Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

I rarely do tags, but I thought this one would be fun to do.

1.BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I LOVE these books ❤

2.BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

I haven’t read that many sequels this year, but this series was FANTASTIC.

3.NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

I haven’t been good at reading new releases so far this year. I blame it on my book buying ban, and that I have been focusing on my TBR mountain. I need to buy some of the new releases because there are so many I want to read, they all sounds so good. I couldn’t choose just one book, so I made a separate post earlier this week dedicated to this question. Here is a link to the post: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

4.MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

5.BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My expectations for this book was really high. I liked some parts of the book, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

6.BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a birthday present 1 ½ years ago from a friend. The person who gave it to me loved the book and thought I would too. I was very skeptical to pick it up because I didn’t want to hate it. I had also previously read Norwegian Wood by the same author, and I didn’t care for that book. I’m actually currently reading this book now, I have about 80 pages left. I love this book and I already know it will be one of my favorite reads of 2017. Even though it have some scenes that are problematic that I didn’t like (the woman in the woods), the book speaks to my heart. It’s just so weird and interesting and captivating.

7.FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

This is hard because I feel that you have to read more than one book from an author to call them your favorite. Here are some new to me authors that I have read and really enjoyed this year. 

Michel Faber author of The Book of Strange New Things

Jennifer Niven author of Holding Up the Universe

Karen m. McManus author of One of Us Is Lying – This book is also a debut. 

Brandon Sanderson author of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of We Should All Be Feminists

8.NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

I don’t get fictional crushes, but the closest to a fictional crush I have right now is Oshima from Kafka on The Shore. It’s weird because he is a know it all type of person.

9.NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Oshima and Nakata from Kafka on The Shore

Molly and her moms from The Upside of Unrequited

10.BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I don’t think I have cried from a book this year. Hmm maybe I cried at the end of American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Really good book.

11.BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

12.FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I rarely watch movies. I can only remember that I have watched 2 movies this year, and that is Zodiac and Inside Out. But there is one series that I really liked called Big Little Lies, and that is a book to series adaptation. I haven’t read the book yet, but I might do it in the future. Really good and intriguing series that keeps you guessing until the end. Let me know if you have watched the series.

13.FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

This is a hard question because I’m a perfectionist and hard on myself. I have to go with my latest review: One of us is lying.

14.MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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This has to be the new Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone books. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL and I want them all! I contained myself and only bought the hardback and paperback of in Ravenclaw editions. 

15.WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of the books. If you combine my TBR and the new releases I want to read, you have the answer. I think this question will be too much. I might do a separate post on this as well soon.

-I’m tagging you, and if you have already done it leave me the link and I’ll check it out 🙂 

❤ -Rakel

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15th Favorites of the Moment #6

15th Favorites of the Moment is a monthly bookish favorites TAG made by me. Instead of doing the monthly favorites at the end of the month. I’m going to do it half way through the month on the 15th, with 15 questions.

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15th Favorite of the Moment #5

15th Favorites at the Moment is a monthly bookish favorites TAG made by me. Instead of doing the monthly favorites at the end of the month. I’m going to do it half way through the month on the 15th, with 15 questions.

1 FAVORITE BOOK

I’m almost done with Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, and I’m really liking it. I’m also currently reading the third book in The Gentleman Bastards series; The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I know I have mentioned this series every 15th favorites, but it is my absolutely favorite series, and book 3 is sooo good.

2 FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER

George and Jimmy from Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh. George is an African American, and Jimmy is Native American. They are both in their 70, best friends, living together and fighting supernatural cases. I absolutely adore them, and it was so much fun reading about two older main characters. I usually read YA and books with younger main characters.

Link to my Deadlight Jack Review

And also Libby from Holding Up The Universe. I love her, she is amazing! I can really relate to her and I see myself in her a lot.

3 FAVORITE BOOK COVERS

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4 FAVORITE BOOK ON YOUR WISH LIST

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. In need to watch the movie, and then read this screenplay.

5 FAVORITE BOOK GENRE

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I really like Holding Up The Universe. I have to say I have really enjoyed reading contemporaries lately.

6 FAVORITE PLACE TO READ

Playing Sims4 and listening to audiobooks.

7 FAVORITE FOOD

I don’t have one

8 FAVORITE DRINK

Green tea with lemon and honey.

9 FAVORITE RANDOM THING

I don’t have one

10 FAVORITE TV SERIES / MOVIE

The new season of Sherlock. Season 4 so far has been a bit weird and crazy and of course really exciting.

My other favorite tv show is the Swedish tv series Frøken Frimans Krig (Miss Friman’s War). Season 3 came out late December and it is so good. Season 1 is about a group of women in the early 1900, and their fight to start up the grocery store run only by women; Svenska Hem (Swedish Home).

