TOP 5 WEDNESDAY // August 16th: Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

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:

Characters' FitnessROUTINES I WANT

– This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming 🙂

Even though I couldn’t work out for 5 min because of my chronic illness, a girl can dream. It was fun to put together this list and dream away to something that can never happen. 


Shadowhunters

The fitness and training routine to become a good Shadowhunter always intrigued me. It sounds like fun and so much work to become a skilled Shadowhunter. I wan’t to be bad ass in a leather suit, and train with swords and other fancy gear that they use.

I haven’t watched the show, so the training I’m referring to is what I see in my head when reading the books.

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Mistborn

It would be so incredible awesome to be a Mistborn. It’s a lot of hard work behind mastering the Allomancy metals.

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Quidditch 

I put this on the list, not because I want to be a pro quidditch player, but because it looks so much fun (and so scary) to fly with a broomstick.

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Katnis Everdeen/Archery

This is actually something I wan’t to do in the future. I wan’t to try and shoot with a bow. It has been on my bucket list for many years. I just need to get more strength in my arms first. I don’t think I even could hold a bow with the arms I have now. Hopefully in a couple of years when my health is even better and my arms have more strength.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY // August 9th: Second Book is Best

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:

SECOND BOOKIS BEST

-We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?

This weeks topic was so hard to find books for, since it is very similar to the one that was a couple of weeks ago.


The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

This book was on my T5W list a couple of weeks ago when the topic was: Series That Got Better. This series is a fantastic YA fantasy series, that I highly recommend. My favorite was definitely the second book, I just loved the setting and the intrigues in it.


Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Now I’m going to sound like a broken record, because this book was also on the Series That Got Better post. I disliked book 1, liked book 2, haven’t read book 3 yet.


Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons

I have read book 1 and 2 in this series, and I love them both. I liked book two, Tatiana and Alexander, a tad bit more than book one, that’s why I had to include it on this list.

If you are interested I have a review on the book, click HERE.


Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet #2) by Orson Scott Card

I liked book 2 The Speaker for The Dead so much more than The Ender’s Game. The sequel is very different from the first book, and it follows Ender when he is an adult. Book one was fast paced and a *we need to win this war* type of a book. The second book was a slower story about a strange new alien race, and finding out how they live their life and about their society. It’s also about Ender’s journey as The Speaker for The Dead. I really need to read book 3 since I own it, but I have heard so many negative things about the author that it’s keeping me from picking up his books.


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzi Lee

This book isn’t out and it doesn’t even have a cover reveal yet. But I’m putting it on the list because it sounds so awesome! This is the sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I just finished it and I thought it was fantastic, but I might love this even more since it follows Felicity’s perspective.


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Top 5 Wednesday August 2nd: Book Covers You’d Live In

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:

BOOK COVERS

YOU'D LIVE IN

– We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into?

I love this weeks topic, it was fun to find covers that I would like to be transported into. I first went to my bookshelf and Goodreads shelf to find some covers, but I couldn’t find 5 books there so I had to search the interwebs to find the ones I like.


Firebird series by Claudia Gray

I LOVE the cover’s of these books. I haven’t read the books and I don’t know much about the series other than the main character jumps from different dimensions. I would like to get transported into the different places shown on these covers.


The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

This is my favorite book of all time! I would love to visit Camorr, it sounds so beautiful since it is inspired by Venice. The towers you can see on these covers are the 5 Eldergladd towers that are in the city.

The Five Towers are five ancient Elderglass structures in the center of the port city of Camorr. –Camorr Wiki


Every Heart a Doorway By Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I just finished this book, and it was very interesting. I would love to be transported into another world like the kids in this book, minus the big psychological factor of not be able to go back etc. Or just be transported into the nature that is shown on the cover.


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Top 5 Wednesday July 26th: Series That Got Better

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:

SERIES THAT

GOT BETTER

– We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

I couldn’t find 5 series for this weeks topic, sorry for that. 


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I haven’t read the 3rd book in this series yet, but I have read book one and two. I liked the second book so much more than the first book, and I hope and think that I will like book 3. Even though this series isn’t my favorite, and I don’t think they are the best written books of all time, they are pretty fun to read.


The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

This is a YA fantasy trilogy that I’m loving. I really liked the first book, but I’m picking this series because book 2 is my favorite.

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Top 5 Wednesday July 19: Children’s Books

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:

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-This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.

Astrid Lindgren

 

This post was supposed to be out last Wednesday, but I didn’t manage to post it in time. I’m posting it this week instead because I’m unable to write a post on this week’s topic. I’m currently in the car on my way home from west Norway. 

Astrid Lindgren

 I want to start this post with my favourite children’s author. Astrid Lindgren’s books are a staple read for every Scandinavian kid. Her books are very famous and have been translated into many languages around the world. 

