Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2017

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So, time for a monthly wrap-up! I feel very content with my reading this month, of course there was time for more but just reading for the sake of reading a lot kind of takes the joy from it. Better read when you feel like it, and the book will be much more enjoyable.

Overall I felt like I’ve read great books this month, and I hope it’ll be true about the next.

The Books I’ve Read This Month;

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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman [x]

(Good, dragged a bit but the ending really affected me…)

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The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

(I listened to the audio book, and it was great. A perfect fairy tale-like story)

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The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen

(another great listening! Really recommend it if you love fairy tales and classics)

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Odd and The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

(More Gaiman! Really charming book)

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams [x]

(This (audio) book was amazing, extremely funny and clever)

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The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe by Douglas Adams

(again, so much fun. Plus – Martin Freeman narrates it!)

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The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb 

(My new favorite series, this books was just amazing.)

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Ship Of Destiny by Robin Hobb [x]

(Like above, this is my new favorite series. Amazing)

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

(The first book was OK, but I found this one much better. Also, I think it’s much better to listen o the audio book than reading it)

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Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker [x]

(This is prob. the most beautiful audio book I’ve ever listened to, complete with sound effects and music. If anyone know any audio books with music, please tell me)

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The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris [x]

(Quick but good, with one of my all-time favorite antiheroes in mythology)

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Kallocain by Karin Boye [x]

(Prob. my favorite dystopian, of what I’ve read. Terrifyingly accurate)

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The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

(I love love love this series. Irene is the best. Review coming up soon)

So those were the books I read this month! Does any of the books interest you? Have you read any of them? Don’t forget to comment! In May I believe I won’t be reading as much, since I will be having exams. But, you know, not that it will stop me…

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A Song & A Book #33

Today’s Song Is;

I’m the reason its become this way
And their love for it is the reason I have become this praised

They love my darkness,
I make them heartless,
And in return, the have become my martyrs

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is; (In Celebration For The TV-Series Coming Out Today!)

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A storm is coming…

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path”

Book Review – Kallocain

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Title: Kallocain

Author: Karin Boye

ISBN: 9789174290875

Publisher: 2010 (first published 1940), Bonnier Pocket

Three Word Description: Short, Unique, Accurate

 

 

 

 

(I read the book in its original language, Swedish, but there is an english translation of it.)

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present the most realistic dystopian novel I’ve ever read (so far). Instead of following a person critical to the regime or a teen leading a revolution, the story is told through the perspective of an overall citizen. The protagonist, Leo Kall, may be the villain in any other dystopian novel I’ve read, but in the end he is just a product of the society he lives in.

 This is a novel of the future, profoundly sinister in its vision of a drab terror. Ironic and detached, the author shows us the totalitarian World-state through the eyes of a product of that state, scientist Leo Kall. Kall has invented a drug, kallocain, which denies the privacy of thought and is the final step towards the transmutation of the individual human being into a “happy, healthy cell in the state organism.” For, says Leo, “from thoughts and feelings, words and actions are born. How then could these thoughts and feelings belong to the individual? Doesn’t the whole fellow-soldier belong to the state? To whom should his thoughts and feelings belong then, if not to the state?” “

Leo Kall is, like I mentioned, not the typical ‘hero’ of a dystopian novel. From the beginning he excuses everything that his totalitarian state does, actually believing it’s for everyone’s best. He even invents a drug that reveals people’s deepest thoughts, thinking that now no ‘dangerous’ people can walk among them. The fact that Leo sincerely believes this dystopia to be a utopia gives an interesting perspective for the reader. But what makes it even more interesting is Leo’s own hidden feelings and thoughts that he tries to deny.

Leo’s relationships play an important role in the novel as they demonstrate human’s ability to affect each other. In a world where social behavior is seen as asocial, the learned fear of closeness still can’t remove what we all deeply desire. Through Leo, Moye wrote such a believable torn man that even though I had a hard time sympathizing with him in the beginning, my heart reached out to him by the end.

And that I would say is the book’s little weakness, though it is deliberate. Leo is not written to be sympathetic in the sense that we are meant to see through his eyes from the beginning. So first it is a bit hard to get into it, but to understand the book’s purpose you must understand that the book is not written to your perspective. It challenges the reader to see through the perspective of someone we would usually claim to be completely opposite to us in the typical dystopia.

But the book is short (193 pages) so it’s a quick read for anyone! Even if you think that you’re quite done with dystopian thanks to its hype, I still incline you to try this book. It will give you a different view on the genre, and I honestly believe it gives a much more righteous perspective.