It is really interesting and important to see the feminists fight for equality. The women that has fought for equality, their struggles and how it was a 100 years ago. It is both educational and a reminder how important feminism is. I’m feeling very proud for all of the women who stood up for equality and female rights. It is rare for a tv series to make me so proud and emotional as this one.

Not all battles are violent. Meet a courageous group of women who takes on both the male rulers of the day and a corrupt grocery industry. Savvy is their strategy and cans of healthy food are their weapons. The three hour drama series “Miss Friman’s War” is a humorous and poignant story about friendship and fighting for your dreams. It addresses topics that are as relevant today as they were then: the demand for good, unspoiled food and the struggle for equal rights. Although “Miss Friman’s War” is a work of fiction, the story is partly based on actual events around the all-female food co-op “Svenska Hem”, which was founded long before women even had the right to vote.
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11 FAVORITE YOUTUBER / TWITCH STREAMER

TYLERWIFY YOUTUBE LINK

His Sims4 lets play is HILARIOUS! It is really dramatic and definitely not PG haha. Everyone that loves drama check his channel out. I discovered his channel only a week ago, and I have almost watched every episode. I’m addicted.

His latest episode:

12 FAVORITE MUSIC / PODCAST

I don’t have one

13 FAVORITE GAME / BOARD GAME

Sims4, I have been playing it again. You guys might know by now that sims4 is my favorite game. And OMG guys, TODDLERS are in the game now!!!

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Here are some screenshots of what I have built lately:

This is MR and MRS Lee, they are the parents of one of my sims. They are rich and owns the whole apartment complex that they and their daughter lives in.

This is the apartment I made them.

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14 FAVORITE BLOGGER OR OTHER PAGES ON THE INTERNET

I came over this Instagram profile; Bri4nh3nry. I really like the small animated art pieces this guy is making.
https://www.instagram.com/bri4nh3nry/

15 FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE DONE LATELY

Christmas and new year’s eve! Read about my Christmas HERE.

 

❤ -Rakel

2017 Reading Challenges

It is that time of the year for goals and reading challenges. I have seen a lot of 2017 Reading challenges going around in the blogging community lately, that people are participating in. I thought it would be fun to participate in some. I’m trying to be selective, because I don’t want to get overwhelmed, I feel like that is so easy to do. I have tried to do the Book Riot challenge before, but now that I have a blog to share my fun (or struggles) I think it is so much easier to continue and not ditch it a few months into the year. Here are some of my favorite challenges that I want to participate in this year.


1.Beat The Backlist Challenge


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This challenge is about beating, attacking and murdering those TBR shelves (ok, ok just kidding maybe not murdering, no booklovers want to ruin their books). This challenge is so simple, the only thing you have to do is read the books you own that you bought before 2017. There is also a point system where you can get points for your Hogwarts house, I’m Ravenclaw btw. I’m not sure yet how you do it, so you better go and read what the creator of this challenge is saying about it. I have to do more research on it. 

Beat The Backlist Challenge is hosted by: Novelknight.com

I have a huge TBR shelves of books I want to read, but haven’t had the time or gotten around to read. After posting this post: Books I Really Want To Read & Series I want To Start in 2017!  some weeks back, a lot of people suggested and recommended me to join this challenge. This is going to be my main challenge for 2017. I’m going to make a document of all of my books that I own, and crossing them out whenever I read a book on the list.


2.2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge


I’m joining the dystopian reading challenge because I love dystiopian books. It sounds like lots of fun, especially the Dystopia Bingo.

Dystopian Reading Challenge is hosted by: Cornerfolds.com & Mysoulcalledlife.com 

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3.Book Riot Read Harder Challenge


“Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging to two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks, or read one book per task. I’ve said it the last two challenges, so it bears repeating: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.” –BookRiot

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is hosted by: Book Riot.com

1 Read a book about sports.
2 Read a debut novel.
3 Read a book about books.
4 Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
5 Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
6 Read an all-ages comic.
7 Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
8 Read a travel memoir.
9 Read a book you’ve read before.
10 Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
11 Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
12 Read a fantasy novel.
13 Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14 Read a book about war.
15 Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
16 Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
17 Read a classic by an author of color.
18 Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
19 Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
20 Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
21 Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
22 Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
23 Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
24 Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

❤ -Rakel

-Are You Participating In Any 2017 Reading Challenges?

 

 

 

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017 TBR

I’m going to participate in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017. This readathon runs from January 8 to January 14. You can find more information on the Biannual Bibliothin’s youtube channel: HERE, or their Twitter page HERE.

This will be my first readathon in 2017, and I’m so excited. This will be the first of many this year. I have 5 books on my list, and they all are highly anticipated reads for me. I hope I love them all, this is going to be a really fun readathon.


Challenges


1.Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

I asked for this book for Christmas, so that I would be ready for the readathon and this challenge. This book sounds really interesting and has been on my TBR for a little while.