Here are some of my favourite books from her:

  • Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump #1)
  • The Brothers Lionheart
  • Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter
  • Mio, My Son
  • Emil i Lönneberga (Emil i Lönneberga #1)

Matilda by Roald Dahl

 I remember reading Rolad Dahl’ s books as a kid. Especially the book Mathilda. I loved both the book and the movie.


Tow-Truck Pluck by Annie M G Schmidt

 My mom read this book for me and my brother several times when we were young. I really loved this book, it was funny and weird.


A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

 I didn’t read this book as a kid. I read the 3 first books in this series last year, and loved them. 

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Top 5 Wednesday July 5th: Books Without Romance

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:

BOOKS WITHOUT

ROMANCE

– A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

My last T5W was in April, before my long blog pause in May. I liked this months questions, so I thought it would be fun to do this blog meme again. I didn’t think it was hard to find books for this week, I actually found a lot more than just the 5 books I choose for this post. I like when books don’t always focus around romance, it can be a bit repetitive sometimes. This week I chose some of my favorite books that I don’t always talk about, and of course without or barely mentions romance.


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This book is a fantasy novel set in a different world. It follows a group of thieves called The Gentleman Bastards. The stories alternates from their childhood, and their adulthood.

This the first book in my favorite series of all time. This series do have romance, but the first book is romance free as far as I remember. You have to read this book, it’s fantastic! I will definitely re-read it this year.


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This is a fantastic zombie book. I haven’t read anything like this story, not before or after finishing this book. The story is just so interesting and intriguing. I know that zombie books sometimes can be a bit ridiculous or “tacky”, but this story was heartbreaking and wonderful. The prequel just came out, and I’m dying to read it. There might be a really small romance between two of the characters. I don’t remember exactly what happens, but it was barely mentioned.


The Martian by Andy Weir

This book is probably familiar to you. It was very popular a few years ago and everybody raved about it. I really liked this book as well. This book is a story about an astronaut that got left behind on Mars when the rest of his team evacuated from a storm without him, because they think he is dead. Stranded alone he has to figure out how to survive until the rescue comes. This book is also fantastic. No romance (I think), just a story about hope and survival.


We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I would describe this book as an anti romance story. This is a story about hate. This book is so incredible fascinating. I read this book with a friend, and we kept discussing the story and the characters all the time, and still there is so much more to talk about. If psychology and human behavior/emotions interests you, or just find the synopsis intriguing, I highly recommend this book. Even though I didn’t like the authors writing style.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is an incredible heartbreaking and beautiful world war 2 story. It follows two children, a girl living in France and a boy living in Germany. The two stories also gets connected at some point in the book. A really good and emotional read.


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April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

After my blogslump last month, I’m very behind on my monthly wrap ups. I was debating on if I should write and publish monthly wrap ups from April and May since it is old now. I decided on writing them, not just for you guys, but for myself too. Even though I was in a blogslump I didn’t take a pause from reading. I have read a lot the last months.

I rated:

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#famous by Jilly Gagnon

This is a YA contemporary romance, where the story is highly similar and must have been inspired by Alex from Target (yes the meme, or whatever it is). I didn’t like this book that much. The characters wasn’t anything special or memorable, and I didn’t care for the story or romance. The whole book was just meh. 2/5 stars.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I have heard so many people rave about this series. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m still waiting and wondering when the story is going to as awesome as everybody says. I didn’t love this book, and it is a shame because I really like the idea behind it. I love the world and the main character. A wizard detective who is fighting supernatural crimes, how awesome isn’t that? There is so much potential. Someone told me that the series will be better after book 4, so I’ll give it one more chance.  3/5 stars

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book 1 in the Mistborn 

This is also a series that everybody raves about, and I totally get why! The story was so good and addictive, I couldn’t put the books down. I also loved the world building, the magic system and the characters, everything about it was amazing! I can’t wait to start the next book, because this was a good ride to say it mildly.  4.5/5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yet again a book that I have heard great things about. I’m sorry to say that this book and the story didn’t grab me in the same way it did for a lot of other readers. I can see why people loves this book though, because the writing is beautiful and the story is heartbreaking. My favorite part and one thing that I found very interesting about this book was the narrator. It was interesting to read a story told from death’s perspective. 3.5/5 stars

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Not my absolutely favorite story, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the drawings. 3.5/5 stars

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

I picked up this book because a lot of people was recommending and talking about it, and I’m starting to get interested in minimalism and decluttering my house. I think this book was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas on how to purge and tidy. Some of her views on things was a bit weird, and I don’t think I will be following the book 100% in the future. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed reading it. It is pretty short, so you should give it a try if you are interested.  4/5 stars

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

DNF at 46%. This story wasn’t for me. I thought it was boring af. The snow child (the child in the story) was pretty interesting but not enough for me to continue and finishing the book.  1/5 stars

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