 

A Song & A Book #32

Today’s Song Is;

Oh, secret soul that burns inside
No forced control can make you hide
Open wide /…/

For every heart there burns a flame
To light the soul and make you one again
In every heart there looms a voice
We’ll have our day

And The Book I Choose For This Song Is;

(seriously, I finished this book yesterday and I realized how this song just fits this book PERFECT)

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“This is a novel of the future, profoundly sinister in its vision of a drab terror. Ironic and detached, the author shows us the totalitarian World-state through the eyes of a product of that state, scientist Leo Kall. Kall has invented a drug, kallocain, which denies the privacy of thought and is the final step towards the transmutation of the individual human being into a “happy, healthy cell in the state organism.” For, says Leo, “from thoughts and feelings, words and actions are born. How then could these thoughts and feelings belong to the individual? Doesn’t the whole fellow-soldier belong to the state? To whom should his thoughts and feelings belong then, if not to the state?” “

Book Tag #Ghibli Heroines

After I found this wonderful tag created by Kate and, you know, how can one not do this? I absolutely love Ghibli and its heroines, and the questions for this tag are great! The first Ghibli movie I watched was Laputa, I think. Or it was Spirited Away, but I was so terrified during the pig-scene that we had to turn it off… Glad though that I watched it a few years later :’). And you can’t ask me of my favorite, that’s just cruel.

THE RULES:

  • Please pingback, rather than link to her as Kate@Melting Pots and Other Calamities. She will only know if you’ve done this tag if you pingback.
  • Tag as many people as you want. Ghibli movies aren’t as popular as Disney or Pixar, so be careful that those you tag are at least somewhat familiar with Ghibli.
  • You can use examples from books, movies, TV shows, anime/manga, and webcomics.
  • As this tag celebrates heroines, please name either a piece of fiction or a female character, if you’re able.
  • Have fun!

Nausicaa, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: (Even though this isn’t technically Ghibli, it’s still marketed that way). Nausicaa is a princess in a post-disaster world. She is compassionate and brave, a daring explorer who is capable and selfless.  Name a strong female leader. 

nausicaa4 Aliena of Shiring in Ken Follett’s historical novel The Pillars Of The Earth is no doubt one of (or the) most inspiring character. Already as a young girl she shows signs of a strong woman inside of her. Despite all the horrors and struggles she goes through the years, she always stays/becomes a strong leader.

Sheeta, Castle in the SkyAlthough Sheeta may have a quieter demeanor than other Ghibli heroines, she is not a damsel in distress. She’s royalty, but doesn’t stay on the sidelines; she is involved, kind, and despite a sad past, hopeful. Name an inspiring member of royalty. 

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Princess Sarene from Elantris by Brandon Sanderson arranges herself a marriage to strengthen her home-country politically. But when she arrives to find said prince ‘dead’, she doesn’t just sit around and wait for someone else to fix both her old and new countries problems.

 

Satsuki and Mei, My Neighbor Totoro- Before Anna and Elsa, before Lilo and Nani, there was Satsuki and Mei. Satsuki  was incredibly young when their mother was hospitalized, and wi their father at work, she has to take care of Mei. And Mei is only four, with a big imagination. Name a pair of siblings (or two friends who act like siblings). 

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Raptor Red and her sister from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker may be different and not always on agreeable terms, yet they love each other will always choose to stay together.

 

 

Kiki, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceKiki has to go off on her own to live alone, as is the custom among witches. She goes through many things that newly independent young adults face, like money problems, finding a place to stay, job searching, and loneliness, before finding her way thanks to her special abilities. Name a female character who has supernatural gifts.

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Door from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has probably one of the most unique and coolest powers I’ve ever read about. She can actually open doors to anywhere. How cool and useful isn’t that?

 

Gina and Fio, Porco Rosso- Gina and Fio are both heroines in this film, and they couldn’t be less alike. Gina is a young woman who is very feminine, a singer and a restaurant owner. However, she is very resourceful and capable. Fio is a teenage mechanic who is independent, goes against the flow, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She may be one of the best mechanics of her time. Name two inspiring heroines; one who is unabashedly feminine, and another who is more of a tomboy. 

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Blushweaver from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is proud of being an attractive woman, plus resourceful and clever. Vasilisa from The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden is in her society’ standard a tomboy.

Angel, On Your Mark- On Your  Mark is a music video that Ghibli helped a music group with. It may not have much of a story, but it’s beautiful and interesting, and not may people are aware of its existence. Name an underrated heroine. 