2.Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge – http://bit.ly/2fgggxU

I choose to go for the Winter Themed Book Or Book Featuring Winter challenge, and the book I choose for this is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

3.Read a 2016 new release

I have to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

4.Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you

All of Victoria Schwab’s books are loved on booktube, so I’m going to read This Savage Song by her.

5.Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up

I was really excited for This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab. I pre ordered it I think, but I never picked it up to read.

6.Read a retelling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a retelling of of The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

7.Read a diverse book

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have heard a lot of great things about this author, and this essay. It is about feminism as the title says, and the author is African.

❤ -Rakel

-Are You Going To Participate In This Readathon?

My Book Year 2016 – All The Books I Read In 2016

It is the end of the year, and time for a recap of all the books I read in 2016. I read a total of 53 books. I can’t believe I read over 50 books this year, that is a lot for me. In the beginning of the year I put 40 books on my Goodreads challenge, but halfway through the year I was so much ahead of my goal that I changed it to 50 books. I read some long books, and some short books. I read some really great books, and some not so great books. I’m really happy and satisfied with my reading year.

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 Star Ratings


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All The Books I Read In 2016


1.Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 5 stars

2.Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

3.Never Never: Part Two (Never Never #2) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

4.Never Never: Part Three (Never Never #3) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

5.I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 4 stars

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6.The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden #1) by A.R. Torre – 3 stars

7.Psycho (Psycho #1) by Robert Bloch – 4 stars

8.Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars

9.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 2 stars

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10.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars

11.Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – 3 stars

12.Trollbundet (Sagaen om Isfolket #1) by Margit Sandemo – 3.5 stars

13.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5 stars

14.The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh – 2.5 stars

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15.The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

16.The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

17.Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab – 4 stars

18.Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars

19.Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes – 3 stars

20.City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare – 3 stars

21.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – 4 stars

22.The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – 1 star

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23.Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

24.We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – 4 stars

25.Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 5 stars

26.The Moorigad Dragon (Age of the Hybrid #1) by Debra Kristi – 1 star

27.The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

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28.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – 5 stars

29.Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings – 1.5 stars

30.The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

31.Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice – 2 stars

32.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars

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33.Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

34.The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski – 4.5 stars

35.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffan & Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling – 3 stars

36.The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

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37.Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – 3 stars

38.The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

39.Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar – 4 stars

40.The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars

41.The Butterfly GardenThe Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy #1) by Dot Hutchison –  2 stars

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42.You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes – 4 stars

43.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 3 stars

44.Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – 3 stars

45.Digital Idols by Jon Frater – 1 star

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46.The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

47.Heksejakten (Sagaen om Isfolket #2) by Margit Sandemo – 2 stars

48.Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons – 4 stars

49.Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch – 4 stars

50.The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman – 3 stars

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51.The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – 3 stars

52.Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 2.5 stars

53.What Light by Jay Asher – 2 stars

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Pictures are from Goodreads

❤ -Rakel

-How Many Books Did You Read This Year? And What was Your Favorite Book?

Dashing Through The Snow Book TAG

Christmas is right around the corner. To make my blog a little more festive and to get into the Christmas spirit here is a Christmas themed TAG.

1NAME A BOOK YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE.

All the Books On My Christmas Wish List post.

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2NAME A BOOK YOU’LL BE READING DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

I planning to finish reading 12 Days of Dash And Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

3NAME YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE.

I don’t really like Christmas movies. Is that weird? I watched The Rise of the Guardians one night when I couldn’t sleep, it was pretty good.

But there is one movie i watch every year, and that is Tre Nøtter Til Askepott. I’m going to talk more about this movie later in the TAG.

4DO YOU LIKE SNOW?

I love snow around Christmas and I think it is beautiful to look at, but I don’t like the cold and slippery roads that comes with it. Snow isn’t something really special when you live in Norway.

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5NAME A CHARACTER YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEND YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY WITH.

I want The Doctor to take me out on an amazing Christmas themed adventure, like in the Dr Who Christmas special episodes.

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6TO GIVE OR RECEIVE.

Not going to lie, I love getting gifts. But I also love giving gifts, so I have to answer both.

7WHAT FICTIONAL PLACE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS AT?

It has to be somewhere magical like Hogwarts or the Weasley’s house.

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8FONDEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY?

My fondest Christmas memory is watching Tre Nøtter Til Askepott With my brother every Christmas morning. Watching Tre Nøtter Til Askepott is something a lot of Norwegians has as a tradition. It is kind of weird because Tre Nøtter Til Askepott is a Czech retelling of Cinderella from 1973. It is also badly dubbed by a man and it is always funny to listen to (we don’t dub movies is Norway, we only use subtitles). This tradition is kind of weird, but there is no Christmas without this movie.

You can actually watch the whole movie here:

9. CAN YOU SAY CHRISTMAS TREE TEN TIMES FAST IN A ROW (PRONOUNCING IT CORRECTLY)?

No I failed

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❤ -Rakel

-What Is Your Favorite Christmas Memory?