’m not hating on the author but this book was not good. I might try to read another book from him at some point.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

This is the first and only book from Stephen King that I have read. I started reading this book before I was a huge reader. I never finished it. I don’t remember if I had problems with the book but I remember that it was very boring.

The Kill Order by James Dashner

Book 4 in the Maze Runner series. This book was so bad and so stupid. If you think book 3 in the maze runner is bad. You would not like this.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

This book was boring and it is a thriller. Thrillers should not be boring. I didn’t care about the girl that got abducted and I didn’t like the other characters either.

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

I had so many problems with this book. You can read my review on the book here.

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680Published: October 20th 2015 by Allen & Unwin

Language read: English

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 599

Rating: 5 stars

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realizes that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

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Thoughts: 

I want to start with saying WOW this book is awesome. It is such a good book and I loved everything about it.

I really liked the story. It was a very suspenseful, and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were a lot of action and some really intense moments, you never know what was going to happen next. The book also gets dark and creepy. It is really a book where the characters is fighting for survival from many dangers. I was scared for the characters several times.

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I loved the mixed media in the book and how it was put together. How the book was told through emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. It was a different reading experience. I have not read anything like it before. It took me a while to understand the different files, but when I understood it it was so very good.

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One of my favorite thing in the book was the chat logs between the characters. They made me laugh several times. I also really liked the character AIDAN the AI(artificial intelligence) and his point of view (ok I’m going to call it a he because AIDAN is a masculine name, even though it doesn’t have a gender). It was really interesting to read his thoughts, and what he was thinking about life and the humans.

The love story was good too. It was not instalove or perfect love story like a lot of other YA books have. And thank God there was not a love triangle either. The book started the day after they had broken up. Throughout the book they are slowly finding back together, and it is so cute.

In the last part of the book something happened that made me go OH SHIT NOO! And it was killing my emotions. Then the ending came, and it played with my emotions even more. All of this almost made me cry.

That feeling when you finish a book that you loved. I was feeling empty inside but also full of emotions at the same time. This is now one of my favorite books. 

5 stars for the story. 5 stars for the creativity of the mixed media.

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