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Oh you know, for a question like this you could just start rambling up plenty of characters. But I decided to go with Faith from The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Seriously, more people need to talk about this book. Not only is the whole concept great, but Faith is such a wonderful character and I loved to see her grow and not to mention when she learns to view the world and people differently. Plus, this book has a wonderful feministic message that I actually did not see coming at first.

Shizuku, Whisper of the Heart– Shizuku is an eighth grade student who can’t quite focus on school as much as on her favorite books. However, through encounters with an ambitious boy who seems to have a likely chance at meeting his goals, a cat who rides trains, an antique shop owner, and a cat statue called The Baron, Shizuku is determined to meet her own goal and become a writer. Name your most relatable character. 

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Shallan Davar from The Stormlight Archive – series by Brandon Sanderson is one of my all-time favorite characters. For example, we both share a love for science and are considered ‘silver-tongued’ thanks to our brother(s). And I also just relate to everything she does and says.

 

San, Princess Mononoke- San has been raised by wolves her whole life. When  humans begin to invade her home forest to make towns and use the resources for themselves while killing the spirits and animals within, San refuses to let it be. She takes a stand and becomes the village’s  greatest obstacle. She is such a force to be reckoned with that they even give her a name; The Princess Mononoke. Name a female character who is physically strong.

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The person that immediately popped up in my mind was Clarisse La Rue from the Percy Jackson – series by Rick Riordan. She’s a great character who starts off as a bully, but shows more and more depth as the book progresses and grows as a character thanks to the support of people around her (but also learning to support others).

Chihiro, Spirited Away– At the beginning of Spirited Away, Chihiro starts off as a whiny, spoiled ten year old girl. However, during her time working at the spirit’s Bath House, she discovers parts of herself she didn’t know she had. The story is about her finding the strength she already had but was unaware of. Name a character who has an amazing character journey.

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Okay how could I not mention Malta Vestrit from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb for this one? In the beginning she acts spoiled, whining and immature. But just like Chihiro, she finds herself in a situation that makes her not only grow as a person, but also find the strength in herself.

Haru, The Cat Returns– Haru is a typical high school girl; kind, clumsy, and a little forgetful. But she soon finds herself involved in events that are out of her control. In a way, it is because of her normalcy that she can find her way out of her situation and become stronger because of it. Name a female character who may not have any supernatural abilities herself, but is memorable anyway.

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In a world of gods and metal benders, Steris from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson may not have any specific powers herself nor being some kind of kick-ass fighter. But her peculiar personality will make you remember (and love) her. She is just crazy prepared for everything, quote (or as much of it as I remember) “If you asked her to kill a fly, she would burn down the house to make sure the job is done”. No doubt one of my all-time favorite female characters.

Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle– Sophie doesn’t think much of herself for a lot of the story. She doesn’t think she’s pretty or memorable, especially when compared to her younger sister, Lettie. It gets even worse when she’s cursed to look like an old woman. When she finds a new life that involves the mysterious wizard Howl, a fire demon, Howl’s apprentice, and many others, she is shown to be resilient and intuitive. Name an emotionally strong character.

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Irene from The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman always stays professional and focuses on the task ahead (despite the many predicaments she finds herself in). Plus, she may recognize her feelings, like an attraction, but won’t let them get the best of her (and saves the reader from an instalove or unnecessary romance subplot).

Ponyo, Ponyo- Ponyo is  one of the youngest Ghibli heroines at only five years old. But she still  gets a lot done, including becoming human, discovering things, finding a best friend, and saving the world. Name a hero who happens to be a child.

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The wonderful children’s classic The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen (who also wrote the book Ponyo is loosely adapted from) has little Gerda who goes on a journey to find her best friend Kai, who had been taken by the snow queen. She’s the ultimate innocent cinnamon roll of all cinnamon rolls.

Arrietty, The Secret World of Arrietty- Arrietty is a Borrower; she is tiny and survives by stealing small things that humans  won’t miss. Yet she’s curious about the human world, and does braver things than most humans would be incapable of doing, despite her tiny size. Name an unlikely hero.

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For this one, I pick a certain woman in Joanne Harris’ Runemarks, who through the first part of the book is kind of just a ‘statist’, background character. That is, until she gets tired of how she is treated and steps up to take something back that belonged to her. Unknowingly, that action lets her stop the villains and save the heroes.

Nahoko, The Wind Rises- Nahoko has tuberculosis during World War 2. However, she doesn’t allow this to cripple her, and enjoys life to the fullest anyway, which includes painting and falling in love. Even being placed in a sanitarium doesn’t break her. Name an inspiring character with some sort of obstacle. 

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Samirah Al Abbas from Magnus Chase and The Gods Of Asgard series by Rick Riordan struggles with the prejudices people of all worlds have of her. In the ‘mortal’ world, or Midgard, she faces islamophobia because of her religion, while in the other eight worlds (especially Asgard/Valhalla) she faces prejudices from people because of Loki being her father. Yet, she stays strong and holds on to her dreams. She even shows forgiveness for the people that want her to fair ill.

Kaguya, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya- in a time where women were expected to follow social norms such as blackening teeth, shaving eyebrows, and being forced into arranged marriages, Kaguya refuses to play along. She would much rather be outside, dance, and play with friends. Name a female character who challenges social norms.

kaguya.gifCaris from Ken Follett’s World Without End, which takes place in the 14th century, who dreams of being a doctor and fights the patriarchy with her every breath. She’s smart, quick-witted, kind and just a wonderful and strong woman.

 

Well, that’s that :D! Agree, have any opinions on the answers? Don’t forget to comment!

I tag (yes, I will actually start tagging people);

 

 

Book Review – The Gospel Of Loki

gospeloflokiTitle: The Gospel Of Loki

Author: Joanne M. Harris

ISBN: 9781473202351

Publisher: 2014, Gollancz

Three Word Description: Norse, Quick, Torn

 

 

 

 

Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.”

The prequel to Harris’ Runemarks is told from Loki’s perspective, which results in a fictionalized version of Norse mythology with lots of salt (from Loki’s part). My feelings for this book is a bit mixed – Loki is one of my favorite characters in this series, so it was great reading more from him. But there were a few too many things for me to fully enjoy it. Let me explain;

Loki is a great anti-hero, a.k.a. problematic. But I don’t think that telling this fictional version of the Norse myths through his perspective may have actually been so good. Since everything is from Loki’s perspective, he describes all characters as one-dimensional because of his resentments (and that it is of course from his views). It could have been much more interesting if there was more depth to the others, I know it’s about Loki but only one or two interesting characters are not enough.
(Also, I am a bit (very) salty about Harris’ portrayal of Sigyn.)

But the book is short, just under 300 pages so that makes it a quick read (which is a big plus) and saved the story a bit more. But I would honestly have no problems with it being a bit longer had the book given more depth to the other characters… Even though the story is told through Loki’s perspective, I still think it very possible to make the others more than one dimensional. Saying things like “Idun is sweet and innocent” and “Frigg cares deeply for her son Balder” to describe their whole characterization in the book is just bad.

Suffice to say, Loki still makes for a great, complicated anti-hero. And that’s important to remember – Loki is not just a tragic hero, but more of a jerk with a heart of gold. Or silver, as a heart of gold sounds too pure. It was interesting to read of what events and people pushed him to aid the world in its downfall. Also, you can’t help but feel a bit sad for the little demon who dreamed of fitting in and becoming a hero.

Also, Harris’ world building deserves some recognition of its own. Chaos and Order are two opposing forces which forged the world, to put it simply. The complexity of these two are so interesting and I love reading about it (I’m a sucker for fantasy/SciFi world buildings)

But one has to remember when reading is that this is a prequel to Runemarks, therefore not exactly accurate when it comes to Norse mythology. Also, I think this will probably be my last book I read that re-tells Norse mythology. Okay if you do something new with it like Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, but I know all the myths and stories so well that it’s starting to be a bit boring.

Well it was still a good read, and it was Loki that made the story. But I can’t help but feel that there’s a lot of wasted potentials. But hey, it’s very accurate when you come to think that the story is told from Loki’s view.

T5W – Authors You Want To Read More From

Finally time for another Top 5 Wednesday! I missed the last week’s topic due to essays I needed to work on, but this week is pretty calm so I have more time blog 😀

This week’s topic is sponsored by Sam and Lainey over on this Goodreads group, and is about authors I want to read more from, authors from which I’ve only read one or few books from and need to read more. Because of that I won’t pick authors I want to read from but haven’t yet, but instead those I’ve already read from and want more.

Honestly, this was kind of tough. When I discover a new other that I love *cough* Brandon Sanderson *cough* I will devour all their books. But, luckily, I came up with some :D!

(victoria schwab, terry pratchett, robin hobb, william shakespeare, C.S. Lewis)

5. William Shakespeare

I’ve only read his play Hamlet, and fell in love. I really hadn’t expected that, but hey that’s wonderful! I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on another copy of one of his plays :D!

4. C.S. Lewis

I’ve read/listened to two of his Narnia books (The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and both were magical reads. I love his writing style, his world-building, his characters… Plan on listening to the audio book of the third Narnia book sometime soon!

3. Victoria/V.E. Schwab

I loved Vicious and I seriously have no idea why I haven’t read more from her. A Darker Shade of Magic sounds like something I’d love, but I just haven’t got my hands on a copy and that’s the only reason, I guess. Definitely need to read more from her.

2. Terry Pratchett

Well, I’ve only read the novel he did with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, and that is honestly the book with Gaiman that I love the most. Ever since I found out about the Discworld series I have been quite intimidated, but after finishing Good Omens, I think I’ll love Pratchett’s writing. I have the first book to start soon, though I know that most people say that you should skip the first two, I plan on reading the first and then skip to another. Just to get some background facts and such 😀

1. Robin Hobb

Aaaand no. 1 place goes to Robin Hobb! I’ve read The Liveship Traders and gave each book 5 stars on Goodreads, I just LOVED everything about them. Why did it take me so much time to read them? I have no doubt that Hobb will be my new Sanderson (jk, no one will replace his books but they will stand on equal footing). I plan on going to town and just buy all her Elderling books in one go, or at least a whole trilogy. If you haven’t read any Hobb books, what are you waiting for?? Go annd read them!

So! These were my picks for this week’s topic, do you agree with any or already read them? Which authors would you like to read more? Comment below! If you’ve done this meme, I’d love to see your picks 😀 ❤

A Song & A Book #31

Today’s Song Is;

And oh I wish to God that the earth would turn cold
And my heart would forget it’s made of glass
And all the pretty tulips would disappear
And never disturb me again

And The Book I Choose For This Song Is;

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” Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.”

Book Tag #Avatar The Last Airbender

Time for a book tag! Like before, I wasn’t tagged to do this but had wanted to do it for awhile and decided to finally give it a shot 😀 This tag was originally created by A Clockword Reader (an awesome booktuber) and you can check out her video here.

WATER, EARTH, FIRE, AIR…..

“If you were a bender, what would be your element?”

My element would definitely be water. The element for my zodiac sign is water, I have “water hands” (the element for reading your fortune through your hand or something), I live in the north like water bender would live and I live on an island, surrounded by water. Only problem: I can’t swim.

Water:

  1. Katara and Sokka – best sibling relationship

wp-1490223814516.gif The brothers from Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. Always. The older and beautiful brother, Jonathan, who everyone loves, and the younger “weak” brother, Skorpan, who lives in his brother’s shadow but is determined to prove himself. I both read the book and watched the TV-series as a kid and they have stayed and will stay with me forever.

 

2. Yue – Favorite star-crossed lovers

wp-1490223850936.gif The ones in The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. You know which I’m talking about if you’ve read the book. God I cried.

 

 

3. Blood Bending – A book with a disturbing setting/concept

wp-1490223897318.gif The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly definitely had a much more disturbing concept than I expected (I expected Narnia/A monster calls, but got Grimm/Coraline/IsThisEvenMeantForKids?)

 

 

Earth

  1. Toph – A character’s whose strength surprised you/or surprised the other characters

toph I got to say, Malta Vestrit in Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb took me by great surprise. In the first book I couldn’t even stand her, but she made an amazing character development and stayed headstrong despite the situation she found herself in.

 

2. The Tales Of Ba Sing Se – Best short story or poetry collection

wp-1490223924128.gif I haven’t read any poetry collections, so I’ll go with the novella Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. The first part was a bit confusing (not to say that the complicated and old language was a nightmare for a non-native speaker like me), but by the end I just broke down laughing.

 

 

3. Kyoshi Warriors – Best warrior character

wp-1490223915582.gifOh this is a tricky one! Since I read mostly Fantasy I know tons who’d qualify. But since it’s the Kyoshi Warriors I’ll choose the warrior group the Blade Maidens from The Song of The Shattered Sands by Bradley Beaulieu – you do NOT want to cross them. An awesome all-female special forces in a pre-Islamic fantasy world. You don’t even need to be on their side to respect them.

Fire

  1. Zuko – Best redemption arc/a redemption arc that should have happened &
  2. Iroh – Wisest character

wp-1490223937398.gifBest redemption arc… I gotta give that to Loki from Runemarks duology by Joanne Harris. He’s a little shit, definitely NOT just misunderstood, but by the end of the day, all he ever wanted was to belong.

For wisest character I Pick Sazed from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson!

 

3. Azula – Best downfall

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William from The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett, oh my god was his fate satisfying. You’ll absolutely loath him as a villain – he is simply a terrible person, but I guess that makes him a great villain. But that ending was worth every single page with him in the book. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so satisfied.

Air

  1. Appa – Favorite fictional animal/pet

wp-1490223957582.gifUhm I pick Dinosaur and for that is Raptor Red AND her sister (you can’t make me choose) from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker. They’re like Blue from Jurassic World :’)

 

 

 

2. Aang – Purest cinnamon roll

wp-1490223964590.gif Sophia from Mapmaker’s Trilogy by S.E. Grove will always pop up in my mind when you say ‘cinnamon roll’. She’s just so sweet and pure, plucky girl who wants to discover the world. Which leads to some tearjerkers later on when it flew away from her reach *Paradise by Coldplay starts playing*

 

 

 

3. Avatar State – A stubborn character/A character that struggles with letting go

wp-1490223974715.gif Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan is both stubborn and struggles with letting go of a certain JERK who BETRAYED her. This leads to being constantly betrayed and trust issues, but she’s still stubborn to both trying to reach them but also letting them go.

 

 

So those were my answers! Agree with any? What would some of your choices be? Comment below!

Since I wasn’t specifically tagged to do this book tag, I’ll tag YOU!

A Song & A Book [Masterlist]

Heyo! Decided to do master list of all the songs and books I’ve used so far so you can get a good overview. Maybe you’ll find any of your favorite songs or books? I plan on doing this every 30th song 🙂

#1: Song; Playing God by Ana Johnsson, Book; Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#2: Song; Familiar by Agnes Obel, Book; The Otherlife by Julia Gray [x]

#3: Song; Earth Song by Michael Jackson, Book; Crimson Skew by S.E. Grove [x]

#4: Song; Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise) by Spring Awakening Cast, Book; The Power by Naomi Alderman [x]

#5: Song; 2-1 by Imogen Heap, Book; Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#6: Song; Turkish Delight by Susanne Sundför (dunno how to do the Norwegian Ö on this laptop), Book; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis [x]

#7: Song; The Hounds by The Protomen, Book; Vicious by V.E. Schwab [x]

#8: Song; Secret by The Pierces, Book; The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge [x]

#9: Song; The Walk by Imogen Heap, Book; Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (specifically focused on Annabeth’s relationship to Luke) [x]

#10; Song; Many Moons by Janelle Monae, Book; Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson [x] (w/ prob my fave music video ever)

#11: Song; Handlebars by Flobots, Book; Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett [x]

#12: Song; It’s A Dangerous Game by Jekyll & Hyde Cast, Book; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo [x]

#13: Song; Hurricane (CVHRCHES remix) by MS MR, Book; The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken [x]

#14: Song; It’s My Life by No Doubt, Book; Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#15: Song; You’re Lost Little Girl by Siouxsie and The Banshees, Book; Coraline by Neil Gaiman [x]

#16: Song; Mowgli’s Road by Marina and The Diamonds, Book; Nothern Lights by Philip Pullman [x]

#17: Song; Safe In The Dark by Ludo, Book; Calamity by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#18: Song; Still Can’t by The Cranberries, Book; Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan [x]

#19: Song; Dressed In Black by Sia, Book; The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett [x]

#20: Song; Seven Devils by Florence + The Machine, Book; Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu [x]

#21: Song; Black Eyes by David Wirsig, Book: The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan [x]

#22: Song; Audition (Fools Who Dream) by Emma Stone, Book: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes [x]

#23: Song; Leave My Body by Florence + The Machine, Book: Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#24: Song; Facade by Jekyll & Hyde Cast, Book; The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [x]

#25: Song; Sound The Bugle by Byran Adams, Book; The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson [x]

#26: Song; Statements by Loreen, Book; Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan [x]

#27: Song; Sweet Religion by Imogen Heap, Book; American Gods by Neil Gaiman [x]

#28: Song; Cities In Dust by Siouxsie and The Banshees, Book; Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel [x]

#29: Song; Blumenkranz (English Cover by totalspiffage) by Cyua, Book; Revenger by Alastair Reynolds [x]

#30: Song; Mercenary by Panic! At The Disco, Book; The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch [x]